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.
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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. 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”.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Street Burger Burgers, etc restaurant in Soho 24 Charing Cross Road - WC2H
The second branch of Gordon Ramsay's £15 burger chain, on the former site of a Byron burger shop; there's a small outdoor area for al fresco dining from 12 April.
9. INO Greek restaurant in Soho 4 Newburgh Street - W1F
From the team behind OPSO (and the predecessor on this site, PittaBun), a Greek grill restaurant with an outdoor terrace, live fire cooking and an all-Greek wine list.
10. Bar Crispin British, Modern restaurant in Soho 19 Kingly Street - W1B
Opened in Summer 2021, a spin-off of Spitalfields' natural wine bar Crispin, which serves an all-day snack menu curated by head chef Naz Hassan, who previously cooked at Anglo and Clipstone.
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