Top 9 best restaurants near Liverpool Street

Central London plays home to one of the world’s most bustling, vibrant and innovative food scenes in the world. From fine dining, incredible tapas, sourdough pizzas and Korean buns to globally influenced menus, explore some of the best places to eat in the whole of London.

1. Yauatcha City

What is it? 
Sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred Yauatcha in Soho, this is high-end Chinese delights with an emphasis on flavour and presentation. 
What to order?
Famous for their dim sum (try the spicy soft shell crab with almond) and elegant patisserie (which you can also pick up takeaway works of art at Yauatcha Patisserie next door), they also offer incredible set menus that are well worth a visit. Their acclaimed Supreme Saturday menu features cocktails, wine, dim sum, mains including Truffle pork belly rib and out-of-this-world desserts for £52pp.
Drinks menu?
A handsome wine list complemented by gorgeous Asian-influenced cocktails made with care and an impressive list of teas for something lighter.
What the reviewers say:
“The king crab Shanghai siew long bun with pork (£8) is a must. These dumplings are packed with a hot broth, so should be eaten with care if you don't want to melt your tongue, splash your shirt, or do anything else to attract unwanted attention.” Bloomberg
Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS; book here 

2. Jose Pizarro

What is it?
Simple, authentic Spanish cuisine done well. The ideal spot for large groups and special occasions.
What to order?
Everything. Well, be prepared to mix, match and share. Small plates of classic Spanish including the ubiquitous padron peppers and patatas bravas rub shoulders with Mini Ibérico pork burgers, manchego and allioli, cheese and charcuterie.
Drinks menu? There’s a really good selection of Spanish wines with most available by the glass but Jose is particularly famous for their sherries and gin tonicas so we’d recommend those, quite frankly.
What the reviewers say: “The food is quick to arrive and thoroughly delicious: gooey croquetas; tender, paprika-sprinkled octopus; crisp-edged fried egg with grilled asparagus and romesco sauce; sardines cooked in oil and served in a tin; and juicy prawn buñuelos (stuffed and fried dough balls).” Time Out
36 Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 1QS; book here 

 

3. The Ned

What is it?
London’s newest luxe hotel from the Soho House Group boasts delicious Italian Cecconi’s and Insta-pretty food at the Malibu Kitchen while all of its nine bars and eateries look amazing and come with some of the best service in town.
What to order?
It depends what you’re in the mood for: you can choose from British fare at Millie’s; Venetian joys at Cecconi’s; cocktails at The Nickel; Zobler’s NY deli; California dreaming at the Malibu Kitchen; poke bowls at Kaia; a Parisian-style bistro at Cafe Sou; prime cuts at Lutyens; Ned’s Sunday Feast and the ever-elegant Library Bar.
Drinks menu?
Pop into the Nickel Bar which serves American cocktail classics with live jazz music to add to the buzz.
What the reviewers say:
“Cecconi’s crab ravioli featured five parcels of slightly over thick pasta, packed with sweet white crab meat. The pasta, on its own, was fine – but the accompanying sauce had profound depth that I’d happily bathe in. Better still, Plin agnolotti – again on our waiter Leandro’s recommendation – was a traditional, simple dish perfectly executed with sublime flavour.” The London Economic
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ; book here

 

4. Aubaine

What is it?
All-day French restaurant, patisserie and boulangerie with a lovely summer terrace bringing a slice of Provence to central London.
What to order?
What not to order? The great thing about Aubaine is it deftly and cleverly meets all of your needs before you even know what they are. From long, lazy brunches and tasty and quick lunches to evening meals featuring moules mariniere and frites; mustard and thyme crust lamb or even a simple burger, Aubaine has you covered.
Drinks menu?
Seasonal cocktails, a welcoming aperitivo hour for negronis and light and easy wine lists make Aubaine the perfect spot for grown-up drinks.
What the reviewers say:
“Blending together the flamboyant flavors of cosmopolitan Paris with those of rural France, Aubaine has quickly become a sensation in London. Born from a fruitless search to find proper French bread in the capital, Aubaine has blossomed into a family of gorgeous venues that bring something delicious to the table from morning until late evening, and the Broadgate location is no exception.” World’s Best Bars
38 Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 1QS; book here 

