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Best Restaurants In London

Going out for a meal could prove to be more of a challenge than it is worth, thanks to the plethora of great eateries one now has to rack the brain to choose from. Well, whether it is a warm family reunion, a romantic reunion or a friendly time out, you can be refined with an ever-growing list of restaurants, both fancy and contemporary. Rather than googling "restaurants near me" all day in London, why not take one or two from the ones reviewed to be the best? From seasoned stalwarts never falling out of trend to tasty newcomers doing brave things in the kitchen, from ramen to risotto, vegetarian to steal houses, here are the best eating places in the Energy Capital of Europe.

Gloria

In East London, there's a certain corner that offers sunshine in amalgamation with good times and a trattoria off the cost of Capri to the capital. Light and loud, charming and chintzy, vivacious and vibrant, Gloria makes you feel like you hopped on a time machine from Shoreditch to Naples. Being that first impressions are always invaluable, order a portion of "Filippo's Big Balls," a slow-cooked meatball meal in San Marzano and tomato sauce. Have that along with the smoked stracciatella - the gorgeously gloopy heart of burrata. For your mains, treat yourself to some pizza-past heaven kingly adorned with big portions and full flavors. And for dessert, go for the bodacious pistachio gelato, and make sure to plump for it. Friendly atmosphere, comforting food, mouth-watering drinks, and many more where those came from, enjoying dining at Gloria isn't just enjoyable, but an antidote to the barren, boredom-cursed zones in some corners of the capital.

The Barbary

You probably thought you had taken a life partner with Palomar, swearing, crossing your heart that you would be faithful and true. Trust, when you meet the little lass called Barbary, infidelity will not be the only problem, as you would want to quit your job, pack your bags and run away with her into the sunset. The Barbary takes everything good about the highly coveted Palomar. However, it ditches the bits that do make for everything else. Where the Palomar is intentionally progressive with food, looking to push the boundaries of an Israeli menu, the Barbary looks deep into the past, under the leadership of Tel Aviv-born chef Eyal Jagermann. The restaurant has secured a wider region by voyaging down to the eponymous Barbary coast - North Africa's stretch from modern-day Morocco to present-time Egypt - all to revive the dishes that have informed what is now a prominent culinary heritage. For signatures, it's the naan e beber, made to ancient four-ingredient recipe for leavened bread.

Kiln

What do you do when you are in the expensive city of London, freakingly low on a budget and still want to enjoy some of the best meals? No ado, look for the quickest route to Kiln. If you also want to go to a place where you can say the words "Thai" and "barbecue" in the same breath, no dilly dally - head to Kiln. This restaurant is the latest gaffe from self-taught chef Ben Chapman of the Smoking Goat saga, and it strives to take its off-the-streetside- cooking style to a whole new level. Asides from its Thai barbecue game being a pretty solid one, Kiln's ground floor is all about cooking or eating, with a stainless-steel counter that runs its full length, and a behind-the-scene equally long open kitchen. At the swivel and fulcrum of your stool, there is action, cheffery and drama to be enjoyed. The food is stripped back, and the dishes are contrived via inspiration from rural Thailand. But, where possible, they are made with world-class British produce, usually from Indie Cornish suppliers.

Kanishka

Having been influenced by Nepal, China, and the not so infamous Bangladesh, the brainchild - sorry, 'hand-child' of Atul Kochhar, Kanishka offers what is held to be a unique taste that has all it takes to surprise and excite even the most experienced palates in London. At Kanishka, there are a few must-try dishes, and for starters, go with the rich and light kachela maas. Next up, order the Tibetan guinea fowl thukpa, and aromatic meaty noodle soup that packs several punches of flavors from a potent Chinese hot and sour broth, burn free. In the list of main courses, the seafood Alleppey is one sensational option, comprising pan-seared fish and shellfish in a coconut and turmeric sauce that has makes for both a good look and a great taste, with the latter effectively preceding the reputation. Last but not least, do not let it slip your mind to order a side of daal and egg curry, at a restaurant that pushes the boundaries on what we know about Indian food.

Social Eating House

As a matter of giving credit, it is not easy for one to start a spate of brand-new restaurants and maintain high standards. Chef-patron Jason Atherton has vividly smashed fences and built bridges to move from being a storied sorcerer's apprentice under Gordon Ramsay to become the magic overlord himself. The founder's Little Social deluxe bistro only debuted in March 2013, adjacent to his fine dining Pollen Street in no other place but the buzzy Mayfair. The ground floor of the dining room at the Social Eating House is designed with a mirrored ceiling to create a space sensation in a low room, while upstairs is made as a smart cocktail bar called the Blind Pig. The bulk of the action happens in the dining room, where there is a brigade clearly at the highest possible point of its game. Smoked duck ham, egg and chips are typical of Street Social playfulness. There's as well umami, which is abundant in a roast cod main courses that hire powdered Japanese kombu seaweed in a glaze, and served with a creamy sauce of roasted chickpeas and fresh St. George's mushrooms.
London, one of the cities that never sleep, has so much more in the offing than words can describe, especially in its restaurant sector. But, as far as we know, these are five prominent from the league comprising the very best.