Once known for its living statues and snap-happy exchange students, these days Covent Garden is the hub of a thriving foodie scene. Whether you’re after an NYC-style breakfast, a chef’s table lunch or supper at a chic French bistro, WC2 is where it’s at.
You’ll feel virtuous just looking at the menu at this small, open-fronted breakfast spot, tucked away in hip Neal’s Yard. There are a few savoury lunch options on offer, but the mainstay is breakfast; bircher muesli or perfect porridge, topped with banana and cacao nibs.
Culinary wunderkind Ollie Dabbous’s new venture pulls out the stops with an accomplished seasonal menu, spot-on service and atmosphere galore. If you think you hate hotel restaurants, that’s because you haven’t spent an evening here devouring slow-cooked Saddleback pork and confit Jersey royals.
Recommended: Beef tartare with nasturtium and rye.
Gregory Marchand’s Parisian bistro was an instant hit when it opened in 2009, and his first London outpost has matched that success. It’s all in the chic but inviting interior, daily changing menu and imaginative flavor combinations; for the ultimate indulgence, go for the tasting menu.
Recommended: Bacon scones with maple syrup and clotted cream.