Whether you work in this part of London or you’re just wondering through the West End to take in its vibrant atmosphere, Soho is absolutely brimming with great boozers and fantastic foodie stops. Here’s a selection of some of our favourite places for grabbing a day time nibble (or feast).
If you’re knowledge for Peruvian cuisine isn’t as refined as you want it to be, you might not heard of Butifarra. If you’re already an experienced eater of Peruvian food, you’ll know that this popular market dish consists of a bun stuffed with slow cooked meat; it’s superb for an on-the-go dining treat. After opening this summer, Butifarra has been providing the hungry mouths of Soho with a variety of these buns, including succulent beef short rib (pictured above), slow cooked pork and chicken and chorizo. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, then they also have a fantastic ceviche menu. The sea bream ceviche is as fresh as it gets, served in a colourful bowl of sweet potato and veg, as topped with dried, crunchy (and beautifully salty) Peruvian-style corn. The interiors of the restaurant are as vibrant as the food, and although you can take your lunch to go, I’d recommend taking a moment to chill and enjoy your food there. If you’re in need of a vitamin boost, then grab yourself a cold press juice. The sweet-toothed amongst you absolutely cannot miss their homemade alfajores; much like a shortbread biscuit, this naughty little treat are sandwiched between a gooey caramel centre and crumble away in your mouth. A seriously good afternoon pick-me-up.
24 Rupert St, London W1D 6DQ
2. Pizza Pilgrims
Dean Street became the first permanent home of Pizza Pilgrims, after the original van made (complete with pizza oven installed) drove all the way from Italy to serve up authentic Neapolitan doughy goodness to London mouths. At the Soho branch, you can dine in or take away (and be subject to some serious office envy). Choose from a menu of classic pizza flavours, along with some extra-special topped numbers. The veggies amongst you will be happy to know that both the Aubergine Parmagiana and the Portobello Mushroom & Truffle are pizza-shaped pieces of heaven on earth. Truffle on anything is dreamy, but on pizza it’s worthy of some serious mouth orgasms – the loud, grunty mmm kind. Yes, we went there. Now it’s your turn to go there.
11 Dean St, London W1D 3RP
3. Le Bab
This Shawarma-licious menu designed by chefs from Michelin star restaurants has utterly revamped the traditional kebab. And if the restaurant’s sleek interior is enough to go by, the humble kebab has been given a whole lotta sophistication. The dishes are served in an elegant open sandwich style (so you get an eyeful of the succulent meat before gobbling it up). Choose from 15-hour slow cooked pork, chick shish, lamb adana or paneer kebab, all served on top of homemade flatbread. And if you’re getting a side you have to get the diet-destroying, but soul replenishing Fondue Fries; they’re worth every single cheesy, gooey mouthful.
Top Floor of Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PW
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4. Pit Stop on Berwick Street
Pulled up on London’s oldest street market, is the all-time favourite little white van, Pit Stop, serving up pan-Asian street food and curries to hungry media workers on their lunch break. All meals are under £7, and include a variety of meat and veggie options for both the curry and fried rice boxes, as well as a selection of specials. Pan Asian menu, curry and fried rice dishes, as well as a variety of specials including spicy prawn ho-fun noodles. There is always a queue at this place, but the end result is certainly worth the wait.
Berwick St, London W1F 0PH
For more London street market fun, have a nosey at these lovely spots.
5. Pierre Victoire
This rather lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho does not come with the anticipated damage to your bank account. The lunch time 2 course set menu is only £9.90 and you’re seriously spoilt for choice. Pierre Victoire tempt you between a selection of the French classics, including Beef Bourguignon and Confit of duck leg. The succulent monk fish cheeks are also a food-envy inducing winning option.
5 Dean St, London W1D 3RQ
Although a vegetarian and vegan focused restaurant, Mildred’s should not be sniffed at by even the most carnivorous amongst you. It’s loved by all, has a fantastic atmosphere for daytime and early evening dining and, of course, the menu is full of fresh, hearty and healthy goodness. If you’re looking for a feel-good, nutritious lunch that doesn’t scrimp on taste, then they’ve got a tempting choice, which includes black turtle bean and squash burritos, veggie stir fries and ricotta and truffle tortellini. Mildred’s is also super easy for gluten-free diners, as the menu is carefully marked.
45 Lexington St, London W1F 9AN