Have you chosen where you’re going for dinner tonight? Searching for a great restaurant can be overwhelming, which is why Atlas Eats is here to help you decide where to dine out after you’ve touched down. Full of recommendations from around the network, this is your guide to the best spots for a succulent steak or daring dim sum.
Thanks to the incredible things today’s inventive chefs are doing with vegetables, more people than ever are moving towards plant-based options when they dine out. According to the Waitrose Food & Drink Report 2019, one in eight Britons are now vegan or vegetarian, with a further one in five ‘flexitarian’.
As a result, veg-centric restaurants are sprouting at a rapid rate. Leading the way is RAW at M Victoria, with its sustainable, organic, vegetarian and gluten-free fare (complementing its meatier sister restaurant M Grill). This summer sees a new menu, with starters such as smoked aubergine with a miso glaze, sesame and dashi, main courses like buckwheat risotto with cauliflower, king mushrooms and summer truffle, and sweet treats including drunken pineapple with chili and passionfruit.
Executive Chef Oleg Ibragimov wants to celebrate, not just accommodate, clean eating and free-from dining. “While the dishes are packed full of flavour, I’ve tried to reduce the amount of process involved to allow the organic flavour of the ingredients to really shine,” he says. “Saying that, I have introduced a few fermented ingredients to not only add zing and interest to the plate, but also improve gut health.”
The Michelin-starred Galvin brothers champion Britain’s delicious produce at their restaurant in the five-star hotel, The Athenaeum, opposite Green Park. Exciting menus featuring modern takes on British classics include afternoon tea and pre-theatre meals.
Set among the stone chimneys that dot the landscape of Cappadocia, Taskonaklar is a beautiful boutique hotel offering fabulous food, attentive service and picture-perfect views. Dine indoors or choose to make the most of the spectacular surroundings with the Sunrise Valley Picnic. Lounging on rugs and cushions, watch the sun rise as you breakfast on freshly-baked treats. As daylight breaks, the sky fills with gently-bobbing hot-air balloons, giving a dream-like start to another glorious day.
A great hotel needs a great restaurant and Jumeirah Frankfurt doesn’t disappoint. Max on One Grillroom is your go-to for exceptional meat, fish and vegetarian dishes prepared on an open grill, or enjoy Lebanese cuisine from from the privacy of your room.
Located close to Buckingham Palace, the five-star St. James’s Hotel and Club treats you to some royal indulgence with its 1840 Afternoon Tea. Designed by Michelin-starred chef William Drabble, it will transport you back to the reign of Queen Victoria and the origin of this decidedly British tradition, serving up Cheshire cheese scones, a tipsy cake soaked in sherry, and – of course – a Victoria sponge cake. You can even enjoy this special afternoon tea in the comfort of your bedroom.
With a name that’s been synonymous with celebrities, royalty and the political elite since it opened in Mayfair in 1929, Quaglino’s remains the go-to spot for those looking for quality, style and an unforgettable dining experience – including the legendary cocktails.
100 Wardour St
Call in for a meeting over coffee that segues into a long lunch, or swing by for dinner and dancing into the early hours. At 100 Wardour St, the site of legendary music venue the Marquee Club, that famous Soho spirit stays alive around the clock, with live music five nights a week.
With its unique interiors oozing exotic glamour and dishes created from the very best Indian ingredients, it’s no wonder that Masala Zone has established itself as a firm favourite among London’s foodies.
Created in 2001 to breathe new life into the capital’s Indian offering, the Masala Zone collection now comprises eight acclaimed locations across central London, each one a treat for the tastebuds and a feast for the eyes. And its march across the city has not gone unnoticed — both the Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph have rated Masala Zone as among the capital’s best, while food critics, including Fay Maschler, have sung its praises.
Designed to show the diversity of India’s regions, Masala Zone’s menus combine a panoramic range of dishes from across the sub-continent, sourced from noble Maharaja’s palaces, grand gourmet kitchens and vibrant street stalls. Tightly guarded recipes passed from top-class local cooks are given a contemporary twist, with a team of regional master chefs supervising the development of those from their birthplace. Expect vibrant starters, grilled meats packed full of flavour, slow-cooked curries bursting with taste, sophisticated biryanis and delicious desserts made by specialist chefs. Drinks, meanwhile, include cocktails with an Indian twist – try a Lucknowi Fizz or Chai Negroni – plus cool lassis and traditional beers.
Such delectable dishes deserve a setting to match and Masala Zone’s chic restaurants combine Indian artefacts and antiques with western contemporary design. Lighting, too, is carefully planned, with award-winning designers creating warm, inviting spaces you will want to visit again and again.
Nikkei cuisine sees the coming together of Japanese and Peruvian cooking, and anyone who has ever dined at Chotto Matte will know just how perfect this culinary marriage is. Order from the sharing menu for a joyful introduction – the warm beef tataki is a favourite.
Everything about Gaucho says authentic Argentina. This group, which has 12 restaurants in London and four outside, is famous for the best quality steak in the world. Reared on hand-selected farms that Gaucho have worked with for years, premium Black Angus free-range cattle graze on 17 types of grass in the Pampas provinces. The food is truly Argentinian, but modern and evolving, the wines diverse (the largest selection of Argentinian wines outside of the country) and the service impeccable.
