Whether you’ve been out drinking or need a pitstop from shopping around Oxford Street, here are some great Soho restaurants for a bite to eat or an extravagant meal.
Our trip to Tabun Kitchen was one filled with traditional Palestinian food, one of the best red wines we’ve ever tasted and the warmest welcome. This small restaurant has been newly refurbished and looks like something straight out of a classy interiors brochure. The food itself is focused on sharing with family and friends, but you may not want to give up your dish. We opted for the Mini Mezze to start alongside deliciously spicy shrimp and warm pitta, but the mains were the star of the show. We recommend the Fatet Jaj Chicken, which consisted of shredded lemon chicken, hummus sauce, rice and lots of immense flavours. Don’t forget about the dessert in this place either! Definitely indulge in the Knafeh – a molten sticky skillet of cheese, pastry and orange blossom syrup. It may sound random but you can thank us later…
77 Berwick Street, Soho, near Oxford Circus station, W1F 8TH
Anytime you venture into Chinatown, you’re bound to see flocks of people carrying around a bubble-waffle filled with some delicious looking toppings. Bufle is newly opened and boasts it’s own cocktail bar, but it’s also actually Britain’s first bubble-waffle restaurant. We recommend trying out one of the deliciously sweet Bufles and pairing it with a White Sake Sangria whilst perched on one of their in-house swings. The perfect pitstop if we do say so ourselves.
19 Rupert Street, near Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7PA
If you’re looking for the sweetest of treats then a trip to this dessert bar is just what you’ve been dreaming about. From the guys who expertly create amazing ice cream before your eyes using liquid nitrogen, this bar offers all the classics like molten marshmallow hot chocolates and ice cream sandwiches, but offer a few more quirky additions too. Think meringue pies as big as your face and even blue waffle tacos filled with avocado ice cream, topped with fried corn.
54 Greek Street, Soho, near Tottenham Court Road station, W1D 3DS
One of the cheapest set menus in Soho, this little Korean restaurant does not scrimp on flavour despite its oh so affordable pricing. Expect to dine on a 3-course lunch for a very purse-friendly £9 and feast on Korean salad, deep fried dumplings and traditional Bibimbap, to name a few. What’s even better is it’s right next door to Beyond Retro, so if you fancied rummaging through the racks of some top notch vintage clothing, then we’ve found the place for you.
58-59 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, near Oxford Circus station, W1F 7JY
Stuff your face with all the buns at this Soho branch of the beloved Bao. This branch doesn’t accept any reservations so is perfect for stopping in, refuelling and heading off. Dine on fluffy buns filled with confit pork or fried chicken – and for the sweet toothed, there’s even a fried Horlicks ice cream variety.
53 Lexington Street, Carnaby, near Oxford Circus station, W1F 9AS
6. Chotto Matte
If you’re looking for some top-notch sushi and beautifully presented plates, then this place will hit the spot. Offering up a variety of set menus and an extensive menu designed for you to pick multiple sharing dishes, we recommend going here for a well deserved meal after a long day out.
11 – 13 Frith Street, Soho, near Leicester Square station, W1D 4RB
Inspired by Sri Lankan and Tamil cuisine, this no reservations restaurant always has a queue out the door. We’re talking bold flavours and lip-smacking rotis and dosas, so get there early to ensure you get a table. (Pssst! They’re also set to open a new branch in St. Christopher’s Place and that one’s set to be a hit with all you hungry Londoners too).
49 Frith Street, near Leicester Square station, W1D 4SG
Not to be confused with the actual St. Moritz village in Switzerland, this cosy restaurant is all about those alpine flavours. Expect to be transported to a Swiss lodge as you stuff your face with all the melted cheese, fondue and crusty bread your heart desires. Go with an empty belly and leave in a very Gouda mood.
161 Wardour Street, near Tottenham Court Road station, W1F 8WJ
This one comes highly recommended from members of the Secret London team and it’s easy to see why. The Soho branch is their first and Blacklock pride themselves on delivering bangin’ meat for affordable prices. Opt for the ‘All In’ for a meaty experience like no other, or pop down on a Sunday for a traditional roast with all the trimmings. And did we mention it’s only £20 per person with a selection of £5 cocktails on offer too?
24 Great Windmill Street, Soho, near Piccadilly Circus station, W1D 7LG
Nothing beats a cheat day spent munching on some fried chicken and this Soho joint does not disappoint. Feast on hot wings, macaroni ‘n’ cheese and even some deep-fried dessert pies. This one is best reserved for an afternoon where nothing but a nap will happen afterwards.
27-28 St Anne’s Court, Soho, near Tottenham Court Road station, W1F 0BN
11. Bob Bob Ricard
If you haven’t heard of this glitzy restaurant where one can “Press For Champagne”, where have you actually been? Serving up luxury English and Russian fayre, you can expect to dine on caviar, truffle pies and a fine selection of meaty mains. Best get your your glad rags on, we reckon.
1 Upper James Street, Soho, near Piccadilly Circus station, W1F 9DF