Restaurants in Soho, London

West End eats don't come better than these

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Soho has a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving. If you want to try a traditional British restaurant, try Dean Street Townhouse. If you're more in the mood for authentic tapas, there's Barrafina, and for sumptuous spicy Chinese, try Ba Shan. Read on for our recommendations for the best restaurants in Soho. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Babaji

Alan Yau has created some of London’s most influential restaurants of the last quarter-century – Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, Yauatcha. But he’s not one for shouting about how great he or his projects are. In fact, he rarely talks at all about himself or his work. This has resulted in a game among London’s restaurant-watchers: What Will Alan Yau Do Next? The rumours are always legion, and usually wrong.

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Chinatown

Berners Tavern

Restaurateur Jason Atherton has had a great year. Berners Tavern is the third restaurant he’s opened in the West End this year; the other two, Little Social and Social Eating House, were very well received for their playful and appealing dishes. This new venture is more of the same, but in a much grander setting. It’s housed in the new Edition hotel in Fitzrovia, which looks like the older, more sophisticated sister of the Sanderson hotel just down the road. 

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Soho

Ethos

Venue says: Come and try our brand new spring menu including aubergine meatballs, pumpkin fritters, farfarelle à la crème, Cuban salad and more!

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.

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Soho

Rum Kitchen

Venue says: Join us for one of our jerk chicken burgers and wash it down with a £5 cocktail from our happy hour menu every day from 5-7pm! Rum n' Ting!

The original Rum Kitchen opened in early 2013 in the island paradise of Westbourne near Portobello Road, and was an immediate hit with the sort of locals who were probably reminded of their last holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands: Prince Harry and his pal Cressida Bonas were snapped loitering outside. It’s Caribbean for the loafers-and-gilet set, for sure, but it’s a lot of fun, especially the basement bar.And now it’s washed up in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, in a much more compact space. 

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Soho

The Noodle House

The best food in South East Asia usually comes from a roadside street food cart or cramped hawker stall. In contrast Noodle House combines a selection of typical hawker staples in a sanitised setting, without the queues, and with table service. Noodle House is a Dubai-based chain with branches from Moscow to Muscat. Yet this first UK branch is reminiscent of the upmarket shopping centre food courts you find in Singapore, where shopping and eating are the island-nation’s favourite activities. 

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Leicester Square

Momo

Enter a Moroccon souk of a restaurant with terrific North African cooking and interior with lots of exotic furnishings - coloured glass and gilt lanterns and lots of cushions and original furnishings. Terrific lunchtime atmosphere but romantic in the evening. Prior to your meal visit the sumptous bar area and dream of recreating the look at home. This is perfectly possible since only next door is the Tea Room where you can buy everything from babouches and kaftans to original North African antiques.

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Soho

Hakkasan

More than a decade after it started wowing London’s big spenders with its classy Cantonese cooking, this Michelin-starred trendsetter remains a benchmark against which all high-end Chinese restaurants should be judged. The basement’s stylish interior (all dark wood lattice screens and moody lighting) still attracts the kind of beautiful people who might suppress their appetites – though there was little evidence of restraint on our midweek night visit.

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Soho

Yauatcha

Michelin starred Yauatcha, in the heart of Soho, is an informal dining dim sum teahouse offering an all day grazing experience by providing modern authentic dim sum, petit gateaux and teas at exceptional quality and value. The palette of design materials used throughout the space informs a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. At the same time, the lighting and seating environment embody the atmosphere of a congenially vibrant ‘chatter shop’, akin to the traditional Hong Kong dim sum restaurants during the early hours of the morning.

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Señor Ceviche

Venue says: Pisco power hour: Monday to Friday, 5pm-7pm - £5 casa cocktails, half-price Cusqueña!

You know what they say: practice makes perfect. And Harry Edmeades, aka Señor Ceviche, has had plenty of practice. In 2012, after a stint at Lima’s renowned ceviche restaurant El Mercado, the 25-year-old British chef came back to London and started Don Ceviche, a pop-up with just five ceviches (raw fish cured in citrus juice). Then he spent another two years perfecting and expanding the menu before launching this ‘proper’ restaurant. 

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Soho

Chotto Matte

Venue says: We've created a new range of summer cocktails to keep you refreshed on our terrace!

If you're looking for a good time, head to Soho. No, not for anywhere lit by a red light, but for a night at Chotto Matte. This vast Frith Street newcomer takes Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei) and really cranks up the volume. On the ground floor is an enormous bar, which on our visit was a seething mass of suits and glamourpusses, all drinking cocktails against a vivid manga-style mural; for the restaurant, go up a floor. 

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Soho
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Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis

We visited Mele e Pere in Brewer Street for lunch earlier in the week. Their lunch menu is great value at £8.50 for a main course that could include Braised short rib beef with chantenay carrots and crushed potatoes. Fantastic prices and worth a visit - the best Italian in Soho!

Lina Ho
Lina Ho

I was in London Chinatown there was a restaurant called 'THE CHEAPEST RESTAURANT IN TOWN" neon lightbox. Fantastic beef stir fried noodles serves daily always full house too! no tax, free tea. I really want to know if this is still there