Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Inigo
Rather than standard mixed salmon platters, the bijou Inigo slings sushi handrolls: burrito-proportioned rolls stuffed with a mix of creative fillings.
Ognisko
At Ognisko restaurant in Knightsbridge, the decor, like the cuisine, is elegant and artful, with delicious Baltic dishes and a curated drinks list.
Ella Canta
Ella Canta is London outpost of Mexican super-chef Martha Ortiz, creating modern Mexican marvels with a superb and innovative cocktail list
Essence Cuisine
It’s to the credit of Essence Cuisine - a hip restaurant with high-end looks but fast-casual accessibility - that their vegan dishes are so delicious.
Som Saa
A chic Thai restaurant in Spitalfields, Som Saa serves up a seasonal, spicy selection of dishes that keep punters coming back for more.
Ferdi
Found in Mayfair, Ferdi is a Parisian-inspired restaurant serving elegant comfort food and a rightly-famous cheeseburger in a cosy yet chic space.
Hoppers
A Sri Lankan restaurant from the team behind Gymkhana and Bubbledogs, Hoppers is a Soho staple for its hoppers, hard drinks and must-have dishes.
Dozo
There’s basically an ever-present queue of eager diners at Dozo in Soho, waiting to enjoy some superlative Japanese cuisine.
Sea Containers
A transatlantic menu and great views of the River Thames gives Sea Containers at Mondrian London a competitive edge on the London food scene.
The Clifton
After standing empty for years The Clifton has been masterfully resuscitated by brothers Ben and Ed Robson, the twosome behind Boopshi's in Fitzrovia
Pizza East Kentish Town
Found near Hampstead Heath, Pizza East Kentish Town serves a moreish menu of ciabatta-style pizzas, as well as a great cocktail menu.
Luca
A modern British-Italian restaurant from the team behind The Clover Club, Luca offers stellar cuisine in its chic Clerkenwell location.
Pitt Cue Co.
Starting as a food truck on the South Bank, Pitt Cue Co. now has its own brick-and-mortar space in The City, serving expertly grilled meats and BBQ dishes.
Ember Yard
Ember Yard showcases Italian and Spanish flavours and British produce with aplomb in its sleek two-floor space in London's Soho neighbourhood.
Zala Grill
A highlight of the reborn Camden Market, Zala Grill draws indoor and outdoor diners with its "Levantine pizzas" and other creative Israeli fare.
Jamavar
Jamavar serves elegant Indian cuisine in Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi and now London. The Mayfair outpost is more than a little atmospheric.
Next Level: London’s Top Restaurants in 2017
As the year's summer solstice has come and gone, we look back over our shoulder at some of London's Top Restaurants to have hit the city's streets in 2017.
Kitty Fisher’s
Kitty Fisher’s, found in Shepherd Market in Mayfair, has old world charm and a serious way with a charcoal- and wood-fired grill.
Palatino
Palatino, brainchild of London restaurateur Stevie Parle, serves Roman cuisine made with British ingredients in its industrial-chic space in Clerkenwell.
Rotorino
A Southern Italian restaurant and wine bar from restaurateur Stevie Parle of Dock Kitchen, Rotorino serves fine food in sleek surrounds.
Bad Egg
A restaurant-cum-diner in The City, Bad Egg offers a popular boozy weekend brunch and a week-round selection of egg-tastic, hunger-sating dishes.
Kiln
Regional Thai cuisine is the name of the game at Kiln in Soho, a restaurant where dishes are cooked in hand-hammered woks, clay pots and a wood-fired kiln.
El Pastór
A popular but petite taqueria in London Bridge’s Borough Market, El Pastór is taco-shack chic and beloved for its fresh tortillas and meaty tacos.
Primeur
Housed in a former garage from the 1920s, Primeur is fast becoming a local favourite for its laidback atmosphere and delicious French food.
La Dame de Pic
Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic has opened her luxurious French restaurant La Dame de Pic in the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.
Tredwells
A British-meets-world restaurant from chef-restaurateur Marcus Wareing, Tredwells in Covent Garden is informal, yet elegant with a great bar.
GinTonica at The Distillery
Owned and operated by the acclaimed Portobello Gin brand, The Distillery is an ambitious project that has paid off in spades, in no small part due to its liver-tickling array of gins from every corner of the planet.
The Manor
From the folks behind The Dairy in Clapham, The Manor is another seasonal, sensational restaurant, offering creative food in a casual bistro setting.
Foxlow Clerkenwell
Foxlow Clerkenwell offers a modern take on comfort food that weaves together good old English pub grub with a hint of Southern flair and steakhouse moxy.
Sparrow
Run by a husband-and-wife team, Sparrow’s kitchen is smart and ambitious, but it remains a neighbourhood restaurant with real heart.
The Cheese Bar
In the wrong hands, The Cheese Bar might have been a single-punchline gimmick. Instead, it's a restaurant of serious, indulgent substance.
The Dairy
A fixture on the Clapham culinary scene since it opened in 2013, The Dairy serves seasonal, local fare – some of which comes from their roof garden.
Sakagura
Sitting in the elegant dining room at Sakagura, it’s easy to feel like you’ve found a portal from Mayfair which leads directly to Tokyo.
108 Garage
108 Garage is something a little bit special - an amalgam of flavours from everywhere and nowhere this is innovative cooking at its finest
Oslo
Oslo is a little slice of Nordic heaven in London's East End offering live music, great food and beer, and plenty of style.
Barnyard
Ownder Ollie Dabbous' restaurant Barnyard in Fitzrovia serves British and American comfort food classics in rustic, chic surrounds.
Three Eight Four
Found in the trendy locale of Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, Three Eight Four offers a small plates-style and potent cocktails.
Arabica
Even if you can’t tell your rosewater from your ras-el-hanout, you won't fail to notice the stunning breadth of flavours at play at Arabica.
Bird of Smithfield
Bird of Smithfield is found in a five-storey Georgian townhouse overlooking the historic Smithfield meat market and serving quintessentially British dishes.
City Social
Michelin-starred City Social, found on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in The City, is a sleek restaurant from chef extraordinaire Jason Atherton.

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