A couple of months ago, we posted a feature on London's unbookable restaurants. Well, now we have a late addition.
Let us introducing Brooklyn Bite, the city's latest pizza bolthole and brainchild of New Jersey-born Ilias Nathanail. The Chelsea-based restaurant serves up a whole host of 18", Brooklyn-inspired pizza, from the meat-heavy Fugetaboutit to the veggie-friendly Benny Blanco from the Bronx. (You've got to admire their pizza-naming skills, even if you don't sample the goods themselves).
There's also a speakeasy-style cocktail bar below the restaurant, perfect for a pre or post-dinner drink, in a world away from the Kings Road.
Visit Brooklyn Bite to find out more and take a look below to see more of London's top places to eat:
While the majority of London's speakeasy-style unbookables, have that NY, hipsterish whiff about them, Nuno Mendes' Corner Room truly is waving the flag for the fine dining contingency. Like Mendes first London restaurant (also housed within the Town Hall Hotel), the Corner Room is a showcase of the Portuguese chef's inventive side, but here he takes a slightly more humble approach, keeping the menu small and simple, using only seasonal produce, like the squid with buttermilk and asparagus, or the rump of lamb with wild garlic and cereals. The decor compliments the fresh ethos; with white butchers tiles, industrial lighting and stripped-back wooden flooring. No bookings are taken, but tables have to be vacated after 90 minutes. <strong>Address book:</strong> Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF. Open: Monday-Friday 12pm-3.30pm & 6pm-10.30, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-10.30pm, <a href="http://townhallhotel.com/corner_room" target="blank">townhallhotel.com</a>
Any foodie worth their (rosemary) salt should have sampled the many delights at Brixton Village by now - the undercover market has come into its own in the last year with its myriad food stalls serving up all sorts of world delicacies. Honest Burgers has emerged as one of the Village's best kitchens; all the beef in their patties comes from the esteemed Ginger Pig butchers, the chicken is free range, the buns are glazed and the chunky chips are dusted in rosemary rock salt. Diners eat elbow-to-elbow under a tiny arcade or inside the kitchen's rustic little shack. <strong>Address book:</strong> Unit 12 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR Tel: +44 (0)207 733 7963, <a href="http://honestburgers.co.uk" target="blank">honestburgers.co.uk</a>
Proving there is nothing like a queue to stir up hype, MEATliquor has undoubtedly been this year's most fawned-over hipster foodie opening. Along with a trend for NY-style gourmet burgers, you'll also start noticing a trend for stating the bleeding obvious - this carefully styled joint excels at meat (obviously) and liquor (try the cocktails served in jam jars). <strong>Address book:</strong> 74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA. Open: Monday-Thursday 12pm-12am & Friday-Saturday 12pm-2am, <a href="http://www.meatliquor.com" target="_hplink">www.meatliquor.com</a>
Where shall we meet? Soho? Perfect, see there at 7. Where shall we eat? Lets decide when we get there, there's loads of places in Soho...And so the night begins and inevitably ends with a disappointing look at the queue at the bar in Spuntino and a reluctant side-swerve to a far less cool, far more generic burger place around the corner...Spuntino is really, really good - in a very knowing Lower East Side kind of way, serving up Italian-American classics such as plates of sliders (mini-burgers), mac and cheese and crispy Pizzettes. Just get there early or be prepared to put in the waiting-time at the bar. Perseverance pays. <strong>Address book:</strong> Spuntino 61 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PW. Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 12pm-11pm, <a href="http://spuntino.co.uk" target="_hplink">spuntino.co.uk</a>
Lobster & Burger
So here we are again at another restaurant which likes to keep things simple for diners. What's your poison - burger o lobster? For £20 you get the choice of burger/lobster/lobster roll with fries, salad and all sorts of dips, which you can wash down with one of their cocktails, which are appropriately labelled 'B' or 'L' depending on what they go best with. For Mayfair, the overall feel is quite low-key and jovial, particularly when the lobsters come out, the plastic bibs get unfurled and the sleeves rolled up. <strong>Address book:</strong> Burger & Lobster, 29 Clarges Street, London W1J 7EF, tel: +44 (0)207 409 1699. Open: Monday-Saturday 12pm-10.30pm, Sunday 12pm-5.30pm <a href="http://burgerandlobster.com" target="blank">burgerandlobster.com</a>
Technically its not a restaurant, but the green gazebo of Pizza Pilgrims has been creating a bit of buzz on Berwick Street Market with their painstakingly authentic Napoli pizzas. I say painstaking because Pizza Pilgrim owners, brothers Thom and James Elliot, quit their jobs in advertising and TV and convinced a film crew to follow them to Naples to capture them on their fact-finding mission to find the perfect pizza. They came back with a van, an oven, a recipe and contact at a mill from which they still import their flour. The secret to the pizzas are the super-fresh ingredients, bolstered by homemade, infused olive oils. <strong>Address book:</strong> Pizza Pilgrims, Berwick Street Market, London. Open: Monday-Friday, <a href="http://www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk" target="blank">www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk</a>
Pitt Cue Co Burger
The website rather charmingly states that the no reservation policy is not about playing it cool, just playing it practical. With seating room for just 30, this South-American styled diner draws in the crowds with their slow-cooked BBQ pork or beef, slaws, pickles, relishes and fries...and potent rye whiskey cocktails. <strong>Address book: </strong> 1 Newburgh Street, London W1F 7RB. Open: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm, <a href="http://www.pittcue.co.uk" target="_hplink">www.pittcue.co.uk</a>
Lucky Chip, The Seabright Arms
Currently taking up a residency in the Seabright Arms, Lucky Chip may be better known in it's day-guise as a posh burger stall at East London's Netil Market. Word-of-Mouth success has earned it this residency and a new legion of fans; who couldn't resist a Kevin Bacon burger, and a side of fries served with lashings of wasabi mayo? <strong>Address book:</strong> The Seabright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG, tel: +44 (0)7795 816 355. Open: Daily 10am-6pm, <a href="http://www.sebrightarms.co.uk" target="blank">www.sebrightarms.co.uk</a>
Pizza East Portobello
Pizza East Portobello is the West London-offspring of the Shoreditch pizzeria owned by the Soho House Group, who did a sterling job convincing us that veal meatballs were not only a valid, but downright tasty, pizza topping. The Notting Hill version is equally as reliable for their amazing wood-fired pizzas and adventurous apperitvo. The decor is all contemporary, urbanite Italian, with a sweeping blue and white canopy, reclaimed wooden tables, white tiles and low-hanging lighting. <strong>Address book:</strong> 310 Portobello Road, London W10 5TA, tel: +44 (0)208 969 4500, <a href="http://www.pizzaeastportobello.com" target="blank">www.pizzaeastportobello.com</a>
Perhaps one of London's original unbookables, Barrafina has never buckled under the pressure of a maitre'd despite being one of the city's most highly regarded tapas restaurants. The menu is always a Spanish riff on seasonal, regional produce - such as the caperberries, courgette flowers and salt cod fritters. There's pretty much always a queue in the evenings, but it's worth holding-out for one of the counter stools, where the chefs will happily chat away while they assemble your sharing dishes in front of you. Address book: 54 Frith Street, London W1D 4SL, tel: +44 (0)20 7813 8016, <a href="http://www.barrafina.co.uk" target="blank">www.barrafina.co.uk</a>