Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

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Writerlady
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Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby Writerlady » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:31 am

Am taking a good friend out for dinner to mark a very significant birthday and would like to go somewhere special that manages to be fun and buzzy, without being formal and fancy or too young and hip! Delicious food also important! Central London. Would be grateful for any ideas.
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby Beketaten » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:47 am

The Wolseley is always good.

https://www.thewolseley.com/ 
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby SW12Pops » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:43 pm

Second for the Wolsey.

Polpo in Covent Garden is great food but not posh

I love Brindisa in Soho. It's tapas and gorgeous.

Simpsons on the Strand is also wonderful. Very old school and posh.





 
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby dudette » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:29 pm

Yauatcha is a posh dim sum place. The food is delicious (especially the puddings - the chocolate pebble is just about the best desert ever) and the Soho branch is very buzzy and snazzy. I went there for my birthday last year with my family and we all loved it. I seem to remember the loos alone were worth the trip!

The Ivy used to be a good bet too - always good for star spotting - but I think it's gone off the boil a bit in terms of being special since they opened so many branches.
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby SW12Pops » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:36 pm

The Ivy used to be a good bet too - always good for star spotting - but I think it's gone off the boil a bit in terms of being special since they opened so many branches.
I so so so agree.

Used to be special now it feels like a Jamie's Italian
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby tooposhtopush » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:40 pm

I'm still a fan of the OXO tower. Food very good although occasionally not amazing but the views of London are always fab. Lovely atmosphere although only ever been Thursday / Fri / Sat so not sure about earlier in the week.

Also a fan of Brindisa in Soho. Good fun place and food always great.

Have a lovely evening.

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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby jevcg » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:49 pm

Bombay Bustle if they like Indian food - super stylish, great food and atmosphere. 
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Re: Central London restaurant recommendations needed!

Postby mum_1980 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:50 am

Wild Honey in Mayfair is lovely, classic and safe... great food and atmosphere. https://www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk/ 

Also, I'm desperate to check out HIDE. The chef is Ollie Dabbous and I went to his earlier restaurant "Dabbous" which was amazing. He uses local, organic products in simple yet hugely exciting dishes. I haven't been to HIDE but if it is anything like Dabbous, it will be amazing! http://www.hide.co.uk/ollie

Also, not central but Chez Bruce in Wandsworth is always a winner!