Best North American restaurants

If you love messy, unapologetically calorific food then you need to take a look at our pick of London’s best North American restaurants. Whether you’re a life-long BBQ fan, love a good steak or need a steaming serving of mac ‘n’ cheese, our list of must-try North American restaurants in London is not to be missed. From sticky wings to drenched ribs, our choice of London’s best US-style restaurants has everything you’re looking for. Scroll down to see the best United States-inspired restaurants in London.  

Updated on 19 January 2018

Red Rooster at The Curtain

Red Rooster at The Curtain

45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PT

The polishing up of Shoreditch continues with the arrival of The Curtain hotel (just round the corner from the equally new Nobu Shoreditch). Although this luxe offering comes with a rooftop swimming pool, its in-house restaurant retains its Shoreditch cool with quirky decor and painfully cool staff. Red Rooster has a twin in New York’s Harlem and, like its NYC sibling, the Shoreditch menu is a celebration of America’s southern soul food, carried off with panache. We kick-started our evening with a trio of snacks including fish tacos, bacon-loaded popcorn and crumbly cornbread slathered with sweet honey butter and spicy tomato jam. We then moved on to a starter proper of meatballs served swimming in zingy pickled gravy and dotted with perfectly crisp bites of gnocchi. As Red Rooster’s name suggests, poultry is the star turn, but we mixed things up, skipping the fried yard bird and herb-roasted chicken for a helping of tender, spicy jerk pork and prawns, served with sweet coconut rice and chunks of juicy pineapple. Desserts are just as indulgent (rum-soaked doughnuts anyone?) and our slice of red velvet sponge, served with cream cheese sorbet and chocolate cremeux, was as sweet as can be. With brunch on Sunday and live music most evenings, Red Rooster is an impressive addition to the Shoreditch scene. With all that US soul food though, it’s just as well that The Curtain has a gym.

£30 - £49
North American
Big Easy Chelsea

Big Easy Chelsea

332-334 King's Road, London, SW3 5UR

It’s almost impossible not to have a good time at this mini-chain of Deep South BBQ/ crabshacks – provided you don’t take things too seriously, of course. Big Easy was serving up baskets of bargain-priced lobster and dry-rubbed, pit-cooked ribs – complete with plastic bibs – long before many of its rivals got in on the act, and it still holds its own in the kitchen department.

On offer is a broadly based menu featuring gut-busting portions of voodoo chicken wings, piles of pulled pork, stacked burgers, charcoal-grilled steaks and lavish sides alongside its mainstays. But food is only part of the attraction here: Big Easy’s fun-loving punters start the night with boozy milkshakes or sharing bowls of fruity cocktails, before graduating to craft beers and easy-drinking wines – a perfect fit for the raucous vibe and nightly live music. We guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

£30 - £49
North American
Steak
The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6TF

Elegance and a warm welcome come as standard at this upmarket hotel grill room, which has powerful echoes of New York’s old-timers with its art-deco murals and framed photographic portraits. The buzz here lasts all day from breakfast to midnight – although the Colony’s comfort food comes with a distinctly American twang.

On the carte, chicken pot pie and macaroni cheese vie for attention with buttermilk fried chicken and Cajun-spiced swordfish, while breakfast brings pancakes, French toast and duck egg hashes with a choice of black pudding, smoked haddock, mushroom and spinach or corned beef. For dessert, bananas Foster and a baked Alaska involving pistachios and cherries are prepared tableside. Jimmy’s (aka the American Bar) makes for an appealing, low-lit stopping-off point with a fondness for bourbon and American whiskey.

£50 - £79
North American
International
The Blues Kitchen Camden

The Blues Kitchen Camden

111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN

There’s no need to feel blue at Camden’s spirited soul shack, where food from America’s deep south, nightly live music and a bumper crop of bourbon combine to make a lively New Orleans-style night out. Drink and music take centre stage. Liquid enticements include cracking old fashioned and whisky sour cocktails, as well as milkshakes spiked with booze; aural stimulations comprise an impressive roll-call of bands (Seasick Steve and the Mystery Jets are past performers). Food is less impressive, though big booths, 1950s' memorabilia, neon signs and gingham wallpaper form an appropriate backdrop for a menu that will horrify calorie counters. Fatten up with buffalo wings and blue-cheese dip, seafood jambalaya, smoky barbecue ribs, or stacked pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for Sunday brunch.

