Mennula – This sophisticated Sicilian restaurant replaced the legendary Passione on foodie-friendly Charlotte Street. The menu, inspired by chef Santino Busciglio’s home town of Cianciana, is a far cry from standard trattoria fare and includes dishes like seabass ravioli and the classic pancetta-wrapped rabbit with aubergine sauce.
Zilli Green – Celeb chef Aldo Zilli recently transformed his flagship Soho restaurant into a new meat-free haven for West End veggies. The menu is inspired by vegetarian dishes from across the globe, from Italian-inspired pastas and lasagne to spicy curries and Mexican platters.
Tike – Already a hit with local City slickers, this Istanbul import specialises in hot and cold mezze, stone-baked flatbreads and delicious grilled meats. With a menu ranging from healthy salads to metre-long kebabs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Pop in at lunchtime for a quick shish or linger over wine and mezze after work.
The Red Monkey – Tired of SW11’s gastropub scene? Head for this Battersea newcomer and enjoy some Tokyo-style glamour, stunning cocktails and a menu full of Japanese bar snacks like skewers, tempura and katsu. (The chef is ex-Sake No Hana so you’re in safe hands). Planning a party? Keep Red Monkey’s private karaoke pods in mind.
Supperclub – The Notting Hill off-shoot of the Amsterdam original is perfect for Londoners searching for daringly different nights out. Inside, it’s pure avant garde eccentricity, with diners relaxing on oversized white beds while their four-course meal is interspersed with kooky cabaret. Arrive with an open mind and wear your best socks!