London’s Soho is the West End’s most diverse and exciting zone. Emerging from its seedier days, in recent years a wave of gentrification has swept through, opening it up as a more family friendly destination. One of the things that has long made Soho an interesting place, is the amazing range of food options. In fact, you can eat your way around the world in Soho! Read on to discover some of the best restaurants in Soho. For this post, the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
Where is Soho?
Soho is in the West End of London. To the East you will find Covent Garden, to the South is Chinatown and Leicester Square and North-West is shopping galore. Soho is bordered by four main roads:
- North – Oxford Street
- East – Charing Cross Road
- South – Shaftesbury Avenue
- West – Regent Street
If you are coming by underground, the best options are the four stations that mark the four corners of Soho:
- Piccadilly Circus – Piccadilly Line and Bakerloo Line
- Leicester Square – Piccadilly Line and Northern Line
- Oxford Circus – Central Line and Bakerloo Line
- Tottenham Court Road – Central Line and Northern Line
Now what we are all here for, the food!
Eat Your Way Around the World in Soho, London
Bodeans BBQ Soho – 10 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8PZ
If you are craving some meaty goodness, cooked low and slow, then this is the place for you. You can ingest disgusting amounts of tender meat, or grab one of their super stuffed sandwiches. Don’t forget all the fixin’s! Slaw, cornbread, mac & cheese and sweet potato fries. All the things that make your eyes and belly bulge.
The most surprising thing here? They actually have a vegan menu!
Dish not to miss – Baby Back Ribs, get sticky and messy!
The Breakfast Club – 33 D’Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EU
You will find Breakfast Clubs across London, but this is the original! Open all day, you will find a fantastic selection of hot breakfast dishes from a stack of pancakes to their full English (the Full Monty). There is no reservation system here for breakfast so during the weekend, be prepared to queue. It is totally worth it though.
These guys aren’t just open for breakfast. Some breakfast items stay on the menu all day but they then add-on lots of American dinner options too. Plus, their cocktails aren’t half bad!
Dish not to miss – Huevos Rancheros. Chorizo, beans, eggs and yummy sauces, this is a great big dish of bubbly, spicy deliciousness. We especially recommend this if you are hungover.
Baozi Inn – 24 Romilly St, Soho, London W1D 5AH
You all know what suckers we are for dim sum here at Flying Fluskey, and Baozi Inn has a great selection alongside a menu packed with Northern Chinese street food. It is a brilliant place to come with friends. You can order a few dishes each and share them. There were some vegetarian options that looked pretty good which can be a let down in dim sum spots.
Dish not to miss – Ruby Prawn Dumpling – These have lovely juicy prawns in, just like a har gau, but they have nice earthy beetroot pastry which differentiates them.
Duck and Rice – 90 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0QB
This is another good spot for dim sum, but you are here for the drinks as well as the food. If you like a good glass of something strong with your dinner then head to Duck and Rice. The little dishes here are all packed with taste, making them all excellent accomplishments to a drink.
Duck and Rice is a beer lovers paradise. On the drinks menu, you will find a wonderful collection as well as ciders and cocktails. You can even compromise and have a beer cocktail!
Dish not to miss – Five spice fried chicken. This is the perfect fusion of bar snack and Chinese flavour. If you are here for a proper dinner, you’ve got to have the duck and rice. It is so good that they named the place after it!
Poppies Fish & Chips – 55-59 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HW
Finding a decent plate of fish and chips in London is actually surprisingly difficult. Take it from an English girl who grew up by the seaside, most London pub fish and chips meals are rubbish.
One delightful exception is Poppie’s Fish & Chips. The fish is battered to perfection and you will find all the traditional trimmings. Jellied eels (eurgh!), mushy peas and some lovely, chunky chips all add up to your best traditional fish and chips in London. You can sit in or get a takeaway to eat in the sun. I was so happy to see that they have a Soho branch now, it saves a trek over to East London and the Brick Lane branch.
Dish not to miss – It is got to be a traditional fish supper. How on earth could you order anything else!
Zedel – 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED
Some may find Zedel too themed, we ADORE how themey this place is. French bistro from the outside, it doesn’t look like much but walk in and down the stairs and you will find:
- Crazy Coqs – A gorgeous cabaret theatre that hosts the cream of the west end crop, burlesque, music and comedy.
- Bar Américain – Not the cheapest cocktail bar in town but it serves up some gloriously old-fashioned beverages in a very 1930s New York setting.
- The main Brasserie Zedel restaurant.
The decor is a weird and wonderful mixture of 1920s/30 Paris and New York. It is like a Broadway theatre hosting a French show. Its extravagance and camp wins me over every time.
Zedel serves up some serious French cuisine. On our first trip, we indulged in some frogs legs. Well, while in France! Expect buerre (butter) aplenty and the kind of rich cordon bleu that will leave you hugging yourself with joy and regret.
If you fancy some of this fun on a budget then go for one of the set menus. You can get 2 courses for around £11, and three courses for £14.
