Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Central London

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The Palomar
Brasserie Zedel
BAO, Soho
Barnyard
Foley's
Barrica
Great Queen Street
Honey & Co
Dehesa
Opera Tavern
Copita
Salt Yard
 

 

Unsurprisingly, central London is home to a large number of the capital's Bib Gourmand restaurants. From Soho to Fitzrovia, the area is full of tempting but affordable eateries.

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A.Wong

A modern Chinese restaurant that draws on cooking styles from all over the country.

70-71 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1DE

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

Andrew Wong's modern Chinese restaurant, A. Wong, is a love letter to the chef's travels around China, showcasing many of the cooking styles found throughout the country. Similar to the likes of HKK and Hakkasan, A. Wong puts a classy spin on Chinese food but manages to do so at a reasonable price, with dim sum and snacks available to order by the piece and priced between £1.30 and £3. Three different menus are on offer: the dim sum and evening menu, a ten-course 'Taste of China' menu and a peking duck feast. With "a bunch of dishes which punch above their weight at a good price", A. Wong "manages the clever trick of being a relaxed space in which to eat serious food" (Jay Rayner).

 
 
 

BAO, Soho

Steamed milk buns filled with braised pork, fried chicken or lamb shoulder.

53 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

After proving popular at Netil Market, BAO was given its first permanent home in Soho, serving its steamed milk buns and Taiwanese cuisine to more hungry Londoners. The buns are filled with ingredients such as braised pork, peanut powder and coriander; fried chicken, kimchi, Sichuan mayo and sesame; and lamb shoulder, garlic mayo and soy pickled chilli. For dessert, there's a fried Horlicks ice cream bao. Fancy more Bao? You can find them in Netil Market and Fitzrovia , too.

 
 
 

The Barbary

The menu here reflects the countries along the Barbary Coast through to the Mediterranean Sea leading to Israel.

16 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

What happens when you can't get a seat in one of London's most desirable restaurants? They open a new one, thankfully. The second restaurant from siblings Layo and Zoe Paskin, Assaf Granit and Uri Navon who also own The Palomar, you'll find The Barbary in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. The menu reflects the countries along the Barbary Coast through to the Mediterranean Sea leading to Israel. The mood of the food is 'grilling and baking from the Barbary Coast to Jerusalem' so you get Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Libyan food like grilled duck hearts, sirloin steaks, octopus mashawsha, and asparagus with black tahini. Eat at the silver metal bar that wraps around the open kitchen and take in the theatre of the chefs at work. The slight snag - the place is tiny... and it doesn't take reservations. In short, be prepared to queue.

 
 
 

Barnyard

A second venture by Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg.

18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LZ

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Tipped to be one of the hottest openings of 2014, Barnyard is the latest venture by Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg, the pair behind the excellent and always fully-booked Dabbous. Run by general manager Charlie Bolton, a key member of the opening team at Dabbous before he went on to manage the bar at Burger and Lobster in Mayfair, chef Joseph Woodland who trained at The Square before moving to Launceston Place heads up the kitchen. Barnyard dishes include homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli, roast beef on toast with warm horseradish buttermilk, and sweets such as apple and cloudberry crumble with clotted cream, and bananas and custard. Barnyard tipples include Hedgerow Shandy (sloe gin, cider, pink grapefruit & tonic), boilermakers, homemade lemonade and unusual milkshakes, such as popcorn and lavender, all served either virgin or alcoholic. Barnyard's rustic theme is felt through its interior fitted out with reclaimed timber and corrugated tin while indie folk, country and blues are predominantly on the playlist. And if you've ever had to wait months for a table at Dabbous - and "getting a table at Dabbous will prove tougher than getting through to a real human being on the TalkTalk helpline" (Jay Rayner, The Guardian) - the good news is that Barnyard is walk-ins only.

 
 
 

Barrica

As close to a Barcelona tapas bar as you can get.

62 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4NE

Tube: Goodge Street Station

 
 

Designed to be an authentic Spanish tapas bar, Barrica Tapas Bar on Goodge Street in London is as genuine as those on the busy streets of Barcelona. Leave the hustle and bustle of the West End behind and experience the true tastes of Spain. Barrica Tapas Bar is focused on providing a casual, relaxed environment in which you can share delicious tapas with friends, enjoy a quiet espresso and pastry, or have a glass of wine at the end of the day. Nibble on olives and salted almonds from behind the bar before you enjoy a wide selection of tapas dishes, from cured meats and cheeses to seafood tapas and vegetables. Daily and weekly blackboard specials are also available. The extensive range of drinks is just as much of a highlight at Barrica Tapas Bar. Just as the tapas dishes are influenced from all regions of Spain, the wines and sherries have all been carefully selected to offer a full reflection of Spain's fantastic diversity.

