Secret restaurants and cafÃ©s in London
Indian street food, sushi, gourmet burgers… enjoy the capital's secret culinary delights
Enjoy a traditional English pint, freshly made pizza, real coffee and many more culinary delights across the capital, without the tourist queues or price tags. Read our guide to some of the best alternative places to eat and drink in London
Discover secret restaurants and cafés in London
20-21 St Giles High Street, London, WC2H 8LN
Gain some Eastern wisdom and follow the Asian food illuminati to this café above a Korean-Japanese grocery store in the shadow of the towering landmark. Expect a spectacular procession of made-to-order sushi. Bag a booth and make sure you don’t miss the softshell crab maki.
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Basement, Roka, 37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR
Join Japanese restaurant Roka’s underground experiment at the Shochu Lounge basement bar. A small team of chefs diligently craft each bowl (priced £8.50) to order. Our top tip: sit at the bar – the lounge tables are a bit too low and make for awkward bent-over noodle-slurping.
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74 Chapel Market, London, N1 9ER
Mash up – literally – traditional cockney culture by heading down to this pie and mash shop on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when it undergoes a near-magical transformation into a fine-dining venue. The chef keeps it fresh with a new menu each week focusing on a delectable selection of fresh seafood and game, and it's BYO. Plus, with three courses at £30, it's easy on the wallet too.
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54-62 Meadow Garth, London, NW10 8HD
Not a secret if you are a worshipper at Neasden’s spectacular Swaminarayan Temple (open daily until 6.30pm) but few of us realise that one of London's best Indian restaurants is across the road. Shayona is more upmarket than the cash-and-carry entrance exterior suggests; the draw is a menu that, while vegetarian and sattvic (a diet based on ‘pure’ food that excludes pungent-smelling ingredients, so no onions or garlic), includes dishes from across the Subcontinent, as well as Asian-African hybrids (sweetcorn, cassava chips). But don’t tell anyone else. Please.
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121 Hounslow High Street, London, TW3 1QL
Want to eat Mumbai street food without flying? Save on the air fare and slope off to Hounslow for the real deal. The bhel puri is a knockout confection of crispy, deep-fried sev (extruded gram flour) and puffed rice, spiced up with sour-sweet flavours. Chai (Indian-style tea) is squirted from a vacuum flask behind the counter into plastic cups and only costs 50p. The most expensive dish on the menu costs a mere fiver.
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