Dish not to miss – Magret du Canard. This is some beautiful tender duck with a sticky, shiny Cointreau sauce. Add on some smooth pomme puree (mash potato) and you have a killer dinner.
Pierre Victoire – 5 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RQ
To enjoy a more authentic French bistro, hunt out Pierre Victoire. As soon as you enter the space you will be swallowed into the atmosphere. It is warm and friendly, with a piano player tickling the ivories and dripping wax candles while you enjoy dinner.
The food is nothing short of delicious. Everything is cooked wonderfully and the rich French flavours will take you straight across the Channel. This isn’t the cheapest place but for the quality, I think they produce excellent value for money. You could also locate the sister restaurant, called Prix Fixe. They also have fantastic French food but I feel the atmosphere isn’t as nice.
Dish not to miss – Anything seafood! They mix sweet fish flavours with rich sauces and crisp vegetables expertly.
Herman ze German – 33 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JU
This is not a classy place, it is just lots of fun! You are visiting this for a quick lunch, or if you are having a hot-dog craving because as they say “their wurst are the best”.
You can pick from four kinds of wurst, and some of their pre-picked topping options. Alternatively, you can make up your own. We opted for a smoked sausage with sauerkraut and cheese.
Dish not to miss – Any sausage is a good sausage in our book. As long as you have some sort of wurst, you are onto a winner.
Suvlaki – 21 Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 3AL
If you have never had Greek tapas, this is the place to start. Waiters recommend ordering three to five dishes each and then share them with your buddies. The flavours are quite simple and the menu isn’t huge but the food is delicious. The small plate set up means you get to try little bits of everything. This is especially good if you are new to Greek food.
The Souvlaki (the restaurant’s namesake) can be had as a main dish or a mini version. This is Greek’s most popular street food. The small ones aren’t as stuffed as the full-size ones but they were packed with flavour.
Dish not to miss – You couldn’t come here without trying souvlaki. We tried the lamb with tzatziki and devoured it!
Balans Soho Society – 60-62 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UG
Balans is a Soho institution. In terms of food, you can eat around the world just in this one restaurant. From Moroccan falafel to pork quesadillas, even the fussiest eater will find an option to suit them. We love that they have big round tables, surrounded by glittering bead curtains for larger groups, as well as the cafe tables.
The best thing about Balans Soho Society is the opening hours. It is open all night. It is not quite 24 hours, but it is only shut for 2.5 hours in the early hours. They serve alcohol until 03:00 Monday to Saturday. It is a lovely place to end a night out, chatting with friends if you don’t feel like dancing.
Dish not to miss – The Infamous Balans Burger. A perfect patty topped with red Leicester, maple bacon and other exciting bits and bobs.
Bar Italia – 22 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RF
When Bar Italia was established in 1949 it was one of London’s very first Italian spots. Not much has changed since then, just check out the amazing old till and coffee machine. Bar Italia were pioneers in serving excellent coffee in Soho and have been making the most delicious coffees for 70 years.
Forget a McDonald’s after a night out, Bar Italia is open 07:00 – 05:00 Monday to Saturday. You can get a pesto, mozzarella and chicken panini at 4 am and that is much nicer!
Dish not to miss – Get a coffee and one of their flaky cannolis.
Obica Mozzarella Bar – 19-20, Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8QF
A totally different kind of Italian restaurant. Obica is a mozzarella specialist. Come for the stunning cheese and stay for the other world-class produce served simply and perfectly. Mr Fluskey baulked at the price of a ball of truffle mozzarella, but it was beyond any mozzarella we had ever had before. Creamy, soft and dreamy, plus it tasted of truffle! It was heaven.
Fantastic cocktails and salty cured ham make perfect bedfellows with the cheeses.
Dish not to miss – As this is a mozzarella bar, it would be a real shame to miss out on the most incredible mozzarella of your life! If you are suckers for truffle like us then go for the burrata al tartufo.
Dishoom – 22 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5QB
Modern Indian cuisine is done with panache at Dishoom. They serve famously fabulous brunches, featuring naan rolls, but there are absolute gems to munch on all day. Plus, their cocktails are original and top-notch.
This is not the place to come if you want a huge, creamy plate of sauce smashed full of spice, accompanied by seven kinds of rice and twenty naan breads. That belongs on Brick Lane. Instead, each dish here is well constructed, beautifully spiced and served with perfect side dishes. Dishoom have just launched a huge vegan selection. Even their famous Akuri eggs have been entirely reimagined! Last time we visited, we were drooling over the Chole Puri, a chickpea curry with two perfectly puffed puri breads.
Dish not to miss – The spicy lamb chops are the most delicious, aromatic meaty lollipops. I could eat them all night.
Shoryu – 3 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HA & G3-5 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PJ
The secret to amazing ramen is a stunning broth, and oh boy, do Shoryu nail it! Mr Fluskey doesn’t love a soupy noodle, so it was with relief we realised that they don’t just serve ramen. On the menu, you will also find fluffy bao buns, lovely crisp tempura and a few fusion bits for the fussier eaters.
