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Best restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square

The IT edit of where to eat, drink and be merry in Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square.

Looking for somewhere to grab a bite around London? The problem is, there are almost too many options to choose from, and before committing to a meal, you – like everyone else – wants to ensure you don’t end up regretting your choice.

For this reason, we’ve concocted a list of great eats around a few popular areas of London, even breaking them down with a price guide, so that you – our dear readers – can make a more informed decision when it comes to important matters of the stomach.

You can thank us later…

 

Price guide is as follows:

$ = You can be satisfied for less than ₤15 per head including a glass or two

$$ = ₤15-₤25 per head

$$$ = ₤25-40 per head

$$$$ = ₤40-₤75 per head

$$$$$ = ₤75 plus per head

 

10 Greek Street

10 Greek Street, Soho

 

10 Greek St
10 Greet Street, Soho

Closest underground stop: Tottenham Court Road
Price Guide: $$

Diners are tightly squeezed in this affordable Soho venue. Fresh and seasonal, the venue serves up unfussy, good quality food with a menu that constantly evolves – daily in fact.
Perfect for a refuel whilst hitting the shops, 10 Greek St is sure to satisfy even the most insatiable of hunger.

Known for their impeccable selection of wines; Luke, Cam and the 10 Greek Street Team recommend you ask for the ‘little black book’, a hand-written list of rarer wine gems.

Must try: Spiced sweetcorn soup, burrata, fried cod cheeks with romesco and chorizo and the truffle gnocchi are stand outs on this menu.

 

Burger & Lobster

Burger & Lobster restaurant, London.

Burger & Lobster restaurant, London.

 

Burger & Lobster

36 Dean St, Soho
Closest underground stop: Leicester Square
Price Guide: $$$

A fast expanding group (we are avoiding the chain word for snob reasons), there are now six locations across London in all the hoods you will be visiting: Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, City and Fitzrovia.

Established in 2011, Burger & Lobster’s name pretty much gets straight to the point! Take your pick from the three items on the menu; a burger, a lobster or a lobster roll, and get ready to fill right up. Consider this fair warning, the portions are not small.

Must try: The lobster chowder and panko prawns are legendary to start, but for main course, it’s gotta be the lobster burger with brie, truffle and tarragon mayo. Woo!

 

Terroirs Wine Bar

Terroirs restaurant, London.

Terroirs restaurant, London.

 

Terroirs Wine Bar

5 William IV Street, Covent Garden
Closest underground stop: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $$

Terroirs is almost an institution serving charcuterie and wine. It features a great selection of reasonably priced food and even more interesting wine that can be ordered by the glass, pot (500ml) or bottle.

Terroirs is the perfect choice for people who choose their food based on what wine they feel like drinking – and they make no apologies for that – as the food suits the wines on the menu like an absolute dream. But make no mistake, while the food is great, the wine really is the star of this show.

Must try: the menu changes often, but some stand outs to look out for are the mussel risotto, the cave aged cheddar (which we don’t even have to tell you how well it goes with a good glass of vino), and the tomatoes, smoked eel and capers. Delish!

 

Busaba

Busaba restaurant, London.

Busaba restaurant, London.

 

Busaba

Various locations around London.
Price Guide: $

A quick, easy and cheap Thai group of restaurants dotted across London. Australian Thai food guru David Thompson was involved in the menu design from the beginning, so it has all the hallmarks we are used to. If you’re in the mood for a Pad Thai and all the other usual Siam suspects, drop in for a quick bite. You certainly won’t regret it.

Must try: the chilli prawn stir fry is delightful, as is the Pad Thai – obviously – but what we love the most is the Mussman duck curry – and the roti bread!

 

Café in the Crypt

Café in the Crypt, London

 

Café in the Crypt

Trafalgar Square
Closest underground stop: Charing Cross
Price Guide: $

An institution no first-time visitor to London can miss, this is the Café in the Crypt. Set in the 18th century crypt of the church on Trafalgar Square, this café serves old school hearty English breakfast, lunch and dinner for crazy bargain prices. Known for its extravagant architecture, the hidden spot is a well known secret among London locals and tourists – probably due to the original brick-vaulted ceilings and historic tombstones lining the floor provide the backdrop while an assisted buffet offers a varied selection of freshly prepared, value for money food throughout the day.

It’s simple honest and good value.

Must try: the traditional hot pudding in the form of sweet apple crumble served with custard and the open sandwiches. Hello proscuitto and picalilli and the gravlax salmon!

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