FREE | London Food Guide - created by a local
I was born and raised in London, and one of the things I love the most about this city is the food scene. I spend the majority of my paycheques dining out with friends, my partner, family and even alone, with a mission to try as many different foods as I can. This guide includes all of my favourite places organised by cuisine, and is an ongoing project that I will continue to add to as I find more places! If you like this guide, share it amongst your friends, and check out my profile for more :)
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South Asian

Paradise Soho
@mayabolaky
This small restaurant tucked away in Soho serves some of the best Sri Lankan food I've ever had. Their dishes are authentic and packed with flavour, and perfect to share with a group of friends. Be warned - they fill up fast so book in advance!
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Kricket Soho
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Kricket serves Indian food and has one of the best tasting menus I've tried. For £45pp it may seem pricey but the sheer amount of food you get is worth it. I only recently visited this restaurant but plan on going back ASAP!
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Dishoom King's Cross
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With several locations across London, Dishoom is a favourite of everyones when looking for Indian food. Dishoom also works great for large groups with their tasting menu
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Italian

This section will fill your pizza, pasta and seafood needs with all the best Italian spots listed.

manteca
@mayabolaky
Gorgeous spot serving hand rolled pasta dishes accompanied by some incredibly flavourful side dishes. This one is hard to get a booking for so book far in advance !
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Bancone Golden Square
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Bancone knows what they're doing and does it well. Serving pasta dishes for an incredibly good price, their menu will leave you wanting more
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Bocca di Lupo
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Another hidden gem, this Italian restaurant serves incredible seafood with amazing wines to pair with them. This spot is perfect for dates or to catch up with friends, with a warm, inviting atmosphere.
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Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza - St Paul's
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This pizza place stands out from others due to their fixed price, unlimited pizza concept. 1 price covers unlimited pizza with 4-5 different pizza flavours on rotation each day. Definitely exceeded my expectations! The pizza is always fresh and great quality
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East Asian

ROKA Mayfair
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Roka serves incredible Japanese food with a Robata grill for extra yumminess. Their selections of sushi and sashimi are also to die for. There are several restaurants located across London.
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Smoking Goat Shoreditch
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Smoking Goat serves incredible, authentic Thai cuisine. After spending 7 weeks in Thailand this year, I was over the moon to find somewhere in London that served food nearing the quality of that in Thailand. The menu is adventurous and packed with flavour, and often changes to keep things fresh.
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Kiln
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Run by the same people as Smoking Goat, Kiln also serves authentic Thai food. This small restaurant always has a queue, and for a good reason. The food here is packed with flavour and super unique.
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K-Town BBQ
@mayabolaky
K-Town BBQ is my current fave place to get Korean bbq. Located in the Koreatown of London (New Malden), you can enjoy unlimited KBBQ for ~£30pp. This includes a huge selections of meats and veggies to cook, as well as a variety of pre-cooked side dishes.
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Chotto Matte Soho
@mayabolaky
An all time favourite of mine, Chotto matte serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, perfect for sharing. This restaurant is bold with its flavours and the buzzing atmosphere helps immerse you completely in the food.
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China Modern
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Chinese/ dim sum restaurant with a super cute interior and even cute piggy shaped buns 🐷
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Busaba
@mayabolaky
Thai food in multiple locations across London
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Spanish/Mediterranean

Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
@mayabolaky
The Brindisa chain serve hearty tapas dishes in a cosy environment. With plenty of wines to match every dish, this restaurant is romantic and comforting all in one.
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Parrillan
@mayabolaky
Parrillan is an incredible spanish/mediterranean restaurant where you grill your own meats and veggies. With plenty of side dishes also on offer, this interactive restaurant is great for duos and groups.
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Bar Kroketa
@mayabolaky
This bar is entirely dedicated to serving croquettes - a truly amazing concept! They're run by the same people who do Brindisa so the quality is going to be good.
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Padella
@mayabolaky
This pasta restaurant serves deliciously authentic dishes with a range of side dishes to compliment your food. The seating is limited and booking is recommended, but this spot is both romantic and vibrant
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Pix Pintxos
@mayabolaky
Pix is tucked away in between bars in soho, and serves incredible buffet-style tapas dishes. Each dish ranges from £3-5 making them incredibly well priced, and the variety on offer is amazing. Highly recommend!
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Archway Battersea
@mayabolaky
This restaurant serves a small menu with seasonal ingredients - they focus on locally sourced and home grown food to provide the freshest dishes possible
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Copita
@mayabolaky
Gorgeous tapas place serving small plates - perfect date night spot !!
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Middle Eastern

Berenjak Soho
@mayabolaky
Yet another small restaurant nestled into the streets of Soho, this Lebanese restaurant serves incredibly authentic food. Their hummus is the best I've ever had, and their small dishes are perfect for sharing alongside their larger main dishes.
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Portuguese

Casa do Frango Victoria
@mayabolaky
This place has been described as the 'better Nandos' and it checks out! Their menu consists of their peri peri chicken, and a variety of side dishes to go with it. Their croquettes, chorizo, and prawns are incredible!
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Misc.

This is for the restaurants with eclectic cuisines that don't fit in to one category 

DUCKSOUP
@mayabolaky
This gorgeous natural wine bar has a seasonal menu that changes weekly. Their dishes don't fit any one cuisine, they simply cook based on good flavours and seasonal ingredients. This restaurant is a must visit and an all time fave of mine!
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BBQ/Steak/Smokehouse

This section covers everything meaty - from steaks to BBQs, these restaurants focus on good quality meat cooked to tender perfection!

SMOKESTAK
@mayabolaky
This dimly lit restaurant serves BBQ meat including wood-smoked meats, beef brisket, charred pork belly rib, dry-aged beef rib and way more. This restaurant is perfect for groups to enjoy as much as you can on the menu
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Flat Iron London Bridge
@mayabolaky
Flat Iron is my go to when I'm craving a steak. My perfect meal is a steak, green salad, and glass of red wine. Can't get any better than that!
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temper Soho
@mayabolaky
Beneath Broadwick Street you will find Soho’s original smokehouse. Known for meat, mezcal, tacos and good vibes, temper is centred around a giant fire pit, with a mix of counter dining to watch the chefs in action and leather booths for feasting.
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Brunch

Nessa Soho
@mayabolaky
Nessa provides an incredibly cool and stylish atmosphere for you to enjoy a classy brunch with friends and partners. Their menu is varied and exciting, leaving you feeling almost accomplished after making out early enough to eat brunch.
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Mildreds Soho
@mayabolaky
This spot is super popular for brunch, and rightfully so. One thing that stands out about them is their 100% plant based menu - perfect for all the veggies and vegans out there!
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Bars

amie wine studio
@mayabolaky
This quiet wine bar has the perfect atmosphere and setting to enjoy a glass (or 2) with friends, family, and partners. Located in Eccleston Yard, they are surrounded by restaurants to enjoy before/after. They additionally allow you to buy pizza from next door to eat in their restaurant whilst you drink.
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BOKAN 37
@mayabolaky
This bar is located on the 37th floor and offers incredible 360 degree views of London. Enjoy your drink up in the sky, and if you feel hungry after Bokan doubles up as a restaurant too (however I have never eaten here!)
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FREE | London Food Guide - created by a local
I was born and raised in London, and one of the things I love the most about this city is the food scene. I spend the majority of my paycheques dining out with friends, my partner, family and even alone, with a mission to try as many different foods as I can. This guide includes all of my favourite places organised by cuisine, and is an ongoing project that I will continue to add to as I find more places! If you like this guide, share it amongst your friends, and check out my profile for more :)
31 Places • 5 Saves • ago
Free

