We're visiting London from Los Angeles in January and my husband is taking us to my birthday dinner. I'm looking for good recs for places that are nice, but not super expensive. We're not on an expense account but we're able to splurge a bit (@US$200 for both of us and we're not big drinkers). We like hip places but not the ones with too much attitude and hype (unless it lives up to it!). We're open to the types of cuisine, with our favorites being Italian, French, tapas, sushi, modern European, Chinese...We're staying in South Kensington and will need to take a taxi and/or tube to get anywhere, so we'd like to keep it fairly local. In LA our favorite places to splurge are vermont, Cuidad, Water Grill, Cobras & Matadors, Crustacean, Ivy by the Shore, Campanile...hope this helps and thank you in advance!