The Foodie Edit: 13 August

The 10 coolest places to eat in London, right now. In no particular order...

Essence Cuisine 
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their wonderful food, even die-hard meat lovers will love the all-raw, all-vegan menu at this stylish Shoreditch restaurant with Matthew Kenney at the helm.

Three friends, one little restaurant in Hackney and lots of fabulous food, all created around in-season ingredients. The set menu at £32 (with a vegetarian option) is a winner and there’s a pretty good wine list too.

Cornerstone Hackney 
If you love fish in uber-cool surroundings then head on down to Hackney and seek out Tom Brown’s first solo project since leaving Outlaw’s at The Capital where he was head chef. And when Giles Coren describes somewhere as ‘out of this world’ you know it’s worth a visit.

Modern, Turkish cooking with big flavours courtesy of Selin Kiazim at the new sister to the outrageously good Oklava, this time in Fitzrovia. If you’ve never tried Turkish food, this is where to start the adventure. The set menu is excellent value.

Cora Pearl 
This is the second restaurant from the team behind Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair with George Barson again in the kitchen doing what he does best. 60 covers over two floors, book early because this is one of the hot spots this summer.

Southam Street 
108 Garage caused a huge stir when it opened and we’re pleased to say that Luca Longobardi and Chris Denney’s second restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Set over three floors in a W10 town house with a sake bar, robata grill and a raw restaurant.

The Coach
Henry Harris has transformed this old Clerkenwell pub with the addition of a stylish, conservatory dining room to showcase his French/English menu which we think is pretty special.

Hoppers, Marylebone 
Same flavour-packed Sri Lankan food but without the queuing that can be frustrating at the Soho restaurant; you can book your table at St Christopher’s Place. Set over two floors, light and airy upstairs, dark and lively downstairs.

It’s worth the trip to Peckham to check out what Amy Corbin (her dad is half of Corbin & King that own The Wolseley) and Patrick Williams (ex-Paradise Garage) are creating in their kitchen. South African influences on the menu and a cool décor combine to make this a must-visit.

Ryan ‘Mr Lyan’ Chetiyawardana and Doug McMaster from Silo in Brighton are a pretty formidable duo so it’s not a surprise that their latest Hoxton venture is a winner. Great cocktails and a menu based around Doug’s ‘no-waste’ philosophy, you’re in for a treat.

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