Caravan 11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1 tel 020 7833 8115
The Kiwi head chef worked with Peter Gordon at Providores in Marylebone, so expect a great all-day menu with Pacific Rim overtones. They have their own coffee roaster in the basement, and they are serious about their flat whites.
Necco 52-54 Exmouth Market, London EC1 tel 020 7713 8575
Sushi, rice, noodles and Japanese 'tapas' at surprisingly low prices. Decor is pure Japanese school girl, with a kitty motif in all shades of pastel. Kawaii ne? Good quality and great value.
The Hat & Tun 3 Hatton Wall, London EC1 tel 020 7242 4747
Our local, just round the corner.
The Modern Pantry 47-48 St John's Square, EC1, tel 020 7250 0833
Anna Hansen, previously of Providores, serves up Pacific Rim cuisine in her own new surroundings. One of the most exciting and eclectic restaurant at the moment.
Hix Oyster and Chop House 35-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street EC1, tel 020 7017 1930
Not to be missed. Mark Hix of Ivy and Sheekey's fame, serving beef on the bone and modern interpretations of British classics. Bookings ahead are definitely recommended ...
Moro 34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC1, tel 020 7833 8336
Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in London. Spanish with North African influence. Great for tapas snacking at the bar.
St. John 26 St. John Street, London EC1, tel 020 7251 0848
Some argue that Fergus Henderson's restaurant is amongst the best, not only in London, but worldwide. Nose to tail eating, but with vegetarian and fish dishes as well.
Bleeding Heart Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1, tel 020 7242 2056/8238
Very romantic apparently, and great French food downstairs. Also a more informal bistro upstairs.
The Eagle 159 Farringdon Road, London EC1, 020 7837 1353
The original and still the best gastro pub?