South Asian

Paradise Soho
@mayabolaky
This small restaurant tucked away in Soho serves some of the best Sri Lankan food I've ever had. Their dishes are authentic and packed with flavour, and perfect to share with a group of friends. Be warned - they fill up fast so book in advance!
Add to
Details
Kricket Soho
@mayabolaky
Kricket serves Indian food and has one of the best tasting menus I've tried. For £45pp it may seem pricey but the sheer amount of food you get is worth it. I only recently visited this restaurant but plan on going back ASAP!
Add to
Details
Dishoom King's Cross
@mayabolaky
With several locations across London, Dishoom is a favourite of everyones when looking for Indian food. Dishoom also works great for large groups with their tasting menu
Add to
Details

Italian

This section will fill your pizza, pasta and seafood needs with all the best Italian spots listed.

manteca
@mayabolaky
Gorgeous spot serving hand rolled pasta dishes accompanied by some incredibly flavourful side dishes. This one is hard to get a booking for so book far in advance !
Add to
Details
Bancone Golden Square
@mayabolaky
Bancone knows what they're doing and does it well. Serving pasta dishes for an incredibly good price, their menu will leave you wanting more
Add to
Details
Bocca di Lupo
@mayabolaky
Another hidden gem, this Italian restaurant serves incredible seafood with amazing wines to pair with them. This spot is perfect for dates or to catch up with friends, with a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Add to
Details
Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza - St Paul's
@mayabolaky
This pizza place stands out from others due to their fixed price, unlimited pizza concept. 1 price covers unlimited pizza with 4-5 different pizza flavours on rotation each day. Definitely exceeded my expectations! The pizza is always fresh and great quality
Add to
Details

East Asian

ROKA Mayfair
@mayabolaky
Roka serves incredible Japanese food with a Robata grill for extra yumminess. Their selections of sushi and sashimi are also to die for. There are several restaurants located across London.
Add to
Details
Smoking Goat Shoreditch
@mayabolaky
Smoking Goat serves incredible, authentic Thai cuisine. After spending 7 weeks in Thailand this year, I was over the moon to find somewhere in London that served food nearing the quality of that in Thailand. The menu is adventurous and packed with flavour, and often changes to keep things fresh.
Add to
Details
Kiln
@mayabolaky
Run by the same people as Smoking Goat, Kiln also serves authentic Thai food. This small restaurant always has a queue, and for a good reason. The food here is packed with flavour and super unique.
Add to
Details
K-Town BBQ
@mayabolaky
K-Town BBQ is my current fave place to get Korean bbq. Located in the Koreatown of London (New Malden), you can enjoy unlimited KBBQ for ~£30pp. This includes a huge selections of meats and veggies to cook, as well as a variety of pre-cooked side dishes.
Add to
Details
Chotto Matte Soho
@mayabolaky
An all time favourite of mine, Chotto matte serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, perfect for sharing. This restaurant is bold with its flavours and the buzzing atmosphere helps immerse you completely in the food.
Add to
Details
China Modern
@mayabolaky
Chinese/ dim sum restaurant with a super cute interior and even cute piggy shaped buns 🐷
Add to
Details
Busaba
@mayabolaky
Thai food in multiple locations across London
Add to
Details

