England's vote to exit the European Union, aka Brexit, has all kinds of economic and cultural implications—but one of them means good news for anyone eager to check out the spectacular food scene happening across the pond: It's about to get cheaper to visit England. Here, just a handful of the London restaurants to get excited about right now, not just from longtime star chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay but also from mega-talented chefs all over the city.
A Taiwanese street-food-inspired spot, Bao in Soho serves much more than its luscious take on the namesake pork buns, and attracts long lines daily. A new branch opens in the Fitzrovia area in June.
If you own a well-battered copy of Plenty or one of chef Yottam Ottolenghi's other gorgeous blockbuster cookbooks, you probably already dream of hitting one of his restaurants. The Palomar in Soho is his latest, and like his other creations it's influenced by the cuisines of North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Spain.
From Alan Yau of Wagamama and Hakkasan, Duck and Rice is a hopping Soho gastropub in a beautifully converted building next to another of his popular spots, Yauatcha. Go for dishes like the jasmine-smoked pork ribs and the fried cashew nuts with chili, and stay for the glam scene and killer soundtrack.
Not to be confused with Duck and Rice (above), Duck and Waffle is famous for its panoramic London views and its 24-hour kitchen, but it has food cred too. Look for dishes like the beef tartare with Marmite-cured egg yolks.
London's Indian food scene gets a glam newcomer with Gymkhana, self-described as "inspired by Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialize, dine, drink and play sport." On the menu: dishes like Guinea Fowl pepper fry, and quail kebabs with raw papaya chutney.
Chef Tomos Perry's Mayfair restaurant is tiny but it's making major waves, thanks to dishes like grilled langoustines with lardo and rosemary. It also nabbed GQ's Restaurant of the Year in London for 2016.
Taberna de Mercado and Wright Brothers at Spitalfields
A stop at Spitalfields market should be on your list whether you're hungry or not--it's a fabulous place to forage for vintage clothing, knicknacks, music and just about everything you can think of-- but it's a food destination too. Two places to hit while you're there: Taberna de Mercado, a modern Portuguese tavern, and Wright Brothers Spitalfields, for oysters and Champagne (especially at brunch).
Kuwait-born chef Ollie Dabbous has made a name for himself with his exquisite seasonaly cooking at his eponymous restaurant in Fitzrovia, grabbing attention not just in London but worldwide. Dishes on his set menu might include rabbit pie and burrata with wild stawberries and fennel pollen.
PDX might be one of the U.S.'s most progressive food cities, but at Portland in London, you'll find dishes that are all about London 2016, featuring seasonal ingredients prepared simply and stunningly: chargrilled duck hearts with sweet corn, or Cornish turbot with preserved lemon.
Michelin-starred chef and cookbook writer Skye Gyngell of Petersham Nurseries is wowing audiences with her newest restaurant, where she's serving dishes like grilled pigeon with spinach and torn bread, and desserts like bitter chocolate cake with honey and walnut ice cream.
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