Olle is a Korean BBQ spot on Shaftesbury Avenue where you’ll get to cook things like like wagyu beef on a grill in the middle of your table. In addition, you’ll find a pretty extensive menu of other Korean food, from seafood pancakes to tofu stews. There’s plenty of drama here but it’s a relaxed atmosphere that’ll suit a fancy dinner just as well as a quick lunch.
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Joy King Lau
Joy King Lau is one of the more relaxed restaurants in Chinatown, and one to head to if you have a meal with your parents or relatives in the diary.
Evelyn’s Table is a fun and intimate 11 seater kitchen on the edge of Chinatown serving creative southern European dishes.
Food House is a Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown serving solid chilli oil noodles, platters of dumplings, and more. It’s good for a group, or solo.
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Whitecross Street Market
Whitecross Street Market runs between Old Street and the Barbican, and is one of London’s busiest street markets.
Dotori is a busy, cash-only neighbourhood restaurant in Finsbury Park serving excellent and inexpensive Korean, and passable Japanese food.
The Kitchens At Old Spitalfields Market
The kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market have all sorts of excellent restaurants and stalls, providing options to sit at the bar or to take away.
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Sit at the bar at The Palomar, this Israeli small plates restaurant in Chinatown, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Koba is a swish spot that’s perfect for giving friends an intro to the joys of Korean barbecue.
Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
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