Pizarro Ben Cooper; Online Travel Editor, ELLEuk
Ive always loved Jose Pizarros food. First, when he was at Eyre Brothers, then at Brindisa and now, in his rightful place: out on his own, and lapping up the plaudits that are coming his way. Whats Pizarro like, though? Amazing, in a word. The menus short and sweet and whips through a handful of Spanish classics like prawn croquetas, salt cod with beans, razor clams, and jamon. Oh, that jamon
194 Bermondsey Street, SE1 STQ. Read our full Pizarro review
Mele e Pere Sara Dsouza; Online Travel Assistant, ELLEuk
Despite there being more great restaurants than you can shake a stick at around our offices in Soho, when tasked with the dilemma, where shall we eat tonight? I often remain stumped. Which is why it was quite a relief when Italian trattoria Mele e Pere threw open their doors this January. Right around the corner on Brewer Street, they offer simple, delicious, subtly flavoured (not to mention reasonably priced) dishes. Couple that with some chic interiors and a very relaxed setting and its just the kind of dining I love.
46 Brewer Street, W1F 9TF. Read our full Mele e Pere review
Rosas Amy Bannerman; Senior Fashion Assistant, ELLE
With its wood-panelled walls and busy vibe, this is a fun pitstop for hungry shoppers from Spitalfields market. The best Thai I've had in London (dont miss the Thai Calamari and Red Curry), it appeals to a very cool crowd I've even seen Keira Knightley in there...
12 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Andrew Edmunds Emily Cronin; News Editor, ELLEuk
Good luck getting a reservation. Its not snobbery but a postage-stamp-sized dining room that limits the diners at this Soho haunt, making it a perfect option for a romantic dinner spot with vintage London appeal. The handwritten menus and dollhouse-sized tables subtly nudge couples closer, while innovative menu items encourage sharing. Just make sure you dont need to rush off youll want all three courses.
46 Lexington Street, W1F 0LW
Anchor & Hope Anna Ogundehin; Acting Executive Fashion Editor, ELLE
The décor here is fairly basic: it's still more pub proper than fancy gastro pub and can get very busy, BUT the food is fantastic. Not for the diet-conscious, they serve large, hearty dishes, like slow-cooked leg of lamb to share among four-six people. You can't book, which is a slight hassle, so you have to get there early and put your name down. Its well worth the wait, though.
36 The Cut, SE1 8LP
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Buen Ayre Laura Davies; Sub-editor, ELLE
This gloriously cool grill restaurant on Broadway Market is up there with the best steak houses in the capital, and all with a chilled-out Argentinean bar vibe and friendly service. One for carnivores, the portions are giant, so stick to a traditional steak and chips cooked by Buenos Aires-born head chef John Rattagan just don't ask for rare unless you're happy to hear it mooing, instead medium-rare is perfect. Fancy an authentic South American experience? Sit at the bar to watch your meat sizzle in the open kitchen and wash the whole cosy experience down with a large glass of vino tinto.
50 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
French & Grace Patricia Campbell; Commercial Editor, ELLEuk
Back in 2008, at the height of the supper club craze, friends Rosie French and Ellie Grace began experimenting with fresh ingredients from their beloved Brixton Market, inviting intrepid diners into their living room to showcase the dazzling culinary results. Salad Club, as it was known back then, has since gone from strength to strength, most recently taking up permanent residency at Brixton Village. With just a handful of tables inside and out, and a BYOB policy, it serves up a core menu of tasty, feel-good fare like street-food style and is perfect for a laidback lunch or intimate dinner, especially on Thursday and Friday evenings when there are live bands outside the Agile Rabbit pizzeria opposite.
Unit 19, First Avenue, Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PR