Where to Eat Now: Verge Favourites

When it comes to eating out in London, we are spoilt for choice. To help you choose your next outing, Verge shares four of its favourite restaurants – old and new.

Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia

Listed as their flagship restaurant, Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia is the big sister to the already much loved Covent Garden location. The menu features usual classics of Korean fried chicken wings, sushi and salmon teriyaki ba0, with the addition of a wood smoker which delivers melt in your mouth chilli-miso brisket. And if you are feeling thirsty, they’ve also added a ‘Press for Pisco’ button on every table. When pressed, a mixologist and drinks trolley magically arrives at your table to make you a one of their Pisco specials – we had the option of apple or classic.

Opt for: A seat at the kitchen counter where you can watch staff work their magic.

Dinner for two £90; find out more of book here.

Padella

The duo behind North London’s Trullo have been serving the best pasta just South of the river since opening Padella in 2016. Three years later, this trendy and affordable spot still has a queue before opening (they don’t take bookings). Believe the hype about the burrata and pici cacio e pepe – you won’t regret it.

Opt for: A seat at the counter, burrata and pici cacio e pepe.

Dinner for two £40; find out more here.

Gunpowder

Everyone knows London’s East End has its share of good Indian food. If you are looking for a simple but perfectly designed menu, Gunpowder should be your new go-to. Every plate has been carefully thought out, from the rasam ke bomb, a potato-filled, crispy sphere perched on a shot glass of tamarind and mustard sauce to the saag with tandoori paneer. Walk-in only, this restaurant is worth the wait and you can even go to the bar across the street for a drink in the meantime.

Opt for: As many spicy venison and vermicelli doughnuts you can stomach.

Dinner for two £55; find out more here.

Plaza Pastor

The people behind El Pastor and Barrafina opened an outdoor Mexican oasis in Coal Drops Yard late last year and we are itching to go back this summer. The drink list is long, they have a salsa for everyone and the tacos are perfect for sharing if you want to try a few different types.

Opt for: An avocado & passionfruit margarita.

Dinner for two £65; walk-ins only, find out more here.