TripAdvisor’s great for a first-look a new place and Michelin for that high-end experience, but when you’re simply looking for a nice meal, it’s hard to know where to go. That’s where chefs come in. Experts who constantly dine out with a critical palate, they eat everywhere – from humble hole-in-the-walls to the city’s finest fare and every flavour in-between.
We asked some Taste chefs what their favourite restaurant in London is and why. Here are their recommendations…
“Very inventive dishes that never fail to impress”
Who chose it? James French, Nonna Tonda.
What is it? Born in a south-london shipping container, Kricket caused sufficient a hullabaloo in the world of street food and has now expanded into multiple bricks-and-mortar restaurants. Serving Indian small plates with British ingredients, Kricket has a relaxed and industrial feel.
Where is it? 12 Denman St, Soho, W1D 7HH
The Clove Club
“Love what the guys there are doing. The food and service is always banging and I normally can’t remember leaving.”
Who chose it? Sebby Holmes, Farang
What is it? Head to Shoreditch Town Hall in East London and you’ll find The Clove Club. Named after the original supper club that brought its founders Daniel Willis, Isaac McHale and Johnny Smith together, the sparse open kitchen restaurant serves thoughtful, precise and elegant British food in a relaxed and informal setting.
Where is it? Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, EC1V 9LT
“It’s a beautiful space and they serve modern Scandinavian food – everything is delicious. I personally like to sit at the bar and have the smorgasbord and aquavits!”
Who chose it? George Barson, Kitty Fisher’s & Cora Pearl
What is it? Situated in a beautiful space within the recently re-developed St James’s Market, Aquavit serves authentic Nordic-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist, honouring high-quality fresh seasonal ingredients. Unlike the two Michelin starred original in NYC, Aquavit London comes in the form of a warmly lit, relaxed brasserie created by celebrated Nordic designers.
Where is it? St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James’s, SW1Y 4QQ
“It’s a solid local Italian restaurant. I eat there around four times a week!”
Who chose it? Matthew Carver, The Cheese Bar
What is it? Natura describes itself as a local for locals. A family-owned café & pizzeria tucked away in Hackney Wick, Natura serves delicious homemade ‘food for thought’ made from the best sourced ingredients imported directly from Italy.
Where is it? Where to find it: 30 Felstead Street, Hackney Wick, E9 5LG
Little Duck: The Picklery
“I love Little Duck. Thom cooks amazing homey dishes there in front of you in a farmhouse-style kitchen. They also have great natural wines by the glass.”
Who chose it? Tom Angelsea, The Laughing Heart
What is it? A third joint from the team behind Soho’s Duck Soup and Hackney’s Rawduck, Little Duck: The Picklery offers simple seasonal cooking with a focus on brining. They make a number of pickles, ferments and drinking vinegars on site (available to buy) and incorporate them into a simple, hearty sharing menu and slow-roasted daily special inspired by the blue skies and sunshine of the Mediterranean.
Where is it? 68 Dalston Lane, Dalston, E8 3AH