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Kricket Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

After beginning life in a shipping container as one of the first restaurants in Pop Brixton, Kricket has come far. Inspired by Indian cuisine, they offer an ever-changing menu of Indian small plates. And they feature what may be one of our favourite snacks in town, the samphire pakora dish.

Padella
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Probably the London restaurant that's done more for this city's passion for pasta than any other recent opening, Padella comes from the Trullo stable and serves up freshly-made-each-day pasta. The only downside is the permanent queue.

Gunpowder
The City
11 White’s Row, London E1 7NF

Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Gunpowder is serving Indian small plates just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It's run by Harneet Baweja, who was an Indian entrepreneur who wanted to bring something different to the scene. Expect dishes that are inspired by those that the team grew up with.

Hoppers
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
49 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4SG
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Coming from the Sethi siblings, best known for Gymkhana but also behind Bao, Lyle's and more, this is inspired by roadside shacks (boutiques) of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. These shacks focus on hoppers and dosas which is with Hoppers. It's a popular no-reservations spot, so be prepared for a wait at peak times - but it's worth it and very affordable.

Bao
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS

Critic reviews - total score 9.5 out of 10

One of the most successful example of street food vendors going permanent, this is one of the toughest places to grab a seat at in Soho. But when you do, the steamed milk buns that are at the heart of the menu make it all worthwhile.

Chick n Sours
East London
390 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
Blacklock
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LG
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Blacklock's main speciality is chops - beef, pork and lamb and all at pretty good value. You'll want to go all-in with the chops dripping onto flatbread, but keep an eye out for some great meats on the specials board. With most cocktails costing just £5 a good time is guaranteed.

Barrafina Adelaide Street
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10

The Hart Brothers (also behind Quo Vadis and Fino) are opening a second venue of Barrafina, the Soho tapas restaurant. While much on the menu will be familiar to diners at their current restaurant with a menu made up of classic and contemporary tapas, chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho is planning some entirely new dishes. Those dishes will probably be inspired by the Josper oven that's being installed here.

Bad Egg
The City
Unit 1b, City Point, 1 Ropemaker St, London EC2Y 9AW

Originally created by Neil Rankin this bar/restaurant serves egg dishes every which way it can (but not desserts). Expect burgers, hash, tacos and more.

Hotbox
The City
46 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

This popular street food spot has a permanent home with short ribs, wagyu brisket, tacos, smoked mac n' cheese and more on the menu. Plus there's another bar downstairs, 46 and Mercy, serving cocktails.

Smack Lobster Deli
Mayfair, Belgravia
26 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Not content with a gradual takeover of London with Burger and Lobster, Goodman restaurants have launched Smack lobster deli which will concentrate on a range of lobster rolls as well as whole prepared lobsters.

Kanada Ya Ramen
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
64 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Kanada-Ya comes from Yukuhashi, Japan where it was set up by Kanada Kazuhiro in 2009 to produce a new style of ramen and it has a popular outpost in Hong Kong too. This is the first in Europe.

The Begging Bowl
South London
168 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4BW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Koya Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
50 Frith Street, London W1D 4SQ
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Koya Soho may only seats 25 people but it has a huge reputation that belies its size. Expect some of the best Japanese udon noodles in town here - and there's a great breakfast if you're after a top way to start the day.

The Anchor and Hope
South London
36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP
10 Greek Street
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Greek Street, London W1D 4DH
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Former Head Chef of critics' fave The Wapping Project, Cameron Emirali, teamed up with Luke Wilson for this restaurant in Soho which has become a perennial Soho favourite. Expect a daily-changing menu that will concentrate on seasonality and fresh ingredients. And on top of that, a particularly good wine list too.

Chicken Shop
North London
79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

This venture from Soho House has opened beneath the Pizza East Kentish Town and focuses solely on selling rotisserie chicken using their bespoke technique.

Copita
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
26-27 D'arblay Street, London W1F 8E
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

The successful Goodge Street Spanish restaurant (and winner of Time Out's best Spanish restaurant in 2010) Barrica has expanded to the other side of Oxford Street. Expect a fully fledged tapas bar - all stools and standing space only with no bookings being taken.

Bubbledogs
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Ledbury chef James Knappett and his wife Sandia Chang, (sommelier at Roganic) have opened a restaurant of two halves. This is the hot-dog half at the front of the restaurant, serving up gourmet hot dogs alongside Grower champagne and other sparkling wines.

MEATLiquor
Marylebone
74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

They're widely seen as being behind the very best burgers in London and until now have been a pop-up, roaming outlet. This is be their first permanent restaurant and puts them well on the way to being the Shake Shack of London. With booze.

Burger & Lobster
Mayfair, Belgravia
29 Clarges Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7EF
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

The folks behind Goodman are on a mission to offer Londoners the kind of Lobster experience you get on the east coast of America. They hope to offer the cheapest lobster in the UK, thanks to their tank which can take a tonne of lobster at a time.

Granger & Co
West London
175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

The famed Aussie chef moved to London a while back and has since been looking for a place to open here. He's settled on a property in Westbourne Grove, looking to run a casual all-day dining space. Expect a similar set-up to his restaurant in Sydney, but with a stronger focus on Asian cuisine.

Ducksoup
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Staffed by folk who previously worked at Hix in Clerkenwell, expect a small menu featuring the group's favourite dishes from around the world, created with seasonal British ingredients. Plus there's "bring your own vynyl" approach which lets you play your own tunes on the turntable.

Spuntino
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
61 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Russell Norman's Polpo was a hit the minute it opened its doors. This smaller successor is billed as 'a sort-of speakeasy with food; like a machine-age downtown NYC Italian diner' and seats just 30 people. It's a particularly good spot to hit up for late night dining.

José
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
104 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UB
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

José Pizarro made a name for himself with Brindisa, now he's returning to his old haunt south of the river with a new sherry and tapas joint. The menu changes daily and consists of simple sharing plates such as Razor Clams 'a la plancha' and the best Jamon Iberico. The decor mirrors the style and feel of Barcelona's Boqueria market.

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