Hovarda is an Aegean (Greek / Turkish) restaurant in Soho. The restaurant itself is quite stunning - downstairs is the main restaurant space that looks like something out of a “Visit Dubai” brochure (not in a bad way), and there’s a lounge bar upstairs that would be a good place to start a night out. The food is perfectly fine, and you’ll eat solid versions of things like tuna tartare and tomato salad - they’d be great if this were your local neighborhood Greek restaurant. But the prices are quite high, and the food doesn’t fully live up to the setting. This could be a fun restaurant but for now, the food is a little bit too ordinary and a little bit too out of our price range to entice us back there.
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The restaurant group that bought London Roka, Coya, and Zuma (for better or worse) have opened a Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia. And it’s fantastic.
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Whitecross Street Market
Whitecross Street Market runs between Old Street and the Barbican, and is one of London’s busiest street markets.
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Sit at the bar at The Palomar, this Israeli small plates restaurant in Chinatown, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Modern BBQ restaurant Temper grills whole joints of meat on an open fire. They also have a great mezcal list, and tacos.
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