Fun places to east in London
DishDash: Located in the media district around Charlotte Street, this funky Anglo-Persian restaurant/bar resembles a 1960s coffeehouse but with better food. Find credible mezzes, comforting Lebanese-style soup, and a must-eat yogurt and honey ambrosia. Grab a quick bite, or sip your mint tea slowly while eavesdropping on young PR execs. 57-59 Goodge St., London W1P; 020 7637 7474. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday noon-3:30 p.m. and 5:30-11:45 p.m.; Sunday 3-9:45 p.m.
Hakkasan: Violet-colored lighting and antique lattice screens used as room dividers combine to make this hot new Chinese restaurant one dreamy spot. It’s pleasurable to make a meal of sharable small plates and some unique concoction from the bar, but save room for a main dish, such as the unforgettable roasted silver cod. 8 Hanway Place, London W1; 020 7927 7000. Open daily for lunch noon-3 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m.-midnight
Hush: The draw here is a secluded outdoor courtyard completely protected from street traffic. On a fair day, there’s nothing like eating al fresco, although the modern British cuisine could use a more interested hand in the kitchen. Hush is co-owned by Roger Moore’s son, which helps attract a local celebrity clientele. 8 Lancashire Court, London W1S; 020 7659 1500. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday noon-10:30 p.m.
Randall & Aubin: Housed in a charmingly converted former butcher’s shop, this cozy Soho restaurant has long been home to Guy Ritchie and crew, and is jammed during lunch and dinner with a savvy clientele who appreciate the reasonable prices, the selection of oysters and rotisserie chicken. This is exactly the place to eat when you want a straightforward meal sans pretense.16 Brewer St., London W1; 020 7287 4447. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Villandry: Foodies head for the restaurant in the rear of this gourmet market for stellar meals, including breakfast. Expect to find a daily changing menu that stars whatever’s in season — the best way to sample new British cooking at its best. Afterward, pair some delicious house-made breads with selections from the excellent cheese board. 170 Great Portland St., London W1; 020 7631 3131. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.