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[London] What are your favourite places to eat and drink in Soho or Mayfair?


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[London] What are your favourite places to eat and drink in Soho or Mayfair?

uniqueusername | | Feb 15, 2012 03:54 AM

After a decade working in the City of London, I've just started a new job on Regent Street (so really on the Soho/Mayfair border). While I obviously know a few places in the area, I'm not nearly as familiar as I was with the City and Shoreditch/Clerkenwell - and there's alot more choice here! So I was hoping local chowhounders would share their favourite spots. I've listed the types of venue I'm looking for with some examples that I've tried and enjoyed already, in that hope that you can broaden my horizons and stop me from wandering into too many tourist traps or falling back on chains!

- Great coffee and pastries (Taylor Street Barista, Sacred and Speakeasy are favourites)
- Takeaway sandwiches and salads (I'm struggling here, so far I've had to mainly rely on chains)
- Quick cheap sit down lunch spots (I enjoyed Rose Bakery, and Sacred isn't bad. Princi is great but probably just a little too far for me to get to in a lunch hour. I'd like to try some of the Asian places on Brewer Street, especially sushi - any favourites??)
- Casual evening dining (I'm a fan of Spuntino, Koya and the Polpo chain. Tapas Brindisa is always a good shout. I like Cay Tre too. Would be great to have some ideas where queues are less insane or which take bookings. Happy to walk a bit further for evening meals, so the further reaches of Soho and Covent Garden are definitely in scope here). I'm useless at knowing where to go in chinatown, but would love some suggestions!
- Treaty evening dining (I had an incredible birthday dinner last year at Hibiscus but obviously that's a HUGE treat. I liked Pollen Street Social, and although my meals at Hix have been a bit mixed, I'm generally a fan)
- Pubs and bars - I'm useless on this bit. I like places where you can get a seat (I'm getting old!), and a decent glass of wine or well made cocktail in nice but non-pretentious surroundings.

I'm pretty open really to all suggestions, and I promise to report back my findings as I explore!
p.s I'd also be really grateful to be pointed to any useful old threads on this topic - search wasn't throwing up much but maybe I'm looking for the wrong thing!!!