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With almost three decades of experience, Squaremeal is the UK’s most trusted restaurant and bar site, providing over 21,000 daily visitors with more than 11,000 completely independent restaurant reviews.
In honour of this year’s festival, Squaremeal explains why these Taste of London attendees should be on your restaurant hit list.

Hoppers, Soho
Inspired by the roadside shacks of southern India and Sri Lanka, Hoppers is a welcoming, no-bookings pit-stop offering exceptional value and a real buzz. Snacks include outstanding devilled shrimps with a hot and sour kick, while mains focus on dosas and the namesake ‘hoppers’ – bowl-shaped pancakes made from coconut-milk batter and fermented rice, served with chutneys, sambols and various karis.

Hoppers won the BMW Squaremeal Best New Restaurant in spring 2016: it’s smoking hot.

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Duck & Waffle, City
For those constantly seeking the next big thing, Duck & Waffle’s 40-storey-high perch frequently hits new highs with its astounding views, (almost) 24/7 opening times and fashion-forward philosophy.

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Ember Yard, Soho
As well as glorious Spanish and Italian tapas, charcuterie and cheeses, this branch of the Salt Yard group (including Dehesa and Opera Tavern) lives up to its ‘Ember’ tag by offering dishes imbued with smokiness and the satisfying crunch of charcoal.
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Koffmann’s, Knightsbridge
French master Pierre Koffmann is still at the top of his game, and lovers of grande cuisine are thrilled by this cheery, split-level dining room with its pastel shades, smart trappings and a riot of sunny flowers straight out of a Van Gogh canvas.

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Kurobuta, Chelsea, Harvey Nichols and Marble Arch
With its Chelsea branch winning the BMW Squaremeal Best New Restaurant award in spring 2015, Kurobuta is on a winning streak with its fizzy, impromptu energy and addictive Japanese food.

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Roka, Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia and Mayfair
Roka’s fired-up robatayaki cuisine now has a home in sites across the city, with Squaremeal readers still describing the food as “absolutely superb”.
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Typing Room, Shoreditch
With backing from Jason Atherton (the man behind Pollen Street Social), chef Lee Westcott delivers sleek, Nordic-inspired cuisine using a wealth of top-drawer, seasonal British ingredients – a prospect that appeals as much to the eye as the palate.
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