Started as a pop-up, the Flat Iron now boasts three permanent restaurants centrally between Soho and Covent Garden. Great steaks and cheerful atmosphere are the ingredients of this growing success – but watch out for queues which can be up to 2 hours on weekends! The Flat Iron is firmly in the category of the ‘no-reservation-accepted’ restaurants; but queuing for a perfectly cooked signature steak is more than worth it.
The Taiwanese BAO originally opened in Netil Market (only on Saturdays) as a small six-seater bar serving mouth-watering Classic Pork BAO, Daikon BAO and Taiwanese Fried Chicken. With the second branch opening in Soho, the menu extended (as well as the seating plan) however the no-reservation policy remains the house rule. The last and biggest location in Fitzrovia started to break the rules a bit: offering to book tables downstairs but always keeping the main restaurant for walk-ins.
From the JKS family, sister restaurant to Gymkhana and Trishna, Hoppers serves dishes inspired by Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. This small and stylish venue does not accept reservations but is definitely one to visit. On a side note, Hoppers also organises deliveries and take away…which makes it a lot easier to get your hands on these delicious dishes!
These eclectic Indian restaurants across the capital, located in Shoreditch, Covent Garden, King’s Cross and Carnaby, continue to draw crowds for the casual atmosphere and vibrant cuisine. The ever popular Dishoom is walk-in only at most of its establishments unless your group is over 6 guests. These lively venues offer a taste of India and continue to be a great dining destination.
From its original site in Frith Street, Barrafina now has three restaurants across Central London, each serving up its characteristic authentic Spanish tapas. The elegant and contemporary interiors of each venue, combined with the signature Spanish cuisine, makes Barrafina a continually popular destination in the Capital.
Little sister to The Palomar, The Barbary loses none of its characteristic flair, identity or flavour. Although a lack of reservations may seem daunting, the menu – inspired by the trade and travel along the Barbary Coast – offers a blend of cuisines from the Atlantic Coast, the Mediterranean and Israel, making it truly worth the visit.
March 9th 2017