Where Are the Best Restaurants in London? Get the Best Value for Your Dining Budget

Where are the best restaurants to eat at in London? When we say best we mean the best value in any given category. One must consider price range, service, atmosphere, and the quality and presentation of the food.

London is a very cosmopolitan city and, as such, offers a wide variety of international cuisine from around the world. You will, of course, find most of the usual American fast food franchises in London, but there are also a good number of home grown chains that offer some excellent value for your money.

As with most large cities, you will often find that you get the least value for your money at restaurants that are located in, or very close to major tourist attractions and sometimes hotels.

If you are on vacation in London try to get a little ways away from the major attractions when looking for a good place to eat. This is pretty easy to do if you are using the Tube or buses to get around. Generally speaking, you will find it most expensive to eat in the district of Westminster, an area concentrated with tourist attractions and the centre of government for England. Neighbouring South Kensington-Chelsea are also quite expensive overall, however there are some exceptions.

You will find some of the best value for your eating dollar by heading into the Mayfair, Marylebone, Soho, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden districts.

The following, are some of our recommended Central London restaurants which all serve very good food with above average service for their price range.

Pizzeria Malletti is a local chain with 3 pizzeria’s in Central London that are a great place to grab some delicious, yet inexpensive take-out, but try to avoid the peak hours if you don’t want to spend too much time waiting in line. Mooli’s is a new Indian restaurant offering a selection of incredibly tasty rotis for under £5.

Fernandez & Wells is a great place for a fabulous cup of coffee along with excellent pastries, sandwiches and cakes – ideal for breakfast or lunch. If your in the mood for some Thai food, check out Rosa’s for great food and service at a very reasonable price.

For Mediterranean cuisine check out Hummus Bros., a chain specializing in a variety of different toppings served on top of hummus. Their cuisine and service are super for this price range.

If you are longing for a really good hamburger try one of the many Byron locations.

We won’t leave out a British favourite like Fish and Chips. For good fish and chips try Golden Hind, a great chippy in Marylebone.

Due to their popularity with locals, many of the restaurants that provide great value also have ‘great’ queues, especially during peak periods. If you can plan your meals to avoid peak hours, you can avoid the worst of the long lines.

For many more London dining suggestions, visit the dining section of our guide to London at the link below. You will find specific recommendations for great dining options, at a variety of price ranges, for all of the districts around Central London.

All You Can Eat in Harare – Best Restaurants

Zimbabwe is known as one of the most beautiful African countries and Harare, is unquestionably the country’s beating heart. The magnanimous city of Harare justifiably holds this eminent title for it has all that a capital city ought to have.

Upon booking cheap flights to Harare, many visitors are left completely mesmerized as soon as they realize the natural beauty embedded within its boundaries. Adding even more flavor to the city’s exoticism is its comfortingly composed environment. Although Harare has a bustling vibe about its lifestyle, contrary to a perception of dullness and boredom that some of you might have about Africa in general, you wouldn’t find cramped streets and bloating avenues as a common sight in Harare. More of a premeditated city, Harare is home to some of the richest men in Zimbabwe and hence holds an abundance of chic restaurants, flashy lights five star lodgings and gorgeously nourished parks and gardens.

When it comes to Local African and Zimbabwean cuisines, Harare’s restaurants are known as the choice of the top notch. Not only would visitors find a nice decor complemented by an alluring atmosphere, but the food served at most places is simple finger licking good. Let’s have a brief glance at some of the top restaurants in Harare.

Seasons Restaurant:

Probably the best restaurant in Harare that offers an exquisite blend of efficient services, delicious food and a perfect environment to dine in, Seasons Restaurant is a must visit. Guests have the option to choose from either an elegant indoor dinning or taking a seat at the refreshing garden setting of the restaurant. There are two sections to the restaurant that offer extensive varieties in their own spheres; The Bamboo Inn offers some of the finest Chinese delicacies. Its Specialties include sweet and sour Pork, noodles and Rice and special Spring Rolls.

If Chinese cuisines are not your thing than shift to the rich Seasons menu which offers scrumptious deals of Juicy steaks, crunchy burgers, ribs, various chicken and beef dishes and a range of varying style salads. Seasons provides the best environment to enjoy a true mouth watering treat.

