Continuing with our totally terrific top ten countdown towards London’s best restaurant, take a look Palomar in Leicester Square, which has made it in at number seven!
The Old Testament says: ‘Love thy neighbour.’ Sit at the counter of this buzzy Soho spot and you won’t get much choice. Not only are you squeezed in, but this is a gregarious crowd, here for the sunshine food of ‘modern Jerusalem’, drawn from the Levant (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt) plus southern Spain. There are more comfortable seats at the back, too, but that would be missing the point – and the chance to make new friends.
Star dish: ‘Jerusalem-style’ creamy polenta with asparagus, mushroom ragout, parmesan shavings and truffle oil.
34 Rupert St, W1D 6DN. 020 7439 8777. Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. Meal for two with wine and service: around £80.
What’s that, you missed number eight? Take a look here.