The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

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London’s thriving restaurant culture is globally acclaimed and showcases a variety of sophisticated interior designs that create the perfect backdrop for the finest cuisine. With a diverse array of options to choose from, Capital A List will illuminate the best restaurants in the city of London.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Perched on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower is Sushi Samba City – a natural and chic dining oasis most famous for its intercontinental fusion of Japanese, Brazillian and Peruvian cuisine. It soars above the rest with one of the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe. Its sky-high 360 panoramic views of London make this restaurant one of the best in the city of London. Its earth-to-sky motif is also embodied in its floor-to-ceiling windows offering great views for guests that prefer to enjoy the beauty of Sushi Samba’s inside restaurant. The interiors evoke the colours, feelings and atmosphere of Brazil’s annual Carnaval celebration. The space is brightly lit with signature mango, red, lime and gold colours. Its bamboo latticed ceilings draped in lights and living plants offset the whimsy of the bright colours and imbue the space with a natural and calm ambience.

Sushi Samba has two outposts in London including its City and Covent Garden restaurants, as well as international sites in Miami, Las Vegas and Amsterdam. Each fuses Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian style and cuisine to be evokative of bustling cities like Sao Paulo where this cultural assimilation blossoms in all aspects. As a starter, the crispy taquitos are an excellent small plate to share between two people. One of our favourites was the yellowtail made with avocado and roasted corn miso. They have a raw selection which champions their Japanese influence. Their £15 Tuna dish is delicious and comes with pomegranate, maiz morado, wasabi peas and basil. The perfect main dish for a big celebration is their £129 Japanese wagyu ishiyaki. It requires 48 hours notice and is one of the highest quality Kobe beefs extravagantly served from a steaming hot stone with dipping sauces and pickled plums.

While overlooking the awe-inspiring London skyline, enjoy a £14 Samba Sour which is a modern twist on a traditional Pisco Sour. If cocktails do not tickle your fancy, the central sushi bar also offers an extenstive wine and sake list.

Sushi Samba is one of the best restaurants in the City of London for fusion cuisine. It does not only combine Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine effortlessly, but also illustrates this integration in its design, music and atmosphere. It exudes the utmost sophistication and class and should be counted on as a top choice for any celebration.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Duck & Waffle is known for its playful approach to everything from its cuisine, operating hours to its ambience. It blends the aesthetics of London’s glorious views from the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower with award-winning architecture by the acclaimed CetraRuddy. It is one the best restaurants in the city of London as it delivers luxurious dining experiences with an injection of fun; and this is typified in its unusual 24 hour dining. Guests can expect to be welcomed through the doors to soak in the morning sunrise and watch the evening colours soften as the sun slowly sets in the evening.

This city of London dining treasure strikes the perfect balance between formality and modernity in its design. Traditional materials including polished white marble, ceramic tiles and faux distressed wood are enlivened by a contemporary theme of stainless steel and frosted glass.

Duck & Waffle also takes an atypical and fun approach to its menu which also showcases why this is considered one of our top choices for the best restaurants in the city of London. It is designed for sampling and sharing plates making the jovial atmosphere between guests the focal experience! The cuisine is traditional British with an unexpected twist of European influence. Ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally; showcasing Duck & Waffles ethos of luxury dining. The all day menu is simply delightful with a selection of snacks, freshly baked breads, small plates and table meals. We recommend selecting their £45 whole roasted corn fed chicken suitably for groups of 2-3. It comes with ratte potatoes, summer greens and herbs. Another great choice is their colossal chateaubriand. It is 700g, and is perfect for small groups of three with its delicious choice of chimichurri, green peppercorn, roqquefort and wood sorrel sauces. The table meals are mostly sharing plates and embody Duck & Waffle’s attitude of creating a homely destination where fun, luxury and festivity collide beautifully.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Tucked just on the outskirts of the bustling Liverpool street lies Canto Corvino – the third luxury restaurant opened by the iconic Manicomio Restaurant group. Canto Corvino is authentically Italian in its cuisine, but its design is inspired by the wonderful history of its Spitalfields location. The interior has a warehouse and industrial aesthetic to draw on the trading heritage of Spitalfields. The hard and rustic design elements are offset by romantic pieces that imbue the space with the right amount of warmth and elegance. Corvino effortlessly balances hard and soft, therefore, catering for formal corporate clientèle whilst still creating the ultimate dining destination for joyous celebrations. This consideration for all types of clientèle make it one of the best restaurants in the city of London.

