Restaurants

✸ denotes meal for 1, without drinks, for under £15. Above that, each £ denote £10, and the pricing is for ONE person. Price guide does not include drinks.

Stars ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ are out of 10 and is rated for taste. Stars rating does not take ££ rating into account. Value for money is roughly rating divided by cost.
Ones highlighted in green are budget favourites that I go back to again and again, often on my own, when I need a meal in the area but prefer to keep the expense small.

Northern Chinese

★★★★★★★★☆☆ My Old Place – Liverpool Street – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Baozi Inn – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Murger Han – Euston – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Lanzhou Noodle House – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Yi Pin – Angel – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Chang’s Noodles – Holborn – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Tian Fu Bu Yi – Shepherd’s Bush – £££ (Hot Pot)
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ San Xia Ren Jia – Goodge Street – ££

Southern Chinese

Dim Sum :
★★★★★★★★★☆ Pearl Liang – Paddington – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Lido – Chinatown – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ China Palace – Excel Centre – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Dumpling Legend – Chinatown – ££ (for Xiao Long Bao)
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Dragon Castle – Elephant & Castle – £££ (have a look at their stone lions!)
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Imperial China – Chinatown – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Royal China – Queensway – ££

Roast Meats :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Gold Mine – Queensway – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Four Seasons – Queensway & Chinatown – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ New Fortune Cookie – Queensway ££

Other Dishes:
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Cafe TPT – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Young Cheng – Chinatown – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Hung Tao – Queensway – ✸ (For Congee when ill)
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Mandarin Kitchen – Queensway – ££££ (Lobster & seafood)
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Far East Restaurant – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Wong Kei – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ East Pan Asian – Alperton – £££

Phillipino

★★★★★★★★★☆ Romulo Café – High Street Kensington – ££££

Korean

BBQ :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Sula – New Malden – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Arirang – Holborn – £££
Other Dishes :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Duri Mart – Ealing – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Tohbang – Clerkenwell – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Bi Won – Holborn – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Bibimbap – Soho – ✸ (hippy Korean rice dishes)

Italian

★★★★★★★★★★ Al Boccon di’Vino – Richmond – £££££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Saponara – Islington – £££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Sicily – Victoria – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Nonna Rosa – Uxbridge – ££

Japanese

Sushi :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Eat Tokyo – Hammersmith/Central – £££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Kiraku – Ealing – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Asakusa – Camden – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Atariya – Ealing – ££

Pancakes :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Abeno – Holborn/Soho – £££

Noodles :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Ippudo – TCR – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Kanada-Ya – TCR – ££

Izakaya :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Machiya – Soho – ££

BBQ :
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Kintan – Holborn – £££

Spanish

★★★★★★★★★★ Barrafina – Covent Garden – ££££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Andalucia – Piccadilly – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Meson Don Filipe – Waterloo – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Jamon Jamon – Islington – ££

Vietnamese

★★★★★★★★☆☆ Cay Tre – Hoxton, NOT SOHO!! – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Com Viet – Covent Garden – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Long Que – Hoxton – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Viet Eat – Holborn – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Viet Grill – Hoxton – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Sen Viet – King’s Cross – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Banh Mi Bay – Holborn – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Viet Food – Soho – £££
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Bang Bang Vietnamese Canteen – Fitzrovia – ✸

Persian

★★★★★★★★☆☆ Abu Zaad – Edgeware Road – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Hafez – North Kensington – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Del’Ish – Warren Street – ££

Mexican

★★★★★★★★☆☆ Meztizio – Islington – £££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Cantina Laredo – Covent Garden – ££££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Taqueria – Westbourne Grove – ££

Malaysian, Singaporean & Indonesian

★★★★★★★★☆☆ Satay House – Paddington – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Roti King – Euston – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Gopal’s corner – Victoria ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Laksa Mania – Fitzrovia – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Rasa Sayang – Chinatown – ✸
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Bugis Street – Gloucester Square – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Nusa Dua – China Town – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Hare & Tortoise – Various Places – ✸

French

★★★★★★★★★☆ Chez Ellez – Brick Lane – £££

Thai

★★★★★★★★☆☆ Rosa’s Thai Cafe – Victoria – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Heron – Paddington – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Thiwanya – Holborn – ££

South Asian

★★★★★★★★★☆ Punjab – Covent Garden – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Chettinad – Goodge Street – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Dishoom – Covent Garden – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Diwana Bhel Puri House – Euston – ✸ (Vegetarian, buffet)
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Bombay Flame – Kensal – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Tandoor Chop House – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Ragam – Fitzrovia- ✸

Cake and/or Tea

★★★★★★★★★☆ Maison Bertaux – Soho
★★★★★★★★★☆ Yumchaa – all over London
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Yorica – Soho
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Cafe in the Garden – Russel Sq
★★★★★★★★★☆ Olivogelo – Victoria

Other favourites

★★★★★★★★★☆ Ceviche – Peruvian, Soho – £££
★★★★★★★★★☆ Flat Iron – Steak, Soho – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Barraco (Now Kaipiras) – Brazilian, Kilburn – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Coco Bamboo – Brazilian, Camden – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Big Easy – American – £££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Burger & Lobster – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Herman ze German – Bratwurst – ✸
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Absurd Bird – Fried Chicken & cocktails, Soho – ££
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Tamada – Georgian – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Guanabana – Carribean, Kentish Town – ££
★★★★★★★★☆☆ Gallipoli Cafe – Angel – ££

As yet unvisited… but would like to try


101 Thai Kitchen (Ravenscourt Park)
A toca (Lambeth)
Admiral Codrington (Chelsea)
Anima e cuore (Kentish Town)
Arabica bar & kitchen (Borough)
Ariana II (Kilburn)
Baiwei (Chinatown)
Baltic bar & restaurant (Waterloo)
Berber & Q (Haggerston, Grill House)
Bocco di Lupo (Soho, Italian)
Brasserie Zedel
Bin bin Q (Euston)
Boqueria Tapas (Brixton, Spanish)
Brazilian gourmet (Cleveland St, Brazillian)
Café East (Surrey Quays)
Centro Gallego De Londres (Kensal, Spanish)
Chick ‘n’ sours
Chisou
Cocoro
Copita (Soho, Spanish)
DF Mexico (Spitalfields)
Fancy Crab
Foxlow (Chiswick)
Gökyüzü
Han (New Malden)
Honey & Co (Warren Street, Middle Eastern)
Hoppers (Soho, Indian)
Kaki (King’s Cross)
Lahore Kebab House (Whitechapel)
Lao Ma (King’s Cross)
Le Rif (Finsbury Park)
Little Bay (Kilburn)
Ma Petite Jamaica
Melt Room
Mother Mash
Naru (Korean, Holborn)
Nipa Thai (Queensway)
Patara
Piccolo (Ealing)
Plaquemine Lock (Islington) (for crawfish)
Shimogamo (Camden)
Snaps & Rye (Notting HIll, Danish)
Sticks & Sushi
Temper
The Khas Tandoor
The Stoke House (Westminster)
Tortellini Cup (Finchley Road)
Trullo (Islington, Italian)
Union Viet (Southwark)
Wellbeing Kitchen (Soho, Korean)
Xi’an Impression
Xu (chinatown)
Zima (Soho)

Places I won’t go back to! (for food anyway)

The Salt Quay
The 5th View
K Place
Asadal
Champor-Champor (Decoration & service good, food not so good)
Aqua Shard
Leong’s Legend
Sushi Mania
Busaba
Feng Sushi
La Pastaia

If you’d like to read my actual reviews, please visit my tripadvisor profile.

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