FINE DIN­ING

No need to book a flight to taste the world’s most ex­cit­ing cuisines – sim­ply book a ta­ble at one of these Lon­don restau­rants

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OMAR’S PLACE Ku­dos to Lon­don de­sign duo Sella Con­cept, whose pol­ished ter­ra­cotta walls, pis­ta­chio-coloured ter­razzo and end-grain wood flooring make ar­riv­ing at Omar’s Place in Pim­lico akin to step­ping into a sun-soaked tav­ern. Egyp­tian chef Omar Shabaan has brought the very best of eastern-mediter­ranean dishes from his home­land to this Grade Ii-listed Vic­to­rian for­mer pub – the squid tartare and fresh lemons perched on a slab of mar­ble is as much a sculp­ture as it is a starter (omar­splace.co.uk).

LAHPET Over in Shoreditch, you’ll find Burmese kitchen Lahpet, which started as a stall on nearby Maltby Street Mar­ket and serves glo­ri­ously fra­grant dishes, such as mo­hinga (cat­fish and lemon­grass chow­der) and tea leaf salad. Plus, the in­te­rior’s fan­tas­tic tiles are a real feast for the eyes ( lahpet.co.uk).

JIDORI You can now find a pocket of Tokyo in Covent Gar­den at Jidori, an ode to yak­i­tori chicken skew­ers and Ja­panese style. Tiny iza­kaya bars in­spired Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Giles Reid’s de­sign for the space, which re­sulted in in­ti­mate rooms, palest pink walls and bleached pine fur­ni­ture. Don’t miss the gin­ger ice­cream with miso caramel or the kitsch karaoke room ( jidori.co.uk). ➤

Omar’s Place, Pim­lico

Lahpet, Shoreditch

Jidori, Covent Gar­den

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