Deciding where to spend your pennies and fill your stomach in London formulates itself as a pretty STRESSFUL task. From chicken on waffles to British dishes in tapas form, interactive duck pancakes and calamari that will have you talking for days, we’ve selected the six restaurants in Soho you need to try.
“Would you like a sweet or salty rim,” our queen of a waiter asks me and my boyfriend.
It takes a few seconds to realise he’s talking about our frozen margaritas as a look of aghast is cast across my face. Never has chicken been so camp. Welcome to Ma’Plucker, a brand new chicken restaurant on the extremely suitably named Beak Street, Soho.
The system is simple enough to make everyone gets what they want, but unique enough to make sure nothing is boring. Begin by choosing between a brioche bun, maple waffle or salad base. Then, top it with buttermilk chicken, hickory spiced pulled chicken, halloumi or rotisserie chicken, while choosing from an array of sauces, from gravy to maple syrup.
75 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SS
Welcome to Jean Jacques, a generous pinch of France perfidy located in the streets of Soho’s thriving eatery scene. The French bistro is teeming is idyllic French vibes, complete with appropriate decor, pianos and enough wine to make even the most stressed journalist happy. The Frith Street bistro is the first of its kind in the UK, with 12 branches of Jean Jacques welcoming constant diners across Moscow and St Petersburg. A little different to Soho, eh?
Opened daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jean Jacques could arguably be Soho’s newest hidden gem. Honestly, if you want the perfect setting for a date, with great food, amazing service and an impeccable setting, this is the place for you.
Anyway, down to the details and, of course, the food. Oh, the food. Offering a three course lunch deal for under £15 including Guinea Fowl, Jean Jacques suits both those in need of a quick and cheap lunch and those who want to splash out a little bit.
45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD
Old Tom & English
Say hello to Old Tom & English, the restaurant and bar based off of 18th century gin palaces with a knack for hitting just the right taste buds. This is the place where everything on the menu takes your fancy, offering a British twist to traditional tapas styled food. Based in Soho, the restaurant is a mix match of design, shapes, levels and colours, offering constant aesthetic pleasure and something a little different while you dine.
Having to ring a large brass doorbell just to get into the restaurant immediately creates a sense of the secret, the intimate and the naughty. This is a sanctuary of good vibes, good company and amazing food.
For our full review, visit here.
187B WARDOUR STREET, W1F 8ZB, LONDON
28-50 Maddox Street
Though not necessarily in Soho, this gem HAS to be mentioned. Just one of a triptych of perfectly formed 28˚-50˚ restaurants, 28˚-50˚ Maddox Street perches itself comfortably down one of Bond Street’s fancy side streets, I mean, it’s in the name.
The concept is quirky but absent in pretence, traditional but far from boring. Taking the typical wine bar experience to a more textured level, the restaurant is home to over 30 specifically chosen wines for a seasonally rotating menu.
The name comes not from the address of the location, but more the address of the wines. 28˚-50˚ latitude is where most of France’s best wine is produced. A nifty name for a niftier restaurant.
17-19 MADDOX STREET, MAYFAIR, W1S 2QH
Check out the full review here.
Remember when your parents used to tell you not to play with your food?
Perched in Soho’s Wardour Street, Inamo is the new restaurant everyone seems to be talking about. Rumours of London’s best sushi, shredded duck and interactive experiences raised our eyebrows at Flazéda and we decided to check out what all the fuss was about.
Inamo takes the best of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean dishes to create an impressive fusion menu. Stepping into the restaurant leaves London behind in the futuristic, almost startlingly aesthetic. Though the place is dim listed, somehow the place is emitting loud colours and kineticity. These colours, of course, are coming from the tables, in which different table-cloths and dishes are projected onto them. Nice.
Check out our full review here.
134-136 Wardour St, London, W1F 8ZP
Yet another gem on the infamous Wardour Street, this thriving hub of Thai food has the mouth watering from beginning to end. Often found with an anticipating queue outside, we’d advice to book here. Boasting 11 venues across London and openings in Manchester and Liverpool coming up, the Thai restaurant is booming in taste, colour and genuine taste.
Oozing in copious options serving to every taste and need, their Soho branch sees diners sit communally on large tables. With incredible Calamari, stir fry to die for and the best green curries in curry, Busaba Eathai is your go to place for constance and affordability.
106–110 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TS
Words – Dean Eastmond