Be it a romantic date night, a catch up with friends or a quick pre-theatre bite, we love going out for supper. We have our favourite haunts that we go back to time and again, but we also make sure to try out a couple of new places every month.
Here’s this month hot list of where to eat and why…
In the heart of Firzrovia, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, this refreshingly bright restaurant is well worth a visit.
Sydney-born chef Matt Robinson serves up fantastic and sophisticated Pacific-inspired menu with a nod to his homeland, along with some wonderful new world wines. We loved the chicken poppers and the Aussie burger. It’s the kind of place that just instantly puts a smile on your face.
You walk into a fabulously light and airy art deco dining room with banana-yellow banquet seating and the lighting is provided by huge, electrified dandelions. The atmosphere is fun and buzzy – just how we like it.
La Bodega Negra
As you enter this Soho favourite the art work on the walls will immediately make you think you’ve stumbled into one of the local sex shops but this is just Bodega Negra having a bit of fun.
Head downstairs and you’ll find your self in a Hacienda tequila cellar. It’s dimly lit with a DJ placing great music so it feels a bit more like a club that a restaurant. The menu is just as good as the atmosphere. The best Mexican in London in our opinion. Make sure you have a few Margaritas too!
This is the latest hit from Greg Marchand, a French chef who once worked with Jamie Oliver at his Fifteen restaurant. It was Oliver who bestowed upon Marchand the nickname “Frenchie” and when he was looking for a title for his new Parisian restaurant in 2009, he thought it was a fitting name.
Fast-forward a few years and he has brought his extremely successful brand to Covent Garden.
His food is delicious and varied, not just straight French cuisine but rather globally inspired.
The restaurant has a stylish industrial chic feel to it but still retains a cosy, intimate feel. Opt to eat at the bar or downstairs with a few of the kitchen, either way the service will be great and the food even better.
The Ivy Kensington
This is one of the many new off shoots of the famous original Ivy in the West End, which include the Ivy Garden in Chelsea, the Ivy Café in
Wimbledon and the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden.
Its French brassiere meets old-school gentleman’s club with a chic, buzzy atmosphere. The menu is extensive and we defy anyone not to find something they like as it’s full of classic dishes done exceptionally well. You must try the Chocolate bomb, a ball of chocolate on an Ile Flotante which opens up after molten chocolate sauce is pour over it to reveal vanilla ice cream and popping caramel inside.
It’s relaxed but stylish spot, always packed with a suitably glamorous crowd – this is Kensington after all.
Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan were on the table opposite us so we made an effort not to stare but did try to eaves drop. Sadly to no avail – the place was just too full of chatter and laughter to catch a word they were saying!
What was once the legendary nightspot The Collection is now home to Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Ours.
The catwalk entrance has remained the same but inside you’ll now find a central bar complete with twinkling fairy lit trees and ‘living wall’ to give the place and ‘outside inside’ feel.
Following on from his success with restaurant Story (another OE favourite) Sellers opened Ours in the Spring and it has already become an established member of the local scene. The food is different to that of Michelin starred Story – less quirky and more predictable, but still just as good.
We loved the chips with foie gras and the truffle tagliatelle, but the absolute highlight was the salted caramel donuts that arrive warm in a little paper bag and melt in the mouth – our dream dessert!
The Soho House group are behind this super brassiere in the heart of theatre land.
Inspired by the original Cafe Monico, established nearby in 1877, it has a real old-style glamour feel to it that we loved.
Think wood panelling, leather tub chairs and cosy lighting – but stylish and elegant, not stuffy and replica. Sit upstairs for a great view over then bar.
It’s a traditional brassier with a French-Italian inspired menu so expect classics like Moules Frites and amazing steaks. Or try chef Rowley Leigh’s signature dish of signature parmesan custard with anchovy toast. It’s delicious.