5. Shoryu Ramen

What is it?
Bringing authentic tonkotsu ramen from Hakata, Japan and making it with love and attention to detail.
What to order?
The tonkotsu ramen, of course. Made from a 12-hour broth complete with secret base and topped with char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger and nori seaweed. They also love vegetarians with a lighter tonyu soy milk, miso, konbu and shiitake mushroom broth ramen. Having said that… don’t miss the shoryu buns…
Drinks menu?
Japanese-inspired cocktails from a mixologist who knows their sake.
What the reviewers say:
“Shoryu is a ramen-force to be reckoned with when it comes to London’s best-of league tables (recently making it into British Airways’ inflight magazine as a must-visit if you had only seven hours to spend in the capital). Forget sightseeing, capital visitors… It’s advisable you use your stop-off simply to EAT.” Book A Table
33 Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS; book here 

6. Piccolino

What is it?
Uniting all the best bits from Italy’s diverse gastronomic regions and fusing them into a menu brings joy to dining and drinking in a lively, buzzy setting.
What to order?
The shared plates of Italian salami, prosciutto and cheese are a foodie’s delight while their a la carte menu does a mean Pollo Milanese alongside handmade pizza and pasta. Relax, settle in for the afternoon and order oysters, langoustines, rosemary focaccia, Isle of Man bruschetta and seasonal salads.
Drinks menu?
Classic Italian cocktails and wines that span Piedmont to Sicily.
What the reviewers say:
“Very good Italian restaurant particularly enjoyable during the summer thanks to the outside area. Never been disappointed, great food and great staff. I recommend it – especially on a Thursday evening during warm day!” Google
11 Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, EC2A 2BR; book here 

7. Franco Manca

What is it?
Laid-back pizzeria serving the best sourdough pizzas to be found this side of Naples. Best for relaxed dates and big friend get-togethers.
What to order?
We’re purists so we think the simple tomato, mozzarella and basil cannot be equalled but if you’re slightly more exciting than us (easily) then revel in their beautifully sourced toppings featuring cured chorizo and Cantabrian anchovies.
Drinks menu?
Great drinkable house whites and reds plus pale ales from No Logo.
What the reviewers say:
“One of the best sourdough pizzas in London. The pizza is cooked in a wood burning oven at 500 degrees celsius giving it a pillowy texture.” Olive Magazine
32 Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS; for bookings of six people or more please email broadgate@francomanca.co.uk

8. Ottolenghi

What is it?
North African and Middle East-inspired plates of deliciousness.
What to order?
Head to the salad bar. No one makes salads like Ottolenghi filled with roasted aubergine, goat’s cheese, pumpkin seeds and preserved lemons… then add the daily specials for £22 with chickpea falafel with zhoug, amba and tahini or fried sardines with black olive tapenade and smoked labneh. You can’t go wrong.
Drinks menu?
An excellent wine list with a wide variety of on-trend orange wines also available by the glass.
What the reviewers say:
“The thing is, Ottolenghi doesn’t need frills. All his establishments, including fine dining venue Nopi, are simple, clean eating environments rather than fancily designed venues that trigger ‘wows’ and elevate expectations. The service is frippery-free. The cuisine takes centre stage – it is after all the star of the show, which is the way it should be. Every time I leave an Ottolenghi restaurant I do so enthusiastically ranting about what I’ve just eaten, already plotting my return.” Good Mood, Good Food
50 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LJ; book here 

9. Beer & Buns

What is it?
Pop-up Izakaya bar serving UK's largest range of Japanese craft beer, steamed Hirata buns and Korean-style fried chicken wings.
What to order?
All of the above. Simply pull up a chair and wait for a feast of Asian flavours make your soul soar.
Drinks menu?
It’s all about the craft beers with a menu that has been lovingly curated to give you an insider’s knowledge of taste and creation. Exhibit A: “This multi-award winning Japanese super premium lager has a reddish-brown hue and features an aromatic sweet fragrance. The original concept was born from an encounter between a Japanese brewmaster and the locally available sweet potatoes.”
What the reviewers say:
“Flavours include Pork Belly, Chicken Karrage, Pulled Duck Leg and Kaki fry Vegetable Fritters, all come with misos, slaws and chutneys. We recommend hitting all four as you won’t wanna miss out. Leave room for the crispy Korean-style chicken wings though, which come sweet, spicy or smokin’ hot. HAWT! The beers range from Japan’s first-ever micro-brewed beer to the names you’ll recognise such as Asahi. We were fond of the smokey Coedo Beniaka.” London On The Inside
K10, 3 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AF; book here 

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6 August 2018 - 31 December 2018
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