Here’s a likely conversation: ‘where should we meet?’ ‘I dunno. Central?’. Oh yes. Fitzrovia is to friendships what Clapham Junction is to trains. All pals are going to pass through there at some point, and when you do, you should head to Yalla Yalla. This Beirut spot has a long, long menu full of classics like lamb kibbeh, moussaka, and tahini. But, where this place really comes into its own is sharing, with everything from their mezze feast set menu to their shawarma platters, to their cosy interiors, make it prime casual catch up material. Head for a big table, invite everyone you like (hell, invite that smart ass you’d rather not, it means you can get an extra portion of the lamb skewers) and see just how much Beirut sangria you can get through on a school night.
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The restaurant group that bought London Roka, Coya, and Zuma (for better or worse) have opened a Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia. And it’s fantastic.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Rovi is a restaurant for the future. It serves excellent middle-eastern inspired sharing plates in a beautiful room in Fitzrovia.
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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.
Ottolenghi is a casual restaurant and deli that serves fresh Middle Eastern-influenced food, pastries and excellent salads.
Berber & Q
Berber & Q is a Middle Eastern/North African restaurant where locals hang and eat things from the grill. You want those things.
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