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New Roots Cafe
If you don't feel saintly enough dining out on vegan food, you can visit this veggie/vegan caf and social enterprise to top up your do-gooder (and dairy-free) brownie points. All profits go to a local homeless shelter Highway House.

Address: 346 Caledonian Road | Telephone: |

 'Get stuck in and lose your mind,' says the waiter as we tuck into sweet, pillowy bao buns bursting with tender, umami pork. And we do. The crispy chicken, with creamy egg yolk and a tangy sauce, is bliss, especially when washed down with a fermented pineapple Yakult Float. Bom chica bao wow.

Address: 31 Windmill St | Telephone: +44 20 30111632 |

Ask for a Cobra and you'll be out on your ear. This Brixton eatery is designed to get you thinking (and drinking) differently with your curry, pairing Indian small plates with quirky craft beers. The pulled duck and spiced plum chutney bundled up in a fluffy garlic naan is epic with the house sweet red ale. Try the milk stout too.

Address: 244 Brixton Road, SW9 6AH | Telephone: |

Fancy Funkin Chicken
 Just when you thought London couldn't possibly need another chicken shop, this Brixton joint, run by PIX, Sketch and Cuckoo alumni, showed up and bested the rest. Go boneless, with the 'I can't feel my funkin face' hot sauce. Line up the cold beers first...

Address: 441 Coldharbour Lane | Telephone: +44 20 77330108 |

Patty & Bun
The cosy new branch of this burger institution cures winter blues with its no-nonsense meaty menu (we're all for the Smokey Robinson, with caramelised onions and bacon). Doctor's orders: get a side of chips with chicken skin salt, and a tequila and ginger-laden Doctor Notley cocktail. 

Address: 36 Redchurch Street | Telephone: |

Affordable Restaurants

Darjeeling Express
Forget gloopy korma: the dishes at Kingly Court's new eatery are a cut above the rest. Expect venison kofta, and aubergine smothered in a thick, peanutty sauce. Pick puzchas as a starter and enjoy the ritual of decanting tamarind water into crunchy, chickpea filled shells, before popping them in your mouth whole.

Address: 48 Carnaby St | Telephone: 020 7287 2828 |

Martello Hall
 Flaked high plaster ceilings and raw unvarnished banisters give this London Fields Italian restaurant and cocktail bar the feel of a dilapidated ballroom, with house-distilled gin and wood-fired pizza keeping it definitively Hackney. If you've never munched on torta fritta (deep-fried dough dumplings served with homemade pickles, cured meats and cheese) head over here pronto.

Address: 137 Mare St | Telephone: +44 20 38896173 |

Covent Garden Ping Pong
 Everything is so relentlessly edible on the long-as-your-arm menu at Ping Pong's new Covent Garden outpost, you by no means need to be a dim sum connoisseur to get your teeth into their crab dumplings, deep-fried prawn pastries, sweet pork ribs and oyster mushroom bao buns. If this is the gateway to Chinese small bites, we'll soon be addicts.

Address: 23-24 Maiden Lane, WC2E | Telephone: 020 79522450 |

 Start the weekend with a bang with brunch at this down-to-earth Indian haunt, whose explosive food belies its modest setting. Get a few plates to share (we love the paneer parcel with curried tomato and crispy kale, or the chickpea-coconut pancakes) with a Bloody Mary.

Address: 11 White's Row | Telephone: +44 20 74260542 |

 This east end riff on Tokyo yakitori joints is a perfect fit for hipper than thou Dalston: seriously good Japanese BBQ chicken in a pared back canteen space, with awesome craft cocktails and skinny jeans aplenty.

Address: 89 Kingsland High Street, E8 | Telephone: +44 20 76865634 |

Good Quality Restaurants

The Providores
 The Antipodeans know how to brunch. This slinky eatery brimming with Kiwiana (think weaved flax wall hangings) is the perfect weekend go-to for French toast with bacon and honey mascarpone, spicy chorizo hash and kick-ass flat whites.

Address: 109 Marylebone High St | Telephone: +44 20 79356175 |

Senor Ceviche
Peruvian restaurants are now 10-a-penny (or is that céntimos?) in Soho, but this one stands out with its Latin buzz, dangerous Pisco Sours and, of course, its excellent ceviche, though those not partial to the raw fish dish are ably catered for by the BBQ options. 

Address: Kingly Court, Kingly St | Telephone: +44 20 78428540 |

Zia Lucia
Head here when you need to step up your pizza game. Choose from a charcoal, wholemeal, gluten-free or traditional base and go for the dreamlike Arianna with sausage, goats cheese and truffle honey. Indecently good.

Address: 157 Holloway Road | Telephone: +44 20 77003708 |

Fine Dining Restaurants

Bocca Di Lupo
Jacob Kenedy's (of Moro fame) unpretentious restaurant opened in 2009 to a wave of outstanding reviews, and its popularity hasn't waned since. Tables are set at the far side of a long, marble bar set right in front of the kitchen, but if you want to watch your fritti (order the divinely light artichoke a la giudia and mozzarella bocconcini) deep-fried in front of you very eyes, book a seat at the bar. Pasta dishes, as you would hope, are exceptional. Save room for the heavenly brioche sandwich of pistachio, chestnut and hazlenut gelati.

Address: 12 Archer Street, W1 | Telephone: 020 7734 2223 |

 Chef Neil Rankin makes London's overblown BBQ trend feel brand new at this temple to meat, where goat, lamb, beef and pork (all from top UK farms) are smoke-grilled over red-hot coals in an open pit and brought to the table on flatbreads. It's messy, sexy, and hands down our favourite Soho joint right now. Vegetarians, stay well away.

Address: 25 Broadwick St | Telephone: +44 20 38793834 |

Galvin at the Athenaeum
Even when you know what to expect from the Galvin brothers, every meal is a welcome reminder that few do the fine dining experience better. Their trademark virtues of great service, polished presentation and precise execution are abundant in their latest venture where classic cooking has been given a delicious British twist.

Address: 116 Piccadilly, W1J | Telephone: 020 7640 3333 |

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