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Prawn on the Lawn
North London
292-294 St Pauls road, London, N1 2LH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Now moved to a larger location, Prawn on the Lawn is a fishmonger and seafood bar - with a wine bar on the side. Expect the usual fruits de mer platters and whole crab as well as some more tapas-style dishes like scallops ceviche and their signature dish - the prawn on the lawn which is toasted soda bread with avocado and prawns.

Kricket Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

After beginning life in a shipping container as one of the first restaurants in Pop Brixton, Kricket has come far. Inspired by Indian cuisine, they offer an ever-changing menu of Indian small plates. And they feature what may be one of our favourite snacks in town, the samphire pakora dish.

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West London
108 Golborne Road, London W10 5PS
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
The Barbary
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

This is the sibling restaurant to the hugely popular The Palomar. It features food from the Barbary Coast of North Africa to Jerusalem and it's a solely counter dining restaurant.

Morito Hackney Road
East London
195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

This latest expansion for Moro sees them head outside of Exmouth Market with a new all-day kitchen. Expect food from Spain, Morocco, Turkey and Crete - with a focus on dishes new to London.

Moro
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week. Grab a glass of sherry up at the bar, or nab one of the more sought-after window tables and enjoy a lazy, boozy afternoon here.

Chick n Sours
East London
390 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
Barrafina Adelaide Street
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10

One thing you know you're going to get at any branch of Barrafina is great food. The counter seats might be gone minutes after service opens, but that only proves that the early bird catches the milk fed kidneys.

Tredwells
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
4 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9NY

Tredwells is from Marcus Wareing, but it's run by Chantelle Nicholson who has taken this "casual but informed restaurant" and turned it into a popular Covent Garden haunt with a strong focus on veggie dishes.

The Manor
South London
148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

The Manor sees the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie.

The Palomar
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Hands down one of the best counter dining experience in town, albeit not the quietest one. Expect a Jerusalem-style menu here, with additional influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa through to the Levant. You can grab a table at the back - but try for the full-on counter experience if you can.

Wright Brothers Spitalfields
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
8/9 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This is the third London opening for the oyster and seafood restaurant, following Soho and Borough Market. Expect a similar offering of seafood and oysters at this Spitalfields location - but with a huge seawater tank into the middle of the restaurant stacked with 10,000 shellfish allowing diners to choose their own live crab, lobster or oysters.

Cafe Murano
Mayfair, Belgravia
33 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1HD
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

This sees Angela Hartnett taking over the site in St James which used to hold Gordon Ramsay's original Petrus restaurant (and where she was Head Chef). Expect "regionally focused dishes, at an accessible price-point, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant I would enjoy eating in every day".

Andina
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
1 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Martin Morales is also behind Ceviche, although this restaurant takes a slightly different approach. It takes its influence from Peruvian ‘picanterias’, traditional family run restaurants serving local people from breakfast through to dinner.

Elliot's
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This restaurant is by Rob Green and Brett Redman, the blokes behind the super-popular Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park. Its aim is to be 'showcasing the best of Borough Market and supporting craft and artisanal producers'.

Social Eating House
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

This restaurant is from Jason Atherton and, to date, his only one in Soho. Expect a very British menu, with plenty of starters in jars too. As with all of Atherton's places, the bar is just as important - so make time to head upstairs for a cocktail or three.

Donostia
Marylebone
10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Tomasz Baranski, the former head chef at Barrafina, is serving up Basque-style tapas and pintxos in this Marylebone restaurant (the sibling restaurant of Lurra, across the road). Expect top pintxos, perfectly done tortilla, plenty of txakoli and more Basque delights.

Sushi Tetsu
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
Critic reviews - total score 9.5 out of 10

The tiny Sushi Tetsu is both one of the best sushi restaurants in town and also one of the hardest to get into. With only half a dozen seats inside, each item served to you will be almost a work of art. This may well ruin other sushi restaurants for you...

Ducksoup
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Staffed by folk who previously worked at Hix in Clerkenwell, expect a small menu featuring the group's favourite dishes from around the world, created with seasonal British ingredients. Plus there's "bring your own vynyl" approach which lets you play your own tunes on the turntable.

Spuntino
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
61 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Russell Norman's Polpo was a hit the minute it opened its doors. This smaller successor is billed as 'a sort-of speakeasy with food; like a machine-age downtown NYC Italian diner' and seats just 30 people. It's a particularly good spot to hit up for late night dining.

operatavbernnew
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
23 Catherine Street, London WC2
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

From the same stable as Salt Yard and Dehesa, this serves tapas-style dishes in a refurbished pub setting. Their teeny Iberico pork and foie gras burgers are worthy of the trip here alone.

J Sheekey Oyster Bar
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
28-32 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Fans of counter dining have long known that one of the best lunches in town was to be had up dining up at the bar in Sheekeys, if you could get a table. Happily the move sideways into an neighbouring building has allowed Sheekeys to create a brand new Oyster bar while seemlessly giving it the Sheekey magic touch.

bocca
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Jacob Kenedy's Soho Italian wins universal praise for its cuisine, a well-chosen wine list and for one of the most beautiful counters in town - a top counter dining spot.

Bar Boulud London
Mayfair, Belgravia
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Daniel Boulud is one of the top chefs in Manhattan, where his restaurant Daniel has been the favourite of many a critic. This is his London base and he was one of the trailblazers for non-UK restaurants making a base in London. Here it was all about getting things right - service is top notch, and the famed burgers are some of the best in town. Always a good bet in Knightsbridge.

Terroirs
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.

rokacharl
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

At Roka it's all about the robata grill. Start with sushi or sashimi and work your way up through dishes like black cod to various yakitori sticks.

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