London has one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the world right now. New restaurants are opening all the time and famous chefs from Peru to New York have travelled to the capital to try their luck.
Whether you are looking for a delicate steamed dumpling 33 floors up, or a fabulous curry 2 floors down, London has it all. This is John Gregory-Smith’s guide to the best high-end world cuisine restaurants in London.
Chinese at Hutong
Step out of the lift and up the stairs to the 33rd floor of The Shard and into Hutong, which boasts panoramic views of the city through its floor to ceiling windows.
The menu is classic Sichuan with other Northern Chinese dishes – The Peking duck is fantastic and the shredded chicken with Sichuan coriander and pepper dressing is tongue-numbingly good.
Indian at Tamarind
This subterranean Michelin starred Indian restaurant is one of London’s finest. The interior at Tamarind is chic and simple but the food is sublime. The chaat, a classic street food dish, is fresh, hot and sour all at once and the lobster masala is finished off beautifully with fragrant peppercorns.
I recommend you ask the sommelier to choose the wine to go with your dinner. Wine really can go with spicy food – let them show you how!
Peruvian – Lima
Head chef Virgilio Martinez has created a modern masterpiece in his sleek, modern restaurant. The fish at Lima is sublime, but the real star is the suckling pig with corn and peppers. Make sure to start your evening with a pisco sour of two.
Japanese – Dinings
Splendid Japanese food, served tapas style, at this simple Marylebone restaurant, where the emphasis is on the quality of the ingredients. Seabass carpaccio with truffle oil melts in the mouth with a heavenly rich after-taste and char grilled wagyu beef with chilli miso is a must.
Thai – Mango Tree
This bustling restaurant feels more like a modern European brassiere than a traditional Thai restaurant. The kor moo yang (BBQ pork) served with a zingy dipping sauce made from lime and fish sauce is a favourite and the penang curry with prawns is fabulous.