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.
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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La Scala Coffee House
The name of this charming little East Dulwich spot is almost a misnomer. Coffee is undoubtedly a focus but the full Italian menu, the charcuterie boards and the wine list chalked up on the blackboard make this much more than a coffee house. Expect breakfast pastries, smashed avocado on toast, colourful Italian sandwiches, pizzas, focaccia breads and lasagne on the food menu. Wines are all Italian, and served alongside Aperol and Campari spritzes, negronis and beers from London Beer Lab.
Venue says: “Soup and wine £10, every Thursday and Friday from 6pm.”