£30 - £49
North American
Bars
Jackson + Rye Chiswick

Jackson + Rye Chiswick

217-221 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DW

The New York flair for upscale brasseries is the inspiration behind this chain of inviting all-dayers. Their look perfectly captures their subject: a warm glow emanates from within, where a casual feel is achieved via cheerfully scribbled blackboards, close-set tables and uplit bar. The setting works whatever time of day you pop in: breakfasts and (blowout) brunches mix North American classics such as buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, or pulled-pork hash, with Brit favourites such as a avocado Benedict and ham and cheese omlette. The rest of the day passes in a haze of caution-to-the-wind calories: king prawn linguini, lamb rump, mushroom risotto, plus a selection of chargrilled steak brushed with herb butter – with pecan pie or vanilla cheesecake for anyone with an inch of room left. ‘Good food, atmosphere and service’ complete the pleasing picture.

£30 - £49
North American
Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog Saloon

37 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN

Feeding London’s current appetite for all-American BBQ feasts and Wild West shenanigans, this Hoxton hangout aims to be as authentic as they come. The dining room sets the scene, with cracked-leather banquettes, overhead fans, rodeo trappings and hunting paraphernalia on the walls adding to the log-cabin vibe. But it’s the food that sells the concept: mighty slabs of quality meat are rubbed with barbecue spices then cooked slowly in a hickory-burning smoker imported from the States. Otherwise, the hot chicken wings come highly recommended, blackened salmon brings two juicy fillets, and the menu also touts pimped-up burgers with names like ‘the devastator' – plus ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, comforting sides and salads. Wash it all down with bottled US beers, and save room for desserts such as ice cream sundaes or homemade apple pie. Service gets top marks for friendliness.

Under £30
North American
Red Dog South

Red Dog South

27-31 Bedford Road, London, SW4 7SH

Judging by the buzz at this sibling to Hoxton’s Red Dog Saloon, Clapham is for carnivores: the restaurant is crammed full of young office workers, fervently worshipping at the altar of US barbecue. Inspired by the owner's travels across the States, Red Dog is an Americana alchemist, having concocted a winning blend of pit cooked meats (including brisket treated to 20 hours in a wood-fired smoker), an international range of beers and a bright, open-plan dining room and bar. Tender meat brims with sticky, tangy flavours but the smaller details, like delicious own-recipe meat sauces or even an unassuming Burnt End Pie side dish with moreish chunks of buttery pork, are equally good. Success in Clapham will enable expansion plans for the Red Dog pack, tempting wannabe cowboys to gallop straight to dinner.

£30 - £49
North American
Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky

1-11 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6HT

This smart US import follows its transatlantic forebears by focusing on USDA, British and Irish beef butchered on the premises and hung in an impressive dry-ageing room. Located in the art-deco Adelphi Building, S&W's interior will knock your socks off with its parquet floors, leather banquettes and striking murals creating a gloriously decadent 1920s feel. Prices are hefty and so are the portions – a side of truffled mac 'n' cheese could feed four happily. Taking on the challenge, we devoured this with bone-in rib-eye and sirloin steaks, both obviously well sourced and served with 'steakhouse fries' (that?were actually closer to British chips). The weekend brunch menu stays true to the restaurant’s carnivorous reputation with dishes such as eggs with braised short rib, smoked bacon hash and the protein-packed sirloin steak and fried eggs, alongside a selection of nine bespoke Bloody Marys. A few elements of this fiercely American menu seem to get lost in translation, although there are some great US wines on show, plus there are set menus offering smaller portions and better value. Share or go with homesick Americans.

£50 - £79
North American
Steak
The Blues Kitchen Brixton

The Blues Kitchen Brixton

40 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SP

Like its stablemates in Shoreditch and Camden, the Brixton branch of Blues Kitchen strikes the right note with its menu of stateside comfort food and finger-licking barbecue favourites. Get the party started Kentucky-style with a cool Mint Julep from the bourbon-focused bar list, before launching into moist crab doughnuts and chipotle mayo, or spicy buffalo wings dunked in blue cheese sauce. Burgers, gumbo, jambalaya and buttermilk chicken are options, but we couldn’t resist a barbecued feast of beef brisket burnt ends and St Louis pork ribs, slow-smoked for hours to meaty melting point. The fun doesn’t stop there: live music every night ranges from funk and soul to gospel and bluegrass, with a second stage upstairs and dancing until 2am at weekends. The look is New Orleans drinking den: comfortably laid-back, with ceiling fans, vintage-style tiles and generous leather booths. It’s perfect for large groups – and large appetites.

