Restaurants in England
Run by the same owners as Chutney Mary and Verraswamy, the United Kingdom's oldest Indian restaurant, Amaya, has earned one Michelin star for its grilled kebabs and Indian-style tapas.
Hot on the heels of cheap-chic eatery Wagamama is another affordable (and decidedly better) Asian diner from the same owner: Alan “Hakkasan” Yau.
Founded in 1954 as part of the second great London coffee revolution, the rickety restaurant, bar, and coffee house became a center of West London counter culture during the 50’s and 60’s, hosting everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix.
Despite its Mayfair location and relative youth (opened in 2004), Bellamy resembles an old-world Parisian brasserie with hardwood floors, white tablecloths, black leather banquettes, and an adjacent oyster bar.
Opened in 2002 at the Hackney City Farm, Frizzante Café serves rustic Italian cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients from local farms.
This is the Platonic ideal of a cute roadside dive, and it hasn't changed much by its most recent owner, the contemporary sculptor Dan Chadwick - except for the addition of a Ferguson Henderson alumnus in the kitchen, and visits from the fashion writer and socialite Plum Sykes.
Michelin-pedigree brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin began their restaurant empire with this classic French bistrot in picturesque Marylebone.