Food and drink
A round-the-world trip for gastronauts. Tahini, sumac and kashk (fermented whey) line up alongside rhubarb, samphire and Brussels sprouts in an appealing list of sharing plates – about seven each of veg (and cheese), fish and meat dishes. Combinations are inspired, though the execution doesn’t always live up to expectation. The drinks list is sophisticated – the best spirits, a handful of clever cocktails, superb coffee – and they provide their own still or sparkling water free of charge. Kudos too for offering one of London’s most inventive breakfast menus.
Light, bright and grown-up casual. Despite all the marble and gold it manages to avoid the feel of a Dubai hotel foyer with quirky touches such as coat hooks, paper tablecloths, and huge paintings of lemons.
Food was slow to arrive but wait-staff hit the right note of relaxed professionalism. They’re well-briefed on the provenance of ingredients and how the dishes are made.
West Soho, ideal for Regent Street shopping and Piccadilly Circus.
Sharing plates are £5-£12, the high end featuring ingredients such as scallops and beef sirloin, though even some of the vegetarian dishes are pricey. They suggest ordering three savoury dishes per person, but you could stick to two each. At breakfast, expect to spend around £12 per head including drinks and service.
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