£30 - £49
North American
Bars
Spuntino Soho

Spuntino Soho

61 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 7PW

Russell Norman’s ode to Manhattan cool revels in its scruffy nonchalance, with a non-descript facade that’s easy to miss. Beyond, laid-back staff and equally laid-back customers (tattoos and facial hair are de rigueur) congregate on either side of a long bar. The snack-fuelled US/Italian menu is designed to soak up some heavy drinks, including a regularly changing cocktail list which makes use of more than 10 bourbon varieties. Alternatively, grab a beer with a shot for a fiver, and get your ballast from buttermilk-fried chicken, crackling aubergine chips with a sprightly fennel yoghurt dip or crab cake and eggs Benedict, squelching out from an English muffin. The tiny room (‘27 stools and a popcorn machine’ as the restaurant puts it) has been stripped back to reveal cracked white tiles and battered walls, in what has fast become the Soho norm. Naturally, you can’t make a reservation, but the peanut butter and jam dessert is worth the wait.

£30 - £49
North American
Christopher

Christopher's

18 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DD

Christopher's may have celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, but the handsome Grade II-listed Victorian building has a longer history than that and was once home to London's first licensed casino. There's no need to take a gamble on the menu, which is a selection of reliably good stateside staples: juicy Maine lobsters and prime steaks hailing from the US, Scotland and Australia are the winning bets, but you'll also strike lucky with moist Maryland crab cakes or slow-cooked pork belly and Ibérico chop served with Boston baked beans and creamed corn. Lighter choices include fresh salmon carpaccio with a zingy tequila and key lime dressing, but you're likely to lose all will-power when you see the line-up of decadent desserts such as New York cheesecake or chocolate, peanut butter and caramel tart with espresso ice cream. Brunch is always a big deal here too, with readers rating the 'build-your-own pancake' menu, "delicious options" and "really lovely atmosphere".

£50 - £79
North American
Steak
£30 - £49
Pitt Cue

Pitt Cue

1 The Avenue, Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YP

With the relocation from a Soho shoebox to an airy Spitalfields dining room, Pitt Cue’s surroundings now match its burning ambitions. This barbecue Mecca gained a strong following in W1 for its smoky cuts of high-quality meat, and although much shabby character has been sacrificed in moving, the benefits of this open-plan, industrial-chic site are evident. The restaurant now offers reservations, cocktails and impeccable bar snacks (we recommend Mangalitsa ham and walnuts) – as well as meat seared on the huge, gleaming grill displayed at the end of the room. Sourcing is key, with all beef coming from a single Cornish supplier and bread baked in-house. Infectiously enthusiastic staff made us want to order everything: from unmissable, yeasty fat-dripping bread, to crisp scrumpet (a pork-filled disc fried in breadcrumbs) with a slick of apple sauce. We were however disappointed with our mains, cured and smoked pork jowl consisting almost entirely of fat, disguising the slivers of beautifully pink, tasty flesh; and smoked beef neck was dry at its edges, and supremely salty. Nevertheless, there are many positives: Pitt Cue excels at smaller plates and sides (mushroom and bone-marrow mash was a highlight); main-menu prices are reasonable (though specials will significantly grill your bill); and the drinks list holds interest aplenty via Mezcal Martinis, bourbons and sparkling Australian Rieslings. The trump cards here are service and atmosphere, and as this new site beds in we expect food quality to improve. Already, walk-in tables are highly sought after, so it’s best to book.

£30 - £49
North American
Jackson + Rye Soho

Jackson + Rye Soho

56 Wardour Street, London, W1D 4JG

The New York flair for upscale brasseries is the inspiration behind this chain of inviting all-dayers. Their look perfectly captures their subject: a warm glow emanates from within, where a casual feel is achieved via cheerfully scribbled blackboards, close-set tables and uplit bar. The setting works whatever time of day you pop in: breakfasts and (blowout) brunches mix North American classics such as buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, or pulled-pork hash, with Brit favourites such as a avocado Benedict and ham and cheese omlette. The rest of the day passes in a haze of caution-to-the-wind calories: king prawn linguini, lamb rump, mushroom risotto, plus a selection of chargrilled steak brushed with herb butter  – with pecan pie or vanilla cheesecake for anyone with an inch of room left. ‘Good food, atmosphere and service’ complete the pleasing picture.

