Sure, we’ve delivered a list of the best restaurants in London, all neatly divvied up by price range. But how could we resist putting together a delectable countdown of the best tables in town? Join us as we run through our favourite new restaurants, classic British restaurants, modern Japanese restaurants and joints serving every cuisine in between to reveal the number one restaurant in Time Out’s greedy little eyes.
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There are reasons why Ethos might make you wary. It’s near Oxford Circus, it’s vegetarian, it’s a self-serve buffet and you pay for your food by weight. (That’s the weight of the food, not your weight.) This ‘comida por quilo’ system is a popular economy-restaurant style in Brazil, but it’s been relatively unexplored in the UK. Adding to the gimmicky potential, on any given day the main menu might include more than a dozen dishes from the diverse cuisines of Japan, Southeast Asia, Italy, Korea, India, Mexico and Lebanon – and anywhere else that does brilliant vegetarian dishes – plus a few of their own creations. You can choose as few or as many as you like, building your own bespoke meal, before having your plate weighed and then paying at the counter. The concept may seem incoherent at first. Standing by the platters and bowls at the buffet – hot on one side, room temperature on the other – wondering whether the Korean kimchi might go with some nasu dengaku (Japanese miso-roasted aubergine), or the restaurant’s Indian-inflected ‘scotch egg’. But sitting in the spacious, box-fresh surroundings – the decor is predominantly Nordic white and blue, with some bucolic trunks of silver birch reaching skywards – you taste the food and think: ‘Hang on, this is really good.’ Rather than worrying about whether Thai sweetcorn fritters are complemented by a lovage-laced tomato and bread panzanella salad, the world tour of dishes becomes a mini-adventure in flavour, colour and textu
Vote for your favourite
We browsed our way around restaurants galore to find you the best tables in town. But what did you think of our top 100? Perhaps you think one of our lower entries is the capital’s finest eatery? Well here’s your chance to vote for your favourite restaurant in London.Read more
Book a table at the top 100
We've ranked our favourite restaurants in London, but what you really need to know is which ones have a table for you tonight. Don't worry, not all cool spots in the capital are no-booking restaurants. Whether you're heading for a Michelin star restaurant steeped in history or one of London's best new restaurants, sometimes it doesn't hurt to plan ahead. So scan through our list of bookable restaurants below and hit that big red 'book now' button to bag a seat at one of London's hottest tables.Read more