If you work in Soho and you’re the kind of person who likes to discuss strategy over sambol, then you’re going to love Kolamba. This Sri Lankan sharing plates restaurant is smack bang in the middle of things in Kingly Street and some of its flavours hit you smack bang in the face. Things like dry fried beef chatti roast and crispy chilli cuttlefish are ideal chatting and chewing food, while parripu - red lentil with coconut milk and turmeric - is something we could eat everyday. That said, not everything on the menu has quite the same walloping effect on your tongue. Space-wise it’s deceptively big with an upstairs best suited for lunch catch-ups, and a moodier downstairs that screams date night and dessert - the caramelised pineapple with ice cream, specifically.
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Bone Daddies brought hipster ramen to London, and for that we’re forever grateful. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles, and don’t skip the sides.
The ten person counter at Berenjak, a corridor-like Iranian kebab and mazeh restaurant in Soho, makes it the perfect spot if you’re dining solo.
Corazon is a casual taco restaurant in Soho that’s great for a casual meal with friends, or for grabbing a drink and a snack.
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If you live anywhere near Victoria Park, Pavilion Cafe should be a weekend staple for coffee and pancakes. It’s fantastic during the summer.
Hoppers - St Christopher’s Place
This second Hoppers location in Marylebone serves the same excellent Sri Lankan food as the Soho original, and actually takes reservations.
Hoppers King’s Cross
Hoppers is a seriously good restaurant in King’s Cross serving excellent Sri Lankan food in a cool and casual space.
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