£30 - £49
North American
MASH London

MASH London

77 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN

“If you love steak, go to MASH and enjoy” implores a devotee who worships at this Danish shrine to meat, which sprawls along beneath Soho’s pavements. With its racing-red leather, the odd art-deco flourish and high ceilings, the grand dining room is an appropriately capacious space in which to indulge voracious appetites, while the menu owes more to American traditions than Danish – witness mighty crab cakes with mango chutney to start, and heavy sides of mac ’n’ cheese or onion rings. Top billing goes to the Danish crown (a dry-aged rib-eye), but also look for new arrivals such as (comparatively) cheaper Uruguayan steak in a variety of cuts, alongside top-dollar Kobe, Black Angus, Australian and Nebraskan beef. The wine list is equally cosmopolitan with certain pricier bottles accessible by the glass, all overseen by master sommelier Jess Kildetoft. Prices are in line with the London steakhouse norm, while Sundays mean BYOB with no corkage.

£50 - £79
North American
Maze Grill Mayfair

Maze Grill Mayfair

10-13 Grosvenor Square, London, London, W1K 6JP

The Maze Grill concept now inhabits two more reinvented Ramsay sites across town, but the Mayfair original still competes in a steak-crazy marketplace by refusing to slobber over down 'n' dirty juices. This is meat you eat with a knife and fork, in a room that's a symphony in taupe, on a square that has as much romance as history. With Maze next door, it's no surprise that sushi creeps onto the menu, along with iceberg salads, simple grilled fish and other warm-up acts. The main event is steak from a variety of sources (native British, USDA, Japanese etc), cooked in the charcoal-burning Josper oven and offered with all-American sides including onion rings and mac 'n' cheese. Breakfasts of ricotta hotcakes and eggs Benedict are also worth knowing about. As for the vibe, some detractors brand it more "prissy London chophouse" than NYC.

£50 - £79
North American
Steak
The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

134-146 Curtain Road, London, London, EC2A 3AR

Following the high-stepping original in Camden, the second Blues Kitchen was always going to be a great fit for Shoreditch. This warehouse outfit offers the same spirited mix of soul food from America’s southlands, live music and a bumper crop of over 100 bourbons – all guaranteeing a high-octane night out. Liquid enticements include US whiskey-based cocktails, as well as alco-shakes and some cracking beers including Hackney Crate on draught; meanwhile, aural stimulations come courtesy of an impressive roll-call of bands (Seasick Steve and guitar man Gary Clark Jnr are names to conjure with). The giant booths, 1950s' memorabilia and massive island bar form a suitable backdrop for a menu of down-home food including slow-smoked BBQ meats, live lobsters from the centrepiece tank, hefty burgers, New Orleans gumbo and corn bread with honey butter on the side.

£30 - £49
North American
Bars
Big Easy Canary Wharf

Big Easy Canary Wharf

Upper Level 1, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR

The Norman Foster Crossrail terminal at Canary Wharf has more than architectural prowess and sensible travel links to recommend it – it also has a Big Easy (the third site, following Big Easy Covent Garden and Chelsea) occupying a third of its top floor. With views stretching over the whole of Canary Wharf, the adjacent Crossrail garden and live music every night, it is a great place to drink in both summer and winter. To eat? There is an oyster and raw bar to keep it bang up to date with current fashions, as well as plenty of barbecue meat. They’re determined to do things in proper American style here: it’s not just the portions that are outsized, they’ve also installed three enormous US-built smokers. The restaurant also boasts a vast open kitchen and the biggest pit room anywhere in the UK. It may seem a bit excessive if all you want is a burger, but they’ve got a reputation for those too. 

£30 - £49
North American
Smokestak

Smokestak

35 Sclater Street, London, E1 6LB

Discreetly housed in Shoreditch (the signage is hardly visible) is this BBQ smokehouse from David Carter, former front of house manager for Roka and Gordon Ramsay. The industrial, brooding two-floor site features an open kitchen on the ground floor and a bar below, with dark and moody interiors matching the young and bearded Shoreditch crowd. Food-wise, the menu is short with small plates and sharing dishes of grilled meats, with everything being served when ready. The kitchen delivers: our starting snack of crackled pig’s tail was so crispy and juicy that we asked for a second round; smoked girolle and beef-dripping toast was rich and gloriously messy; chunky, sticky and seriously tender pork ribs are paired with a cheese-slathered jacket potato. If you’ve got a sickly-sweet tooth, round it all off with the sticky toffee pudding, topped with burnt-butter ice cream. Staff are well-trained and the bartenders make a mean cocktail (we recommend the Plantation), or there are Dalston-brewed craft beers. Our only gripe is with the inconveniently placed toilets, which take the ‘industrial’ theme a little too far. Nevertheless, cracking food and pocket-friendly prices make this a smoking hot (sorry) debut for Carter.