 
 
 
 

Brasserie Zedel

A large Parisian style brasserie in the heart of London.

20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ED

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (the duo who brought us The Wolseley and more recently The Delaunay), return with a new addition to the London restaurant scene, Brasserie Zedel, which opened on 18th June 2012. Its location, set in the vast new development just off Piccadilly Circus (the restaurant occupies the Grill Room of the former Regent Palace Hotel), alone makes Brasserie Zedel a significant opening. But pair that with the Corbin and King names and you have a launch that's sure to get the critics salivating. We are promised "a large, bustling Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London", with restored Art Deco style interiors by the designers of the moment, the David Collins Studio. Even more intriguing is the claim that the restaurant will offer "great value with remarkably low prices". If that really is the case, Brasseries Zedel will be busy. The restaurant offers all day dining and there's a separate 'Bar Americain'  as well as a cabaret and live music venue called, quite brilliantly, 'The Crazy Coqs'.

 
 

Events at Brasserie Zedel

Cool Things

Sunday 25th June 2017 - 7pm | £30-£54

 
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Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
Stacy Mitchhart

Sunday 25th June 2017 - 9.15pm | £15-£30

 
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Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
Juliet Kelly: Celebrating The Divas Of Jazz
On Soon

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 6pm | £20

 
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Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
Witt 'n Camp
On Soon

Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July 2017 - 9.15pm-10.15pm | £12.50, concs £10

 
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Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries

Comedy, Musical.

Crowley & Co.'s The Night
On Soon

Monday 3rd July 2017 - 9.15pm | £10

 
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Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
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Copita

This relaxed tapas bar gives Londoners an authentic taste of Spain.

26-27 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F8EP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Providing Londoners with an authentic taste of Spain, Copita is an informal tapas bar that embraces the culture of eating either standing up or on stools at bar level, creating an upbeat and relaxed environment. Despite this, food is still very much at the forefront and the menu is constantly evolving, created using carefully sourced ingredients. Serving 'true tapas', they offer dishes such as truffled goat's cheese, almond and honey; duck egg with patat a lo pobre; sweet potato, bravas sauce, alioli and peanuts; and salt cod fritters with paprika mayo. Proving that sherry is a fantastic accompaniment to food, they have over 15 varieties to choose from and a good selection of Spanish wines, all available by the glass to ensure diners can enjoy a variety. 

 
 
 

Dehesa

A terrific tapas restaurant with delicious food and a good vibe.

25 Ganton Street, Soho, London, W1F 9BP

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Owners of terrific tapas bar Salt Yard, Sanja Morris and Simon Mullins, have turned their hand to delivering more of a fine dining experience with Dehesa (Spanish for grazing meadow). Specialising in small dishes designed for sharing, the flavours of Spain and Italy can be sampled in the charcuterie including acorn fed Jamon Iberico and cheese - try the farmhouse goats' cheeses hand rolled in ash from Tuscany. The tapas menu comes in four parts: meat, fish, vegetable for savoury and puddings for afters. The beauty of this kind of eating is that you can eat as much or as little as you like: sit at the bar with a handful of Marcona almonds to munch on; or weigh down your table with five or six tapas plates accompanied by a bottle of Gattinara Riserva from the award-winning Travaglini vineyard in Nebbiolo, Piedmont.

 
 
 

Foley's

A diverse range of modern world dishes can be enjoyed here.

23 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DU

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Mitz Vora, previously sous chef at enviably popular restaurant The Palomar, brings a diverse range of modern world dishes inspired by the spice trail to Foley's. Cornflake-crusted chicken with pickled mushrooms, sticky beef with cucumber som tam and dishes like nori wrapped tuna with compressed nashi pear are just some of the choices on offer. Leave room for The Fatboy Elvis - a warm chocolate chip banana cake served with banana cream, peanut honeycomb, bacon crack and strawberry jam. Found on Foley Street, the 70 cover restaurant is set over two floors with an alfresco coffee bar and an open kitchen with bar seating in the basement. The open kitchen isn't just for show - the chefs talk to and entertain the guests while they cook, creating a great buzz and convivial atmosphere. Even if you haven't booked you can chance it - walk in customers can enjoy a drink and snack at the queuing counter while they wait to be seated at the kitchen bar.

