For a party atmosphere, look no further than The Palomar. The staff can be seen singing along to Gogol Bordello songs and bantering in myriad languages, but they always give excellent service. The restaurant, an offshoot of the popular Jerusalem eatery Machneyuda, presents a riotous party of Levantine cuisine: Palestinian, Turkish, Yemeni and Iraqi, drawing on Jewish, Arabic and Mediterranean flavours. Follow the waiter’s recommendation and start with a meze platter. For something more adventurous, try the ’deconstructed kebab’ – a platter of spicy minced lamb with pine nuts and harissa.
MIDDLE EASTERN, GREEK & TURKISH Elysee
This family-run restaurant has an enviable roof terrace and late licence. It has been in the same location for many years. Greek dishes inc meatballs. £££. Mon-Sat L; daily D. www.elysee restaurant.com. 13 Percy St, W1T 1DP. T: 020-7636 4804. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Rd.
North Africa comes to Mayfair in this glamorous candlelit restaurant with authentic Moroccan décor. Tasty mains inc chicken tagine with prunes and almonds. £££. Mon-Sat L; daily D. www.momoresto.com. 25 Heddon St, W1B 4BH. T: 020-7434 4040. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Real Greek, The
Tuck into the Mediterranean flavours of meze with pitta dipped into dukkah, then try the souvlaki sharing dishes, or the two-course set meals, which are great value. ££. Daily L & D. www.therealgreek. co.uk. 2a Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 9HA (and branches). T: 020-7620 0162. E10. Station: Borough.
RIVERSIDE Bateaux London
See London’s top sights on a river cruise, while dining on modern British cuisine prepared in the boat’s galley. £££. Daily L & D cruises; Sun jazz with three-course L. Nightly evening cruises 7.15pm. www.bateauxlondon.com. Embankment Pier, WC2N 6NU. T: 020-7695 1800. E8. Station: Embankment.
Drift down the River Thames past London’s landmarks, while enjoying a four-course dinner. Price inc a drink and entertainment. Wed-Sun eve £ 75 per person; booking essential. Departs Westminster Pier 7.30pm. www.citycruises.com. Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JR. T: 020-7740 0400. F8. Station: Westminster.
Delightful moored restaurant boat on the Thames serving modern European cuisine, such as rib-eye steak, pan-fried sea bass and butternut squash risotto. Desserts inc caramel and whisky mousse. £££. Daily L & D. www.hispaniola.co.uk. Victoria Embankment/Hungerford Bridge, WC2N 5DJ. T: 020-7839 3011. E8. Station: Embankment.
SOUTH EAST ASIAN Bali Bali
Intimate Indonesian restaurant that serves Asian classics inc Singaporean laksa and kari ayam Malay curry. Dishes range from hot spicy flavours to milder dishes. Set eight-course Rijsttafel menu £18.50, and the chef’s starter platter for two for £13.20, are recommended. ££. Mon-Sat L; daily D. www.bali balirestaurant.com. 150 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8HL. T: 020-7836 2644. E7. Station: Leicester Sq.
Savour a Royal Thai menu at this riverside restaurant filled with Asian antiques. Its multi-course tasting menus are perfect for sharing. £££. Daily L & D. www.blueelephant.com. The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townsmead Rd, SW6 2UB. T: 020-7751 3111. Off map. Station: Chelsea Harbour.