It’s been a GOOD year for food in London. So much so that we’ve dished out quite a few ★★★★★ reviews…
Kicking off 2014 was a five-star review for Ember Yard, a shining new addition to the Salt Yard group that won our reviewer over with its emphasis on food served hot off the grill.
Sleb hangout Chiltern Firehouse proved it had a whole lot more to it than Lindsay Lohan – crab doughnuts, for one thing. But the whole of Nuno Mendes’ menu wowed us, so let the bookings battle begin.
Ollie Dabbous came seriously down to earth with Barnyard, his second London restaurant and one with a countryside theme. Pull up an oil drum and dig into paprika-spiced chicken wings and popcorn ice-cream.
The minimal Peckham restaurant surprised us with precision cooking. This is more than just your local Italian, with seasonality truly sung about in big, beautiful bowls of pasta.
A second London outpost of Peruvian restaurant Lima scored five stars from us when its younger sibling only racked up a total of three. That’s thanks to its more subtle setting, extended menu and reasonable prices. Not to forget the bar in the basement serving pisco sours. Hola!
Californian wines win the day at Mission in Bethnal Green. Brought to you by the husband-and-wife team behind Sager + Wilde, it delivers another top-notch wine list and some delicious small plates from chef James de Jong.
Vegetarians, rejoice. We gave Soho’s pay-by-weight buffet five stars when it opened earlier in the year. Flavours from around the world mean veggies can stack their plates high, finally.
Peruvian food in London was riding as high as Machu Picchu in 2014. Pachamama was the second Peruvian restaurant we awarded five stars to this year. Despite the low fanfare on opening, the small plates of ceviche and skewers were something to shout about.
British tapas bar The Dairy followed its 2013 success with recent restaurant opening The Manor. The cooking has been taken up a notch, with plenty of modern kitchen techniques helping to up the ante in Clapham.
Danish dining at Notting Hill’s Snaps & Rye took our liking thanks to simple but very effective open sandwiches with clean Scandinavian flavours. A deserving recipient of our final five-star review of the year.
For more great restaurants, see our selection of the 20 best new London restaurants in 2014.