Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Piccadilly
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Piccadilly restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 12 restaurants in Piccadilly and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Piccadilly restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. San Carlo Cicchetti Italian restaurant in Piccadilly 215 Piccadilly - W1
“Don’t be fooled by its prominent location, just off Piccadilly Circus, that it’s just one for the tourists” – this “bustling, noisy and so-atmospheric” Venetian brasserie (which also has a similar sibling, more tucked away in Covent Garden) “looks like a tourist trap, but offers an authentic culinary experience” with its “delicious small plates” (cicchetti) – “a format that caters to all appetites”, all at “reasonable prices”. Staff are “enthusiastic and professional” and “feed off the buzz of the place”, which “feels smart, even if tables are very close together”.
2. Brasserie Zédel French restaurant in Piccadilly 20 Sherwood St - W1
“You’ll be so dazzled by the place that you may be inclined to overlook the food” – Corbin & King’s “improbably glamorous” recreation of an “archetypal buzzing Parisian brasserie” is “so handy, being just by Piccadilly Circus tube” and provides “unmistakable value for such opulent and elegant surroundings in the very centre of London”. The “huge”, Grade I listed chamber is an “amazing Art Deco underground ballroom”; “a wonderfully blingy, brightly-lit space with gold everywhere”. The “straightforward” French brasserie fare (soupe à l’oignon, boeuf bourguignon, steak haché…) from a huge menu is mundane by comparison… in fact it’s pretty mundane full stop. But whereas the odd critic brands results as “terrible”, most reporters feel that “you’d have to be a miserable sod to complain about anything at these prices” – “inevitably there are slips along the way and food can be inconsistent, but you get more bang for your buck here than at virtually any other London restaurant” (in particular “prix-fixe menus are astonishing value”). Top Tip – “there is also a beautiful Bar Americain”.
3. Kanada-Ya Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly 3 Panton St - SW1
“The best ramen in London – such a rich, meaty broth with just the right amount of fatty unctuousness” – is served at this franchise of a Japanese-owned brand, with branches in the West End and now Angel. The “nice, slurpy noodles” are “a firm favourite, great for cold days, hangovers, comfort food”, and come with a small selection of side dishes and rice.
4. The Keeper's House, Royal Academy British, Modern restaurant in Piccadilly Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, - W1
In the bowels of the RA, this subterranean venue (with bar, garden and dining room) is praised by fans for providing “reliable food in a civilised space”. Typically for Peyton & Byrne though, it doesn’t impress everyone, with the odd report of some “terrible” dishes.
5. Machiya Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly 5 Panton St - SW1Y
“Good quality Japanese comfort food” including “proper tonkatsu – rich pork served with cabbage” – is on the menu at this rather “cramped” venue off Leicester Square from the duo behind Kanada-Ya, Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam. “Also of note is the speakeasy bar in the basement”.
6. Laurent at Cafe Royal International restaurant in Piccadilly Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street - W1B
“Set upstairs in the Café Royal” on its mezzanine level, this glitzy dining space is branded for French chef Laurent Tourondel. After its opening in mid-2018, both Giles Coren of The Times and Jay Rayner of The Guardian lined up to tear the place to shreds (“howling”, “shameful pricing”,…). Survey feedback regarding its steak and sushi formula is a little thin on which to rate a place of this calibre, but such reports as we have are, by contrast, upbeat: despite the odd warning of “not-so-experienced service” or a “pricey wine list”, they suggest it’s “very enjoyable”.
9. Japan Centre Food Hall Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly 35b Panton Street - SW1Y
A new flagship Japan Store, with an authentic Japanese food hall, complete with 100-seater courtyard, is planned for September, not far from the Piccadilly original.
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