La Fontaine:

If it’s a special occasion that you’re looking to celebrate in Harare you don’t need to search around the city for an appropriate venue. La Fontaine Grill Room is just the right place. Residing in one of Harare’s most popular 5 star hotels, Meikles Hotel, La Fontaine would give a delicate mix of sophistication, luxury and fine dining. The restaurant offers a variety of a la carte and French delicacies as its specialties.

Fusion Cafe Bar:

Basically a very popular bar and dance club in Harare, Fusion Cafe Bar offers one of the best Sushi in town. Further, the cafe offers a delightful lunch deals on a beautiful balcony on the race days. Coupled with enchanting music, Lunch time at Fusion cafe is indeed not worth missing.

Victoria Twenty-Two:

Revive the traditional feel of Harare at this historic building which once served as a colonial house in the British era. Victoria Twenty-Two is now considered as a high standard restaurant now with a quite a formal atmosphere and sophisticated dinning. Moreover, the food served here is amazing.

Apart from the above hand-picked restaurants also try out Arnaldo’s Restaurant, Bannies restaurant & Coffee shop and a few more whenever you get a chance to book cheap flights to Harare.

My Personal Guide to the Best Restaurants in Leeds

Due to the amount of competition between businesses in a city like Leeds you are likely to find it harder to find a bad restaurant than a good one. This is a little self penned guide on some of my favourite dinner destinations in Leeds.

Chaophraya (pronounced Chow-pie-a) When I came back from a holiday in Thailand a friend introduced me to Chaophraya for the first time in an attempt to cure my post traveling blues. I loved the restaurant so much that I have been back countless times since. Chaophraya is an award winning (yes you guessed it) Thai restaurant that has been voted by none other than The Times as the best vegetarian restaurant in the UK and best restaurant in town by Harden’s Good Food Guide. Located in Leeds City centre it is a great location to eat if you are planning on going out to a bar afterwards, thus saving the money you would spend on a cab to sample as many dishes as possible! The ridiculously reasonably priced restaurant also offers tempting lunch specials in the daytime which I also thoroughly recommend.

Flying Pizza on Street Lane in Leeds used to be one of the only places to ‘see and be seen’ in. You will still frequently find polished Ferraris and Lamborghinis outside the glass front of the restaurant and might even be ‘lucky’ enough to spot a famous footballer or two. Well, that was when Leeds United was …good, now things may be a little different. Flying Pizza still has a die hard fan base though, and for good reason. The thin crispy bases of the pizzas are unlike any other pizzas I have tasted outside of Italy, and the beautifully stringy and inexplicably tasty mozzarella is to DIE for. They do an excellent steak and if it’s your birthday expect to be launched into standing position on your chair while the whole room is encouraged to sing Happy Birthday in typical exuberant Italian style.

Anthony’s is Located in the centre of Leeds in Trevelyan Square off Boar Lane. I admit that I have never actually been there but after hearing amazing things from family and friends and then reading this review by the badly tempered Giles Coren:

“If you only eat at one restaurant this year, for Christ’s sake don’t make it Anthony’s. It’ll scare the living crap out of you.”

I thought that if it could scare the living crap out of Giles Coren then I definitely wanted to go. Of course all the reviews of Anthony’s are good. The chef is purported to be a genius and the food served is the kind that is offered up to delighted bemusement in The Fat Duck, which surely everyone must have heard of by now so if you haven’t, look it up. The restaurant looks fabulous from the outside with its thick gleaming glass and classy signature sign and with deserts like pink pepper cinder toffee with apricot mouse…….you can count me in.

Wasabi Teppan-Yaki sits in Granary Wharf and is the best place for a first date meal. The names gives away that the food is Japenese, but this is no ordinary Japanese restaurant in Leeds. The menu has some excellent meat and fish options cooked with traditional Japenese panache and you can choose to watch the chef’s cook it right at your table. The Teppan-Yaki table is like a large table with a hole and a giant cooking platter. You sit around the table and watch the chef entertain you with your food before it melts deliciously in your mouth so you and your date definitely won’t be stuck for conversation between chews!