When looking to entertain clients or find a new destination for a team lunch, sifting through the endless restaurant review sites can be a time-consuming drag. Here is a list of five tried and tested restaurants across central London where you can expect delicious food at reasonable prices.
Caravan King’s Cross – Granary Square King’s Cross
Caravan Kings Cross – sister restaurant to Caravan Exmouth Market – is a converted grain store that sits on Granary Square in King’s Cross. The menu focuses on small plates but does offer a few larger options and wood fired oven pizzas if you’re not in the mood for sharing. Examples of such small plates include kimchi fritters with a barbecue sauce and a deep fried duck egg, jalapeno cornbread with chipotle butter or my favourite dish – chorizo and sweet potato croquettes with a saffron aioli.
Morito – Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell
Morito is a tapas and mezze bar next to its sister restaurant Moro on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. Expect genuine Spanish tapas, not poor interpretations of Sangria or anchovies out of a tin that so many tapas restaurants in England offer these days. Here you can look forward to dishes such as salad of chopped octopus; lamb chops flavoured with cumin, and a beetroot, feta and walnut sort of hummus.
The Quality Chop House – Clerkenwell
The Quality Chop House is a restaurant I wish I’d opened. More than 140 years ago, the restaurant used to serve the local hardworking clerks and hod carriers. Now its back. Retaining its original architectural charm with a few latter day luxurious additions. We started with a delicious cold and dry white wine with a plate of fine cured meats whilst we made our minds up on the main courses. Pork belly with onion and fennel followed for me whilst my guest enjoyed lamb with pea puree and pancetta. Simple yet absolutely delicious!
The Wright Brothers – Spitalfields, Borough Market and Soho
The best thing about the British coastline is the abundance of fresh seafood. Its rare to find such a joy in smoggy London town and that’s why I’ve recommended The Wright Brothers. From sea to plate in a day, you can either chose to relax at the bar with a pint of prawns and some oysters or you can opt for the more formal option and enjoy a lobster with garlic butter in the relaxed atmosphere. They have 3 London restaurants – in Borough Market, Southwark, in Soho and the latest addition in Spitalfields on the edge of the City
Vinoteca is a wine bar chain in London with a bit of a difference. Its not the formal, pretentious vibe you get in so many bars this day in age. Here you can find well-informed staff, good value wine and honest British food. As Time Out say – “even without the fabulous wines, it would still be a great restaurant.”