The name Canto Corvino means ‘a song of raven’ and the harmonious connotation is definitely encapsulated in the central bar area which wraps around the space and dazzles with bold and ornate colouring. Guests are sure to be drawn to the bar, as they would a beautiful song, and the dapper mixologists are always on hand to whip up some fantastic classic cocktails as well as their own master creations. The fluidity between the central bar and the rest of the space makes Canto Corvino one of the best restaurants in the City of London.

Acclaimed Tom Salt helms the kitchen and has designed breakfast, lunch, light bites, aperitivo, dinner and weekend brunches menus. As its a traditional Italian restaurant, one can expect to find delicious mains of pasta, and meat and fish. Traditional pasta dishes are modernised elegantly. The decadent Lobster Ravioli is one of our favourites and comes with fresh lime leaves and dashes of ginger, chilli and garlic. The meat and fish dishes are either prepared on a natural wood charcoal grill or in a clay oven. The charcoal grill gives off rustic flavours reminiscient of traditional Italian cooking. One of our favourites was a classic chicken dish served simply with aubergine, wild garlic and saffron panzanella. For guests that desire an excellent steak, Canto Corvino will not disappoint with its rump, sirloin and ribeye selection that have been dry-aged for 65 days! No meal would be complete without a dessert – Canto Corvino has a delicious array of Tiramisu, home-made ice creams and sorbets and cheese boards to fill any gap.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

On the ground-floor of the historical Llyods Bank building lives Hispania – a restaurant that embodies the vibrant lifestyle, design and gastronomy of Spain. Hispania is one of the best restaurant in the city of London and this is partly due to the spectacular interiors designed by the acclaimed interior designer and antique dealer, Lorenzo Castillo. He has succeeded in designing a Spanish emporium where every inch showcases both the subtle and bold beauty of Spanish design.

Hispania is luxurious with its spacious and lofty ceilings and two floors that are joined by a sweeping and palatial marble staircase. Designer Castillo mixes the whimsical Spanish style reflected in its geometric floor tiling with more traditional bank features nodding to the history of the venue. This juxtaposition between patterned Spanish design with the formality of Victorian-esque features including the ornate steel pillars peppered throughout, help create a climate of fine-dining that is easy and fun.

The menu is devised by award-winning chef, Marcos Moran who believes in offering only the most authentic Spanish experience for his guests. He is part of a culinary dynasty with his family having run the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant, Casa Gerardo for five generations. Natural flair as well as his professional experiences have given him the freedom to be creative and understand the value of the quality of the ingredients. On the menu, Spanish classics include delicious ham croquettes, octopus carpaccio made with a famous “fabada” – a unique bean stew with chorizo and black pudding. Another classic is the Salmorejo – a tomato soup mixed with bread dry tuna and grapes, as well as black rice with cuttlefish and prawns. Each bite reflects the care and love that Hispania shares for Spain and its food loving culture. This simple yet powerful underlying ethos toward its cuisine, service and style make it one of the best restaurants in the city of London.

At the bar guests can experience the tradition of Madrid’s great classic bars through both the Spanish design and the classic drinks. Wines are sourced especially from the most revered vineyards in the most traditional wine areas in Spain. Guests do not need to travel to the traditional Rioja, Galicia and Ribera, to name a few, but are instead given a taste of their wonderful Spanish culture and wines right at the glorious Hispania.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

With picturesque views of St Paul’s, Madison is a modern and sociable “Manhattan style” rooftop bar and restaurant that is the perfect place for almost any occasion. With umbrellas, heaters and cosy sofas, Madison provides comfort all year round. It is one of the best restaurants in the city of London and it is advised to book in advance as it can get rather busy, particularly during the summer months.

