My #Top5 Soho restaurant visits for 2015 – London

Royal Horseguards Hotel

Soho has gone through a lot of changes in the last decade. The most notable is going from red-light district to foodie mecca. If you’re looking for somewhere special, cool or downright different Soho is the place for you. So in no particular order I have included a range of my favourites to cover all budgets. Enjoy and see you down there!

Chotto Matte (Japanese Peruvian)

Soho is fast becoming my favourite place to go out and this place is one of the reasons. I recently attended a blogger event here. We were introduced to a fab fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine (Nikkei) as well as some super cocktails made from pisco. I think the nikkei sashimi is quite possibly the best sashimi I have put in my mouth and that’s the truth!
Spread over 4 floors this place is BIG and full of fashionable city folk. I loved the volcanic rock bar and would have enjoyed sitting here for a cocktail or two.
Each floor specialises in a different area of Nikkei cuisine so whether you like sushi, sashimi, flame-grilled etc there will be something for everyone. From what I tried, the food is outstanding and no wonder, the guy behind Chotto Matte is the same guy behind Nobu. Oh and kudos to the head chef. Nice work!
I’m already salivating thinking about my next trip!

Preparing fashionable Pisco cocktails

Preparing fashionable Pisco cocktails

Inamo (Asian Fusion)

Restaurants are always on the lookout for innovative ways to attract customers. Although it’s been around for a few years it’s taken me a while to get to Inamo. What makes this place different from other restaurants? It’s the interactive table surface. Instead of having a hardcopy menu, there is a projector above your head which displays the entire menu onto your table. You have a built-in mousepad, also in the table, which helps navigate around the different options and then you send your order directly to the kitchen or bar. Fancy changing your ‘tablecloth’? You can do that too. I loved the games that are also available to play on the table although I think the least said about our table football competition the better – I was trounced :-/ Read the full review here

Soft shell crab maki rolls

Soft shell crab maki rolls

Kettners (British)

great bar for pre-theatre drinks or a cheeky cocktail or two. They may be a little pricey but the décor and ambience balance that out. This place is beautifully decorated and has an amazing history (ask the staff about why the secret tunnel to the theatre across the road was built). We sat near the bar and were transfixed by the mixologist’s skills, Tom Cruise eat your heart out. Highly recommend the filthy, dirty martini 🙂

Excellent old-fashioned

Excellent old-fashioned

Belgo (Belgian)

The Covent Garden branch was a regular of mine when I worked in the city so I was keen to see if the mussels in particular were as good as I remembered. Arriving at 7, I was lead through the main dining area and down to the basement. There was a big table set for the event piled high with all the accoutrements we would need for an evening of Belgian feasting. I was offered a choice of a coconut beer served in a coconut shell or champagne beer. Of course I went for the coconut, I love it! Aside from the area we were being hosted in, there are 4 large caves, big enough to hold a good size gathering of your friends for your own night of feasting. Read the full blog here

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Clockjack

I love chicken, I love rotisserie chicken but it’s not my go-to choice on the menu. Maybe because its my main protein dish at home, I like to choose something different when I go out. ClockJack could change that. This place is welcoming, relaxed and just plain fun. There are no pretensions here and I like that. I was eating on my own so took a seat at the bar. This was a great spot to observe the whole restaurant and also watch the meal preparation. I started with the buttermilk chicken bites, very tasty and the ranch dressing was superbly creamy. I think I would have liked the bites to be bigger in size though, some were a bit tricky to dip without getting my fingers covered in dressing, oh well, brings a new opportunity for finger licking good……read the full blog here

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