My 10 Favourite restaurants of 2016

In 2016 I sure loved eating out…a lot! To choose ten favourites has been incredibly tough but after much contemplation here they are with a little bit of categorisation and reasoning why. Hopefully it will inspire you to try some of them out 🙂

  1. Best newcomer – Jamavar London

It has only been open since the beginning of December and I have already dined there twice which is very unusual for me! With a fantastic menu, ambience and service, this is a restaurant at the tip of my tongue for recommendations at the moment. Bravo to Chef Rohit Ghai for such a fantastic and authentic dining experience.

Jamavar London

2. Best Tasting menu – Vineet Bhatia London


When I heard that Vineet Bhatia had reopened in London with a new name and concept it was promptly booked for my birthday dinner and it was simply marvellous! A must do for a special occasion and definitely the best sensory experience I have ever had.

Vineet Bhatia London

3. Best Michelin Star experience – The Waterside Inn


Dining at the Waterside Inn had been top of my list and I treated the other half to it on his birthday. Fair to say it was spectacular and I still dream about the Lobster Medallions. The added bonus was meeting Chef Alain Roux and getting a kitchen tour.

The Waterside Inn

4. Best creative menu – Foleys


This restaurant was chosen on a spontaneous evening and the menu beat our expectations. Not surprising with an ex Palomar chef at the helm!


5. Best counter seating  – The Barbary


2016 has seen the rise of counter dining and that naan at the Barbary is every bit worth it! The food is heavenly.

The Barbary

6. Best Comfort food – Padella Pasta


Also a counter dining experience, I loved this more for the homely, comfort food factor. Truly incredible pasta. Get there early to beat the queues!

Padella Pasta

7. Favourite Italian – Margot London


Everyone loves a good Italian restaurant. Margot is special! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food is epic! Save space for dessert.

Margot London

8. Consistent Favourite dining experience – Roux at the Landau

Got to love Michel Roux and the Roux at the Landau, located in the Langham is just fabulous! I have eaten there for both Sunday brunch and dinner and each time it has been exceptional service, scrumptious food and a memorable time.

Roux at the Landau

9. Favourite “no reservation” restaurant – Bao & Hoppers 


Also popular this year was the rise of “no reservation” restaurants with queues that never seemed to quieten down. This was a tough choice and both are cuisines I had never tried before. It is a draw between Bao and Hoppers!

Bao was every bit worth it though especially the Horlicks Bao. The good news is that they now have a second site open!



The most fun dining experience I have had this year is Hoppers! I had never tried a Sri Lankan Hopper before and it was one of those which hit the spot. If you haven’t been yet it is a must try and the good news is that they have a better waiting system so you can spend time wisely whilst waiting for a table.


10. Best Small Plates and cocktails – Talli Joe


Restaurants are known for their food and rarely do the cocktails match up but in the case of Talli Joe I loved both so much – they definitely excel at both! The black gajar halwa for dessert was gorgeous too. Highly recommend!

Talli Joe

There we have it! I would love to know your favourites of the year. Let me know in the comments section below.



About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. SO MUCH foodie inspiration reading this Binny! It’s perfect for people like me who, when asked for a recommendation, suddenly get a total mind blank!

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