Five recommended London restaurants

There are 1000s of restaurants in London, I reckon you’d probably be able eat out every night and go to a different restaurant right up to retirement (OK I may be exaggerating a little but city retirement at the least!).  This does make choosing somewhere to eat a bit mind boggling at times so when I get a recommendation I try to take note somewhere or commit it to memory for the next time I fancy a foodie treat.

Like the cocktail list I’ve been growing, I’ve also got quite restaurant list going so I thought I’d share my favourite recommendations so far.

Bistrotheque

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Bistrotheque was recommended to me in a web chat with Saska Graville, Red magazine’s deputy editor and author of the London Style Guide. I was looking for somewhere stylish but not too expensive and I think Saska got it spot on.  As the name suggests it has a bistro-style menu, simple enough most diners should find something.  Looking at the menu I reckon a meal would cost between £20 and £30.  I didn’t manage to make it over to East London to try it out at the time so it’s high up there to try out soon

Bumpkin

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Autumn is here and the temperature is dropping as the months head towards winter.  I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about where to get a great roast dinner, I have Bumpkin in Notting Hill on my mind at the moment. My housemate confirms they do a good roast and from a look at the menu I think one of their warming puddings would go down well too.

Princi

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I stumbled across Princi whilst roaming around Soho looking for a coffee shop.  You can’t miss it on Wardour Street as the windows are full of diners enjoying delicious looking pizzas and the buzz of a busy restaurant.  When I got in from my day I had to find a bit more about it. I was happy to discover it has got some pretty good reviews for its food (although the service seems a bit debatable) and the prices are low too (£7 for a classic margherita).  It looks like a great place for a cheap eat at lunch, after work or an early dinner at the weekends.

Bam-bou

 

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Me and Lucinda discovered Bam-bou last week during London Cocktail Week. We were heading up to their cocktail bar at the time but the Asian food in the ground floor smelt AMAZING.  As we’re both Asian food fans we decided that we had to return the next time we fancied dining out.  Mains start at £11 but if you get in quick Top Table have an offer for 50% off food (time restrictions apply), valid until 26 October.  I’d definitely recommend ordering a cocktail with your meal!

Pitt Cue

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Pitt Cue opened up its doors earlier this year and I’ve definitely seen, heard and read a good few reviews (including The Londoner, a favourite blog of mine for great foodie finds).  There’s no menu online but all reviews point to a meat feast, so of course it’s not suitable for vegetarians or anyone who’s watching the calorie intake.  It’s a small restaurant and so there’s no reservation option, the name of the game is that you put your name down on the list, head upstairs to the bar and wait for your table.

Which restaurant takes your fancy? Have you tried any of them already and would you recommend?