With prices ranging from £35 to £55 per person, you will be spoilt for choice from their range of British/European options. From the Madison triple duck burger to the lobster roll or perhaps a lighter option from a wide variety of vibrant salads, you will be sure to find something that takes your fancy. They are open for brunch, lunch and dinner so whether you want a day time bite to eat with friends, or going for after work dinner and cocktails, then Madison has got you covered.

Over the weekends, an encore to their standard Friday night DJ, they host Soul Sundays with the talented resident DJ Dee Ayaji Trio playing the funkiest beats. Sundays wouldn’t be complete without a roast, offering three courses with all the trimmings, and half a bottle of wine for £38 per person.

Overall, with the city views, attentive service, fantastic music and flavoursome food, Madison is an excellent choice for one of the best restaurants in the city of London.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

M Threadneedle Street is an award-winning grill restaurant located in the heart of the city of London which also features a wine tasting room, cocktail bar and private members lounge. Precision and taste come to mind which is not surprising when the executive chef of M’s is Michael Reid who was Le Gavroche and Ramsey trained. Known for serving the finest cuts of steak from around the world including Argentina, France, Japan and the US, they also have a superb wine list to complement each dish.

Prices range from £19.50 for an Argentinian rump steak to £75 for a Blackmore Waygu sirloin cut. To tingle your taste buds further, you can add a topping such as foie gras and selection of sauces including maytag blue cheese or black garlic aioli. Although seen as a traditional steakhouse, they also offer a delicious sake marinated black cod and spring green risotto which would appeal to almost all vegetarians. Featured in the UK’s 15 healthiest restaurants in Epicure magazine, the range of breakfast options will meet the needs of the health-conscious among us.

The interior as you walk in is modern, stylish and contemporary, providing suitable ambiance for group dining, business meetings or even a romantic setting. As winner of best London bar and grill 2017, M’s restaurant will not disappoint steak lovers and is classified as one of the best restaurants in the city of London.

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

If you want real authentic but refined Turkish food then Oklava (meaning rolling pin in Turkish) will certainly impress you with their rich Mediterranean flavours. Behind the wheel of this outstanding establishment in Shoreditch is young chef Selin Kiazim, who has trained under the watchful eye of the well renowned Peter Gordon at his London restaurants, The Providores and Kopapa. Taking what she has learned whilst going back to her Turkish-Cypriot heritage, she has built a team dedicated to bringing you the best of Turkish flavours.

Whilst you browse through the menu, sip on one of their signature cocktails such as a sumac and pomegranate martini. The menu isn’t extensive (tell-tale sign of quality), and food is made for sharing with a mix of small and big plates. For smaller plates, the Baharat spiced bread (£4.50) comes highly recommended, freshly cooked from the wood oven which has cinnamon aromas topped with Medjool date butter. Or the grilled sweet tasting halloumi brushed with honey and oregano (£6.50) will tantalise your taste buds. Onto the larger plates, the lamb and chilli kofte (£12) oozes in flavour with the garlic and parsley dressing. However, if you can’t make your mind up there is a tasting menu option (£35pp) which includes a selection of the chef’s recommendations.

Although a small place, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the décor is smart and current, with seating on high chairs and tables for smaller groups when it gets busy. The open kitchen creates a theatrical approach with the charcoal grill and coal oven. This is truly a sensational place to try a bit of everything and is a top pick on our list of the best restaurants in the city of London.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Stylish and simplistic, reminiscent of a Taipei tea house, Yauatcha is brought to you by the man responsible for the Wagamama and Busuba Eathai chains. After the success of Yauatcha Soho, another branch was opened in the city just by Liverpool Street station. This is superb Cantonise food with an influence of European culinary techniques.

Specialising in Dim Sum, there is a wide variety of delicious mouth-watering options on offer including scallop shui mai (£10), char siu bun (£6) or wagyu beef puff (£12). Or try one of their rich intense noodles such as braised yangchun noodle with roast duck (£16). Their extensive tea lists from light to robust so you can experience the taste of some different flavours than usual. Their Asian infused cocktail menu will make you want to stay for drinks. These are not your average cocktails, whether you want something fruity and fresh such as a pink and tonic, or perhaps something intense and complex like an Asian daiquiri.

