Looking for somewhere to eat out that’s guaranteed to be a memorable meal? From casual Turkish dining to an authentic Sicilian trattoria, allow our pick of restaurants to guide you this month.
Alto by San Carlo
Up on the rooftop of Selfridges you’ll find the foodie hideaway, Alto by San Carlo. A suntrap sanctuary Alto is one of the best spots to get an uninterrupted view of the London skyline. Its menu features top-notch Italian dishes designed for sharing with a recommended two plates per person. Plates not to miss include; the yellowfin tuna tartare that comes with creamy avocado and has a hint of spiciness, the rich and comforting truffle and pecorino ravioli is a dish best not shared if you catch our drift and you can’t miss the spaghetti with succulent lobster is every bit exquisite.
Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton is at the helm of this glamorous restaurant dishing up modern British food. Part of London Edition Hotel, Berners Tavern is a gastronomic gem just moments from Oxford Street. Well-known for its outstanding brunch – as featured in Tatler’s breakfasts to try before you die and its Sunday lunch. The food at Berners Tavern is seasonally focused and outstanding in quality and taste, making it a great spot for a special meal. Be sure to speak with Matteo the sommelier who will impart his wine wisdom to help you to find your new favourite wine, the choice is yours if you order by the glass or bottle.
Mama mia! This trattoria serves up delicious, authentic Italian cuisine brining a slice of Sicily to London. Decorated with 20,000 bottles, the atmosphere oozes an undeniable Italian vibe with wooden tables, cute crockery and friendly service most likely with an Italian accent to boot. This restaurant is renowned for their special sharing dish (feast your eyes on the below) where the chef finishes cooking your pasta in a cheese wheel.
They’ve also got epic pizza napolentana with toppings from spicy salsiccia and nduja to beef carpaccio and home-made rosemary mayo. And if you can’t choose, double your pizza to get 1m of pizza with two lots of toppings to share. Open for lunch, dinner and all weekend brunch, Circolo Popalare has got you covered. Notoriously hard to get a table, you need to book in advance to secure a reservation. They also operate a walk-in service where you can put your name down, but we recommend getting there as soon as the restaurant opens as these tables go quicker than Usain Bolt!
One of Ottolenghi’s restaurants, Rovi does not disappoint delivering uneatable middle-eastern inspired dishes. Rovi focuses on fermentation and open fire cooking. The menu is vegetable led but this doesn’t mean there aren’t heavy hitting meat dishes they’re just not centre stage. The restaurant has teamed up with local farmers to sources it’s fruit and vegetables from East London and Sussex. Rovi’s chef are constantly experimenting which means the menu changes regularly providing fresh ne options to try every time, which lends itself well to its sharing style that encourages you to try 2-3 dishes per person.
Tucked just off Oxford Street, a moment from Selfridges and is home to an outstanding selection of restaurants from pan-Asian and Sri Lankan to Turkish and Italian.
Harry’s Bar is inspired by the private member’s club in Mayfair and exudes 50’s retro Italian style with dark wood panelling and burnt orange banquette seating. An ideal spot for lunch, dinner or light bite and cocktails, Harry’s Bar serves up lip-smacking Italian food with aperitivi, pizze, paste, pesce e carne, contorni, and everyone’s favourite course – dolci. The dolci of the moment is the showstopper of Harry’s Toadstool. Filled with white chocolate, fresh raspberries a creamy mascarpone mousse and served with a moreish warm pistachio sauce.
Let your taste buds travel to South Asia courtesy of the chefs at Hoppers. Bringing flavours of the spice garden of Sri Lanka to your plate, here in London. Signature dishes you’ll want to order are the egg hopper – a coconut and rice milk pancake shaped into a bowl with an egg at the bottom. Crispy edges and a flawless runny yolk, you can tear it and dip into your curry, chutneys and dips of choice. It’s as good as it sounds. The bone marrow varuval melts away, flavoured with coconut and served with a soft buttery fall-apart roti to mop it up with. And if you’re someone who likes to try lots of dishes, the taste of hoppers menu is a great tasting menu of 8 dishes including the two we highlighted above.
This restaurant is centred on one special Turkish dish the Pide. A Pide is a Turkish flatbread that dates back to the 1850’s and typically is filled with beef, cheese, and black sea butter and then topped with a baked egg. Here at Yamabahçe you can also try a Pide with prawns, garlic and mozzarella or feta cheese, pine nut and sesame. Yamabahçe is a no frills casual restaurant perfect for lunch or early evening meal where you want good quick service and good food.