Best restaurants in Fitzrovia
From top new openings to classic London favourites, the best places to eat in Fitzrovia
Also, this week only, Fitzrovia's streets will be filled with the food lovers of London for Feast @Fitzrovia, presenting exclusive events, special menus and lots of surprises.
If you've visited the original BAO restaurant, on Soho's Lexington Street, you'll have noticed that a queue starts forming even before it opens at 12pm. This is because their small steamed milk buns have become one of the city's most iconic dishes, attracting critical acclaim and social media frenzy for their delicious fillings and inexpensive prices.
This new branch, with pretty much the same formula, is due to open on July 6th.
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We love The Palomar, so it's very exciting that the sous chef, Mitz Vora, has spread his wings to become head chef of newly opened Foley's, which describes itself as "Modern World" food inspired by the spice trail.
We're salivating over the cornflake crusted chicken and the "Hoof & rock pool", aka sticky beef: cheek, daikon, cucumber, avocado and kaffir lime puree, poached prawns, and toasted cashew.
Our advice: sit at a counter to get in on the action and chat with the chefs.
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When AA Gill gives ten stars, you know it's good. Portland opened its doors last year to a frenzy of critics' plaudits, with Giles Coren going so far as to call it "a perfect restaurant". So it's incredibly exciting that the very same people have opened a laid-back version just a few streets away, for those times when fancy doesn't fit the bill.
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Dabbous opened its doors in 2012 and has been causing a stir ever since, gaining a Michelin star just months after it opened for its simple, light contemporary cooking. A.A. Gill and Fay Maschler are among some of those who have given the place five stars.
In industrial style, it's a laid back kind of place where jeans are just fine, and Oskar's bar downstairs, with the same ethos, is pretty spectacular too.
The Detox Kitchen Deli
The Detox Kitchen flagship deli, which opened earlier this year, comprises two floors of delectable, nutritious food, as well as fitness classes spread over two bright, welcoming floors. We adore Lily Simpson's ever-expanding empire of food delivery and delis, which make it a pleasure for us to keep on the straight-and-narrow after too much festive indulgence.
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The Newman Street Tavern was steadily establishing itself as one of Fitzrovia's best restaurants, so the news of its closure came as a shock to it's steadfast fans (that's us included).
But as it turns out, the venue remains in safe hands, with the brains behind the former Tavern responsible for installing new restaurant Dickie Fitz in its place, serving up 'dishes of the Pacific'. Think steamed barramundi with dashi roast cabbage and Daikon and Oysters Kilpatrick.
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Percy and Founders
Headed up by former Murano chef Diego Cardoso, the menu offers simple, seasonal fare, with a list of six starters, six mains, salads and ‘Classics to Share’, keeping things straightforward and letting the food sing for itself.
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Roka provides a dark urbane corner for some of the best (if most expensive) Japanese food in London. With four different branches around London, the Fitzrovia flagship is the oldest and most established.
Thank god for hip pizza joint Homeslice. It serves up no-frills finger-food full of innovative flavours from two laid-back restaurants, the newer of which is in Fitzrovia. Snack on a single slice or share a mega 20-inch pizza; wash it down with a few drinks and still come home with change from a £20 note.
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