Barrafina - @barrafinalondon - https://www.barrafina.co.uk/
There are four Barrafinas in London; the original site is on Soho’s Dean Street, there are two in Covent Garden, Adelaide Street and Drury Lane, and a fourth in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross.
Each restaurant has an open kitchen, a beautiful marble-topped bar where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work and stylish red leather stools. The a la carte menus comprise authentic regional dishes from around Spain and there is also a daily changing specials menu unique to each restaurant. The succinct wine list features the finest Spanish sherries, Cavas and wines.
Pastor - @tacos_el_pastor - https://www.tacoselpastor.co.uk/
The El Pastor family is a small group of authentic Mexican taquerias in London, with tortillas made in-house using heritage Mexican corn.
Inspired by the decade the founders spent in Mexico City, running cult nightclub, El Colmillo, the restaurants offer tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, mezcal, tequila and lively scenes.
Quo vadis - @quovadislondon - https://www.quovadissoho.co.uk/
Beyond the great edifice of Quo Vadis is a historic Soho restaurant and members’ club with a colourful past and a timeless allure.
Formerly a brothel and a home to Karl Marx, the Great Dame of Dean Street continues to draw an eclectic and epicurean crowd, attracted to the good things in life.
The restaurants serve seasonal, regional British fare, with a menu conjured up by Jeremy Lee and his team.
An exuberant private members’ club, with two bars and its own restaurant, meets every requirement from dusk until dawn.
Quo Vadis also boasts two handsome private dining rooms, both beautifully appointed and very well attended to.
The Drop - @thedropwinebar - https://thedropwinebar.co.uk/
The Drop is a wine bar and restaurant serve carefully sourced wines and broadly British dishes, with a focus on provenance and personality.
For us, the joy of drinking wine is about a shared experience. For this reason, many of the bottles on our list come from winemakers who we’ve met on our travels, or who we admire for their ‘gently does it’ approach to making wine. We look to classic regions where young, dynamic winemakers are making a splash with their own take on tradition, as well as celebrating weird and wonderful wines from lesser-trodden corners of the globe. Whether you want to go off the beaten path, or ﬁnd an old favourite — of which we’ll try to select the best or most exciting example — we’ve got you covered. For something special, just ask for our little black book, which has a rotating selection of our favourite, ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ wines.
Food-wise, we work simply with the best seasonal ingredients we can get our hands on. Beautiful meats, cheeses and vegetables, and the freshest oysters served from our cart. It’s broadly British, but we wouldn’t baulk at a burrata.