Restaurants

Top Choice Modern European in The West End

Portrait

This stunningly located restaurant above the excellent National Portrait Gallery comes with dramatic views over Trafalgar Sq and Westminster. It's a fine choice for tantalising food and the chance to relax after a m…
Top Choice Israeli in The West End

Palomar

The buzzing vibe at this good-looking celebration of modern-day Jerusalem cuisine (in all its permutations) is infectious, but the noise in the back dining room might drive you mad. Choose instead the counter seats …
Top Choice British in The West End

Claridge's Foyer & Reading Room

Extend that pinkie finger to partake in afternoon tea within the classic art deco foyer and Reading Room of this landmark hotel, where the gentle clink of fine porcelain and champagne glasses could be a defining mem…
Top Choice Noodles in The West End

Shoryu

Compact, well-mannered and central noodle-parlour Shoryu draws in reams of noodle diners to feast at its wooden counters and small tables. It’s busy, friendly and efficient, with helpful and informative staff. Fanta…
Top Choice Indian in The West End

Gymkhana

The rather sombre setting is all British Raj – ceiling fans, oak ceiling, period cricket photos and hunting trophies – but the menu is lively, bright and inspiring. For lovers of variety, there is a six-course tasti…
Brasserie in The West End

The Delaunay

This smart brasserie southeast of Covent Garden is a kind of Franco-German hybrid, where schnitzels and wieners sit happily beside croque-monsieurs and choucroute alsacienne (Alsace-style sauerkraut). Even more rela…
Indian in The West End

Quilon

This award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant probably serves the best and most inventive Indian food in London. While the restaurant itself in posh St James's is nothing to write home about, the dishes themselves…
Sri Lankan in The West End

Hoppers

This pint-sized and enormously popular place specialises in hoppers, the Sri Lankan national dish that is a thin pancake of rice flour and coconut milk with spices. Eat them (or dosas) with various types of kari (cu…
Modern European in The West End

Pollen Street Social

Jason Atherton's cathedral to haute cuisine would be beyond reach of many people not on a hefty expense account, but the excellent-value set lunch (£32/37 for two/three courses) makes it fairly accessible to all. A …
Indian in The West End

Talli Joe

Talli Joe is a colourful and very new breed of Indian restaurants serving 'half plates’ (meaning share portions). The menu has been composed by the legendary Joe, who has travelled the length and breadth of India fo…