Five unique restaurants in London you need to know about
London is a wide sea of amazing restaurants of many different shapes and forms. That’s why we’ve taken the modest task of picking five unique restaurants we think you should know about.
Whether if you’re looking to impress, enjoy a special occasion, or enrich your collection of awe-inspiring, insta-worthy venues, look no further.
1. The German Gymnasium - Kings Cross
What’s unique about it? There are many top choices for a fantastic gastronomic experience in the area of Kings Cross, an area where many historic buildings from the industrial era have been restored. Located in Pancras Square, the German Gymnasium was repurposed as a restaurant, opening its doors in 2015. As the name indicates, it was constructed for the German Gymnastics Society in 1865 while it was also the first purpose-built gymnasium in England. This top gastronomic choice in the area also won numerous awards, sweeping three titles in the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, including Best Restaurant or Bar in a Heritage Building, Best UK Restaurant and Best Overall Restaurant.
What’s on the menu: Head over there to enjoy a vast array of Mittel-European dishes, ranging from calf liver dumplings in beef broth to Berlin-style calf liver. The restaurant also has a separate vegetarian menu and also offers a range of dishes for brunch or breakfast.
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2. NAC (North Audley Cantine) - Mayfair
What’s unique about it: A rare art deco gem, that foodies have been raving about, NAC is located in Mayfair’s North Audley Street. Charming and dazzling at the same time, head over there if not for their unmissable food, to experience some 1940s unpretentious chicness.
What’s on the menu: This French bistro provides a modern twist to French and European dishes, while offering a relaxed dining experience set around the idea of food sharing. Their truffle burger is impossible to disappoint while some room should be saved for any of their desserts - our favourite option being the cookie ice cream. The restaurant offers options for brunch, lunch and dinner.
3. CIRCUS- Covent Garden
What’s unique about it: Not a combo many would expect, this restaurant provides a Pan-Asian fine dining experience with cabaret entertainment literally on your table. If you’re in the mood for lobster tempura and a cabaret act be sure to add this Covent Garden restaurant in your immediate to-do list. Circus promises an unforgettable experience, while after dinner you can stay for late night dancing. Although this place an ideal spot for celebrating a special occasion be aware, Circus strictly doesn’t accept bookings for hen or stag parties.
What’s on the menu: The dishes offered are meant to be shared and they range from Blow Torched Salmon Nigiri to Butternut & Aubergine Green Curry while the menu also boasts amazing cocktails.
4.COAL OFFICE - Kings Cross
What’s unique about it? This newbie in the Kings Cross area by Israeli celebrity Chef Assaf Granit showcases a stunning and atmospheric interior which harmonically contrasts rustic with lush. It is situated right next to the Camley Street Natural Park and behind Regent’s Canal. The name derives from the primary function of this 1851 building within the coal trading business. When we were lucky enough to find a table there, we may have overheard that Lady Gaga might be visiting later that week.
What’s on the menu: The restaurant offers a creative middle eastern menu with dishes meant to be shared while it has recently introduced a brunch menu too, and starting Friday 18 January, a breakfast menu. Our favourites were the chicken liver pate served with date scones, and the shish barak (a popular middle-eastern kind of dumpling) served with pine nuts and yogurt.
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5. HAZ Plantation Place- City
What’s unique about it? If Mediterranean cuisine is more like your thing head over to HAZ, another award-winning restaurant for its interior which features an awe-inducing, three-dimensional ceiling sculpture.
What’s on the menu: The menu cannot disappoint meat and fish eaters as it offers a wide selection in these areas with modern spins of traditional Turkish dishes, while it also offers some delicious vegetarian options. Don’t leave without trying the Kayısı Tatlısı, their sun-dried apricot dessert, stuffed with cream and almonds.
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