With lockdown restrictions continuing to ease around the globe, our UK based Emma Wallace Women can now dine indoors! Whilst we love an alfresco setting, the British weather has scuppered our plans to socialise so far, and we’re delighted to be heading into our favourite restaurants away from the elements once more.
With that exciting news in mind, here’s our five favourite restaurants in London that we’d be booking this weekend to celebrate in style.
Read on and get ready to make that reservation…
With its warm and almost tropical interior design, 14 Hills is as instagrammable as they come. Indulgent and plush, the lush greenery and gentle lighting instantly makes you feel ready to relax, whilst its unparalleled views over London will keep you entertained all evening. The kitchen is led by the talented Thomas Piat and embraces an elegant French influence. Try the pan roasted hake fillet with fennel, samphire, smoked bacon and clams in a vermouth sauce – you won’t be disappointed.
As the Big Mamma groups largest restaurant, Circolo Popolare’s massive dining room is a Sicilian trattoria on steroids. Featuring foliage dangling from above, backlit walls of bottles, and beautifully crafted furniture that’s made for a selfie. The seriously extra food makes it perfect for snap happy diners. The dish we’d choose? It has to be La gran carbonara, which comes served straight out of a cheese wheel. Delicious and decadent! Wash it down with a Fizzical Therapy cocktail which includes fennel infused gin, pineapple foam and lime soda. Cheers!
If you’re a fish fan, then this Hackney Wick haunt is a must visit. Having just been awarded a Michelin star, Cornerstone has fast become a host spot for trend setters who love good times and delicious flavours. Headed up by Chef Tom Brown who was a finalist on the Great British Menu, the simple, yet sophisticated seafood sharing plates are to die for. The crab crumpet has to be the star of the show but try the tasting menu to indulge in the best bits and you’re taste buds will thank you.
The latest eatery by the team behind Foley’s and Rum Kitchen, this Old Street resident offers Italian dining with a difference. Effortlessly cool, the interior will have you salivating. Subtle neutral tones, concrete floors, heavy oak feasting tables and a sleek marble bar compliment an open kitchen and a copper covered pizza oven. With former Shoreditch House head chef Massimiliano Iaquinoto at the helm, their fresh pizza and pasta will redefine what you’ve come to expect of these Italian staples. Try the orecchiette with octopus and green olive ragout or the wild boar pappardelle for a taste sensation that will have you saying ‘Mama Mia’.
Located in the Grade II listed Market Building in Covent Garden, this edition of the much-loved sushi restaurant has a very different aesthetic to its city counterpart. The incredible space features a "live" ceiling installation featuring South American and Japanese plants and the quirky decor continues with lanterns framing the exposed kitchen. With stunning views over Covent Garden, you can sip on a delicious cocktail whilst people watching to your hearts content. Feeling peckish? Try the Kobe bun with pickled onions and horseradish mayonnaise or opt for the Samba Covent Garden roll which fuses tuna, salmon, yellowtail, white fish and avocado.
We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited to see lockdown rules lifting and can’t wait for our next delicious adventure!