It is a popular restaurant choice amongst those working in the city, making it one of the best restaurants in London. With additional seating outside for the summer evenings you will not be let down by this hotspot.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Angler, a Michelin-starred restaurant located on the top of South Place Hotel in Moorgate focuses on producing sustainable seafood from British waters. Paying attention to presentation of the plates, Gary Foulkes prides himself on bringing the best ingredients for seafood lovers, but also doesn’t neglect both meat and vegetarian dishes. This is truly phenomenal modern British dining and typifies what it means to be one of the best restaurants in the City of London.

The success of Angler is due to his experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants for over 20 years. And it is no wonder he is dedicated to only showing the best standards of food as he started his career under the supervision of Gary Rhodes, and then went on to work for many more chefs successful in their own right, such as John Campbell at the Vineyard at Stockcross.

Although the menu is not extensive and the portion sizes are small, the food itself is innovative and tasteful. For starters the monkfish with blood orange, taramasalata and Greek basil (£16) has a full-bodied aroma. For mains we suggest trying newlyn cod with new season garlic, morels and line caught squid (£36). Or if you are struggling to decide as they all sound inviting, the tasting menu starting at £70 per person features some delectable dishes, such as rabbit cannelloni with Scottish langoustine, mourels and black garlic. Angle also boasts an impressive wine and cocktail menu.

The interior is sophisticated with plush salmon sofas, mirrored walls and ceilings, and white table linen. As well as offering elegant warm fine dining service, they are no stranger to hosting the best rooftop terrace parties with live DJs during the summer. With a lively atmosphere and the best music, it is also a great place for groups and comes in strong as one of our top picks for the best restaurants in the city of London.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Bravas Tapas serves a selection of dishes whether it be meat and poultry, seafood or vegetarian, you will taste a range of rich Spanish and Mediterranean flavours full of intensity. Located on St Katherine Dock, this independent restaurant is one of the best restaurants in the city of London as it is dedicated to bringing a relaxed environment with Spanish rustic décor to give that mood of real authenticity. You will be sure to get authentic Spanish food because the chef that brings you this delicious menu is Victor Garvey, an American chef who previously worked in Spain, and also Bal Thind, a restaurateur and investor of Hakkasan.

Prices are reasonable and as it is tapas, your taste buds can sample a bit of everything. On the menu they have foie gras which has a rich buttery flavour and comes with bellota ham, cherries and homemade brioche (£11). The fresh salmon “rulada” with shoestring potato finished off with a spicy citrus garnish (£9) has a fresh tangy taste with a crisp texture when you bite into it. You will adore the distinctive array of flavours within each dish. It wouldn’t be a proper Spanish/Mediterranean feast without sangria, or the other range of cocktails available.

The service is attentive with a smile but not intrusive. It has a great lively atmosphere in the evenings and perfect for meeting up with groups of friends. We think this is the place if you want to experience something with more cultural settings without breaking the bank.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

Located next to Tower Bridge, Coppa Club Tower Bridge is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the city of London and is the place to unwind and watch the world go by on the terrace. The menu features versatile European food and offers either small sharing plates or mains. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, fussy eaters will not leave hungry. Whether it is pizza, pasta, meat or salad, there is something for everyone. The kiln smoked salmon on sourdough tastes fresh and divine. Or the courgette fritti is fantastic with the paprika flavours. The choice of wines, beers and classic cocktails are not limited and are carefully selected. Coppa Club is excellent value for money and mains range from £7.95 to £18.45.

