If you’re fed up with queuing for your favourite bao fix, book a table at the Fitzrovia branch of this renowned Taiwanese bun specialist. All the usual favourites are here – the confit pork with crispy onions is a must – but there are also some excellent rice bowls and xiao chi (small eats) for grazing and sharing (we love the beef cheek and tendon nuggets). Otherwise, go with some mates, reserve a communal table in the basement and order the ‘P.P.P feast’.
OCTOBER 2019: We’ve added a bunch of restaurants currently making waves in the neighbourhood. Upscale Turkish food is the draw at Selin Kiazim’s Kyseri, while globally-inspired small plates do the business at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Rovi. Elsewhere, Sushi Atelier is known for its fun vibe and classy raw fish, Passyunk Avenue is a real deal US dive bar/diner, and Yopo brings exciting Latin-inspired food to The Mandrake Hotel. Finally, sound the trumpets for Kitchen Table, James Knappett’s brilliant 20-seat hotspot in the basement of Bubbledogs.
Fitzrovia’s aura of upper-crust bohemia is perfectly encapsulated by its quality mix of maximalist and minimalist restaurants. Don’t expect cheap eats in this part of town, but if you’re going to splash out on dinner in Fitzrovia, then we can show you how and where to spend your hard-earned cash in the area’s finest restaurants.
We visited Fitzrovia-favourite Roka, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants:
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