Despite not being right in the New Malden Korean heartland, Cah Chi is the jewel in the crown of south-west London’s Korean restaurant scene, and produces the full range of Korean home-style cooking. Blood pudding or hot chilli dishes aren’t for everyone, so we recommend starting with something simpler, such as pa jeon. This spring onion and seafood pancake is served sizzling hot, then cut at the table with scissors. It’s light and delicate, with a freshness imparted by the frying process that is distinctively Korean. Staff are happy to choose dishes for you, if you’re not sure what to order.Read more
Dishes from ‘ la plancha’ – the hotplate grill – was one of the trends to be embraced by London’s Spanish restaurants in the Noughties. José, a tiny wine bar in Bermondsey that arrived in 2011, has a good plancha, and if you’re in the right spot you can watch the mini galley kitchen at work. From the day’s specials board, you might find superb razor clams cooked to order. On our visit the chicory was also grilled to order, served with shards of walnut and a sharp Picos de Europa blue cheese: marvellous.Read more
The wibbly wobbly cauldron of deep-red spicy seafood stew (chigae) with curdled tofu (soondooboo) at this mid-priced Korean restaurant isn’t as scary as it looks. There’s a kick, yes, but it’s far from the two-chilli annotation next to its name on the menu. We’ve had this dish here dozens of times and think it’s still the best version in town: the hidden poached egg with its perfectly runny yolk is the best bit.Read more
Roka still impresses with its mastery of the Japanese-style robata grill, which dominates the capacious dining room, and unsurprisingly, grills are highlights of the menu. Order the inch-thick scallops, peppery and sweet from the mix of shiso cress, a slick of soy and a dollop of wasabi cream; or the satisfyingly crisp and umami-packed chicken wings with sea salt and lime. The rest of the menu features the likes of yellowtail sashimi with truffle yuzu dressing, and ‘Roka dishes’ of creamy, risotto-like rice hotpots and black cod dumplings.Read more
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There's certainly some pedigree to this swanky Mayfair spot - it comes from Kurt Zdesar, the chap behind London's first Nobu, the Ping Pong chain and Soho's Chotto Matte. Here the focus is on seafood, including an eponymous signature dish. The menu has been put together by executive head chef, Jordan Sclare. All-day dishes range from oysters, fritto misto and Dover sole meuniere to whole lobster from the Isle of Skye, seafood pie, barbecue mussels and seafood platters of sole, clams, mussels, prawns, lobster, scallop and langoustine. Options from terra firma include steaks and chicken schnitzel. The wine list features a selection from coastal wine making regions from worlds old and new, alongside vineyards in Bordeaux, Piedmont, Mendoza, the Loire Valley and Burgundy. A short cocktail list includes a coffee negroni, a blueberry caipiroska and a hazelnut martini.