£30 - £49
North American
Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QG

Launched at the height of ‘gourmet fast food’ mania, Bubbledogs’ still-snaking queues prove that grower Champagne and high-class hotdogs are a combination built to last. This quirky match-up works, thanks to “awesome service” and a “cool ambience” in the smart, brick-on-wood room. Co-owner Sandia Chang’s passion for small-producer fizz rubs off on staff who know her treat-packed list inside out, while James Knappett’s kitchen applies similar respect to pork, beef or veggie dogs, with some 17 versions, including Sloppy Joe (beef chilli, Cheddar cheese and onions) and José (fresh tomato, avocado, jalapeños and sour cream). Our pick, however, is the purist’s dream – a New Yorker’s onions and sauerkraut drenched in table-top French’s and ketchup, backed up by ruthlessly addictive sides of ‘tater tots’ and sweet-potato fries. Those less enamoured of fizz will find on-point cocktails, craft beers and even a few still wines from the Champagne region.

Under £30
International
Hotbox

Hotbox

46 Commercial St, London, E1 6LT

From successful street-food venture to fully-fledged restaurant, Hotbox is a welcome addition to London’s burgeoning barbecue-loving dude-food scene. Delectably seasoned smoked meats are the forte. Try the Hotbox piggy burger with American cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and pickled red onion for a prime cut of the meat on the menu. Rib fiends might prefer a full serving of the sticky, satisfying pork ribs, or the succulent, fall-off-the-bone beef short rib. Sides range from healthier greens and sweet-potato fries through to a heart-stopping (in both senses) smoked mac & cheese. Finish with the molten chilli chocolate dessert: a gooey plate of untold happiness. There’s a fun and friendly buzz to this enterprise, despite the uncomfortable long wooden benches and tables in the dimly lit room – and it can be difficult to hear your dining partner when the music is cranked up. After a meal, head for the basement cocktail and craft-beer den, 46 & Mercy.

£30 - £49
North American
Joe Allen

Joe Allen

2 Burleigh Street, London, London, WC2E 7PX

It was a dark day in Theatreland when it was announced that the unofficial actors’ canteen, Joe Allen, was going to close – not least because it was to make way for a boutique hotel owned by one of their own, Robert de Niro. But the move around the corner has re-energised this luvvies’ classic that first opened its doors on Exeter Street in 1977. 

A tighter, less labyrinthine layout concentrates the hubbub of the room, while fittings that have been moved lock, stock and piano from Exeter Street look as if they have been here for years. And the American comfort food is the same as ever – adequate rather than amazing, but more than cutting the mustard if you’ve come to soak up the pre- and post-theatre atmosphere or for a boozy weekend brunch with friends; it’s also as well suited to feeding an eight- or eighty-year-old. 

‘Eggs Joe Allen’ is a nicely poached Burford atop a thick slice of potato cake, spooned with hollandaise sauce; well-timed calf’s liver comes with mash that is stodgy not smooth; apple strudel is a as sweet as something you’d want to end Sunday lunch. To drink, a well-priced wine list has bags of choice for under £40, while an evening spent at the bar with classic American cocktails would be a hoot. Remember your waiter’s face: like former staffer Graham Norton, he may well be a star of tomorrow.

£30 - £49
North American
Burgers
Cut at 45 Park Lane

Cut at 45 Park Lane

45 Park Lane, London, London, W1K 1PN

Cut stands out from the steakhouse crowd thanks to its Park Lane pricing, glammed-up globe-trotting clientele and the clout of A-list chef Wolfgang Puck. Provided you’re financially prepared, you’ll find a surprisingly unpretentious vibe in the very attractive (if hotel-ish) dining room, where soaring drapes and wood panelling head northwards to a ceiling hung with starburst lights. Service could be slicker, but the kitchen pulls out all the stops to justify the prices. Cuts of USDA Prime, South Devon Angus, New York sirloin and dizzyingly expensive Wagyu are presented in all their raw marbled glory before being returned to the table charred and crusted from the grill. Sides include wickedly buttery potato purée and glistening nuggets of bone marrow, while top-notch starters range from maple-glazed pork belly to a very pretty crab and lobster cocktail with spicy tomato horseradish. Desserts, should you get that far, are all-American sweet treats. Upstairs, Bar 45 dispenses classy concoctions in large glasses.