 
 
 

Great Queen Street

Daily changing dishes are served in casual, rustic surroundings.

32 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AA

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station

 
 

Fans of St John in Farringdon (described by us as "one of the best restaurants in the capital"), The Eagle nearby ("the original and arguably one of London's best gastropubs") and The Anchor & Hope in Waterloo ("a London landmark"), will love Great Queen Street. This is thanks to the same team behind these three London favourites: Tom Norrington-Davies (from the Eagle) is head chef; Robert Shaw (also Anchor & Hope) is in charge of front of house; Jonathon Jones (chef at Anchor & Hope) is a partner; and Mike Belben (ex-Eagle) is an investor. With names like these it's no surprise that the daily changing dishes are swooned over. Don't be fooled by the casual, rustic decor, the food here would beat many classy restaurants even if it doesn't have the starched white table cloths. As at St John meat is a speciality and for sophisticated carnivores seven-hour roasted shoulder of Hereford lamb should surely be sampled. Adventurous eaters will love the warm salad of snails with crispy bacon or beef heart with a baked beetroot and horseradish salad; there's plenty to keep the taste buds intrigued. And, unlike the Hope & Anchor, you can thankfully book a table; doing so will not disappoint.

 
 
 
 

Honey & Co

A delightful Middle Eastern cafe/restaurant.

25a Warren Street, London, W1T 5LZ

Tube: Warren Street Station , Great Portland Street Station, Euston Square Station

 
 

Recipient of a Bib Gourmand award, Honey & Co is a delightful Middle Eastern café/restaurant run by husband and wife duo Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. The couple's first solo project, it's seen as an extension of their home and serves food inspired by their Israeli upbringings. The menu is seasonally changing but expect dishes such as Turkish fig and goat cheese salad, Yemeni falafel with salad and tahini, pomegranate molasses chicken with roasted pistachios, and roasted lamb salad with plum tkemeli and tarragon. Breakfast is also available, with dishes such as shakshuka and roast pepper frittata offering a tempting alternative to avocado on toast.

 
 
 

Hoppers

This restaurant takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

49 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SG

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

The third London-based Indian restaurant for the Sethi brothers - Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi, the siblings behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna who also back Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, Lyle's and Taiwanese steamed-bun specialists Bao - Hoppers takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The hopper - a thin, bowl shaped pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk - and dosa are at the heart of the menu with the fermented ground rice and lentils batter served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The menu also lists 'rice and roast' dishes including a Buffalo shank biryani or Tamil spit chicken, and bar snacks, ('short eats' in Sri Lanka), including Oxtail Veechu Roti and mint sambol. A short list of cocktails focuses on Genever and Arrack, with Sri Lankan Lion lager and stout also available as well as ginger beer and buttermilk chaas made in-house. The design, by Katy Manolescue of Article Design Studio, references the hopper and dosa shacks of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu and the whole thing promises to be "fast paced and bold on flavour".

 
 
 

Opera Tavern

Feast on Italian and Spanish influenced dishes at this popular tapas restaurant.

23 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station

 
 

The team behind two of London's most successful Spanish restaurants, Salt Yard and Dehesa, have taken over the Opera Tavern in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and changed the old boozer into a bar with a restaurant upstairs. John Lanchester, writing in The Guardian, reveals that "the porky things here are excellent" and certainly feature prominently on a menu of Italian and Spanish influenced tapas, some of which is cooked over the charcoal grill on the ground floor. Crispy pig's ears (or posh pork scratchings) and mini Iberico pork and foie gras burger are just some of the meaty treats on offer.

 
 
 

The Palomar

This intimate restaurant serves food typical of modern day Jerusalem.

