In an era when “contemporary” can often mean pretentious and overpriced, Zuma locks in a pretty solid number. With locations all over the world, not to mention sister joint ROKA here London, it's figured out how to walk that line between upscale yet completely reasonable. Focusing on bolder flavours, it's also kept an eye on the classics plus a seriously impressive wine & sake list.
Its name translates to "the wolf's mouth", which could be somewhat frightening considering what you'd normally find in a wolf's mouth (teeth, rodents, etc.). But fortunately, you'll only find a limited number of tables, an amazing wine list and superior regional Italian food fit for man, not beast.
Mexican in London is always a bit of a stretch, but if you’re looking for something a akin to what you’ve had in warmer lands (not counting grab-and-go burritos), this deceptively large restaurant tucked down a small side street should be your obvious destination.
This popular Indian joint is BYOB and has great, manly lamb chops.
On a street that's known more for dodgy curry is a secret portal to the French countryside. Full of easy French charm, Chez Elles' food is simple and perfect; its also loaded with flavor while keeping maintaining an affordable price point.
Hidden deep in the side streets between Holborn and Chancery Ln, this gem has been serving up some of London's best authentic British food for quite some time. Think ash crusted loin of venison, crapaudine beetroot, dates, walnuts, and dried goats cheese. And this is just the tip of the tasty iceberg.