Does London need another tapas restaurant? Probably not. But Rambla is a pretty useful restaurant to have in Soho. It’s that back pocket restaurant that you’re going to default to when you need somewhere chill for lunch, or somewhere chill for a date or somewhere chill because the wait for a table at Barrafina down the road is too long. There are no big surprises on the menu, but they do manage to pack a lot more flavour into their palomos prawns and rice stuffed calamari than your average tapas joint. We also highly recommend ending your meal with the warm apricot & almond coulant. It’s the kind of dessert that converts someone who isn’t all that into dessert into someone who very much is.
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Polpetto is a cool Soho Italian restaurant that’s all about the candlelight and intimate atmosphere. There is also pasta. And negronis.
If you’re looking for a Tokyo-style dining experience in central London, visit Koya Bar for excellent udon noodles and small plates.
There are proper waits for Kiln’s high-octane Thai dishes, but it’s absolutely worth the wait. Grab a seat at the bar, get the short-rib curry.
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Llerena is a straightforward but excellent tapas spot in Islington, serving products direct from the family farm in Extremadura, southwest of Madrid.
Boqueria is a neighbourhood tapas restaurant that you could confidently take a Spaniard to. The suckling pig and daily seafood specials are great.
Plenty of restaurants in Shoreditch have a gimmick, but Popolo doesn’t need one. This place serves up pastas and incredible small plates.
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