34 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Palomar "serves lovely food" says Jay Rayner. "It pulls on the traditions of the Mediterranean fringes without being overwhelmed by them", and it does so with an "utterly infectious" "vigour and enthusiasm". This achingly hip, intimately small restaurant situated at the Leicester Square end of Rupert Street, in Soho, serves excellent food typical of modern day Jerusalem, with influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa, through to the Levant. The narrow entrance space as you enter offers seating for 19 at the Kitchen Bar - from where you see the chefs at work - and opens out onto the main dining space at the back; a small room with space for 35 people arranged around banquette seating. The cooks occasionally break into an impromptu dance, or down shots with diners, creating a party atmosphere. But that doesn't affect the serious approach to the food - "dish after thrilling dish" (The Independent). From the sow-baked Yemeni bread to a salad of octopus, yogurt and chickpeas everything is to be sampled and savoured. As The Independent food critic Tracey Macleod put is, The Palomar is "Clamorous, cramped and exciting."

 
 
 

Picture

A buzzy, rustic hideaway in central London.

110 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6PQ

Tube: Great Portland Street Station

 
 

Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Picture restaurant is a buzzy, rustic hideaway on Great Portland Street. Guests can choose from a plethora of eclectic small plates, complemented by a selective list of wines, seasonal cocktails and beers. Led by an impassioned trio consisting of an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman, the 3 bring together a wealth of experience running Michelin-starred restaurants in the West End, and a forward-thinking yet relaxed approach to cooking.

 
 
 
 

Polpetto

The Venetian inspired tapas dishes keep Londoners coming back to this Russell Norman restaurant.

11 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0PL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

A reincarnation of the original location above The French House, Polpetto is now housed within a larger site on Berwick Street - a welcome improvement that allows for groups bigger than four. Following the departure of head chef Florence Knight, who was a key part of the restaurant since the beginning, Polpetto reopened in August 2015 with a new menu. Returning to its original roots with Venetian influences, options include anchovy and chickpea crostini, spicy meatball pizzetta, rabbit pappardelle and zucchini fries. The wine list promotes northern Italian wines from small producers, while desserts include panna cotta with blackberries, flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake, and lemon polenta and almond cake. Sister restaurants co-owned by BBC's 'The Restaurant Man', Russell Norman, dubbed the "king of Soho restaurants" by The Times, include Polpo restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Smithfield as well as Mishkin's and Spuntino.

 
 
 

Salt Yard

This split level restaurant has a relaxed tapas bar and more formal restaurant.

54 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4NA

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Drawing heavily on the flavours of Spain and Italy, Salt Yard is a tapas bar that likes to mix up its influences. While upstairs is a charcuterie bar for lighter bites, downstairs is the more formal restaurant with tables tightly packed. There you'll be presented with the inventive tapas menu, divided into vegetable, meat and fish dishes. But most important is the particular emphasis they place on the quality of the ingredients. Cured hams and salamis include Jam'n Ib'rico de Bellota - made from semi-wild acorn-guzzling pigs from Southern Spain. Perfect prosciuttos from Alto Adige and herb flecked salamis from Tuscany come served on wooden boards. For vegetarians, the signature dish is courgette flowers stuffed with goats-cheese and drizzled with honey. With a sister restaurant Dehesa in Ganton Street and the Blackfoot Butchers opposite Salt Yard in Charlotte Place, owners Simon Mullins, Sanja Morris, and chef Benjamin Tish are taking tapas to new places.

 
 
 

Vico

Affordable and delicious Italian street food.

One Cambridge Circus, Soho, London, WC2H 8PA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

In late 2008 Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened their first restaurant, the award-winning Bocca di Lupo which quickly became a go-to for a gastronomic tour of Italy via a series of small plates. Gelupo, a traditional gelateria and delicatessen directly across the street, followed in June 2010 and in 2015 Vico, an "inexpensive and intensely casual" Italian makes a very welcome addition to the stable. Located at One Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, Vico offers affordable Italian street food and Gelupo gelato in a large ground floor space with the convivial atmosphere of an Italian piazza. Chef and co-owner Jacob oversees the menus at the 'piazza-eria' where the focus is on dishes you'd eat walking along a street. Pizza by the slice, polpette and arancini, fried Mediterranean seafood, tranches of torte salate are among the choices, all cooked in small quantities and served freshly cooked. There's no menu - chefs go by what's in season - and house wine served by the carafe, spritz, and beer mean the drinks list is just as breezy and casual as the food menu. At the front of the building a large Gelupo counter - for iced desserts, served along with cakes and fried desserts - mirrors that at Bocca di Lupo. More casual than its Soho sibling - Vico is the kind of place where cutlery is frowned upon - there's minimal seating and playful design putting the fun into Italian.

 
 
 
 
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