Oh Soho: Let’s Do Lunch
Bone Daddies, 30-31 Peter St
The concept is badass: 50s music, the new hot food tonkotsu ramen, vibey atmos BOOM!
For those not in the know ‘m planning a theatre festival i my house right now and I was getting some advice from my fabulous actor friend over lunch. Place was rammed but we managed to nab a seat next to the window and the noodles were nice but I felt the portion was a bit mean for the price.
Also where was the fifties music?
It’s okay but not out of this world.
Tonkotsu, 63 Dean St
Bone Daddies grown up version and recently rated as one of the top places to eat alone rather depressingly. The tonkotsu was much more traditional here than in bone daddies which for some reason meant it was weirdly greasy.
It ws also quite small and so busy and they won’t seat you till your dining partner arrives.
Good catch up with a director friend of mine but not an amazing lunch.
Cafe Gourmand, 53 Lexington St
Fabulous little wannabe french bistro where I got moules and frites. The atmos is charming, it’s delicous. There is a choice of hot dishes, tartines, sandwiches, croissants. Having lived in Paris this place tickled my tastebuds.
Fresh Cafe, 51 Lexington St
No additves, no preservatives, everything’s made FRESH! it can get a litle crazy in there at lunch time for this reason but it’s a good place to grab a salad or soup and GO.
London’s first temakeria with creative recipes. Allegedly this a concept from Brazil which focuses on temaki rolls.
Yoobi comes froma Japanese word meaning four fingers. Notable also is the interesting triangle centric design of the furniture and signage. It reminds me of the Klaxons old album artwork and Alt-J.
Flat Iron, 19 Beak St
What used to be a pop up restau around the idea of affordable steak now has permanent residence. The steak is a tenner and then fries and sauces are extra. I’ve got to say this was a great meal and you get tiny meat cleavers.
Did I mention there was free meat dripping popcorn (it’s much tastier than it sounds).
Flatplanet, 33 Marlborough St
Healthy pizza pitta a hop skip and a jump from the photographers gallery. Screw Leon this place is better.
A burger place inspired by British produce… Honestly honest is trying to capitalise on burger trends but does not quite bring anything new to the table. I didn’t finish my plate which is quite unlike me. The rosemary covered fries are the best thing, their gluten free buns are poor.
silver lining: awesome hendricks gin and cucumber from a jar.
Le Comptoir: Libonais Cantina
Tony Kitous restaurant owner wants to put the glamour back into Middle Eastern cuisine. So here he brings “affordable, easy, healthy, home style, Lebanese cooking.”
A lovely space and decor but sadly it cooks run of the mill Lyon style take away dishes from tabouleh to tagine.
Umai Sushi Factory, 14-16 Regent St
They call themselves Japanese food specialist’s who bring you healthy, handmade everyday and eco friendly dishes.
From the same guys that do the food in the Japan centre down the road. this smaller offshoot gives dumplings, curry, ramen bowls and sushi. Although a little more expensive than the cheaper Japanese quality nearby it’s definitely worth a look.
Beware the miso though. It’s super bland.
One of the only authentic Caribbean food places in the West End and apparently no. 1. It’s walls are littered with famous faces and it has very friendly staff.
Although quite spicy if you have a hankering for Caribbean this is where you go.
I want to try braised oxtails next.
Pitt Cue, 1 Newburgh St
A similar vibe to falt iron in that there are only a few affordable meat dishes on this menu. Unfortunately it’s always packed a as there’s only 30 seats.
When my friend and I went we spotted Nicholas Holt and some of his old Skins pals so it’s a fun place to people watch.
The pulled pork dish I got was yummy but not out of this world.
Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour, 15-16 Gerrard St
Another speakeasy style affair in the heart of China Town. You are led up a rickety staircase to a sort of 50s looking Asian parlour.
Cocktails have been designed by world renowned Dre Masso and I had a flagon of dry ice. My stomach is still intact thankfully and the dim sum was good with some unusual flavours. But be careful! It’s not substantial and you’ll end up spending more than you bargain for.
Fernandez & Wells, 43 lexington st, 73 beak st, 16 St Anne’s Court
There are 3 fernandez and Wells in soho.
Lexington does meat plates
Beak is more about coffee, cake and sandwiches
and St Anne’s has stews, cake and sandwiches.
All similar but catering to different moods.
once again they cater to the crowd that like’s farmer’s market produce more than something from original pret. Great for work lunches or perching with very attractive staff. I like it here.
Pizzaria Malletti, 26 Noel St
Standard Soho fare with it’s onus on fresh and healthy ingredients despite it being very decadent pizza slices and pasta…
This is my co-workers favourite place to go for lunch. If you hit it at 12 there’s the pick of all the best combinations of food. Aparently it’s rammed though and the staff are agressive.
By 3pm it’s very chill but there’ll be less good choices. By 4 it’s shut so hurrry!
P.S CASH ONLY
Berwick st market: Pizza Pilgrims and Venison Burgers.
There are a whole lot of wonders in this market. My two favourite stalls fall next to each other.
Napoli inspired fresh pizza (made in front of you) that’s falls around the £6/7 range.
Next to it is perhaps the best burger I’ve ever tasted- a venison burger with cheese cherry tomatoes and salad. No burger has been the same since.