Best restaurants in the City of London

The City is best known for being home to London’s financial district and the capital’s historic centre. This is where iconic towering skyscrapers such as The Gherkin and the Leadenhall Building are located, as well as historical landmarks including The Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Famous architecture isn’t all that the City has to offer, however, as it is also full of great restaurants for all kinds of diners to enjoy. From delis and cafes for quick lunches and light bites to high-end restaurants for delicious dinners, the Square Mile has everything you could possibly want. Below is a guide to the best restaurants in the area.

City Caphe

City Caphe serves Vietnamese Street food from a charming café in the City, the venue being very popular amongst local workers on a lunchtime. It’s not uncommon to see a long queue snaking down the street from the entrance at midday, but staff are very efficient and ensure that customers are served quickly.

Salad and rice boxes, noodle soups, banh mi and Vietnamese spring rolls are all on the menu, with additional sauces available for just 30p. Once you’ve decided which classic dish you’d like, simply choose between beef, chicken, pork and tofu options. The Vietnamese baguettes make for a very tasty lunch, each one containing coriander, cucumber, carrot & daikon pickle, fresh chilli and maggi sauce. For fresh, tangy flavours at great prices, this is a great little lunch stop for food on the go.

Yauatcha City

Opened in 2015, Yauatcha City is the second Yauatcha branch in London after the popular dim sum house and Chinese restaurant located in Soho. The restaurant’s interior is impressive, arranged in a semi-circle with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Broadgate Circle. Dark wood and leather furniture give the tea house a hip, modern feel. The man behind the restaurant is Alan Yau, who also founded Wagamama.

From the menu, expect premium dim sum with great flavours. A signature dish is the prawn and beancurd cheung fun, which pairs succulent prawns with crunchy beancurd skin, encased in a traditional rice pastry. Crispy duck-filled pumpkin puffs and mushroom and black truffle spring rolls are other wonderful offerings here, and the patisserie menu is impressive, too. For an authentic experience, order from the restaurant’s extensive tea list.

Polo Bar

This 24-hour café opposite Liverpool Street station serves British favourites, with classic all-day breakfasts as well as light bites and an evening menu. Meals are great value and there’s lots to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for stacked pancakes, a pulled pork sandwich or a burger with all the toppings.

Popular for early morning breakfast boosts and lunches amongst travellers, bankers and nearby workers, you can’t go wrong here if you’re looking for something simple and classically British to fill you up. There’s a range of teas and Italian coffees on the drinks menu, as well as local craft beers, ciders and wines served at all hours.

M Threadneedle Street

With gorgeous interiors designed in a contemporary-chic style, M Restaurants’ venue on Threadneedle Street is a great choice when you’re looking for something a bit more special. If you love steak, seafood and sushi this is the perfect restaurant for you, as M uses the finest fresh ingredients from around the world to provide a menu of world-class steaks and ethically sourced fish. Staff are well-versed on the subject of wines, whiskey and cocktails and will happily recommend a tipple to suit your meal of choice.

A great place to start is with sashimi, one of M’s specialities. The cobia peanut sashimi comes with cucumber chutney and a satay glaze, which makes for an exquisite combination of flavours. For a main you could enjoy soft juicy, steak from Australia, Argentina or Botswana – or perhaps the monkfish with celeriac and chanterelle mushrooms is more up your street?

For more information on M Restaurants and to view the best grill menu London, visit M Restaurant in London City today.

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