Chef Allan Pickett – English for Piquet, hence the restaurant’s name – is from Kent, but Piquet is as French as a brie-filled baguette in a beret. Not surprising once you know he’s been through some of London’s best French eateries, including Orrery in Marylebone and Galvin Bistro De Luxe. This is French cooking of dazzling sophistication, delivered with charm and efficiency by a well-trained waiting staff. The menu changes monthly but some items are regulars.Read more
Eco-chef Tom Hunt gets double hipster points for seeding the London branch of his tasty Bristol restaurant, Poco, in a bicycle repair shop. Half the diners perch on high counters; knees, elbows and chat mingle in a gangly, garlicky swirl. But the tapas – tiny seasonal morsels with huge flavours – are absolutely worth having to BYO cushion for.Read more
Shotgun is the second restaurant from the team at Lockhart, a meat-loving American place in Marylebone. Here too the theme is American and meaty, and the menu simple: eight pit-barbecued meats, most priced by weight, plus snacks, sides and three desserts. There are also daily specials and a combination plate: three meats and two sides for £19. The meat is mostly out of this world, and so are the sides and classic cocktails (ordered off-list).Read more
Venue says: Jackdaw, Clapton’s very own jazz café. Stunning food, great live music, fine wines and cocktails, all under one roof. Very clear and simple!
An east London jazz venue that's also a serious restaurant, and a café as well. Jackdaw's concept may need finessing, but there's some excellent. ambitious food and the music is great.Read more
Venue says: Winner of the Time Out Love London Awards 2015 for best restaurant in Kentish Town and Tufnell Park.
A new restaurant in Tufnell Park, with a café that turns into a cocktail bar and restaurant by night. The dinner menu is tiny, just four choices at each stage. Do order a cocktail before your meal, especially the negroni and the Vesper martini; as 007 would have said, ‘Same again, bartender.’Read more
A fast-food restaurant in Cambridge Circus, from the team behind Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo (which also has a branch in the same premises as Vico). Seating is mostly at high stools but the food ranges from good to pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming fabulous. Deep-frying is a particular strength, both in dishes cooked to order and in arancini and polpette, deep-fried balls with daily-changing fillings. Pizzas feature thick but feather-light bases.Read more
Viet Food is just outside the entrance to Chinatown, next to the Play 2 Win arcade, and the name is not exactly inspiring, but don’t let these superficial no-nos put you off: this just happens to be one of the hippest new restaurants in the capital. A creation of the people behind Dozo sushi in Soho, it’s ultra-stylish and has ex-Hakkasan head chef Jeff Tan in the kitchen with a pick ’n’ mix of stellar Vietnamese street food.Read more
After long anticipation (Nanban first announced its imminent opening several years ago) and a number of pop-ups, MasterChef 2011 winner Tim Anderson has finally put down roots. And there’s more than just ‘Japanese soul food’ (Anderson’s description) on the menu. As well as classic dishes from Kyushu in southern Japan, like tonkotsu ramen and Nagasaki’s chanpon (seafood noodles), he’s added a few nods to the restaurant’s location such as curried goat with Japanese dipping noodles. The menu is set to change regularly.Read more