Spanish/Mediterranean

Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
@mayabolaky
The Brindisa chain serve hearty tapas dishes in a cosy environment. With plenty of wines to match every dish, this restaurant is romantic and comforting all in one.
Add to
Details
Parrillan
@mayabolaky
Parrillan is an incredible spanish/mediterranean restaurant where you grill your own meats and veggies. With plenty of side dishes also on offer, this interactive restaurant is great for duos and groups.
Add to
Details
Bar Kroketa
@mayabolaky
This bar is entirely dedicated to serving croquettes - a truly amazing concept! They're run by the same people who do Brindisa so the quality is going to be good.
Add to
Details
Padella
@mayabolaky
This pasta restaurant serves deliciously authentic dishes with a range of side dishes to compliment your food. The seating is limited and booking is recommended, but this spot is both romantic and vibrant
Add to
Details
Pix Pintxos
@mayabolaky
Pix is tucked away in between bars in soho, and serves incredible buffet-style tapas dishes. Each dish ranges from £3-5 making them incredibly well priced, and the variety on offer is amazing. Highly recommend!
Add to
Details
Archway Battersea
@mayabolaky
This restaurant serves a small menu with seasonal ingredients - they focus on locally sourced and home grown food to provide the freshest dishes possible
Add to
Details
Copita
@mayabolaky
Gorgeous tapas place serving small plates - perfect date night spot !!
Add to
Details

Middle Eastern

Berenjak Soho
@mayabolaky
Yet another small restaurant nestled into the streets of Soho, this Lebanese restaurant serves incredibly authentic food. Their hummus is the best I've ever had, and their small dishes are perfect for sharing alongside their larger main dishes.
Add to
Details

Portuguese

Casa do Frango Victoria
@mayabolaky
This place has been described as the 'better Nandos' and it checks out! Their menu consists of their peri peri chicken, and a variety of side dishes to go with it. Their croquettes, chorizo, and prawns are incredible!
Add to
Details

Misc.

This is for the restaurants with eclectic cuisines that don't fit in to one category 

DUCKSOUP
@mayabolaky
This gorgeous natural wine bar has a seasonal menu that changes weekly. Their dishes don't fit any one cuisine, they simply cook based on good flavours and seasonal ingredients. This restaurant is a must visit and an all time fave of mine!
Add to
Details

BBQ/Steak/Smokehouse

This section covers everything meaty - from steaks to BBQs, these restaurants focus on good quality meat cooked to tender perfection!

SMOKESTAK
@mayabolaky
This dimly lit restaurant serves BBQ meat including wood-smoked meats, beef brisket, charred pork belly rib, dry-aged beef rib and way more. This restaurant is perfect for groups to enjoy as much as you can on the menu
Add to
Details
Flat Iron London Bridge
@mayabolaky
Flat Iron is my go to when I'm craving a steak. My perfect meal is a steak, green salad, and glass of red wine. Can't get any better than that!
Add to
Details
temper Soho
@mayabolaky
Beneath Broadwick Street you will find Soho’s original smokehouse. Known for meat, mezcal, tacos and good vibes, temper is centred around a giant fire pit, with a mix of counter dining to watch the chefs in action and leather booths for feasting.
Add to
Details

Brunch

Nessa Soho
@mayabolaky
Nessa provides an incredibly cool and stylish atmosphere for you to enjoy a classy brunch with friends and partners. Their menu is varied and exciting, leaving you feeling almost accomplished after making out early enough to eat brunch.
Add to
Details
Mildreds Soho
@mayabolaky
This spot is super popular for brunch, and rightfully so. One thing that stands out about them is their 100% plant based menu - perfect for all the veggies and vegans out there!
Add to
Details

Bars

amie wine studio
@mayabolaky
This quiet wine bar has the perfect atmosphere and setting to enjoy a glass (or 2) with friends, family, and partners. Located in Eccleston Yard, they are surrounded by restaurants to enjoy before/after. They additionally allow you to buy pizza from next door to eat in their restaurant whilst you drink.
Add to
Details
BOKAN 37
@mayabolaky
This bar is located on the 37th floor and offers incredible 360 degree views of London. Enjoy your drink up in the sky, and if you feel hungry after Bokan doubles up as a restaurant too (however I have never eaten here!)
Add to
Details

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A 24 year old that’s ticked off 40+ countries. I create guides for other young people looking to make the most of their annual leave, or go travelling longer term 🌞🌴🌊🌺 My travels have taken me across the world to see incredible sights, but even when home in London I love to make the most of what’s around me!
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