Top 10 Restaurants in the West End

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Having lived down in London for a year and being a huge foodie (eating not cooking!), I’ve managed to visit a fair few West End restaurants in my time. But with endless eateries around every corner, choosing where to eat can be quite a conundrum. Restaurants in the West End are always full, so many get away with serving average food for an above average price. Luckily, I’ve comprised my top 10 tried and tested restaurants in theatre land, so you’re guaranteed a meal that’s worth every penny during your next theatre break (don’t say we never give you anything!)

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1. Maison Touareg ££ Moroccan and Lebanese
23-24 Greek St  Soho, London W1D 4DZ
*Right outside Jersey Boys’ Prince Edward Theatre*

 Maison Touareg is a clear West End winner for me as it serves amazing Moroccan food amongst beautifully exotic décor. The best part of the meal is choosing a selection of sharing Mezzes to start – an absolute must – not to mention the belly dancer entertainment! The waiters are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. If you’ve got room, the Bakalava (a sweet Middle-Eastern pastry layered with honey and nuts) is to die for.

 

2. Soho Joes £ Pizerria
22- 25 Dean Street , W1D 3RY

*Just off Shaftesbury Avenue*

 When I went to this place I absolutely stunned by the prices. ‘We’re in the West End – HOW is this place so cheap!?’ came out of my mouth numerous times. A rustic, no frills pizzeria with a fantastic informal atmosphere, this place is a gem with a miniscule price tag. For under £10 you can get yourself an incredible stone baked pizza and a soft drink, and if you’ve got a few more bob to spend, glasses of wine are just £3.50.

 

3. Wahaca ££ Mexican
80 Wardour Street, London, W1F OTF
*Just off Shaftesbury Avenue*

 Based around the concept of ‘Mexican Market Eating’, this place is all about sharing delicious fiery finger food. Order a medley of mini Mexican dishes and get stuck in with friends. The atmosphere here is informal and friendly and the waiters are more than happy to help recommend if you’re a little flabbergasted by the menu choices. The downstairs Tequilla Bar is also great fun, serving the best Mojitos in town. Obviously.

 

4. Aqua Kyoto ££££ Asian Fusion
5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR
*Same street as A Chorus Line*

 This super-chic Asian Fusion joint is hidden away on the 5th floor, meaning only people in the know can go. Sultry red and black décor and immaculate service sets the scene to indulge in incredible hot Asian dishes, fish dishes and sushi platters. In my opinion, it’s worth pushing the boat out for this one and is perfect for a hot pre-theatre date. Oh, and the rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and enjoy a panoramic view of London. (Booking essential).

 

5. Cape Town Fish Market ££ Seafood
5-6 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE
*Same street as A Chorus Line*

If you’re in the mood for a fishy binge, The Cape Town Fish Market serves up incredibly fresh and tasty seafood (so fresh you can see your dinner swimming before you order it). With pre and post 3-course theatre menus for just £12.95, it’s also great value. I love this place!

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6. Burger and Lobster Soho £££ Unique
36 Dean street, Soho London W1D 4PS
*Just off Shaftesbury Avenue*

 For a truly unique dining concept, head to Burger and Lobster. The aptly named eatery does what it says on the tin and serves ONLY burger(s) and lobster. Take your pick. At £20 per dish, it’s not the cheapest place in the West End but it’s super trendy with a clientele and atmosphere to match. Both dishes come with chips and salad. Great for indecisive menu browsers!

 

7. Spice Market ££££ Thai
10 Wardour St, London, W1D 6QF

 This upmarket Thai restaurant is housed within the futuristic W-Hotel on Leicester Square. Despite being in the very heart of theatre-land, the food in this place transports you to South East Asia. With creamy fragrant Thai curries and delicious appetisers full of Asian flavours, it more than warrants an above average price tag.

 

8. Sartori ££ Pizzeria
15 – 18 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JE

 Argued by many to serve the best pizza in London, Sartori’s speciality is clear. All of the pizza chefs hail from Napoli and the flour is imported especially from Italy. Just off Leicester Square, this prime pizzeria is a stones throw from most of the top London shows and guarantees Italian food made with TLC. Don’t forget to try the ‘naughty’ homemade dessert too.

 

9. Sagar Vegetarian Restaurant £ Indian Vegetarian
31 Catherine StreetCovent Garden, London WC2B 5JS

 Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, this restaurant proves that vegetarian food can be anything but boring. Serving up quality Indian cuisine for very reasonable prices, Sagar Restaurant is a must for veggies and anyone looking for something a little different. Also specialising in Vegan, nut free and wheat free options, Sagar has something for everyone without compromising on flavour.

 

 10. Haagen Daaz Café £
Ice Cream Parlour
14 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NG

 Ok let’s get this straight. The Haagen Daaz Café in Leicester square is hugely commercial and packed with tourists – but who cares. Where else can you order a Bannoffee-fudge-choco-split creation at 1am? For the ultimate indulgence, head here after catching a show and prepare to send your body into a sugar coma. Trust me, it’s great fun and worth every calorie.

 

Price Guide:

£          £10-15 per head
££        £15-25 per head
££        £25-35 per head
££££    £35-50 per head

 

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