Located in the charming and bohemian neighborhood of Notting Hill, Cocotte is a popular restaurant specializing in French roast chicken and healthy side dishes. Originally from Paris, a group of friends opened this family-friendly establishment in 2016 and decided only to serve chickens that are free-range and fed a natural diet of vegetables and corn from a farm in France. Romain, the chef of the group, created their menu after working in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants.
The restaurant is full of character, showcasing wood paneling and exposed brick. The space is airy, complementing the modern, yet rustic décor. Offering eat-in and takeaway options, diners can enjoy a full chicken at £22, accompanied by one of their irresistible homemade sauces—we especially like the chicken gravy and the cocotte mustard. Fresh salads are available, priced between £6 and £11. The chefs also ensure that their delicious side dishes are healthy; choose from mashed potatoes, ratatouille and more. Desserts and trendy cocktails can also be enjoyed in-house.
95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW, UK
A short walk from Piccadilly Circus, Engawa tempts hungry diners to Soho, London’s entertainment hub. Fans of authentic Japanese cuisine travel to its location in the Ham Yard Village complex—hotel guests at the Ham Yard Hotel across the way can even order food from the eatery and have it delivered to their room—for thin slices of raw fish: sushi, sashimi and maki. Engawa is one of the few restaurants in the British capital to serve Kobe beef, a specialty food in Japan, which was banned in the U.K. up until May 2014. The establishment won OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice” award in 2016.
Engawa opened in 2015 and has been designed with an uber-contemporary feel. The dining room is small but welcoming: there’s an open kitchen, which offers a glimpse of head chef Akira Shimizu and his team hard at work, while stylish Japanese art adorns the walls.
The menu is just as modern, offering a fresh take on classic Japanese dishes. A selection of sashimi shares plate space with British vegetables, for example. Other food favorites include Japanese steak with salad, rice and soup. There’s even an omakase menu, with an appetizer and the chef’s “dish of the day” ($105).
The establishment also attracts a lunchtime crowd, made up of West End matinee-goers and local professionals. Salmon, tuna and sea bass bites keep them full until dinner.
2 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT, United Kingdom
Theo’s passion for simple Italian fare took him from Chez Panisse in California to Head Chef and Partner at The River Café. In 2006, Theo brought this experience to the prestigious address of No. 1 Park Lane when he opened Theo Randall at the InterContinental.
The daily-changing menu is inspired by his regular trips to Italy and dictated by the best seasonal ingredients available from the market every day. Theo has personally overseen the extensive wine list that features 90% Italian varietals, as well as a new aperitivi and antipasti menu.
There is everything you would expect from an exceptional italian, Thinly sliced black Angus beef with wild rocket, zucchini, aged balsamic vinegar, pine nuts and Parmesan £16, Linguine with Dorset blue lobster, San Marzano tomatoes, parsley and fresh chilli £25/£36
Theo is one to stand out from the crowd and if you would like to rustle up your own concoction of Italian delicious dishes then check out his Masterclass
- Glass of Prosecco on arrival
- One hour masterclass demonstration with Theo Randall
- Four-course dinner with matching wine
- Coffee / Water
- A signed copy of ‘My Simple Italian’ Cookbook