Opera Tavern is a classy little spot in Covent Garden that does very good Spanish tapas, and is perfect for a range of occasions, from dinner with the parents, to grabbing a snack before seeing a show at the theatre. In particular, the vegetable and meat cookery is very good. The famous Iberico slider is, for the most part, overrated, but you should definitely order any of the standard staples as well as a dish of prawns.
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Lanzhou Noodle Bar
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle Bar near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung in Covent Garden is the first European outpost of well-known Taiwanese dumpling restaurant. It’s great for a snappy lunch or solo visit.
Come to Meat Market for filthy burgers and beers in a chilled environment in Covent Garden.
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Casa Brindisa is a good tapas restaurant to escape to after spending time at the museums in South Kensington.
Jose Pizarro is a tiny tapas bar in Bermondsey that's great for drinking sherry and eating excellent plates of tapas.
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