We define a ‘shabby chic’ restaurant as the first one that pops into your mind when you find yourself with a night free of commitments, with nothing edible in the fridge and you’re in the mood for a home-cooked-type meal – the friendly neighbourhood restaurant you can go to in your jeans and tee and they will welcome you at the door with open arms, knowing what a loyal customer looks like. Make sure those jeans are loose though as these restaurants pack a punch in large servings, they keep the drinks flowing and dessert is a must.
So when you’re looking for some real atmosphere with great food in a casual setting, here are Top 5 of those types of restaurants we recommend in London:
Ciao Bella, Lambs Conduit Street
Very reasonably priced menu of delicious homemade Italian pastas and large pizzas. Don’t be shy – join in and contribute to the loud and fun atmosphere. Live piano music accompanies the conversations and noise level – enjoy it!
Average meal for two: £60
You’ll be so glad we let you in on this Jamaican paradise secret. Indulge in massive servings of homemade jerk chicken (1/2 or whole or in a roti wrap) and all the sides such as coleslaw, rice and pea, plantains and various rotis and curries. Don’t forget to request their delicious gravy and spicy hot sauce.
Average meal for two: £50
Varied combinations of ceviche and other Peruvian tapas-style dishes served in a crowded, candlelit dining room with fun Latin music. Don’t worry, there are plenty of meat options for the fish-shy. Make sure to order plenty of piscos to wash it all down.
Average meal for two: £85
Step into this Punjabi madhouse to experience the vibrant atmosphere with communal tables, BYOB and enough sharing dishes and platters to ensure you’ll need to be rolled out. Everything on the menu is delicious – you can’t go wrong.
Average meal for two: £40
José Tapas Bar, Bermondsey Street
José Pizzaro serves up a modern culinary twist on the classic Spanish tapa in this tiny, almost standing-room-only wine bar. Very popular amongst the London crowd who know to get there early to get a spot – as you’ll see by the latecomers spilling out the door.
Average meal for two: £75
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