The dish to order: That kinako French toast with matcha soft serve – one of my favourites and probably the most Instagrammed dessert in London.
Atmosphere: Japanese fusion tapas and cocktails, with a rock ’n’ roll vibe.
Great for: Going out with friends or date night.
Where? 14a Old Compton Street, W1D 4TJ (+44(0)20 7734 7492)
Shackfuyu’s French toast is probably the most Instagrammed dessert in London
The dish to order: The rabbit for four to share. Cooked several ways, you'll soon be fighting over the “pie”!
Atmosphere: A cool and hip restaurant in East London located under a railway arch with a beautiful bar and delicious seasonal dishes from the guys behind The Dairy.
Great for: An adventure in trendy East London.
Where? 254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE (+44(0)20 7613 1502)
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The restaurant serves a four-course set lunch menu for £25, Wednesday to Sunday.Book flights to London
The best in town
French toast with ice-cream - what more could you want?
Dim Sum delights
Fine dining with fine cocktails, sit back and enjoy.
Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle
The dish to order: The crispy prawn cheung fun (rice noodle roll) is the signature dish here. Other favourites include the famous venison puffs and sesame prawn toast.
Atmosphere: Relaxed dining in the heart of the city.
Great for: A business lunch, birthday dinner or fantastic long Saturday brunch.
Where? 1 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS (+44(0)20 3817 9888)
Taberna do Mercado, Spitalfields Market
The dish to order: Cuttlefish and trotters, plus the rice of the day. Daily specials include cuttlefish rice, oyster and coriander, and duck and mushrooms. Save room for an oozy custard tart!
Atmosphere: Fantastic flavours that transport you to Portugal. From the team behind Chiltern Firehouse, the focus here is on honest and robust flavours, with a modern twist.
Great for: A date or quiet catch-up with friends
Where? Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial St, E1 6BG (+44(0)20 7375 0649)
From sharing feasts to solo plates, enjoy great food with an atmosphere.
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Bao London doesn’t take reservations, so get there early to beat the queues. Opening times: Monday to Saturday (12:00-15:00; 17:30-22:00)Book a trip to London
Simple with flavour
Easy dishes which burst with flavour are always a win.
Bao London, Soho
The dish to order: Pork belly bao and aged beef in white soy.
Atmosphere: Originally a street food stall, Bao now serves its fluffy Taiwanese buns and other tasty treats in a permanent spot in Soho. Go early – or be prepared to brave the queue (there are no reservations).
Great for: Popping in for a quick lunch or pre-theatre dinner
Where? 53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS
The Quality Chop House, Farringdon
The dish to order: The special of the day – check the blackboard for the best cuts of pork, beef, lamb or seasonal game. Don’t miss the confit potatoes: slow cooked, thinly sliced, compressed and pan fried = potato goodness.
Atmosphere: A traditional British chop house with an adjoining butcher and grocery store that serves hearty seasonal dishes and brilliant rare wines.
Great for: Lovers of meat and wine. Perfect for business lunches, birthdays, date night and anniversaries.
Where? 88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA (+44(0)20 7278 1452)
Chopsticks at the ready
Dim sum filled with meat feasts and vegetarian delights.
Tasteful fusion food
Relish a traditional Sri Lankan street food meal.
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Opening times (restaurant): Lunch: Daily (12:00-15:00) Dinner: Thursday to Saturday (18:00-22:00)Book a trip to London
Burro e Salvia, Shoreditch
The dish to order: Pasta of the day – the menu changes weekly.
Atmosphere: This tiny pastificio (pasta factory/shop) pumps out freshly hand-made pasta to take home or to eat in at the communal table.
Great for: A quick and tasty lunch. Pair with a glass of wine or a cheeky Negroni.
Where? 52 Redchurch Street, E2 7DB (+44(0)20 7739 4429)