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The best restaurants in London are endlessly praised in various guides – with Michelin stars aplenty – but not all live up to the hype. After reviewing them for the better part of a decade, here are some of the few that I keep going back to.

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Dining - £££

Scott’s

If you can get a booking, this place will not disappoint. Some of the best fish in London, with good, friendly service that makes everyone feel welcome. The bar is a great place to enjoy seeing and being seen, with a wonderful display of fresh produce to whet the appetite.

20 Mount Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 5248
Tube: Green Park

The Cinnamon Club

One of first of the new breed of upmarket Indians in London, this spacious restaurant – it’s in the old Westminster Library – offers modern twists on strongly traditional foundations. Great service and an interesting wine list.

30-32 Great Smith Street SW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 2555
Tube: St James’s Park
www.cinnamonclub.com

Theo Randall

Theo loves Italian food and has brought back two things from that country: great food based on fresh ingredients - and a relaxed attitude. He doesn’t show off with fancy plating, letting the wholesome food do the talking for him.

The InterContinental Park Lane
1 Hamilton Place W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7318 8747
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
www.theorandall.com

Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Not as intimate as Corrigan’s old Lindsay House but the food is just as good. His Irish country upbringing comes out in simple, natural ingredients cooked with passion and real excitement, always with an unusual combination of ingredients to surprise.

28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 9943
Tube: Marble Arch
www.corrigansmayfair.com

Zuma

Bursting on the scene with a bang, Zuma is still pumping out modern Japanese food in great style. You need the expert waiters to explain the intricate and innovative menu – and the sommelier to take you through the sake list. Itadakimasu!

5 Raphael Street SW7
Tel: +44 (0)20 7584 1010
Tube: Knightsbridge
www.zumarestaurant.com

Bentley's

Richard Corrigan – again – comes up trumps with this oyster bar, serving some of London’s best seafood. Sit at the bar if you can – if only to avoid the sometimes slow service – but also to enjoy the atmosphere. The wine list is also something special.

11-15 Swallow Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 4756
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
www.bentleys.org

The River Cafe

Just as it’s impossible to get  a bad meal in Italy, it’s probably unimaginable to have one here. Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray founded this on simple Italian-style ingredients, deceptively simply cooked. Very, very expensive – but well worth it.

Thames Wharf W6
Tel: +44 (0)20 7386 4200
Tube: Hammersmith
www.rivercafe.co.uk

Bombay Brasserie

Chef Hemant Oberoi of the Taj Group has revamped this ground-breaking Indian with a fresh, light menu to suit its new, lighter decor. It has been attracting the celebrities for 25 years and the relaunch should see it doing so for another few decades.

Courtfield Road SW7
Tel: +44 (0)20 7370 4040
Tube: Gloucester Road
www.bombaybrasserielondon.com

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