6 London Restaurants You Need to Try this Winter

Tue, 13 October 2015
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As leaves turn and socks get a little thicker, we’re looking ahead to the season that spells more feasting than ever. Winter, glorious winter. We’ll be embracing the coming months by revisiting some of our favourite London restaurants. Here are six of them.

Lyle’s

It has just been awarded its first Michelin Star, which for anyone who has visited Lyle’s will come as no surprise. Head chef James Lowe and his team cook up modern British food that is almost too beautiful to tuck into. Almost. Head here any night of the week for the daily-changing tasting menu and a bevy of brilliant wines.

  • 020 3011 5911
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  • Tea Building
    56 Shoreditch High Street
    London
    E1 6JJ

St John

We love all of the St John branches; the original, white-washed former smokehouse in Smithfield, the simplistic spot in Spitalfields and the marvellous Maltby Street outlet. But it is the Smithfield mothership that has visitors travelling from far and wide. It was here that Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s brainchild was born in 1994. Since then it has been one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, serving up offal and all things quaffable ever since.

Bao

For anyone that has yet to try a Taiwanese bao – fork-tender meat in a soft steamed bun/edible cloud – now is the time to join the queue at Bao London’s Soho or Hackney (Saturdays only) branches. The décor couldn’t be more clean and simple, and somehow the tiny space in Soho feels big enough to house all of the pork-gnawing guests at once. You don’t even have to go to the trouble of looking up from your plate to order the next bite, just fill out the menu with your mini bao pencil. Our advice is to order everything. Failing that, make sure you try the confit pork bao. And no, no one will judge you for stroking your own cheek with the back of a bun.

Lurra

When a meal starts with sourdough and salted butter, you know you’re in for a good time. A delectable picoteo (pecking) menu of prawn croquettes, blistered peppers with sea salt and cobia tartare with trout caviar gives way to a list of fish and meat dishes like squid stuffed with prawns and lamb with garlic purée. This airy West London grill has all the makings of the perfect Basque feast. There are also daily sharing plates of whole fish and prime meats. Very a-lurra-ing.

The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square

New Zealand-born head chef Anna Hansen combines British ingredients with a healthy dollop of global flavours in this acclaimed Clerkenwell eatery. The dining room is simple without being plain, bright without being garish and cosy without being crampt. A new (possibly even more beautiful) spot has just opened in Finsbury Square, complete with an in-house tapas bar. The dinner menu is comprised of bright dishes like smoked anchovy, buttermilk and garam masala lamb and coconut and black sesame panna cotta. The Modern Pantry’s breakfast is also a dream, with gems like sugar-cured prawn omelettes, hazelnut croissants and spiced red wine poached tamarillo. Reserving a table is wise.

  • 020 3696 6565
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  • The Alphabeta Building
    14 Finsbury Square
    London
    EC2A 1AH

Salon

Brixton Village is nothing if not a success story. Among its throng of beautiful bars, restaurants and slightly overpriced vintage shops is Salon, a beer bar and restaurant on Market Row. We headed there the other night to see what all the fuss was about, and were shown a hell of a good time by the head chef. The tiny upstairs restaurant glows with candlelight come evening. It looks a lot like the bar scenes in Midnight in Paris, at least it did through our wine and venison goggles. This place has a daily-changing set menu (the future of restaurant eating, we think) with the punchiest, most mouth-watering food we’ve had in a long time. Salon is cosy, friendly and intimate, with just enough dishes to have you suitably satisfied.

  • 020 7501 9152
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  • 18 Market Row
    Coldharbour Lane
    London
    SW9 8LD

Salon

The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square

Lurra

Bao

St John

Lyle’s

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