For going big in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard gets our vote every time. The restaurant’s been put together in such a way as to make the entire evening unforgettable, from the over-the-top Art Deco room and completely, unnecessarily opulent food, to all the moneyed-up Londoners and glamourpusses it attracts. The food’s memorable because we don’t often eat these French and British classics (a very good Beef Wellington, Boeuf Bourguignon) paired with upscale Russian dishes (SO MUCH CAVIAR), but it’s all very enjoyable and in the best possible taste. You will take a thousand selfies here, drunkenly bash the ‘press for champagne’ button at least a couple of times, and stumble out into the night all the better for it.
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The Best Restaurants in Soho
There are almost too many places to eat in Soho. Here are our pick of the best restaurants to hit up in London’s greatest neighbourhood.
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The Duck and Rice
The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.
Brasserie Zédel is a classic all-day brasserie in Soho, serving affordable steak frites in a huge, beautiful space.
Yauatcha is a high-glam Chinese restaurant in Soho serving dim sum and beautiful desserts, with service that’s either perfect or absolutely rubbish.
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Balans Soho Society
Balans in Soho is a classic modern brasserie with an all-day menu of burgers, pastas, and salads. It’s perfect for brunch and opens til very late.
Wright Brothers Spitalfields
You can get a shellfish tower or a posh seafood dinner at Wright Brothers Spitalfields. Or, you can get oysters for a quid a pop, 3-6pm every day.
Core By Clare Smyth
Core is an excellent fine dining restaurant in Notting Hill. It’s fine dining for people who actually want a proper meal.
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The Gallery at Sketch is a Mayfair restaurant with the most photographed toilets in London. It also serves stupidly expensive and inedible food.
Bocca Di Lupo
If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
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