This busy tapas bar-restaurant in the heart of Mayfair serves excellent hot and cold dishes, including cured meats and fresh seafood. ££-£££. 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 get a modern twist on a menu created by award-winning chef Nacho Manzano. Don’t leave without trying the jamon Iberico. ££-£££. 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 highly regarded Moorish restaurant. £££. Daily L; Mon-Sat D. www.moro.co.uk. 34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE. T: 020-7833 8336. Off map. Station: Farringdon. Enjoy buffet-style dishes at this relaxed veggie restaurant-bar. ££. Daily B,L & D. www.tibits.co.uk. 12-14 Heddon St, off Regent St, W1B 4DA. T: 0207758 4110. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Well-flavoured cuisine from throughout India. Enjoy dishes such as cashew pakoras. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.woodlandsrestaurant.co.uk. 77 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PS (and branches). T: 020-7486 3862. D6. Station: Bond Street.