Our top restaurants in and around Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street is one of London’s most well-known, with a colourful history that spans aeons of style and swing. For decades, Carnaby has served as the epicentre of life and culture in London’s West End. To feed such a thriving cultural hub, takes an army of talented restaurateurs, chefs and serving staff. This article is our honest homage to them.
From the sun-drenched shores of Greece to the bustling streets of Bangkok, the culinary craftsmanship on display near Carnaby Street is a gem in the crown of London's food scene.
At INO Gastrobar, the essence of Greek cuisine is captured through dishes that marry simplicity with sophistication. Book on TheFork to avoid getting beaten for a table.
The tuna tart with fava and Santorini wild capers is a celebration of the Aegean Sea, while the ‘Spanakopita’ transforms spinach pie with a smoky finish on charcoal and a dollop of Greek yoghurt. The cauliflower steak, adorned with smoked yoghurt, charred spring onions, and chili, offers a vegetarian delight, and the spicy chicken bowl with fusilli pasta introduces a fusion twist. Dessert is no afterthought, with a baked cheesecake paired with sour cherry spoon sweet, rounding off the meal with a touch of sweetness.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe brings the vibrant flavours of Thailand to London. Book this popular chain’s premiere location on your next day out on Carnaby Street.
The pumpkin crackers with homemade sweet chilli dipping sauce start the meal with a crunch, while honey-marinated Moo Ping and grilled chicken satay skewers showcase the balance of sweet, sour, and savoury that Thai cuisine is renowned for. The popcorn shrimp Goong Tod, with its crispy breadcrumb coating and Sriracha mayo, adds a modern touch to the traditional flavours.
Lovers of Japanese street-inspired food will love this casual but upmarket take on the cuisine at Shoryu, on Carnaby Street. Offering a litany of well-loved dishes to its clientele of professionals, shoppers and sightseers alike, Shoryu serves up a slice of Shibuya in Central London. From the classic Chicken Karaage and Edamame Beans to start, to Hakata Tetsunabe Gyoza, each excellent dish here is casual and fun, perhaps typified best by the famous Shoryu bao buns. Rice dishes are available like the Chicken or Pumpkin Croquette Katsu, but the star of the show here is the Ramen Noodles, Tonkotsu style. Book this tasting trip to Japan while staying in Soho on TheFork.
Oka in Kingly Court introduces a contemporary take on Japanese dining that will wow the most discerning of designers. Book with TheFork to experience this top-tier taste of Japan for yourself, during your next trip to Carnaby Street.
Dishes like salmon tartare with kizami and soy dressing, and inventive salmon bites top crunchy rice patties. The yellowtail carpaccio and grilled skewers, whether prawn or rendang chicken, showcase the restaurant's ability to blend traditional Japanese techniques with global influences, while the fried tofu sushi roll caters to the modern palate with its fresh and vibrant ingredients.
Zahter brings the rich heritage of Turkish cuisine to the forefront with Chef Fatih Akdogan's creations. The flavours of this rich region come through in every dish; yours to explore on TheFork.
From wood oven baked bread with smoked yoghurt to the intricate flavours of hummus with fried chickpeas and paprika oil, each dish is a narrative of Turkey's culinary diversity. The hot mezze of Sahanda karides and the meticulously prepared İçli köfte offer a taste of the traditional, while the enginar çiçeği and köfte piyaz blend the rustic with the refined.
Aqua Nueva transports diners to Spain with its array of tapas and traditional dishes. With a selection of delicious dishes to sample, a reservation here is a must have for your next trip to Soho.
The Padrón peppers and rustic tomato bread lay the groundwork for a shared dining experience, while the Manchego cheese & truffle croquetas and calamari tartare with squid ink bread are a nod to Spain's regional diversity. The buñuelo de cocido con cecina Ibérica and the chocolate tart with chantilly & raspberry sorbet are reflections of the country's refined, regional flavours, presented with a modern flair.
Mukbang Pocha offers a Korean culinary experience with its diverse menu that includes Bunsik and Kimbab varieties, showcasing the country's street food culture.
Each dish is a celebration of Korea's bold flavours and innovative culinary techniques. The tofu kimchi with vegetable and spicy chicken feet are a tasty treat for the adventurous diners, while the kimchi pancake and chicken mandu offer a taste of home-style Korean cooking.
The Iceberg Lounge at Park Row, under the guidance of Chef Raymond Steplin, offers an immersive Japanese dining experience with an innovative and contemporary approach to the cuisine.
Dishes like nitro ice drops will wow diners with their inventiveness, while delicacies like the truffle edamame provide familiar flavours. The sashimi salad and prawn chirashi highlight the chef's skill in selecting and presenting seafood, while the salmon tataki and beef with teriyaki glaze are testament to the fusion of traditional and contemporary tastes. The calamari tempura with wasabi aioli adds a playful twist to the classic seafood dish.