Jordan Sclare is doing remarkable things in Mayfair’s Black Roe. Loosely going by ‘modern Asian’, the menu takes on traditional dishes with a modern twist. Highlights include beef and black bean, slow-braised ox cheek, or the whole lobster filled with mac ‘n’ cheese.
Situated off Grosvenor Square, 34 Mayfair is a beacon of contemporary elegance. Head chef Harvey Ayliffe’s seasonal menu combines the bespoke Parrilla grill and heritage beef sourced from the Scottish lowlands to Japan, as well as seasonal game and fish. Weekend brunch is an indulgent highlight, plus the bar is a must-visit for those serious about their whiskies. If it’s a special occasion, book the private dining space decorated with Tracey Emin’s charcoal drawings and neon artworks.
Head to the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge for a carnivore’s paradise. Zelman Meats serves a range of cuts (with the option of Halal) by the 100g, so you can eat as much as you like, washed down by something delicious from the cocktail menu or wine list.
Venezuelan cuisine looks set for its turn in the foodie spotlight, but if you want to get ahead of the pack, go to Guasacaca. The London street food veterans are responsible for the tastiest arepas in the capital – cornbread buns filled with shredded meats or black beans, topped with avocado sauce.
In both Turkish and Greek, ‘hovarda’ is used as a playful reference to a generous host with a free spirit. You’ll find this Soho restaurant is imbued with this character, both in its luxe first-floor cocktail bar and in the ground-floor restaurant. The interiors are designed by award-winning, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, in a space that features an open kitchen and counter dining that overlooks the open fire grills.
What to eat? With its emphasis on seafood, your best bet at Hovarda is whatever’s come fresh off the fishing boats that day and brought straight from the British coast. Dishes are inspired by the region that surrounds the Aegean Sea, from the starters that feature favourites such as fried squid, taramasalata and a mixed meze platter, to the mains, which lean heavily on Mediterranean-inspired flavours using local produce, such as the kleftiko of slow-roasted Ryeland lamb or the Cornish catch of the day cooked over an open fire.
Don’t forget that old-school mantra: there’s always room for dessert, especially when the choices include lokma – fried doughnuts with thyme honey, walnuts and cinnamon ice cream – and Turkish delight cheesecake. In fact, you’re likely to stay here late whatever you do, as Hovarda regularly hosts guest DJs, and an extensive cocktail menu.
Mac + Wild
From Scottish street food sensations to an award-winning restaurant brand, Mac & Wild has taken the capital by storm with its two Central London outposts celebrating the very best of Highland produce. Tuck into wild venison and fresh seafood, or sample the Veni-Moo – voted the UK’s best burger back in 2016.
If you want passion in your cooking, look no further than the Gladwin brothers’ Notting Hill restaurant, The Shed. Oliver (chef), Richard (manager) and Gregory (farmer) combine to produce a daily menu of sustainable British small plates as well as a ‘loosener’ cocktail, in a relaxed, jovial environment.
Lovers of beef and seafood need to head to Beast in Mayfair. Alongside its in-house dry-aged steaks from the UK, USA, Japan, Spain, Portugal and Australia, you will also find supremely fresh seafood: in fact, it’s the only place in London where you can eat live king crabs from Norway, which are flown in especially for the restaurant. As an added incentive, during July and August guests flying on Etihad Airways can enjoy a welcome glass of champagne – just mention the airline when booking.
Fans of minimalism, look elsewhere: Buddha Bar is all about unrestrained opulence. The pan-Asian hotspot fuses Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine on its menu, with fresh seafood given a starring role. Glitzy decor, live DJs and a decadent cocktail menu will make it a night to remember.
Chef Nieves Barragán and partner in business, José Etura, opened Sabor (“flavour” in Spanish) in Mayfair in 2018 and were awarded a coveted Michelin star in their first year. The three areas – counter, tapas bar and upstairs restaurant – each provide different tastes and experiences of Spanish cuisine.
New York City, USA
The first raclette restaurant in the US could well be its best. Raclette – that traditional Alpine dish of melted cheese scraped off the wheel to gooey perfection before landing on your choice of meat or vegetables – is served here to critical acclaim. In just a few years, La Vraie Raclette NYC has become a social media phenomenon and taken its place as an unmissable dining experience for anyone visiting the Big Apple. In a city that boasts more than 24,000 options for dinner, the choice is easy.
London has a lot going for it, but you wouldn’t usually associate it with drinking cocktails while feeling the sand between your toes. Fulham Beach, the capital’s urban sandy hideaway, will change that perception. Situated in south-west London on the banks of the Thames, visitors can revel at this jungle-themed venue, drinking Long Tail Mixer cocktails while making the most of (hopefully) another summer heatwave. Though, British weather being British weather, Fulham Beach has both indoor and outdoor space.
It’s a fact that Londoners love to show off their knowledge when recommending great places to dine out – and when it comes to rooftop bars, Madison is usually top of their list. Locals fill out this buzzy space come rain or shine to enjoy classic British staples and meats cooked to perfection on the kitchen’s Josper grill. Join them for a cocktail and dance off dessert to the sound of live DJs under the gaze of St Paul’s Cathedral and The City’s array of skyscrapers.