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50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo, Covent Garden
Our verdict: This Naples import is the brainchild of third-generation master pizzaiolo Ciro Salvo. Ignore the odd location and jarring interiors (a Dennis the Menace-style mish-mash of red and black) and focus instead on the knock-your-socks-off pizzas, which all boast soft and thin Neapolitan-style bases, complete with crisp outer edges and charring marks.
Our menu pick: The carbonara pizza: a creamy white base topped with smoky strips of bacon, drizzles of oil and a dusting of pepper.
Where: 7 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY
Casa do Frango, Borough
Our verdict: This sizzling Portuguese joint focuses on flame-licked chicken glazed with spicy piri piri, but it’s far superior to any Nandos. Highlights include deeply smoky charred chorizo dipped in a black olive mayo, and plump grilled prawns glazed with fiery piri piri. The chilli sauce-brushed chicken meanwhile is free-range, juicy and super tasty.
Our menu pick: Don’t miss the cinnamon-dusted custard tart for a perfectly indulgent end to your meal.
Where: 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU
Gunpowder, Tower Bridge
Our verdict: This much larger second location for cult Indian restaurant Gunpowder has been transported from scruffy Spitalfields to the gleaming One Tower Bridge development. Signature Gunpowder dishes, such as the cheese and chutney toastie, have been joined by excellent new additions, including moreish Madras-style chicken lollipops.
Our menu pick: The melt-in-the-mouth kashmiri lamb chops will have you licking the bones clean like a ravenous caveman.
Where: 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Whitehall
Our verdict: Tom Kerridge’s London debut reproduces some of the treasured dishes from his The Hand & Flowers, including the signature glazed omelette of smoked haddock and Parmesan, here pimped up with lobster. Vegetarians get three starters and mains apiece, while pre-theatre menus and delicious bar snacks are cheaper ways in.
Our menu pick: The golden pastry and dense meat of the pig’s cheek pie make this the pork pie of your dreams.
Where: Corinthia Hotel, 10 Northumberland Avenue, SW1A 2BD
RedFarm London, Covent Garden
Our verdict: This first international branch of New York’s Redfarm is a carbon copy of the West Village original. Small plates include a pitch-perfect version of crispy chilli beef and the signature Pac-Man dumplings, already an Instagram sensation. Red Farm might not be the place for Chinese food purists, but it sure is a lot of fun.
Our menu pick: The banquet classic of shrimp-stuffed chicken, in which the perky blandness of the surf and turf is offset by the most divinely crisp seasoned skin.
Where: 9 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