Experience the cosy heated arctic inspired glass igloos on the terrace during the cold days of winter and make yourself comfortable with the sheepskin rugs and warm blankets provided. The gentle lighting and soothing music adds the perfect touch. Booking is strongly advised for this remarkable dinner setting and can fit up to 10 people. If you are not lucky enough to be seated in the calm relaxing settings of the igloos then don’t be put off because the seating inside still accommodates a vibrant ambience. With the long glass windows, you will still be able to look across and take advantage of the city sights illuminated.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

La Tagliata City is a sophisticated and calm Italian restaurant located on Liverpool Street, with its modest surroundings it has been open since 2014. It is a top choice for the best restaurants in the city of London due to its commitment to providing the freshest ingredients to create traditional dishes; your taste buds will be tingling with excitement. The owners Carlo, Lorenzo and head chef Antonio Tonelli take influence from their childhood memories and traditions which bring you a real taste of Italian food. What is also impeccable about La Tagliata City is that everything from the breads, sauces and pasta is all home made from ingredients delivered fresh in the morning.

Each week there will be a few different dishes as the chef likes to bring something unique to the menu. If you are fortunate enough to visit during truffle season, then you may get to taste this delicious Italian delicacy embellished on your dish.

For starters we suggest trying the fresh homemade bread (£4) and tuna tartar with avocados, strawberries and lemon juice (£11.50). The tuna tastes so fresh in your mouth you will be gasping for your next bite. The selection of pastas to choose from are so exhilarating it is easy to be indecisive. For an Italian classic, the linguine alla carbonara (£13) is simply perfect with the strong but not overpowering aromas of the guanciale and pecorino cheese. Pastas can also be ordered as a small plate if you want to also opt for one of the meat or fish dishes. Their carefully handpicked wine list will not disappoint true wine lovers. If you have saved room for dessert then you have to try the tiramisu (£7). The rich intense flavours of the espresso coffee and the crunchy savoiardi biscuits will impress those of you with a sweet tooth.

Priding themselves on bringing you a welcoming experience, guests are treated with exceptional service. The interior is smart and simple with Italian art works on the wall it gives you a homely feel. If you want real homemade comfort food with authenticity then look no further than this example of one of the best restaurants in London.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

A short walk from Tower Bridge, you will find Café Spice Namaste, a family run Indian restaurant which strives to produce the best Indian flavours mastered by Cyrus Todiwala, the man behind this well-known establishment. Located in a 19th century former courthouse, they want to give guests a heartedly welcome, hence the word “namaste”. Born and raised in Bombay, Cyrus has embarked on a journey that has given him the culinary skills and knowledge today that has satisfied the pallet of royalty, presidents and celebrities alike.

It is one of the best restaurants in the city of London, as it isn’t your average Indian restaurant serving the typical dishes such as korma or tikka masala that you would usually order. It’s completely different. It has a special touch. Cyrus aims to bring to you a new approach to Indian cuisine. The goan prawn curry (£20) for example has a sweet coconut taste but with a medium spice. Or if you want something on the less spicy side opt for the Malabar chicken curry served with saffron rice (£19). As you immerse yourself in these deep flavours, you will begin to realise you haven’t experienced real Indian food until you came here. Also on the menu is a range of small and big sharing plates if there is a group of you and want to be adventurous. Another option is the tasting menu starting from £40 per person.

The décor is rather bright with green and yellow drapes across coloured pane glass windows. With white table linen and blue upholstery chairs, you get a real Indian vibe. Popular amongst city workers, this is one of the best restaurants in the city of London that you ought to try.

 

The Best Restaurants in the City of London

 

If you love Thai food, try one of the best restaurants in the city of London, Som Saa – it will take you to another level of this cuisine. Andy Oliver who is primarily known for appearing on the 2009 series of Masterchef delivers authentic modern Thai cooking. We suggest the Thai style fried chicken leg with crispy garlic (£8.75) which is flavoursome with a crispy texture, and then delve into something more classic with a twist like the mussaman curry of cornish duck leg with quince (£14.50). The tantalising aromas of the dishes are to die for, not to mention the vibrant colours of the presentation. Their cocktail list is enticing with their hard to find Thai ingredients. The dragon’s milk is sweet and full of richness with the coffee liqueur. Or if you prefer something sharper then the muay Thai kick is the one. They also have an excellent range of wines to pair with your food.

It is smart but simple inside with rustic oak table and chairs. The staff are helpful and accommodating. Prices are reasonable considering the quality and precision of the dishes, and you won’t find Thai food as good as this anywhere else in London.

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