As we can’t jet off for a spontaneous trip to a sunny Greek island this weekend, we’re letting our tastebuds do the travelling for us by satisfying our cravings for hummus and halloumi a little closer to home.

From freshly caught whole fish and chargrilled meats to tasty tapas, chocolate churros and hummus by the bucketful (not really, but we can dream), here’s where to get your Mediterranean food fix in the capital.

Meraki

The team at Meraki have scoured the length and breadth of Greece to find the most tantalising ingredients for your tastebuds. With ingredients like Bottarga from Mesologgi, tomatoes from Santorini and butter from Crete, they’ve created an ever-changing seasonal menu that captures the soul, heart and warmth of Greece.

Prepare to be mesmerised by mezze dishes, charmed by chargrilled meats and won over by whole fish dishes carved right in front of your eyes at the table. Just sit back and let the flavours take you out of Fitzrovia to the stunning views of the Greek islands.

Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7QT
Website: www.meraki-restaurant.com

Daphne’s

Nestled amongst the shops of Brompton Cross lies Daphne’s – a Italian restaurant, bar and conservatory. Its effortless Italian charm and elegant interiors have captured the hearts of foodies and Instagrammers alike, and its ever-changing a la carte menu invites you to experience seasonal Italian cooking at its finest.

Start your meal with Gamberoni con Peperoncino, Aglio & Prezzemolo (Tiger Prawns with Chilli, Garlic & Parsley) and choose your main from the likes of Linguine with Portland Crab & Chilli, or Tagliatelle with Black Truffle. Make sure to save room for dessert as the Panna Cotta with Rhubarb and Amaretti is a must-try.

Where: 112 Draycott Ave, London, SW3 3AE
Website: www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Megan’s At The Power Station 

Voted one of the most romantic restaurants in London, the food and waterside views at Megan’s At The Power Station will surely satisfy your holiday cravings (and no – that doesn’t mean you should dive into the Thames in January for a swim. It’s not the Mediterranean sea).

You can’t go to Megan’s without trying their open plant-based ‘lamb’ kebabs – stretched flatbread piled high with crispy ‘lamb’ shoulder, pomegranate and pistachios, on a bed of harissa hummus, pickled veg and smoked aubergine. For dessert, opt for the lemon tart with blueberry compote. Yum.

Where: 27 Circus West Village, London, SW11 8NN
Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

 

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SeaSons Mayfair

If you’re looking to curb your Mediterranean cuisine cravings, then look no further than Seasons flagship restaurant in Mayfair and dive straight into their clean, nutritious fish dishes to feed your health and happiness. 

Their fish is ethically sourced from dayboat fishermen off the Kent and Cornish coastlines, and their menu includes their catch of the day – transporting guests to the coastal markets of Nice and Marseille.

While there are so many delicious dishes to try, from tempura fried oysters and burrata to squid ink pasta and a fish charcuterie board, our favourite is the Cataplana – a selection of ocean delights served in a copper pot.

Where: 6-10 Bruton St, London, W1J 6PU
Website: www.seasonsdream.com

Bocconcino

Transport your tastebuds to the gorgeous climes of Italy at Bocconcino – one of the most luxurious authentic Italian restaurants in London. One visit here and you’ll see why this is a firm Handbook favourite. Spread across two floors in the heart of Mayfair, expect first class service, traditional Italian cuisine, and a beautiful selection of fine wines. 

The menu combines simple Italian fare with contemporary flair, and each ingredient is directly imported and locally sourced to recreate the authentic flavours of Italy.

If you try one dish, it has to be the roasted octopus with padron peppers, cherry tomatoes, chilli and garlic… simply divine.

Where: 19 Berkeley St, London, W1J 8ED
Website: www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Aqua Nueva

Beat the January Blues with the fiery flavours of Aqua Nueva’s Winter Dinner. The fresh and seasonal five course meal offers a flavourful variety of tapas to set your tastebuds alight. Starters include oxtail & avocado empanadas, followed by a choice of croquetas and tapas (our favourite is suckling pig with black truffle tacos and endive). 

And for dessert, you won’t want to miss the Chocolate churros with candy orange. Pair it all perfectly with a glass (or bottle) of Spanish Cava Sumarroca, and turn your feast into a fiesta!

