Central London’s Soho has also been known to be the go to place for eating, drinking, desserts and dancing. Soho shows a unique side to London with its unique character, which sets it apart from other boroughs in London.
Soho is also in the middle of various great tourist hotspots; Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Picadilly, Chinatown and Covent Garden. There’s also a load of tube stations that surround Soho; Oxford Street on the Victoria and Bakerloo line, Picadilly on the Bakerloo and Picadilly line, Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station and Tottenham Court Road station on the Central line.
The one thing that you can count on Soho for providing is a great dining experience at one of the many restaurants in the area. Not only will you have hundreds of restaurants to choose from, you also have lots of different cuisines to pick from.
There’s an estimated ten different Thai restaurants in Soho. To name a few, the restaurants that are based in Soho are Busaba Eathai, Papaya, Tuk Tuk, Thai Cottage, Benja Bangkok Table, Tai, Rosa’s Soho, Patara and Chiang Mai.
Busaba Eathai is a chain of fusion Thai restaurants that have stayed relatively close to their roots with 245 reviews on YELP for the restaurant. You’ll be able to find the restaurant on Wardour Street.
If you fancy a Thai restaurant that is a bit more upmarket, then you might want to head to Patara on Greek Street (a few doors away from Bibimbap Soho). The reviews of the restaurant certainly don’t let down the menu. There are actually branches of the restaurant open in five different cities around the world; Geneva, London, Singapore, Beijing and Vienna.
Like in most areas of London, it isn’t too hard to find an Italian restaurant. Soho is no different with just under 50 different listed restaurants in the area. Some of the names that you will find in Soho are Bocca Di Lup, Tuscanic, Jamie’s Italian, Polpettp, La Polenteria, Forty Dean Street, Spaghetti House, Polpo, Mele e Pere, Melanie Italian Restaurant, Il Siciliano, Aperitivo Soho, the list goes on.
Bocca Di Lupo is a fine dining Italian restaurant with it’s regional themed menu. Each region of Italian has its own speciality dish, for example Tretino has the Ovoli (Caesar’s mushrooms) carpaccio, olive oil & lemon. Toscano has the wonderful Tonno del chianti which is pulled pork salad with beans & onion. Puglia has Ricotta ravioli with burnt walnut pesto. The menu is tapas style, great for dining out with friends or even to take a date to.
Vegetarian restaurants are adored by both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. La Polenteria on Old Compton Street is a moderate priced vegetarian friendly Italian restaurant. The menu has a large range of vegetarian and even vegan friendly dishes which are clearly labelled. Meat and fish dishes are clearly separated from the vegetarian dishes. Vegans will find dishes such as Rocket with fennel, green beans, oranges and olives for starter. For mains you could go for a Sicilian caponata: aubergine and courgettes stewed with red peppers, yellow peppers, and sundried tomatoes. Vegetarians will be content with either a Burrata cheese with cherry tomato sauce and fresh basil or Grilled tomino cheese with cherry tomato sauce and freshly grated courgettes.
Diners at La Polentia can expect to pay an average of around £8 a dish. The restaurant’s rating on YELP is 4 stars, fancy visiting the restaurant then pay it a visit on 64 Old Compton Street.
British restaurant is quite a lose term generalising many of the restaurants that don’t quite fit into a specific category. This can include fine dining restaurants, pub food or fish and chips eateries.
The restaurants in Soho that fall into this category are split into further categories.
The Leicester Arms is on Glasshouse Street in Soho. The pub serves great English favourites like steak and ale pie, fish and chips and burgers.
The Dog & Duck on Bateman Street has quite an extensive menu on offer. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, even offering a selection of children’s dishes such as Cumberland Sausage & Mash, Chicken & Chips and a 4oz Beefburger.
The Coach & Horses pub on Bateman Street offers a small quality menu that prides itself in its unique menu. For starters you can find some Welsh Rarebit, Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke & Puy Lentil Salad or a Raw Lasagne (wafer thin marinated raw golden, candy and red beetroot, courgette and beef tomato layered together with cashew cheese and raw pizzaiola sauce, drizzled with sweet basil and pine nut pesto and finished with cress & sprouts garnish.)
For mains you would be able to try their Handmade Sausages, Beans and Mash or even a Portobello Burger.
There’s a range of British restaurants based in Soho, most of them you may have walked past and not even noticed the restaurant.
Mother Mash is a restaurant that, if you look at some of the reviews that have been left online, should be a must visit classic British restaurant. Trip Advisor rates the restaurant 4 of 5 stars based on 184 reviews. The restaurants speciality is in the name, Mash. You pick your mash, then pair it with a pie or sausages, finish it off with a gravy.
Crown & Two Chairmen is one of those classic looking pubs, but actually serves stunningly brilliant food. The pub has great reviews on their Google Places page, which fills you with confidence. Some of the classic pub dishes are served here such has fish & chips, handmade burgers and sausage & mash.