Beso London takes inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine, with Moorish and Spanish influences and dishes that are designed for sharing. Not just that, the team in the Beso London kitchen produce food that’s bold, colourful and lively, given that it goes big on Moorish-style spices and herbs – think cayenne, chillies, saffron, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cumin and paprika – while also making use of the finest British produce available. You’ll find Beso London in the heart of Covent Garden on Shaftesbury Avenue where there are three charming and distinct drinking and dining areas fit for whatever your casual occasion might be. Reservations are essential at this Mediterranean, Moorish and Spanish hotspot, particularly at weekends.
Beso London sits pretty on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street and is, by all accounts, a gem of Covent Garden. The Mosaic Majorelle Garden is on the ground floor and is ideal for a few drinks and some small bites. Then, the 30-seat restaurant – inspired by the Peter Behrens painting, “The Kiss”, that hangs on the wall – is where you can try the best of Beso via a full Mediterranean and Spanish menu inspired by the colourful streets of Marrakech and Andalucía. Last but by no means least, the hidden caves and wine cellar at Beso London take you through past and present memories of the Old Medinas.
By now you’re likely wondering about the Beso London menus. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dishes on offer are always fresh, seasonal and unique both in terms of flavour and presentation. If you’re visiting Beso for dinner, then try the smashed fava bean starter or the duck pastilla, followed by the steamed fillet of hake with grilled courgettes, spinach and sorrel cream. A side of purple sprouting broccoli with flaked almonds is never a bad idea, all rounded off with a white chocolate panna cotta. For some of the most exquisite Mediterranean and Spanish casual dining in Covent Garden, Beso is your best bet.
Really good tasting food at a reasonable price for central London. Lunchtime was quiet, fewer than 10 diners when we were there. Service attentive and good atmosphere. I'd recommend this as a great place to relax and eat if you are in the Covent Garden/Shaftesbury Ave area.
We visit a small number of restaurants regularly when we for dinner before we go to the theatre but this was the first time we have visited this restaurant. Will now be adding this restaurant to the list! The service was really good, really polite and friendly from all the waiters and waitresses that served us. The menu was great, we opted for the mushroom gnocchi for mains which was a generous portion, freshly made gnocchi and very tasty and the hake was cooked to perfection with really delicious sides! Have already recommended to family as a go to next time they are in London.
Food was delicious! I had broad beans on sour dough for starters and the lamb with side salad for main. The service was also great and friendly.