Where: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR (Entrance 30 Argyll St) W1F 7EB
Website: www.aquanueva.co.uk

Rakes Café Bar

Escape the January gloom and duck into Rake’s Café Bar at the Andaz Hotel. A café by day and bar by night, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city; offering simple and comforting food alongside artisan coffee and a specially crafted signature cocktail menu made up of both modern and classic concoctions. 

The foliage-filled décor is reminiscent of warmer climes, and the menu is filled with of Med-inspired dishes like Spanish ham & potato croquettes with chipotle mayo & chilli jam, and homemade olive tapenade.

 

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Where: 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN
Website: www.hyatt.com

Harry’s Bar

Located within easy reach of Oxford Street, Harry’s Bar brings a slice of the “dolce vita” to Marylebone. Whether you’re looking for dinner, lunch or weekend brunch, you’ll find unfussy, timeless Italian favourites served in elegant surroundings with a nod to Italy’s glamorous ‘50s heyday.

As well as the main dining room, with luxurious banquettes and bright, colourful artwork, there’s a stunning, wood-panelled bar serving Italian wines and classic cocktails with a Harry’s twist – such as Harry’s Fiero Spritz.

Prefer to dine alfresco? The outdoor terrace is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere of St. Christopher’s Place during the warmer months.

Where: 26 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PD
Website: www.harrysbar.co.uk

 

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10 Greek Street

You know what they say, “If you can’t go to Greece, go to Greek Street”. Okay, we might have just made that up. But we stand by it after visiting 10 Greek Street. This unpretentious, ingredient-focused restaurant is all about serving up great Mediterranean-inspired food, with a daily changing menu and an ever-evolving wine list.

Don’t forget to ask to see their ‘little black book’ – a hand-written list of rarer wine gems from around the globe.

Where: 10 Greek Street, London W1D 4DH
Website: www.10greekstreet.com

Whitcomb’s

A corner of the French Mediterranean in the heart of The Londoner Hotel. Whitcomb’s feels both traditional and modern blending contemporary French cooking with influences from other Mediterranean cuisines. Here you can indulge in simple yet elegant cuisine, prepared using carefully selected quality ingredients. 

There’s escargots, tartare de thon, and wild mushroom risotto with aged parmesan and black truffle. And to accompany, their wine list explores a coveted collection of wineries from across the world, paying special homage to the terroirs of France. You won’t want to leave.

 

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Where: 38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX
Website: www.thelondoner.com

Berber & Q

Bringing together two of your favourite things – mezze and music – Berber & Q does a successful job of combining casual restaurant charm with low-lit nightclub vibes.

Expect a middle eastern menu where the veggie dishes taste just as good as the meat – from cauliflower shawarma to burnt aubergine, rose harissa, yoghurt and amba with fried capers.

And if you’re after something a little different to wash it all down with, try the Shisha Ol’ Fashioned, a Turkish twist on the classic cocktail made with bourbon, tobacco liqueur and turkish coffee.

Where: ARCH 338 Acton Mews, E8 4EA, London
Website: www.berberandq.com

 

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Carmel

From the same team behind Berber & Q, Carmel has recently popped up in Queen’s Park and feels like the Dalston spot’s older sibling.

Expect to tuck into comforting shakshuka, slow-grilled urfa chilli chicken, and fluffy flatbreads with a changing range of seasonal toppings.

The décor is also worth a look, with draped greenery, wooden tables and an open kitchen. Grab a stool at the counter to get closer to the action and sample the list of rare and interesting wines. But be warned, the sizzle of the grill and the fresh aromas drifting out of the kitchen is enough to make you ravenous. 

Where: 23-25 Lonsdale Road, Queens Park, London, NW6 6RA
Website: www.carmelrestaurant.com

Bubala

Proving that veggie and vegan dishes can be more tasty than meat is Bubala. Thanks to its silky soft vegetables and vibrant middle eastern flavours, it’s enough for even the keenest meat-eaters to stop thinking of veg as just a side dish.

Choose from the likes of hummus, burnt butter and pinenuts and slow roast celariac musakhan, braised sumac onions and tahini to curate your own mezze spread. Or, opt for the Bubala Knows Best Set Menu at £35pp to try a range of the restaurant’s most well-loved plates

Where: 65 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BD
Website: www.bubala.co.uk

 

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