Five hidden gem restaurants in London

The city of London is home to thousands of different restaurants, bars, pubs and food stalls for your choosing. With this vast amount of options, the food sector has become a little oversaturated. To save you some time from searching where to eat next, we’ve organised a concise list of some of the best hidden gems in the London restaurant sector.


Robata

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Address: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Website: robata.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram

Modern and traditional cooking techniques come together beautifully at this new Japanese restaurant in Soho. Robata opened in March 2019 and is already receiving shining reviews! Their meat and vegetable skewers are tender and flavourful and the interior offers a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy your meal.

This place is unbelievably nice! I’m usually rather closed minded when it comes to food, but decided to branch out and try the various meat and veggie dishes. Boy, am I glad I did! The food was amazing and I’ve returned several times to continue making my way through the menu. Almost there!
— Lee Catlow

Fatt Pundit

££

Address: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 8TH

Website: www.fattpundit.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Fatt Pundit serves some of the best Indo-Chinese cuisine in London. Their signature Momos, which are South Asian dumplings, are delicious and easy to eat, making them the perfect starter or meal on-the-go. The Lollypop Chicken - chicken wings served with Szechuan chutney - is also a customer favourite. The restaurant also offers several tasty vegetarian options.

Wow! This has to be my new favourite restaurant in Soho. The momos were beyond delish and the crackling spinach is a game changer. Great service, ambience, food and cocktails. Can’t wait to go back.
— Joanne Elliot

Island Social Club

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Address: 258 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG

Website: islandsocialclub.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Britain meets the Caribbean at Island Social Club. This restaurant serves up some deliciously tropical cocktails and Caribbean food that will transport you to a tropical paradise (despite being in a bustling city). Grab a mouth-watering roti and chill at this spot!

24 hours after eating and drinking at Island Social Club, I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic it was. The cocktails were fantastic (and apparently don’t give you a hangover) and the food was amazing. I’ll definitely be back for more coleslaw, wings and roti soon. Great to know that they are serious about sustainable sourcing too.
— Emily Mathieson

Shola

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Address: 191 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FQ

Website: www.sholakitchen.com

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Shola, which means ‘spark’ in Urdu, is a new Pakistani restaurant in West London. Inspired by the cuisine found in Karachi, Pakistan, Shola’s dishes are colourful, flavourful and packed with satisfying spice. Their vegan bowls are generously priced and filling!

Nice and clean ambiance. Delicious food with reasonable prices. Total value for money. Anyone who wants the authentic Pakistani food must visit SHOLA.
— Tanveer Iqbal

Latteria

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Address: 56 - 58 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR

Website: www.latteria.co

Social: Instagram

A small restaurant tucked in Essex Road, Latteria is one of the cosiest new food spaces to open this year. The restaurant serves authentic Italian classics like pizza and pasta, with many of the dishes being made with ingredients sourced directly from Italy.

Beautiful interior, tasty menu, great for breakfast or a simple meal throughout the day. Very authentic Milano feel. Staff are friendly and attentive and the coffee is one of the best around - much closer to the original Italian version than the New Zealand style flat whites other places offer. The menu offers plenty of pastries, many varieties of eggs, salads, etc. It’s a lively atmosphere with a certain buzz. If you fancy it, get a seat at the long bar with the food displays. Highly recommended.
— Roman Dahl