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The 10 most read restaurant reviews in 2013

Posted at 1:02 pm, December 29, 2013 in Food & Drink

It’s been a terrific year for eating and drinking in London, hasn’t it? Here’s a quick look at the restaurant reviews visitors to timeout.com consulted most frequently this year – although you should remember it’s influenced by the idiosyncricies of Google, our site navigation and various other non-foodie factors. But without further ado, in reverse order…

10) Yalla Yalla, Soho

Yalla Yalla, Soho

Yalla Yalla continues to produce its hit formula of superior Lebanese cooking in a casual setting. Its self-styled ‘Beirut street food’ resonates with the upbeat informality of these dinky Soho premises; we’ve found the quality to match that of much pricier restaurants. ★★★★

9) Anchor & Hope, Southwark

Anchor and Hope restaurant, Waterloo, London
Unlike some gussied-up gastropubs, the Anchor & Hope‘s dining area retains the atmosphere of a pub, in a low-lit, art-festooned room, and the food is terrific: beautifully textured venison kofte were served on perkily dressed little gem lettuce; cleaver-hacked rabbit came savagely red, with salty jus, fat chips and a big pot of béarnaise; and earthy beetroot and goat’s curd salad was lightened by a gentle touch of mint. ★★★★★

 8) Social Eating House, Soho

Social Eating House, Soho
It’s not easy to open a spate of brand-new restaurants and maintain high standards, but with Social Eating House chef-patron Jason Atherton has clearly moved on from being the sorcerer’s apprentice (under Gordon Ramsay) to being the sorcerer himself. ★★★★★

7)  The Delaunay, Aldwych

The Delaunay, Aldwych
There’s something for everyone at this Grand European café, at prices that aren’t greedy given the setting, the quality of the service and the assuredness of the menu. ★★★★★

6) Dishoom, Covent Garden

Dishoom, Covent Garden
A swish, self-styled ‘Bombay café’, Dishoom is filled with retro design features: whirring ceiling fans, low-level lighting and reams of vintage Bollywood posters. ★★☆☆☆

5) Koya, Soho

Koya, Soho
The opening of Koya in 2010 marked a more youthful movement in the Japanese dining scene. With blond-wood sharing tables, white walls and a generally fresh-faced crowd of diners, the venue feels more like a friendly caff than a slick West End eaterie. ★★★★

4) The Modern Pantry, Farringdon

Modern Pantry, Farringdon
The Modern Pantry‘s enticing fusion dishes make the most of unusual ingredients sourced from around the globe – even the most devoted foodie will be bamboozled by a couple of items on the menu White-aproned staff are among the nicest we’ve encountered in London, deeply professional and utterly charming. ★★★★

3) Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor, Seven Dials
This former fruit warehouse is now Carnivore Central in Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s confidently expanding empire, and the bar a place of pilgrimage in its own right for cocktail geeks. ★★★★

2) Burger & Lobster, Soho (also Farringdon, Mayfair)

Burger and Lobster
Food costs £20, an all-in price that includes a huge carton of thin-cut fries and even a side salad: you won’t go hungry here. For ultimate value, though, always choose the lobster. ★★★★

1) Balthazar, Aldwych

Balthazar, Aldwych
Balthazar London
mimics the New York original perfectly, with red awnings, plush red leather banquettes, giant antiqued mirrored walls, beautiful mosaic floors; chef Robert Reid has tinkered little with the brilliantly nostalgic trans-Atlantic menu. ★★★☆☆

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