2016 is now over. It’s been a great year for me, and also a great year for food! There have been some awesome new openings in London, a few are featured on my list below. Here’s the top 5 restaurants I’ve discovered in 2016:
1. San Carlo Cicchetti
My top foodie discovery of 2016 has to be Cicchetti. Run by the San Carlo Group, it’s the most authentic Italian restaurant I’ve come across in London. The food is super fresh and the dishes are served as ’tapas’ style small plates, making them perfect for sharing. Plus its kinda fancy inside…making it a great place for a special occasion.
My fave dish: The truffle gnocchi (on their specials menu) is a must-try, its basically deep fried gnocchi covered in a cheese and truffle sauce…there’s nothing like it!
Location: There are 2 in London, my favourite is the Piccadilly branch, the chefs there get it right every time.
Dishoom’s bombay cafe’s have revolutionised Indian food in London. It’s by far the best Indian food you can find in the Capital. The menu is a modern take on traditional Indian plates, featuring dishes such as okra fries, and garlic naan. Plus, they do an amazing brunch – the bacon and egg naan roll is amaaaazing!
My fave dish: The calamari. Its unlike any other calamari you’ve ever tried, I still don’t know what they put in it, but its a-mazing.
Location: There are currently 4 branches in London, but the Kings Cross restaurant is by far the best, its HUGE, set over 4 floors and the food is incredible every time.
Hoppers is a tiny restaurant tucked away in Soho and has brought an under utilised cuisine to the heart of London. Featuring Sri Lankan and South Indian inspired dishes (with a lot of coconut milk!) at a very reasonable price, Hoppers is one of my new favourite restaurants. Read my full review here.
My fave dish: the cashew nut kari, its super creamy and coconutty.
4. The Barbary
The team behind the wildly successful Palomar are responsible for this new opening in Neal’s Yard. The only choice of seating is at one of their 22 bar seats overlooking an open kitchen serving Middle Eastern inspired small plates with exotic flavours, all cooked to perfection. I’m a big fan of this place!
My fave dish: Chicken Abu Kalmash
Location: Covent Garden
We finally have a fresh pasta bar in London, almost as good as you’d find in Italy! I love their concept of specialising in one thing, and doing it well. Their sauces and pasta itself are simple and super fresh, and prepared from scratch in an open kitchen right before your eyes. Read my full review here.
My fave dish: The cacio e pepe. I’ve been obsessed with this dish ever since I visited Italy earlier this year. It’s just pasta, butter, cheese and pepper – what’s not to like?!
Location: London Bridge