Restaurants in Soho/Covent Garden
Sketch is far from a simple place to come and dine. French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz created the space in a historic Mayfair building for more than fine dining: there's a whirlwind entertainment center spread out on two rambling floors.
This very well may be central London’s most romantic restaurant.
A short stroll from Soho, Chinatown is home to this cozy Chairman Mao–themed noodle and dumpling house. Szechuan cuisine is served up hot and spicy in dishes like the chili-oil-slick spicy beef noodle soup and dan-dan noodles with preserved vegetables.
Situated in Queens Park, this small Italian trattoria is known for its authentic hand-rolled pastas. The restaurant is run by husband-and-wife team Avi and Simonetta Reichenbach, both of whom have Italian roots.
Situated in the theatre district, this award-winning Japanese restaurant draws an eclectic, celeb-spotted crowd with its stylish glass-and-wood design, lively atmosphere, and robatayaki cuisine (cooked over an open charcoal grill).
From the creators of the famed London gastropub Anchor & Hope comes this eatery in Covent Garden. The no-frills interior includes red-hued walls and plain wooden tables amid dim lighting, but seating is also available at the bar.
Although the decor is nothing to write home about, the extensive selection of dim sum, accompanied by never-ending pots of jasmine tea, keeps the dining area bustling at the Jade Garden in Chinatown's Soho neighborhood two blocks from Piccadilly Circus.
A bit of Spain in the heart of London, Cigala was inspired by the owner’s mother, who lived in Granada for 30 years. A passion for Spanish food and cuisine is evident in the menu of tapas and desserts.
The traditional pub concept meets Thai at this Covent Garden spot. Formerly Devonshire Arms, the pub maintains some of its roots with British fare making an appearance in the upstairs’ menu.
Hidden behind an unassuming door just off Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, this subterranean sensation from acclaimed restaurateurs Sam and Eddie Hart is adored for its scrumptious Spanish tapas as well as its fabulous bar menu that reads like an enticing novel.
Old Delhi’s 17th-century Mughal fortress, known as the Red Fort, is the inspiration for this acclaimed Indian restaurant in Soho.
Originally opened in 1939, Geales is a traditional fish and chips restaurant (affectionately known as a “fish and chippy”) that uses ingredients from sustainable sources within the UK. The specialty here is, of course, fish and chips, and it can be prepared using pollock, cod, haddock, or sole.
Yauatcha is a contemporary dim sum teahouse that opened in London in 2004. The restaurant offers an all-day grazing experience, specialising in modern authentic dim sum, as well as wok-friendly dishes and other 'small eats'.
Upon entering Sketch, patrons feel as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit’s hole into a charmingly bizarre fantasyland of neon lights, quirky-bordering-on-creepy statues, chipped gold-plated teacups, bread baskets built from Legos and space-age pod restrooms.
In the heart of Covent Garden, waiters dressed as monks scurry around the cavernous basement dining hall of Belgo Centraal serving pots of mussels, platters of spicy sausages with mashed potatoes, and halved spit-roasted chickens, accompanied by Belgian beers.