Polpetto Polpetto

The credit for the rise of the no-reservation, sharing-plate, shabby-chic contingent of restaurants must go to Russell Norman, also a pioneer in the concept of Italian tapas.

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Polpetto
Italian
Wild Honey Wild Honey

A drenching pool of burrata with pear is cleansing and cooling, and wetter than April. A finger of eel is lacquered with a punchy spice mix, its sweetness humming with pickled kohlrabi.

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Wild Honey
Modern European
Koji Koji

Trendy Fulham has a new-ish Japanese restaurant that looks properly the business and might rival Roka for style. It’s all dark wood and vintage glass, clever lighting and cream, feathered design touches. It’s both gorgeous and understated, and really very elegant.

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Koji
Japanese
Rex & Mariano Rex & Mariano

This is the latest restaurant from the guys behind Goodman and Burger & Lobster, and the aim of their new venture is to make seafood more affordable to Londoners

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Rex & Mariano
Seafood
Lurra Lurra

At Lurra the Rubia Gallega steak comes from a 14 year old Galician cow, and is aged for over a month before being cooked on the Basque charcoal and wood erretegias.

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Lurra
Steak
The Harwood Arms The Harwood Arms

Whilst the interior is informal in nature, the food could come from some the best kitchens in London and £39.50 for three courses represents good value for money.

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The Harwood Arms
British
Q Grill Q Grill

I love a good brunch, and Q Grill do it very well. There are papers to flick lazily through, and the ambience is deliciously unhurried.

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Q Grill
Brunch
Palm Court at The Langham Palm Court at The Langham

Traditions of old and the modern musings of today combine in this striking space, which runs with the kind of smooth efficiency that speaks of centuries of experience.

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Palm Court at The Langham
Brasserie / French
Brasserie Patisserie

L’ETO Cafe

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To say that the cake display at L’Eto Cafe is distracting is the most understated way you might describe how wave after wave of pedestrians, walking down Brompton Road, abruptly stop and ogle the licentious treats. And who can blame them for a little cake-perving action with a floor to ceiling glass frontage behind which are displayed soft tumbles of cream-swirled cupcakes the size of your palm, exotic fruit tarts, rich chocolate slices and giant, sticky cookies. A perfectly adequate reason to visit itself but, sweet people, there is more: L’Eto Café also serve an enviable menu to complement their cult cakes…