My 10 Favourite restaurants of 2016

In 2016 I sure loved eating out…a lot! To choose ten favourites has been incredibly tough but after much contemplation here they are with a little bit of categorisation and reasoning why. Hopefully it will inspire you to try some of them out 🙂

  1. Best newcomer – Jamavar London

It has only been open since the beginning of December and I have already dined there twice which is very unusual for me! With a fantastic menu, ambience and service, this is a restaurant at the tip of my tongue for recommendations at the moment. Bravo to Chef Rohit Ghai for such a fantastic and authentic dining experience.

Jamavar London

2. Best Tasting menu – Vineet Bhatia London

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When I heard that Vineet Bhatia had reopened in London with a new name and concept it was promptly booked for my birthday dinner and it was simply marvellous! A must do for a special occasion and definitely the best sensory experience I have ever had.

Vineet Bhatia London

3. Best Michelin Star experience – The Waterside Inn

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Dining at the Waterside Inn had been top of my list and I treated the other half to it on his birthday. Fair to say it was spectacular and I still dream about the Lobster Medallions. The added bonus was meeting Chef Alain Roux and getting a kitchen tour.

The Waterside Inn

4. Best creative menu – Foleys

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This restaurant was chosen on a spontaneous evening and the menu beat our expectations. Not surprising with an ex Palomar chef at the helm!

Foleys

5. Best counter seating  – The Barbary

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2016 has seen the rise of counter dining and that naan at the Barbary is every bit worth it! The food is heavenly.

The Barbary

6. Best Comfort food – Padella Pasta

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Also a counter dining experience, I loved this more for the homely, comfort food factor. Truly incredible pasta. Get there early to beat the queues!

Padella Pasta

7. Favourite Italian – Margot London

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Everyone loves a good Italian restaurant. Margot is special! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food is epic! Save space for dessert.

Margot London

8. Consistent Favourite dining experience – Roux at the Landau

Got to love Michel Roux and the Roux at the Landau, located in the Langham is just fabulous! I have eaten there for both Sunday brunch and dinner and each time it has been exceptional service, scrumptious food and a memorable time.

Roux at the Landau

9. Favourite “no reservation” restaurant – Bao & Hoppers 

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Also popular this year was the rise of “no reservation” restaurants with queues that never seemed to quieten down. This was a tough choice and both are cuisines I had never tried before. It is a draw between Bao and Hoppers!

Bao was every bit worth it though especially the Horlicks Bao. The good news is that they now have a second site open!

Bao

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The most fun dining experience I have had this year is Hoppers! I had never tried a Sri Lankan Hopper before and it was one of those which hit the spot. If you haven’t been yet it is a must try and the good news is that they have a better waiting system so you can spend time wisely whilst waiting for a table.

Hoppers

10. Best Small Plates and cocktails – Talli Joe

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Restaurants are known for their food and rarely do the cocktails match up but in the case of Talli Joe I loved both so much – they definitely excel at both! The black gajar halwa for dessert was gorgeous too. Highly recommend!

Talli Joe

There we have it! I would love to know your favourites of the year. Let me know in the comments section below.

 

1 Comment

  1. December 22, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    SO MUCH foodie inspiration reading this Binny! It’s perfect for people like me who, when asked for a recommendation, suddenly get a total mind blank!

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