Escape the London rain and smog and slip inside phenomenal Mediterranean restaurants for your sun-drenched fix. Here’s our top picks for the best spots in town.
1 Estiatorio Milos
This is undoubtedly a restaurant which specialises in the freshest of fish in the capital. Acclaimed Greek chef Costas Spiliadis brings Estiatorio Milos to London after resounding success with his other establishments in Montreal, New York, Athens, Las Vegas and Miami. It's somewhat of an event to approach the glistening ice altar, piled high with fresh caught fish, where you make your selection and pay according to weight. Your chosen fish will then be cooked lightly and subtly flavoured, temporarily transporting you to the fishing villages in Greece.
1 Regent St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4NR
British-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi has been delighting Londoners with his take on fresh and seasonal food for years. Despite being a veteran on the food scene, he shows no signs of being unsettled from his throne with four restaurants in London alone. The ambience is cheerful and casual and the food consists of an incredible array of fresh salads, vegetables, fish and lean meats, finished off with a mind-boggling sea of the most glorious desserts in town.
63 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AD
This all-day spot is ready to welcome you at any time you need to seek sanctuary from the bustling London streets. The venue itself will immediately soothe you. With Spanish tiled floors and exposed brick work, it feels like dropping in at your abuela's house for some homemade food and a refreshing glass of wine. The food is cosy and share-friendly, made up of fresh produce and zesty flavours which will immediately transport you to those those lazy summer nights.
2 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3ER
4 Ember Yard
As if the lure of Spanish and Italian influenced tapas wasn’t enough, Ember Yard is cooking it all over charcoal and wood, wafting magical scents throughout the restaurant. Located in trendy Soho, the restaurant is split over two floors including a cocktail bar below so you never have to leave. The food has quickly risen to popularity due to the bold yet perfectly matched flavour combinations lent to the dish by the glowing ember coals.
60 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8SU
We just can’t get enough of Yotam and neither will you once you give Nopi a try. He hasn’t forgotten his Ottolenghi roots but he has given Nopi a more formal feel, adding a little more glamour to your dinner. The all-day Soho eatery serves up seasonal small plates with plenty of vegetarian options for those meatless Mondays. Each dish is laced with those obscure ingredients we have come to expect from the chef, providing a pleasurable surprise with every mouthful.
21-22 Warwick St, Soho, London W1B 5NE