The London restaurant scene is competitive, and occasionally a few of the older spots get sent to a farm where they have room to run around and can play with lots of other snack bars. In their place, a bunch of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed new spots line up to fill your belly. Here are the best right now...

Big Fernand

Big Fernand

Did you know that, outside of the US, France has more McDonald's than any other country? Well, you do now. Burgers have become insanely popular across the Channel over the recent years, and now their love of the beefy bun is beginning to spread. Fernand is one of the more vaunted burger joints in Paris, so prepare yourself for a Charolais/Angus blend patty (cooked blue, if you'd like) covered in unpasteurized cheese, and some grilled courgettes...

Joe's Oriental Diner

Joe's Oriental Diner

From Scott Hallsworth (of Kurobuta fame), Joe's is a strange mix between a dive and a pan-Asian restaurant, serving top-notch food -- duck leg red curry, short rib rendang buns, Singapore chilli lobster, etc. -- in a dark & moody atmosphere. And it's all on the Kings Rd, no less.

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Proudly labeling itself "The Kobe beef restaurant," Engawa serves essentially, just that. Expect melt-in-your-mouth Kobe rareness like the Kobe Daikon (slow cooked with dashi), the Yukhoe (thinly sliced and garnished with grated yam), and of course, the good old-fashioned steak.



Founded by three ex-Hawksmoor chefs, the Blacklock formula is pretty gloriously simple: take meat (in the form of chops), and add fire (in the form of a cast-iron grill). It even uses an old-fashioned iron, pictured above, to press it down. And the best part? It's ludicrously cheap. A single chop costs £4, and stack costs £15. Even cocktails are only a fiver. And they're good!

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After honing their skills in the American Deep South, the folks at Hotbox returned to London to set up one of the most authentic BBQ joints in the capital. The meat's all brined over two days, then scorched on an oak wood fire for 12 hours before it hits the plates. Expect beef short rib, hot link sausages, smoked chicken thighs, and deep-fried Oreos to finish. Oh, and there's a hidden bar underneath.

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Jar Kitchen

Covent Garden
From a pair of first-time resto runners (who've wisely hired an ex-Dinner by Heston chef), JK is no joke -- the place looks gorgeously wood-hewn, and has a modern British menu including the likes of slow-cooked duck egg breakfasts, daily changing lunches, and pork belly dinners w/ smoked grilled cabbage & hazelnut crumble.

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Set in a striking Shoreditch building (in a neighborhood where everything's kinda striking), Jago delivers all-day European & Middle Eastern eats, like veal cheek goulash w/ sour cream, and grilled lamb steaks w/ wild garlic & anchovy.

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Bad Egg

The City
From chef/prodigy Neil Rankin -- whose illustrious career has seen him thus far work under Gordon Ramsay, Nuno Mendes, Adam Perry Lang, and head of the team at Pitt Cue -- Egg specializes in, well, eggs, throwing them into dishes like pulled pork & kimchi hash, sambal telur (w/ deep-fried eggs), and its 'nduja-loaded burger. 

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1. Big Fernand 19 Percy St, London, W1T 1DY (Fitzrovia)

This "French Burger Workshop" is a Fitzrovia gold mine, for beef pucks, that is. It serves up a French take on high-end burgers, and after four successful spots in France, you shouldn't miss this culinary treat that's in your own backyard.

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2. Joe's Oriental Diner 251 King's Rd, London, SW3 5EL (Chelsea)

Located in Chelsea, Joe's Oriental Diner is a "Southeast Asian dive bar and restaurant." So stop in to try out Scott Hallsworth's Pan Asian fare (small plates, large plates, and sides) in a unique atmosphere.

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3. Engawa 2 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT (Soho)

This Soho resto doles out variety of authentic Japanese fare crafted with authentic Japanese cooking styles. Its specialty is dishes with Kobe beef, and although there are plenty of dishes that don't involve it, you'd be remiss not to try one of the tasting menus featuring it.

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4. Blacklock 24 Great Windmill St, London, W1D 7LG (Soho)

This Soho meatery is a master of chops. From beef to lamb to pork, you can get your meat fix and a variety of sides like sweet potatoes, heritage carrots, and kale & Parm.

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5. Hotbox 46-48 Commercial St, London, E1 6LT (Spitalfields)

Head down to Spitalfields and snag some true American BBQ from this meat-slinger, with options ranging from ribs to pulled pork sandwiches and more, served in a trendy space.

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6. Jar Kitchen 176 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QF (Covent Garden)

This Covent Garden spot specializes in farm-to-fork fare, and it's of the upscale variety. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and try out a constantly changing menu feature items crafted with fresh ingredients and unique flavors.

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7. Jago 68 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL (Shoreditch)

This Shoreditch eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can snag affordable and tasty eats ranging from beef short rib to pressed pork belly, not to mention a full list of wines, cocktails, and beers.

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8. Bad Egg 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2Y 9AW (The City)

Don't let the name fool you. This bar/diner is pretty damn good. Drop in for breakfast dishes ranging from breakfast tacos to eggs in a variety of ways, plus BBQ and egg dishes for later in the day, and a full bar menu for a relaxing night. Essentially, you can make this City spot an all-day affair.