Raising the steaks
If you’re serious about steak, visit this new outlet of Hawksmoor which has sprung up in foodies’ favourite Borough Market. It’s located in a huge 19th-century warehouse which used to store hops, so expect original wood panelling, ornate tiles and rustic brickwork. The portions are generous; start with something light such as Salcombe crab on toast before enjoying a juicy charred steak. Take your pick from cuts, sauces and sides, though the famous triple-cooked chips are obligatory. In a nod to its market location, there is a Market Specials menu, which makes the most of the seasonal produce on its doorstep. 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ. T: 020-7234 9940. www.thehawksmoor.com. E10. Station: London Bridge
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Exquisite food from this three-Michelin-starred chef. ££££. Tue-Fri L& D; Sat D. Booking essential. www.alainducasse-dorchester.com. The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA. T: 020-7629 8866. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
This brasserie serves classics such as tuna tartare and steaks. £££. Mon-Fri & Sun L& D; Daily D. www.brasseriejoel.co.uk. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7272. F8. Station: Westminster.
Bustling, huge French brasserie with excellent-value prix-fixe menus. £-££. Daily L & D. www.brasserie zedel.com. 20 Sherwood St, W1F 7ED. T: 020-7734 4888. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Michelin-starred cuisine in an elegant dining room. £££-££££. Daily B,L & D. www.lanesborough.com. The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020-7259 5599. F6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
Exquisite dining room with dishes such as roast Japanese Wagyu beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.closmaggiore.com. 333 King St, WC2 8JD. T: 020-7379 9696. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
This classic Parisian-style bistro has superb service and smart décor. ££££. Daily L & D. www.galvinrestaurants.com. 66 Baker St, W1U 7DJ. T: 020-7935 4007. D6. Station: Baker Street.
This elegant establishment, London’s oldest French restaurant, serves classic dishes. ££. Mon-Sat L& D; Sun L. www.lescargot.co.uk. 48 Greek St, W1D 4EF. T: 020-7439 7474. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Stylish gastro brasserie adorned with artwork by David Shrigley with creative French-European cuisine. ££££. Daily D. www.sketch.uk.com. 9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG. T: 020-7659 4500. E7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Chefs create griddle-cooked dishes at your table; try the Wagyu beef. £££. Daily L & D. www.benihana. co.uk. 37 Sackville St, W1S 3EH (and branches). T: 020-7494 2525. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
This elegant Japanese restaurant has tasting menus, plus excellent Kobe beef in different cuts. £££. Daily L & D. www.engawa.uk. 2 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT. T: 020-7287 5724. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Sashimi, sushi and tempura from acclaimed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The venue has a Michelin star. ££££. Daily L & D. www.nobu restaurants.com. 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7447 4747. E6. Station: Hyde Park Corner.
This stylish space with a centrepiece robata grill serves up contemporary Japanese cuisine. £££-££££. Daily L & D. www.rokarestaurant.com. 30 North Audley St, W1K 6ZF (and branches). T: 020-7305 5644. D5. Station: Marble Arch.