Over £80
North American
Avenue

Avenue

7-9 St James's Street, St. James's, London, SW1A 1EE

A veteran of the London dining scene since 1996, Avenue has had a makeover in terms of both food and decor. Visitors can marvel at the wine-glass chandelier and moody modern art while sampling a menu that now takes in South American and Asian influences, from ceviche to seared salmon with bok choy (as well as burgers and steaks).

A simple but cleverly assembled avocado salad starter with pickled apple, edamame and mango dazzled visually and taste-wise. The kitchen kept up the tempo for the mains, with a Korean-spiced rack of lamb served with red cabbage mash and raw mango chutney particularly impressing, while wines were paired intelligently throughout from an interesting list.

But while the food, drink and service all impressed, the atmosphere fell flat and the 112-cover venue felt decidedly cavernous. A location at the bottom end of St James’s Street and some fairly steep prices go some way to explaining this, but Avenue needs to trumpet its strengths better for it to be as full as it deserves to be.

£30 - £49
British
Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road

79 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HN

Located on the site of Foxtrot Oscar, Gordon Ramsay's third Maze Grill follows the successful formula established by the Mayfair original, serving up rare-breed steaks (from exemplary sources) alongside fish and poultry hot off the grill. Exposed brick walls, parquet floors, plump olive-green banquettes and wooden panelling create a chic yet casual setting, and it's worth bagging one of the basement booths if you're with friends. Light starters and small plates might bring seasonal asparagus with a golden egg and tangy purple mustard dressing, although sushi stole the show for us – translucent slices of scallop, dotted with salmon caviar and finished with shavings of frozen yuzu, for example. To follow, full-flavoured rare-breed sirloin, Herdwick lamb chops and the like are cooked precisely to order, sides turn comfort food into an art form, and fancy desserts offer even more temptation. There's also a well-matched wine list, from which the friendly staff are equipped to make recommendations.

£50 - £79
North American
Sushi
Steak
Maze Grill Park Walk

Maze Grill Park Walk

11 Park Walk, Chelsea, London, SW10 0AJ

Inspired by the grill rooms of Manhattan, this outpost of Gordon Ramsay's Maze Grill occupies the old Aubergine site where he won his first Michelin star. Now it's a casual-chic venue serving signature rare-breed beef (including Wagyu triple-seared fillet) to the Chelsea set against a backdrop of exposed brick, copper lights and close-packed tables. Immaculately presented sushi and sashimi provide the zingy opening salvos from a fairly priced menu that majors on plump, juicy steaks – cooked exactly as requested and served on heavy wooden boards alongside sweet-tasting roasted vine tomatoes. Simple sides and sauces play a supporting role, while desserts offer light relief in the shape of, say, frozen lime yoghurt with crumbled meringue. A short but sweet cocktail list suits all tastes, the extensive wine list is a comfortable fit for the food, and "sublime service" ensures this is "yet another jewel in Ramsay's crown".

£50 - £79
North American
Sushi
Steak
Randy

Randy's Wing Bar Hackney Wick

Here East, Canalside, London, E15 2GW

This canalside Here East resident does what it says on the tin in lip-smacking style. Co-founders Richard Thacker and Andy Watts (aka Randy) took the pop-up/pub residency route to this permanent spot, becoming the first-ever international competitor at America’s Buffalo Wing Festival along the way. The proof is in the poultry, available in a range of flavours, including Hanoi (beer-battered with fish sauce) and Bombay (baked and grilled with Indian spices). The fried Gangnam wings are hard to beat, with sesame seeds clinging to a sweet, sticky Korean sauce. Buffalo wings slathered with blue cheese are equally tasty. Counteract the tang with a beer from a list that includes London’s Beavertown on draught and bottled Hawaiian lager. The menu also stretches to burgers, with either chicken patties or, curiously, an onion bhaji option. The sole dessert choice is a sumptuous chocolate brownie topped with dulce du leche ice cream, while a range of cocktails suit the up-tempo, down-lit vibe. Two servings of wings and a few sides is enough for two, making this a good value option.

£30 - £49
North American