All The Bib Gourmands In London | Michelin Rated, Shooting For Stars
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All The Bib Gourmand Restaurants in London

Bib Gourmands In London

Bib Gourmands In London | Michelin Rated, Shooting For Stars

Updated: March 19th 2020 | Main Image: The Palomar

When the Michelin Guide debuted, only a three Star restaurant was worth a special trip. A two Star spot was only worth a small detour, and a one Star eatery was only worth stopping at if it happened to be on the way to your ultimate destination.

Things have changed a little since then.

Standard have been raised. Like, a lot. And now, there’s a rating for restaurants that don’t quite make the cut for a Star, but which nevertheless deliver an exceptional meal. It’s called a Bib Gourmand – here’s a list of all the London restaurants that have them, organised by area.

And yes… they’re all worth a special trip.

 

CENTRAL

Bancone
Fresh pasta in an elegant Covent Garden space.

Bao Soho
If you like Taiwanese bao buns so good they generate perpetual queues, then this is your spot.

The Barbary
From the people behind The Palomar, a North African counter-dining spot in Covent Garden.

The Barbary - best covent garden restaurants

Berenjak
Soho’s own hole-in-the-wall-style Iranian kebab joint.

Brasserie Zédel
One of the best value meals you’ll find in London, and it’s right in the centre.

Cinnamon Bazaar
A colourful Indian restaurant in Covent Garden from Vivek Singh.

Hoppers
Highly authentic Sri Lankan food in Soho.

Kiln
Regional Thai food inspired by roadside eateries, that is anything but middle of the road.

Kricket
Indian small plates in a laid back space.

The Palomar
One of our favourite restaurants in London, hands down. Isreali food, perfectly executed. Get a seat at the bar.

Salt Yard
Pan mediterranean tapas in an elegant space – get the courgette-flowers, you won’t regret it.

 

EAST

Popolo
Italian food with a distinct Middle Eastern & Morrish influence.

Blixen
Like a grand European brasserie neatly dropped into the middle of Old Spitalfields Market.

Blixen

Brawn
Modern European small plates next to the Columbia Road flower market.

Café Spice Namaste
From legendary chef Cyrus Todiwala, this Indian spot is set in a former 19th-century courthouse with stained-glass windows.

Gunpowder
Punchy, modern Indian food in a stylish space.

Morito
Gorgeous Spanish & North African food from legendary restaurateurs Sam & Sam Clark.

Smokestak
Quite possibly the best BBQ place in London.

St John Bread and Wine
The pioneers of nose-to-tail dining, who also happen to make the best doughnuts in the city.

Two Lights
From a former Clove Club chef, this Shoreditch spot serves excellent modern American food.

 

WEST

Hereford Road
This former Victorian butcher’s shop still brings the meat, with nose-to-tail style dishes.

Kateh
An understated space on a pretty street, Kateh serves some gorgeous Persian food.

Kateh restaurant

L’Amorosa
Simple, well executed Italian food in Hammersmith.

 

NORTH

Farang
Some of the best, fieriest, Thai food in the city.

Plaquemine Lock
Strangely, one of the only New Orleans-style restaurants in the city. And it’s excellent.

Primeur
From the Westerns Laundry team, this stylish space is actually a former garage. Park yourself there for some of the best European small plates in the city.

Primeur

Provender
A comfortable, self-described “bourgeois” brasserie, you’ll find classic French fare, and excellent wines.

Trullo
Some of the best Italian food in North London, from the team behind Padella.

Westerns Laundry
Superb seafood in a modern industrial space. Everything here feels like they’ve hit the nail right on the head.

 

SOUTH

José
From budding celebrity chef Jose Pizarro, this is his tapas-heavy flagship.

Kudu
South African food is a rarity in the capital, but Kudu makes you wish it wasn’t.

Padella
Hands down the best pound-for-pound meal in the city. Fresh pasta, hand-rolled each day, for extremely low prices.

Padella Borough Market

Sorella
From the guys behind The Dairy, this Italian joint is simple, elegant, and great.

Upstairs (at Trinity)
If you don’t fancy the formality of Michelin Starred Trinity, you can always head upstairs for a more casual (but also delicious) experience.

 


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