We like to eat. So whenever there is a chance that we can merge business with the pleasure of eating, we take any every opportunity we can get, and collectively, we have tried quite a few places – some from the budget options to the Michelin starred.
London is teeming with great places to try but our top five restaurant choices have been based, not only on great food, but its ease of access and its location to fashion hubs around the city. They also have great atmosphere, so next time you are here for a visit – whether it’s to talk business, schmooze a potential client, or for just a quick lunch, check these places out. We highly recommend them.
1. Hereford Road, Notting Hill
This restaurant occupies a former Victorian butchers shop and specialises in simple, high quality, British food. Championing locally sourced produce at reasonable prices, customers will be treated to a seasonal menu that includes roasted quail, duck livers, hake with sea dulce and Blythburgh pork chop in saffron. The decor is highly inviting and cosy with separated booth areas and great views of the kitchen. It’s also 11 mins cab ride away from Portobello Market and the apparel tradeshow venue, Kensington Olympia.
2. Grain Store, King’s Cross
Chef, Bruno Loubet, provides a highly eclectic menu that comes from sustainable sources which are brought together in innovative ways. Multi-national influences are on show here with dishes such as ‘Smoked tofu and smooth cep pate, fig chutney and mead bread’ or ‘Vadouvan mash, lemon cucumber, kohlrabi and lamb breast confit’. Although there is meat and fish on offer, the menu leans more towards veggies. Cocktails are also a must here.
3. Forge & Co, Shoreditch
Tailored towards social working, F&C is great for those who need to get stuff done but also a good feed and a few alcoholic beverages. The fare here is pub style food that includes: Ox heart burgers and Chicken liver and foiegras parfait. They also do breakfast and brunch menus served in sofas in the lounge area.
4. Dabbous, Fitzrovia
This Michelin starred restaurant is unfussy in both decor and ethos but the food is anything but. The tasting menu is a manageable five courses and focuses on bringing out the produce’s subtle, yet complex, flavour and is well thought out. Wine and cocktails, served both in the separate Oskar’s bar downstairs as well as the restaurant are clean and crisp and compliment delicate dishes such as Smoked Eel and Kimono as well as Peas and Mint. We were able to get a table within one month of booking but reserving earlier is recommended.
5. Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly
Nestled in the back of Piccadilly is a classic, art deco, marbled expanse that has all the chic and atmosphere of 1920s Parisian cafe. The spacious setting is good for a quick lunch where all the classics are available from Escargot to Boeuf Bourguignon and Filet de Saumon Poche, and all at a similar price of a standard bistro.