Soho’s atmosphere is drawn from around the world as well as its own colourful, perverse history (remember Soft Cell? So Soho). This is reflected in the hip food trends to be found in Soho’s upmarket eateries. When it comes to Soho, and in particular Soho restaurants, the question is, ‘What’s your poison?’T his square-mile of concentrated cool is a foodie’s paradise, no matter what your tastes. Everything from the most chic, Michelin-starred rooms in the city offering the bleeding edge of haute cuisine, to down-home burgers joints, restaurants in Soho have it all. And, that includes Chinatown, with some of the best restaurants in Soho representing Mandarin, Cantonese, Sichuanese, Hunanese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Malaysian and Korean cuisines.
Chinatown restaurants in Soho are more than just stereotypical noodles and rice. Plus, when most Europeans think brunch, what comes to mind is scrambled eggs, sausages, burnt toast and steeped tea with maybe a croissant for a little Continental elan. How boring. Why not head to Chinatown for a traditional Cantonese dim sum brunch? At several restaurants in Soho Chinatown, you will find Chinese families enjoying huge spreads of steamed dumplings and buns with various meats and vegetables as fillings, spare ribs, congee, and traditional Chinese sweets such as egg tarts, taro cakes and sweet cream buns, all washed down with ubiquitously free-flowing pots of green tea. A great way to fuel up for a long day of Soho shopping or a post-night-out recovery feast.
Not only is Old Compton Street in Soho ground zero for London’s rock club scene, the first pornographic cinema in England, and the current home of a vibrant LGBT scene, this colourful street has places to eat out as diverse as the people you’ll find loitering about these places. The Soho restaurants on Old Compton Street range from Italian to Old British, and many of them have sidewalk patios from which to watch the parade of characters. Another spot, Berwick Street, or ‘The Golden Mile of Vinyl’, has one of London’s oldest street markets, with a concentration of record shops. Hungry after hours of crate digging? Want to sample some food instead? These streets have a high volume of Soho restaurants to enjoy.
Soho, with its unique, edgy vibe and youthful, slightly risqué energy is a mecca for fashionistas making shopping pilgrimages from all over the world and London itself. Along with street after street of hip little vintage shopperies and upscale boutiques, the restaurants in Soho offer endless options for adventurous dining. While in Soho, you don’t have to drop from a classic London over-consumption fainting spell. In Soho, which understands your needs as an exhausted consumer, a chic café, a sushi shop or even an elegant Michelin-star-rated restaurant is never far away. Thank goodness for that. Now, where did I leave my heels? Ah, Marc Almond has him. No bother, I’ll tweet and meet him at my favourite Soho restaurant.
Soho, situated in the West End of London, right in the centre of the theatre district, is also home to an energetic nightclub scene all of its own. So whether you are heading to a posh play or to a thumping, pumping lascivious nightclub that goes bump and grind well into the night, or even before going home with a mean case of the munchies (that’s how he introduced himself, darling) there are many places to eat in Soho that have your late night post-moshing noshing needs covered, with special theatre menus diligently designed to please both parties and people on the go. Suffering from a little tainted love? Don't worry, acccompany a date to one of the many Soho restaurants and reignite the fire.
Soho restaurants serve more than just your average meat and two vegetables, or soggy fish and chips – eateries in this part of London have a lot of unique flavours to offer. Which we're aware is a thing with you. With so many influences combining to create a melting pot from which restaurants in Soho are free to draw, there are many regional cuisines to try, and share plates or set menus are great ways to sample them. You can get your meat and two veg in a Soho restaurant, but expect it to be haute British cuisine. No greasy spoon district, fish and chips in Soho restaurants also have the tendency to be transported to the next level.