Dish not to miss – Tonkotsu is their star dish. It is salty, opaque, richly flavoured and incredibly addictive. Through in those al dente noodles and you have a perfect savoury dish
On the Bab – 9a Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7AX
There is one reason that we have no photos of the food in On The bab. We have never let it sit on the table long enough to snap one! After visiting Korea in 2017 and becoming utterly addicted to Korean Food, we had been looking for a spot in London to satisfy our cravings. The KFC (Korean Food Chicken) here is excellent! Choose a big portion and several different kinds of sauce. You will be as addicted as we are from the second bite! Get a bottle of soju and lose yourself in a sticky, boozy evening of fun.
Dish not to miss – The chicken. It will ruin you…in a good way
Bibimbap – 11 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DJ
Bibimbap is of the national dishes of South Korea. Sitting on a base of rice you will find a collection of elegantly sliced vegetables, meats or seafood. Top it with a raw egg and prepare to stir like crazy. BiBim means to mix up, and that is exactly what you need to do. Every bite will be slightly different but they should all be delicious. You can add as much gochujang (chill pepper paste) as you like, meaning you can have a bowl that is delicately flavoured, or one that can blow your head off.
Dish not to miss – I have it on good authority that they serve things other than BiBimBap here but I have never strayed from their signature dish. The seafood is the pinnacle of deliciousness with delicate little squid tentacles.
Wahaca – The Azulito Bar Lower Ground Floor, 80 Wardour St, London
Started by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, Wahaca was the first Mexican restaurant in London to take itself seriously. No more giant sombrero, inflatable donkey or shot girls parading the aisles. Instead, you will find small, delicate tacos that pack a huge spice punch. The menu changes seasonally but if you can find anything containing palm, get stuck in!
There is a tapas-style menu of small dishes and so it is a good sharing restaurant, where you can try many things. The piquant pork pibil is present in lots of dishes. It is super soft and the spice is addictive. The sweet potato is also surprisingly spicy, but again, you won’t be able to put them down. If you need something a little milder, the battered fish tacos are a great bet.
Dish not to miss – Order seventy of the frijoles side dishes. You won’t be able to stop at one, especially when topped with the crumbled cheese.
Ceviche – 17 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RG
Peruvian food is achingly trendy right now. Despite its steps into the mainstream, many people are still very apprehensive about trying this unfamiliar cuisine. Ceviche is a lovely introduction. It feels like a restaurant you’ve been to before, even if you are staring in confusion at the menu.
They do serve Peru’s most famous foodie export, Ceviche, and we would urge you to give it a go! As well as this, there are other dishes that are a gentler introduction. For example, did you know that potatoes were originally from Peru? Well, they serve chips! No, but honestly, you can find curries here, roast chicken dishes and yummy grilled meat and seafood.
Oh, you could also just come here for a cocktail or two. They have an interesting selection of drinks with a pisco base. Pisco is the national drink of Peru and you won#t find it in many other bars. Shame they don’t have Inca Kola though!
Dish not to miss – Ceviche! They serve traditional versions, raw fish that partly cooked by the acid in the spicy, lime-based sauce across the top. They also have less intimidating vegan option and one with cooked prawns.
Enrique Tomas – 132 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZW
This isn’t so much a restaurant as a shop to get the finest cured meat in Soho. You can’t help but spot the huge legs of Iberico ham in the window, and if you know how good this stuff is, you will already be dreaming of it.
Dish not to miss – You can buy cones of ham to take away. It is fatty, salty and not cheap…but boy is it good!
St Moritz – 161 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8WJ
St Moritz was established here in 1974. This was the height of the fondue fashion here in the UK, and some may wonder how a Swiss restaurant has survived here despite fondue falling out of favour. Well, those people haven’t’ eaten here yet! When a pot of boiling, bubbling, fragrant fondue is placed in front of you, you know you are in for a real cheesy treat! They do serve other food, of course, but I have only ever chosen fondue joy! If it is not the thing then you can opt for grilled meat, fish dishes or crispy breaded escalopes.
Whatever you pick, the atmosphere here is a magical thing. The heavy decor takes you away to a wood cabin somewhere high in the mountains. It is SO cosy.
Dish not to miss – Whether it is the cheese, the beef stock or the chocolate fondue. You simply have to do the dipping thing. We tried the version with cheese and tomato and it was like the best deep dish pizza you have ever had.
We have explored some of Soho’s most exciting international options for dinner but there is so much more to discover. Things here change rapidly and there is always somewhere new to try. Who knows, there may be 20 more options tomorrow from 20 more countries and then we really can eat our way around the world in Soho!
If you are coming to visit Soho and find anywhere fantastic to eat, that we haven’t mentioned here, we would love to hear all about it! If you want to find all these places, handily pinned on Google maps, click here