Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2012
Best New No-Bookings Restaurant category: without reservations, the biggest trend of the year
There’s been a huge surge in the number of new no-bookings restaurants – bistros that don’t take dinner reservations – over the last year. But which ones are really worth queuing for? Here are some places where we're happy to stand in line.
Best new no-bookings restaurant
Restaurants10 Greek St, W1D 4DH
It at first appears to be yet another trendy, no-bookings restaurant in the same mould as a plethora of others that opened this year, but punching well above its weight, this tiny Soho enterprise delivers exceptional cooking in relaxed, buzzy surroundings: clams and mussels in a fragrant parsley and leek broth, say, or succulent, ruby-centred lamb. Best of all, a berry-packed champagne jelly came with a heavily perfumed lavender ice cream. In spite of witty touches (such as tap water in milk bottles) and hip staff, it remains hugely welcoming. Call ahead to book a seat for lunch or queue for a no-bookings dinner.
Around £75 for two. br>
Read 10 Greek Street review
Restaurants29 Clarges St, W1J 7EF
Big, buzzy sibling to the Mayfair original, where the menu once again runs to burger, lobster or lobster roll. Alternatively, choose a giant crustacean to share.
Around £70 for two. br>
Read Burger & Lobster review
Restaurants194 Bermondsey St, SE1 3TQ (020 7407 7339)
Classic Spanish dishes in convivial surroundings at this smart, sit-down restaurant from acclaimed chef José Pizarro.
Around £80 for two. br>
Read Pizarro review
Restaurants2-3 Cowcross St, EC1M 6DR
Possibly our favourite Polpo (it’s the latest of several - www.polpo.co.uk, this branch – on a quiet street close to Smithfield Market – once again teams stylish interiors with sexy Italian small plates.
Around £60 for two. br>
Read Polpo Smithfield review