Wild thing CON­TEM­PO­RARY EURO­PEAN GASTROPUBS

Where London - - Dining - The Ea­gle

Hid­den away in Covent Gar­den’s quirky Neal’s Yard is Na­tive, one of Lon­don’s most ex­cit­ing wild-food res­tau­rants. Launched by Ivan Tis­dall-Downes and Imo­gen Davis, who met at univer­sity and have a pas­sion for for­ag­ing, Na­tive cham­pi­ons lo­cal pro­duce. The menu changes daily and of­ten in­cludes veni­son, rab­bit and pi­geon – the pi­geon ke­bab is a per­fectly con­cocted dish. Try some­thing more un­usual, as ev­ery­thing is fresh and full of flavour. For the best seats in the house, ask for the chef’s ta­ble so you can find out where the in­gre­di­ents are from and sam­ple dif­fer­ent flavours.

3 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP. T: 020-3638 8214. www.eat­na­tive.co.uk. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den Hakkasan

Multi-award-win­ning res­tau­rant and bar which jus­ti­fies the hype. ££££. Daily L & D; Thur-Sat last or­ders 12.30am. www.hakkasan.com. 8 Han­way Place, W1T 1HF (and May­fair branch). T: 020-7927 7000. D7. Sta­tion: Tottenham Court Road.

Min Jiang

Take in glo­ri­ous views across Hyde Park while en­joy­ing su­perb Sichuan cui­sine. ££££. Daily L & D. www.min­jiang.co.uk. Royal Gar­den Ho­tel, Kens­ing­ton High St, W8 4PT. T: 020-7361 1988. F3. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

Ping Pong

Tasty dim sum and rice dishes, with a good vibe and prices. ££. www.ping­pongdim­sum.com. 45 Great Marl­bor­ough St, W1F 7JL (and branches). T: 020-7851 6969. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

1 Lom­bard Street

A mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of gutsy, mod­ern cook­ing in the brasserie and more ex­pen­sive menu in the res­tau­rant of this for­mer bank. Brasserie: £££; Res­tau­rant: ££££. Mon-Fri B, L & D; Sat L. www.1lom­bard­street.com. 1 Lom­bard St, EC3V 9AA. T: 020-7929 6611. D10. Sta­tion: Bank.

Galvin at Win­dows

Miche­lin-starred res­tau­rant serv­ing mod­ern haute cui­sine. Book­ing es­sen­tial; smart dress. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L; Mon-Sat D. www.galvin atwin­dows.com. Hil­ton on Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4021. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The Ivy

One of Lon­don’s great res­tau­rants and a favourite with celebri­ties. £££-££££. Daily L & D. Last or­ders at mid­night. www.the-ivy.co.uk. 1-5 West St, WC2H 9NQ. T: 020-7836 4751. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Six­tyOne Res­tau­rant

This so­phis­ti­cated res­tau­rant serves great food full of big, bold flavours. Tue-Sat L & D. £££. www.six­ty­oner­estau­rant.co.uk. 61 Up­per Berke­ley St, W1H 7PP. T: 020-7958 3222. D5. Sta­tion: Marble Arch.

Ting

This res­tau­rant in The Shard serves Euro­pean dishes with an Asian in­flu­ence. Daily B, L & D. ££££. www.shangri-la.com/ lon­don. Shangri-La, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge. Brits con­sume 382 mil­lion por­tions of fish and chips each year

Le Pont de la Tour

This river­side res­tau­rant serves clas­sic French dishes in a for­mer tea ware­house. £££. Daily L & D. www.lep­ont­de­la­tour.co.uk. 36d Shad Thames, SE1 2YE. T: 020-7403 8403. Off map. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge. One of Lon­don’s first gastropubs, it is still very pop­u­lar. Mon-Sat L & D; Sun L. ££. www.theea­gle far­ring­don.co.uk. 159 Far­ring­don Rd, EC1R 3AL. T: 020-7837 1353. D9. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

The Thomas Cu­bitt

Clas­sic din­ing room with an ad­ja­cent bar, serv­ing top-qual­ity Bri­tish pro­duce. £££. Daily L & D. www.thethomas­cu­bitt.co.uk. 44 El­iz­a­beth St, SW1W 9PA. T: 020-7730 6060. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Masala Zone

In­for­mal din­ing in this good-value res­tau­rant. Start with chaat (street snacks), then tuck into a grand thali. £. Daily L & D (and branches). www.masala zone.com. 9 Mar­shall St, W1F 7ER. T: 020-7287 9966. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus. In 2001, Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Robin Cook called chicken tikka masala the na­tional dish, as it re­flected the coun­try’s mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism

JA­PANESE & KOREAN En­gawa

Small but ex­cel­lent sushi spot. £££. Daily L & D. www.en­gawa.uk. 2 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT. T: 020-7287 5724. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

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