Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Soho
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Soho restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 191 restaurants in Soho and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Soho restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Soho Restaurants
1. Chotto Matte Japanese restaurant in Soho 11-13 Frith St - W1
“Exquisite food and cocktails” – “an amazing blend of flavours danced across my tongue!” – and “a great vibe (particularly for late-night dining)” help make this Japanese-Peruvian fusion haunt in Soho a “fun and buzzy” (if “loud”, especially when the music’s cranked up) destination for a night on the tiles.
2. Yming Chinese restaurant in Soho 35-36 Greek St - W1
“William (the maitre d’) always has a warm welcome” at this “long-term favourite”: a Soho “oasis” whose “calm and friendly” atmosphere (“without the feeling we need to rush and free the table”) provides a quiet-but-stark contrast with the frenzy of Chinatown a couple of blocks south. Foodwise “it attempts nothing new or extraordinary – just good Chinese cooking that’s always wholesome and satisfying”, with “decent wine at un-greedy prices”.
3. Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Italian restaurant in Soho 11 D'Arblay Street - W1F
“Pleasingly old-fashioned in style and cooking”, this long-serving traditional Soho Italian keeps its many regulars happy with “a simple Umbrian menu, done well”, including “excellent home-made pasta”. There’s a “comfortable and friendly ambience, and the occasional luvvie dining before his/her show”. Top Tip – “the chef will do zabaglione at the end if the kitchen isn’t too busy – a treat!”.
4. Zima Russian Restaurant Russian restaurant in Soho 45 Frith Street - W1
2018 Review: “Russian street food” served in a speakeasy-style venue next door to Ronnie Scott’s jazz club makes Russki celeb chef, Alexei Zimin’s Soho yearling “fun and something a bit different”.
5. Palais de Luxe at The Windmill Theatre International restaurant in Soho The Windmill Theatre, 17-19 Great Windmill Street - W1D
'Table Dancing' written in lurid neon is a nostalgic relic of sleazy ’70s sex shows, at this relaunched Soho icon, which has had a £10m revamp (including the neon signs). Now, this 350-seat venue is to become an ambitious multiplex, with shows in the main theatre, alongside upstairs and basement bars and private dining. At the stoves, Andrew McLeish, whose long CV most notably includes his long stint at Chapter One. A luxurious menu is planned (Dover sole, Wagyu sliders…)
6. Park Row British, Modern restaurant in Soho 77 Brewer Street - W1F
Holy Guacamole, Batman! The basement near Piccadilly Circus that was Mash Steakhouse (RIP) has been taken over. With their evil masterplan it’s been relaunched. But not just as a themed diner. Oh no! But a ‘Gastronomic Amusement Park’ with five restaurants, three bars and 330 covers in total. For the 20-seat Monarch Theatre experience, enjoy 11-courses for… £195 per person. Great Scott!! There are some serious folks in the kitchen here, though. Executive Chef of The Monarch Theatre, Karl O’Dell, was formerly head chef of the sadly now defunct, but superb Texture (RIP).
7. Jollibee Chicken restaurant in Soho 22 Leicester Square - WC2H
A second, flagship, London branch for the global 'chickenjoy' chain; other branches can be found in Liverpool and Leicester, with up to 50 more planned by the end of 2021.
8. Imad's Syrian Kitchen Syrian restaurant in Soho Kingly Court, Kingly Street - W1B
Forced to flee Damascus in 2015 after his restaurant businesses were destroyed, chef Imad Alarnab has cooked for refugees in Calais and provided free falafel for those in need during lockdown at his pop-ups in London; this crowdfunded venture will be his first permanent, restaurant. Due to open in December 2020, but delayed by London entering Tier 3 restrictions and further lockdown.
9. Humble Chicken Japanese restaurant in Soho 54 Frith Street - W1D
Japanese-born Angelo Sato worked under Clare Smyth and Adam Byatt before becoming head chef at Restaurant Story. His opening of an izakaya-style yakitori spot in the heart of Soho - on the original site of Barrafina - is exciting news for Soho.
10. El Pastor Soho Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Soho Brewer Street - W1F
Harts Group have announced that a Soho El Pastor will open in June 2021, on the former HIX site; the menu will feature the dishes familiar to fans of the SE1 original, plus "new fiery seafood tostadas and crispy duck tacos" and a Mezcaleria basement bar.
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