It may not be sunny, but we’re trying to embrace the great British weather by taking shelter in restaurants across London. Here’s what dishes we’re loving this week:

1. For a Laid-Back Italian: Vapiano

What: Vapiano is one of London’s go-to spots for quick, fully-customisable selection of pastas and pizzas.

The Lowdown: Vapiano has recently launched a new menu to celebrate the different regions of Italy and its seasonal ingredients. New limited-edition dishes currently available include Antipasto Per Tutti, Pizza Fontina e Prosciutto, Pasta Saltimbocca and Pistachio Panna Cotta.

Where: Locations here

 2. For Traditional Fish & Chips: The Mayfair Chippy

What: The Mayfair Chippy is an award-winning British restaurant, influenced by Jamie Jones and Pete Taylor’s (its founders) northern roots, which does the classics perfectly. With sustainability, freshness, and good cooking at the heart of every dish, these are the best fish and chips to be caught anywhere in London.

The Lowdown: The menu is an absolute dream for fish lovers with everything from oysters to crab to mussels and – of course – the classic fried fish and chips.Plant-based? There are vegan fish and halloumi options for veggies.

Where: 14 N Audley St, London W1K 6WE

3. For a Rooftop Champagne Meal: Aqua

What: For summer, Aqua Kyoto has opened its rooftop terrace in partnership with champagne house Veuve Clicquot, transforming one of London’s most enviable outdoor spaces into a sunset oasis, high above Regent Street.

The Lowdown: Dishes available on the Kyoto Sunsets menu includes the Sunshine Sushi pairing of tuna and spicy tobiko, avocado and cucumber paired with a bottle or glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label; alongside Aqua Kyoto signature dishes such as spicy tuna roll, rock shrimp tempura with spicy chilli and garlic mayonnaise or black cod gyoza and mizuna miso. A dessert of Fuji apple – served with green apple mousse and elderflower sorbet – is paired with Veuve Clicquot Rosé.

Where: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), London, W1B 3BR

4. For a Dim Sum Brunch: Park Chinois

What: London’s most opulent Asian restaurant and home to the best dim sum in Mayfair has rolled out a special brunch menu, available every Saturday.

The Lowdown: Expect a three-course menu with delicious dishes such as handcrafted dim sum and Wagyu beef alongside half a bottle of champagne. ensuring brunch remains as decadent as ever, Park Chinois has introduced a series of never seen before additions including caviar bumps served on silver trays and a roaming Moulin Rouge Cocktail Trolley, both feeding their way from table to table.

Where: 17 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EA

5. For All-Day Dining: The Avocado Show

What: The Avocado Show has opened a new Covent Garden restaurant following the success of its flagship site in Mayfair.

The Lowdown: Offering a vibrant space to enjoy uniquely styled taste dishes all day long, The Avocado Show’s “Pretty Healthy Food” is also made with quality, sustainably sourced avocados.  Our favourites on the menu include classics such as the Salamango Poke and famous crispy Avo Fries, whilst some newbies are already making waves: the tasty Tuna Tease melt and show-stopping Showshuka, perfectly baked egg in a flavour-rich tomato sauce with red peppers, feta and avocado.

Where: 19 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA

And one for luck….

 

6. For a Winter Comfort dish: SushiDog

What: For the first time ever, SushiDog will be adding two new hot donburi bowls to the menu that are warming, comforting and perfect for the winter months.

The Lowdown: The two new Hot Donburi include a ‘Naked Chicken Katsu Curry’ and ‘Coconut Squash & Aubergine Curry’. Made fresh to order, the chicken katsu will include roasted chicken on a bed of warm white rice, pickled purple cabbage, edamame, fresh chilli, spring onions and sesame seeds, topped with a delicious katsu curry sauce – a healthy but indulgent warming winter bowl.

Where: 

Baker Street, 107 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RP