The 11 restaurants you can expect to see at the 2019 SquareMeal Tasting

The sellout event showcases some of the capital's most standout culinary talent

Updated on 29 October 2019 • Written By Rosie Conroy

The 11 restaurants you can expect to see at the 2019 SquareMeal Tasting

London has one of the most dynamic restaurant scenes in the world. Indeed, it is packed with so many restaurants that you can’t hope to keep up with, let alone try, them all. Which is a good reason for coming to the SquareMeal Tasting. Here’s a list of restaurants that will be showing off a flavour of what they do at the 2019 SquareMeal Tasting.

 

Brigadiers, City

Silver Award
Brigadiers hails from the same stable as Trishna, Gymkhana and Hoppers and it’s a humdinger of a restaurant, too, with kaleidoscopic offerings including sportsbar, pool, outdoor terrace and private rooms. Food showcases the ‘best of Indian barbecue’ with tandoor, rotisserie, wood oven, charcoal grilling and smokers all delivering a wealth of delicious flavours.
Top tip: Great range of lagers, cocktails and whiskies
Price: £££
Read more: Brigadiers

 

Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields

Gold Award
This Michelin-starred old-timer, next door to everyday favourite Galvin HOP, is a beacon of warm hospitality and superb cooking. It’s a magnificent space too, with soaring ceilings, marble columns and huge windows, softened by candles, flowers and drapes. The lavish carte (think Dorset crab lasagne or tagine of Bresse pigeon) dovetails with great tasting menus. Great for business lunches, too.
Top tip: Superb, unobtrusive service and a cracking Sunday lunch
Price: £££
Read more: Galvin La Chapelle

 

Som Saa, Shoreditch 

Gold Award
Andy Oliver (ex-MasterChef) and Mark Dobbie shake the pans at this ecstatically hot Shoreditch eaterie, seeking to be the top Thai in town. Fiery regional offerings deliver the likesd of chilli-laden prawn and peanut salad or grilled chicken with sweet-sour tamarind dipping sauce, or a range of gutsy curries. The cavernous, bare-brick warehouse setting, generally packed with City-boy outings, dating couples and raucous thirty-somethings add to the upbeat vibe. Parties of any size can now be booked.
Top tip: Tasting menus, well-picked Rieslings and re-imagined cocktail classics.
Price: £££
Read more: Som Saa

 

Hispania, City 

Bronze Award
With two floors dedicated to showcasing the best of Spanish gastronomy, Hispania is an arresting space that’s been given a stylish makeover by renowned interior designer and antique dealer Lorenzo Castillo. Food, under the culinary stewardship  of award-winning chef Marcos Moran (from Casa Gerardo in northern Spain), is authentic and delicious – think roast Segovian suckling pig or baked cod fillet.
Top Tip: The first floor party space can fit up to 160 guests
Price: ££
Read more: Hispania

 

Ceru, South Kensington 

Bronze Award
This casual but vibrant all-day celebration of Levantine cuisine makes a meal of grilled meat, seafood, salad and veggie options, served sharing-style. Signature lamb shoulder steak arrives doused in a punchy, show-stopping 12-spice sauce, while the pancar (roasted beetroot dip with pistachio crumbs) is tangy and delicious. Reasonable pricing, generous portions and a kids’ menu are further pluses.
Top tip: Watch out for a new restaurant in Bayswater soon.
Price: ££
Read more: Ceru

 

Ibérica, various 

Bronze Award
This powerhouse group from Spain has redefined tapas for the UK masses with its classy offering in bright, snazzy settings. It’s all courtesy of the group’s executive chef Nacho Manzano, proud holder of three Michelin stars, who brings out the best in seasonal produce. Expect authentic, high quality, vividly fresh including near-legendary chorizo lollipos with pear aïoli. Affordable too.
Top Tip: Great cheeses, cured meats and preserved fish.
Price: ££
Read more: Ibérica

 

Indian Accent, Mayfair

Gold Award
The New Delhi original is currently the only restaurant in India on the World’s 50 Best list. So expect Indian cooking of the highest order, with lightness and intensity, verve and culinary daring. We loved tenderly succulent pork ribs, an Indian spin on crispy duck involving juicy ghee-roast lamb and smoked bacon kulcha with a deeply flavoured dhal.
Top tip: Terrific booths and private dining spaces
Price: £££
Read more: Indian Accent

 

Kym’s, CITY

Silver Award
Andrew Wong’s attractive, everyday City diner, named after his father’s original Pimlico restaurant, is a triumph of cutting edge Chinese cooking, with a particular focus on superbly executed meats like chicken, duck and suckling pork. Warm knowledgeable service add further flair, striking exactly the right balance between professionalism and charm.
Top tip: Both singletons and groups well catered for
Price: ££
Read more: Kym’s

 

Paladar, Elephant & Castle

Silver Award
Latin American sparkler that rolls restaurant, wine bar and bodega into one. Great flavours from sharing plate food (all gluten-free) assault the tastebuds: golden beef brisket empanadas, crispy pork belly and terrific seabass ceviche. But the ace in the pack is tenderly yielding octopus tentacles on tempura breadfruit, with candied lime and pickled watermelon.
Top tip: Try the coffee dulce de leche pots
Price: ££
Read more: Paladar

 

Yauatcha, City 

Silver Award
This sleek and deceptively large standout on Broadgate Circle, with its curvaceous glass frontage, is famed for its meticulously crafted dim sum, from crunchy venison puffs and Szechuan pork wontons to scallop and prawn dumplings, as well as gorgeous desserts. The Christian Liagre interior design, open kitchen, sexy cocktails and exotic tea list help gild the lily.
Top tip: Beautiful outside terrace, overlooking Broadgate Circle.
Price: £££
Read more: Yauatcha

 

Lechevalier, Bermondsey 

85 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 4TW
A soothing caesura in the frenetic rhythm of city life on car-choked Tower Bridge Road, Lechevalier trades on the romantic notion that wine, bread and cheese – if well sourced – can send you to heaven and back. Add in some tasty charcuterie...et voila, c'est magnifique! It’s all here in this stylish if minimal setting, but don’t be fooled, the food and wine are both beautifully sourced – the owners having been trading out of Borough Market for the past 15 years. Quality is paramount, be it from Hungary or Hackney.
Top tip: Wines are largely organic, biodynamic and natural, from small often lesser-known producers.
Price: £
Read more: Lechevalier

 

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