SOUTH EAST ASIAN
Pan-Asian cuisine in the department store Debenhams; see the chefs at work in an open-plan dining space. ££. Daily B,L & D. www.chikitchen. co.uk. 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG. T: 020-3841 6888. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Elegant fine dining near Buckingham Palace, with cuisine from all regions of Thailand, such as sea bass wrapped in banana leaf. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.mangotree.org.uk. 46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ. T: 020-7823 1888. F6. Station: Victoria.
This informal spot offers a huge range of good-value Thai dishes, such as salads and curries. £. Mon-Sat L & D. www.thaipot.biz. 1 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BP. T: 020-7379 4580. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
SPANISH El Pirata
This buzzing Mayfair bar-restaurant serves authentic hot and cold tapas, including grilled king prawns and chorizo. ££-£££. Mon-Fri L& D; Sat D. www.elpirata.co.uk. 5- 6 Down St, W1J 7AG. T: 020-7491 3810. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Traditional dishes are given a modern twist. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.ibericarestaurants.com. 5- 6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ. T: 020-3327 0200. F7. Station: Victoria.
North Africa meets Spain in this Moorish restaurant, serving seasonal dishes such as charcoal-grilled lamb with rhubarb. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.moro.co.uk. 34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE. T: 020-7833 8336. Off map. Station: Farringdon.