Where to eat near Oxford Street
Venue says: “Bone Daddies Marylebone is now open from noon until late, serving new wok and robata dishes alongside Bone Daddies favourites. See website”
With swift service and warming bowls of ramen, Bone Daddies is the ultimate pick-me-up for when the stresses of Oxford Street get a little too much. It’s not exactly peace and quiet, though. In-your-face rock music matches the tempo of the bustle outside, while a further assault on the senses (in a good way, of course) comes from New York-inspired, butched-up ramen-ya with gutsy noodle soup dishes.
Venue says: “Simply the best burger and lobster in town. See our Facebook page for the latest news and updates.”
You’ve had to face a million choices on the high street, but Burger & Lobster takes the stress out of dining. There are just a few menu options that, unsurprisingly, riff off two things: burger and lobster. While the burger is impressive, you’re probably missing a trick by not ordering one of their affordable lobster options, which includes a banging lobster roll.
The Beaumont hotel is a relatively new five-star hotel operated by Corbin & King and well worth a visit when in the area. Hole up in the Colony Grill Room where a retro 1970s theme isn’t just found in the décor, but also on the menu. Pick from shrimps, oysters rockefeller and American comfort food – from macaroni cheese to chicken pot pie.
The Mexican wave of taco restaurants hasn’t passed by Oxford Street. Perching on Poland Street is this unassuming eatery where tacos come in some of the most generous portions we’ve seen in the capital. The baja fish tacos are the pick of the lot, plump and piled high with two types of tangy slaw. Wash down with margaritas.
As with all branches of the modern Indian brasserie, you may have a wait on your hands – but you’ve just tackled Oxford Street so this will be a cinch. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with fiery curries, a cracking black dahl and some of the best service in the capital. Stop by for brunch too – the bacon naan is a London legend.
Venue says: “Looking for a late-night dinner spot or a quick and delicious post-theatre meal? Our kitchen is open until midnight Thursday-Saturday!”
At the tip of Soho, find Ember Yard, a little slice of Spanish-style dining from the Salt Yard restaurant group. The difference here is an emphasis on the grill. If you’ve eaten in a charcoal grill restaurant in the Basque country – or even in a Turkish grill in Dalston – Ember Yard should feel oddly familiar, especially if you’re sitting near the glowing coals.
For a quick and satisfying feed in central London, the Golden Union never disappoints. This chippie is old-school in appearance but its approach to beer-battered and sustainable fish is forward-thinking for sure. Fish is chunky, flaky and perfectly cooked in a light, crispy, casing; chips are crisp, firm and fluffy; pies and fish cakes are homemade and look it. There seems to be no weak point.
If you’re in the mood for a treat (and haven’t blown your budget on the high street), slink off down the backstreets to dark and seductive Hakkasan on Hanway Place. It’s far from style over substance: this pulsating place serving modern Cantonese cuisine has the Michelin star to prove it.
Anybody who’s heard of the Hemsleys will know that their food involves a whole lot of spiralising, a vibe that suits their first café’s setting in Selfridges well. The entire (seasonal) menu is organic and free of gluten, refined sugar and hydrogenated fats. Fear not: there’s meat, full-fat dairy and booze on the menu, too – a healthy lifestyle is all about balance, after all.
If you’re in a hurry, make Ichiryu your go-to. The udon-centric venue has a minimal yet sleek interior with bright lights and a buzzy atmosphere, but the real attention is on the noodles. Nikku beef and tonkotsu pork have complex and meaty stock bases and generous toppings, so are ideal for refuelling if you’re just taking a shopping pit stop.
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Housed inside the Lancaster London, Nipa is plush and polished – just as you’d expect from a hotel restaurant. Decorous waitresses in traditional attire greet you at the door of the teak-panelled room. You’re then escorted to tables immaculately laid with white cloths and vases of fresh orchids; plump for a window spot if you can, for views of Hyde Park across the road. The menu encompasses the gamut of classic Thai cooking, including a few less-common dishes. Food is attractively presented, with carved vegetable garnishes. A penang chicken curry was thick, fragrant with lime leaves and subtly spiced, while a stir-fried pork dish with coriander and pepper was fresh and aromatic with plenty of punchy fine-chopped garlic. Chilli is used in moderation, so as not to offend the well-turned-out international patrons. Opt for a set meal and Nipa can also deliver smart dining at relatively affordable prices. The early-bird ‘Nok Khamin’ menu is good value at £23 for a starter and a main, with a glass of wine or beer.
Venue says: “You can now indulge some Nipa Thai delectable specialities with our early bird set menu between 5-6.30pm. Price: £23. See website for more.”