International Restaurants in London
1. StreetXO International restaurant in Mayfair 15 Old Burlington St - W1S
“Delicious, different and interesting” – Dabiz Muñoz’s “funky” and “very fun” Mayfair three-year-old inspired much more feedback this year, practically all of it adulatory. From the OTT cocktails in the bar, to the full-on, Hispanic-Asian fusion-cuisine emanating from the restaurant’s open kitchen, it’s a maximalist experience, but one that comes off much more often than not nowadays. Perhaps it’s time for the fooderati, who gave it a rough time on its launch, to re-evaluate the place. Top Tip – dip your toe in the water with the £30 express lunch menu.
2. The Stonhouse International restaurant in Clapham 165 Stonhouse St - SW4
“Bright and airy”, traditional-ish gastroboozer (plus garden), off Clapham High Street, “reliably serving good food” (if not of a particularly ‘gourmet’ variety).
3. The Kensington Wine Rooms International restaurant in Kensington 127-129 Kensington Church St - W8
Forty wines by the glass, and 150 by the bottle are the main ‘gourmet’ attraction at this modern wine bar, near Notting Hill Gate (which, over the years, has added siblings in Fulham and Brackenbury Village). To accompany the liquid refreshment, there’s substantial fare like steaks and seared fish, or you can stick to the “great bar platters”.
4. TING International restaurant in London Bridge Level 35, 31 St Thomas St - SE1
“The view’s the thing” at this 35th-floor all-day restaurant and lounge in The Shard, with 360-degree vistas over London and the Home Counties – “including from the loos!”. Some reporters also rate the “well-presented and thoughtful menu”, which they say contributes to “a fantastic experience”. Sceptics, though, reckon the “food is so-so, service patronising, the bill eye-watering: strictly for well-heeled tourists!”.
5. Motcombs International restaurant in Belgravia 26 Motcomb St - SW1
One of Belgravia’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants and brasseries, Motcombs is a wonderful British affair situated just metres from the bustling shops of Sloane Street. A warm, inviting ambience is combined with classical, chic styling and slick but friendly service. Enjoy a ...
6. Evelyn’s Table at The Blue Posts International restaurant in Chinatown 28 Rupert Street - W1D
“So much fun and such a pleasure” – “it’s a bit hard to find” (below a cocktail bar, in the cellar of the 275-year-old Blue Posts pub, in Chinatown), but this tiny, year-old sibling to The Palomar and The Barbary is well worth discovering. A “cosy and super-relaxed” 11-seater, with a couple of tiny tables; the food is Italian in inspiration but focused on prime UK ingredients, especially fish brought from Cornwall daily. “The cramped counter gives you a ringside view on some exceptional cooking with a priority on freshness and flavour”.
7. Annie’s International restaurant in Chiswick 162 Thames Rd - W4
This “enviable local star” from former Sticky Fingers director Lorraine Angliss knows exactly its doing after more than 15 years in Strand-on-the-Green – and its ratings are always very dependable. The menu may not be the most exciting in town, but it’s “varied” and contributes to a “totally relaxing” meal. In September 2019, its Barnes sibling gave up the ghost – perhaps the closure of Hammersmith Bridge was knocking trade?
8. The Andover Arms International restaurant in Hammersmith 57 Aldensey Rd - W6
A “great”, “traditional pub” in a cute warren of Hammersmith backstreets, which has been somewhat gentrified by successive managements, but which has ‘kept it real’ as a community boozer better than most. Steak is the top tip on the “good value” menu.
9. Bowling Bird International restaurant in City 44 Cloth Fair - EC1A
“Ranks with the best beef I’ve ever had in London” is typical of the high praise earned by this smart two-year-old. “Mind you, it is right next to Smithfield” – a fact reflected in its straight-to-the-point menu – “and the maître d’ knows just the right wine to wash it down with”. It occupies an architectural gem of a townhouse once home to Sir John Betjeman.
10. Casa Fofó International restaurant in Hackney 158 Sandringham Road - E8
“Paradise for serious foodies” – “a street notorious for once being crime-ridden is now home to Hackney’s best-value dining experience: £39 for a seven-course tasting menu”, according to practically all reports on ex-Pidgin chef, Adolfo de Cecco’s “intimate-feeling” foodie venture. “Thoughtful food is excellently executed by a team with evident passion” and if “a few technical slip-ups can creep in, the charming, passionate service (often by the chefs themselves) more than makes up for this”.
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