Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

40 Dean Street
A cosy Italian bistro, 40 Dean Street is a Soho stalwart serving traditional, well-executed Italian classics.
Lokhandwala
The petite Lokhandwala, handily located on Charlotte Street, strikes a likeable balance between the regal and the playful, in both appearance and cuisine.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
London is now on the cusp of an African food revolution—and Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, with its luminous cooking and vivid spices, is a must-stop on any culinary tour.
Pizarro
Pizarro offers one of the most convivial, most charming, most relentlessly enjoyable dining experiences in all of London. Its menu is also an ideal primer on classic Catalonian flavours.
Chimichurris
Like a Buenos Aires parilla, Chimichurris is simply appointed with casual benches and a relaxed neighbourhood vibe. The menu echoes that authenticity too. There’s filled-to-bursting empanadas – Argentinian pasties – with neatly crimped pastry housing unctuous chicken and vegetables.
Tea Room at Bun House
If the ambiance at Tea Room at Bun House is pure Hong Kong, then so are the dishes; together, the venue offers one of London’s most wonderfully distinct brunch experiences.
Great Guns Social
Great Guns Social looks like little more than a neighbourhood pub from the outside. But inside, surprising—and impressive—culinary hijinks are afoot.
May Fair Kitchen
Housed within W1 hotspot, The May Fair Hotel, May Fair Kitchen serves up sublime small plates of Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. All minimalist décor with industrial lighting and informal raised banqueting tables, the vibe is distinctly laid back for its Mayfair environs.
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.

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