I’m kind of obsessed with food and eating out, and I’ve been rounding up my favourite restaurants in cities all over the world, including Ibiza, Los Angeles and Amsterdam for a while now, but haven’t done one of my favourite restaurants in London. Admittedly it’s a lot harder to do because I actually live here and so am constantly trying out new places but there are definitely some restaurants that I love love love and probably go to at least once a month. Is it just me or do you find that there’s something specific you crave? I have a few things at each restaurant that I order without fail basically every single time. When OpenTable, the leading provider of free, real-time online reservations for diners asked me to round up some of my London faves, it was easier than I thought it would be. These are five of my fail-safe cravings…
1. Oliveto – Serving up the most delicious pasta, pizza and Sardinian specialties, this Italian restaurant is one I crave on a weekly basis. Dishes recall the Mediterranean, supremely fresh ingredients making up the basis to the likes of my personal faves: the crab pizza and the crab linguini. But really, everything is delicious.
2. Tendido Cero – Summoning Spanish vibes, this South Kensington based restaurant serves classic tapas from across Spain, lively atmosphere and super-cool settings to boot. Iberico ham obviously goes without saying, their lamb is delish and the patatas bravas is some of the best I’ve ever tried.
3. Dinings – An inventive mix of sushi and Japanese tapas-style dishes served up in a super laid-back environment, this is one for the true sushi lover; no fuss here, just straight delicious offerings served up by a Nobu graduate. Try getting a seat at the sushi counter upstairs to watch the chefs at work, or check out the new branch they’ve just opened off Walton Street for a fancier dinner setting.
4. Burger & Lobster – Making lobster affordable to the masses since it first launched in 2011, the restaurant – which serves, as the name would suggest, either burger or lobster (with a side of salad and fries) – has expanded to encompass a number of locations, including outposts in Dubai and New York. Get ready to queue (they don’t take bookings) and order the lobster roll.
5. Kurobuta – Originally a pop-up turned supremely popular, this tapas-style Japanese restaurant (which now has several locations around London) is the brainchild of a former Nobu head chef. With “Japanese junk food” dishes like tuna sashimi pizza and wagyu beef sliders alongside the more traditional sushi offerings, expect a super inventive, and delicious, menu.
What are your favourite restaurants in London? Let me know in the comments below, I’m (as always) looking to try out some new recommendations…