The top ten restaurants in London

You’ve seen our list of the 100 best restaurants in London, now discover which ones made it into our top ten – the very best of the best
By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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Narrowing down our favourite restaurants in London seemed like a tough task to begin with. But then we remembered which kitchens turn out the very best dishes that leave us drooling on the tablecloth and which venues deliver a level of service usually reserved for Michelin star restaurants. Read on to find out which of our favourite places to eat – including old favourites and hot new restaurants – made it all the way into Time Out’s top ten restaurants in London.

The top ten restaurants in London

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© Andy Parsons
Restaurants, North African

The Barbary

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Price: Mid-range

When to go: It’s most fun at dinner, but you do need to go early to get a seat – try 5pm on a rainy Tuesday.

What to eat: Anything from the tandoor (such as the naan bread) or the grill (such as the charred octopus, which is the best in London).

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Smoking Goat
Restaurants, Thai

Smoking Goat Shoreditch

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Price: Mid-range

When to go: When you need some proper ‘drinking food’ with a proper kick.

What to have: Red-hot smokin’ Thai barbecue, a bowl of lardo fried rice and as much booze as you can manage.

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Social Eating House
Restaurants, British

Social Eating House

icon-location-pin Soho

Price: Blowout

When to go: When you want slick service and a big-ticket menu without the formality.

What to have: Shareable jars and killer cocktails kick things off in style.

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Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Restaurants, Spanish

Barrafina

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Price: Mid-range

When to go: As early as poss if you don’t want to stand in line for hours – although it’s totally worth the wait (itself made more bearable if you order in-queue drinks and snacks).

What to have: How to choose... It’s all so good. Mix classics such as the impeccably runny-centred tortilla with more adventurous regional dishes and going-going-gone specials such as carabineros (flippin’ gigantic, bright red prawns).

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temper
Restaurants, Barbecue

Temper

icon-location-pin Soho

Price: Mid-range

When to go: When you think you’ve tried and tasted every dining concept that London has to offer. Been there, barbecued that? Think again.

What to have: As much as your body can handle – it’s all sooo good. But don’t miss the tacos with soy-cured beef, if those smoky, sweet and fiery gems are on the menu.

Venue says New breeds of cow are coming in every week – come and find out which is your favourite…

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BAO
Restaurants, Taiwanese

Bao

icon-location-pin Soho

Price: Affordable

When to go: When you’re in the mood for fiery food you can eat with your fingers – and have time to queue.

What to have: The fried chicken or confit pork bao, though the small plates (pigs’ blood cake, trotter nuggets) are brilliant too.

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counter culture
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Counter Culture

icon-location-pin Clapham

Price: Affordable

When to go: Whenever you like: you can actually BOOK. The best ‘counter’ is the main one, but on a sunny day, the alfresco tables ­– a stone’s throw from Clapham Common – are a nice people-watching option.

What to have: The mind-bogglingly good ‘nduja with cultured cream and sour potato flatbread: the best £4 you’ll ever spend.

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Restaurants, Indian

Hoppers

icon-location-pin Soho

Price: Affordable

When to go: When you want to say to your mouth, ‘you SHALL go to the ball!’

What to have: The bone marrow varuval (a sort of dry, bone marrow curry for spreading over a buttery roti), plain hoppers and any of the curries (tip: order an extra curry instead of several chutneys).

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© Rob Greig
Restaurants, Peruvian

Ceviche Soho

icon-location-pin Soho

Price: Affordable

When to go: When you’re after a Latin dance party on your palate.

What to have: The Don Ceviche (sea bass chunks in citrus with a scattering of red chilli and soft, diced sweet potato) is the winner in the world of raw fish.

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Restaurants, Indian

Tandoor Chop House

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Price: Mid-range

When to go: When you fancy Indian food without Indian-restaurant clichés – any here come courtesy of nostalgia for the British chop house. 

What to have: The malted kulfi dessert – intensely flavoured malted ice cream topped with caramelised banana and salted peanuts. Pass the smelling salts…

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