An eating tour of London—from Soho to Shoreditch, Bermondsey to Brixton—reveals the best restaurants among the city’s diverse new culinary scene.
Cay Tre Soho
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Cay Tre Soho
A key ingredient in Dean Street’s culinary renaissance, this Vietnamese bistro is the Sohofied sequel to the original Cay Tre in Hoxton, a favorite late-night haunt for London chefs. This branch, opened in 2011, has a chic mod-Deco theme—all black-and-white with splashes of turquoise—and a cool retro soundtrack heavy on Bix Beiderbecke. The menu is a fusion of traditional Vietnamese dishes and well-sourced British ingredients: a knockout pho made with ox cheeks; organic lamb in spicy red curry; grilled aubergines with Devon crab; Chinese mustard greens wok-fried with English chanterelles. Don’t miss the bánh cuón—as faithful a version of the famed Vietnamese ravioli as you’ll find west of the Mekong.
There’s never been a better or, frankly, wackier, time to eat in London. Like so many of us these days, Londoners are positively obsessed with food, in all its guises: high to low, food trucks to four stars.
Whether it’s burger joints or old-school British lunchrooms; elegant Italian restaurants or trendy Peruvian ceviche bars; weekend markets or semi-secret chef’s tables, wherever your taste runs, London has you covered. Few cities on earth offer food this good across the board. (C’mon, bring it, New York! Step up, Paris and Tokyo!)
The only question for you, oh hungry pilgrim, is which London you’re after: the one with the amazing breakfasts? Or the one with 70-odd variations of Indian food? The one obsessed with tapas and pintxos? Or the one giving Copenhagen a run for its foraged nettles and sea purslane?
Here’s a better idea: how about trying them all? Read on for the best new restaurants in London.