Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2009

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  • RUNNER UP: Boundary

    2-4 Boundary St (entrance at 9 Redchurch St), Shoreditch, E2 7DD

    Set in the hip Boundary Project hotel owned by Peter Prescott and Terence and Vicki Conran, this French restaurant is overseen by chef Ian Wood (ex-Almeida) and features Conran trademarks such as a crustacea bar and charcuterie trolley groaning with porky treats. Meats, game and rôtisserie dominate the menu, so the vegetarian choice is somewhat stunted. There’s no denying the design is elegant, but be warned that the bill reflects the ambition of this particular project. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Ba Shan

    24 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5AH

    A sleek, dark and very gorgeous Chinese resturant styled like a tea house from the people behind nearby Barshu and Baozi Inn. The cooking, based on xiao chi (small eats), a concept common in China (especially in the ‘snack city’ of Xi’an in the Shaanxi province), is similar in style to Cantonese dim sum. Many of the dishes may be unfamiliar but don’t worry: the menu is clearly divided into easily understandable sections. Highlights include the silky pork dumplings slicked with garlic chilli oil, and the tiny flatbread buns (jia mo) filled with cumin-scented beef. If there’s anything you don’t quite get, the staff are well-versed in explaining the menu with genuine enthusiasm. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Corrigan’s Mayfair

    28 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, W1K 7EH

    The lease may have expired on Richard Corrigan’s Lindsay House in Soho, but the Irish chef has moved his base to the Grosvenor House hotel. Already a hit with readers, according to our recent survey of favourite London restaurants, the atmosphere here is formal, sumptuous yet relaxed. Expect an intriguing mix of haute cuisine and traditional Irish dishes, plus the occasional bit of chorizo or pasta. An excellent wine list, with a good range by the glass and carafe, features 300-plus bottles. Read more

See who's shortlisted for the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2010 Best New Restaurant | Best New Italian | Best New Cheap Eats | Best New Gastropub | Best New Bar | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Café | Best New Design | Best Spanish Restaurant | Best Spanish Wine List

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