Social Eating House presents a love story of European dining, which are yours to experience through Chef Alex Parker's gourmet creations.
The Cobble lane cured charcuterie and baby chorizo sausages with saffron mayo start the meal with bold flavours, while the Orkney scallop tartare and cured chalk stream trout showcase the chef's ability to elevate local seafood dishes. The pork collar and Cornish cod dishes are a further nod to the British Isles' produce, and the roast guinea fowl brings a touch of old-world elegance to the table.
Kricket, Soho introduces diners to the modern Indian palate by way of Chef Will Bowlby's innovative dishes. Book on TheFork and take your table with a view over this kitchen to get a glimpse of his skilled and passionate team in action.
The array of breads set the stage for a flavorful journey, before vegetarian options like Bhel puri offering a light start. The chilled summer tomato rasam and grilled hake alleppey fish curry present a contemporary take on traditional flavours, while the Keralan fried chicken and grilled lamb leg kosho mangsho blend the rich heritage of Indian cuisine with contemporary culinary cool.
This spot celebrates Japanese regional cuisine in its delicious range of noodle and ramen dishes. Heddon Yokocho is an excellent place to enjoy the cuisine, whether you’re a lifelong fan, or just trying it for the first time. Every Ramen dish comes with a different combination of tasty flavours and fillings. The Spicy Tori Paitan Ramen is made with gochujang sauce, grilled chicken, nitamago egg, nori seaweed and more healthy vegetables on top. The Sapporo Miso Ramen comes with beansprouts, barbecued, pork belly, minced pork, pak choi, egg and nori seaweed. Don’t miss out on delicious mochi iced cream snacks for dessert.
Just off Carnaby is Soho’s famous Blanchette, family-run by three brothers from France who share a passion for fine-dining. With recipes handed down by their mother, the passion of folk cooking can be tasted in each great dish. Chef Maxime Alary presents a number of specialities on this well-loved menu. From charcuterie boards of fine Saucisse Sèche and Corsican Coppa, to delicious cheeses like Beaufort, Fourme D’ambert and Sauvaget Cendre. The seafood is excellent here, from the Moules Marinière to the Barbecued Monkfish with roasted cauliflower purée.
This city spot near the shops of Carnaby Street is well worth a visit for lovers of great dining experiences. Temper is an ultra-modern and hip hangout that serves some satisfying and social dishes. Begin with creative snacks like the Caramalised Spicy Corn or starters like the Aged Beef Nachos or Beef Fat Cornbread with Gochujang Butter. The main event here is the selection of Barbecued smoked meats and seafood. Beef Brisket with Tajin in Paratha, Sweet & Sour Pork Rib and Chilli & Garlic Prawns all for your order.
Just off Carnaby on Swallow Street is this classic neighbourhood favourite, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. With a storied history dating back to 1916, this is one place that delivers the true London experience with a range of delicious seafood and prime meat cuts as well as traditional Fish & Chips. No ordinary chippie, at Bentley’s you can get premium caviar from Cornwall and Iranian fisheries to complement classic dishes like Salmon Tartare, Lobster Bisque and Scallop Ceviche. Don’t miss out on their delicious range of authentic home-made desserts, like the Baked Cheesecake with Spiced Plums.
If looking for a pre-theatre bite, or post-shopping meal out, Little Social fits the part perfectly. Head Chef Frankie Van Loo has created a gem of a restaurant that will cap off your day out on Carnaby Street very nicely. Start with the Porthilly Rock Oysters or maybe a special Cumbrian Charcuterie board. The Lake District Beef Flank Tartar is a taste experience with horseradish cream and crispy shallots. The highly creative Cornish Crab Salad is served with Nashi pear, radish and lemon gel.
With a straight-to-the-point name, there’s no prizes for guessing what you might find on the menu at The Duck and Rice. But don’t be fooled by the no-nonsense name, as this Berwick Street favourite just off Carnaby has a broad range of delicacies to delight diners. Starters will take you from Prawn Crackers to Pork Scratchings, by way of Spanish Marcona Almonds. There is a Dim-Sum menu that’s ideal for sharing with friends and family. The star of the show, understandably, is the Crispy Aromatic Duck, served whole, or the House Roast Duck served in the Cantonese style.
This authentic Korean restaurant is proving especially popular among visitors to Central London shopping hotspot Carnaby Street. If you have a craving for Kimchi and other popular Korean snacks, then a visit to Co & Ko is a must. There are numerous delicious dishes to sate your fever for all Korea. From Tapas-style starters like the Aubergine Salad with Co&Ko Soy dressing to the Chargrilled Tender Stem Broccoli with Chogochujang dip, the focus is on fresh and healthy ingredients. These pair great with meat dishes like classic Korean Fried Chicken and BBQ Pork Belly with Samjang.
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