Small is beautiful. Some of the most exciting eateries London is offering this year are its smallest: places where you can watch and smell your dish being cooked and rub shoulders with someone going through the same sensations as you. Many of London’s hottest tiny restaurants, like Araki, a chic sushi bar with two Michelin stars, have barely more than a dozen seats. Kitchen Table, Marianne and Barrafina are also doing incredible food in tiny venues. Who needs neighbours?
Fine dining as spectator sport. Watch James Knappett cook, serve and talk you – and 18 others – through his 12 dish tasting menu. It has traces of his time at Noma and Per Se, with some very British flourishes.
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Marianne Lumb, one of Britain’s most exciting young chefs, makes this tiny Notting Hill restaurant feel like her home. There are several tasting menus on offer – if you feel extravagant, try the truffle one.
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Mitsuhiro Araki’s restaurant, which opened in 2014, serves up the finest sushi with a European twist - to just fifteen diners. He earned three Michelin stars in Tokyo, and already has two in his new hometown.
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For more of the best dining London can offer, view our destination guide.