Looking for somewhere with a menu to share with friends? Here’s 7 of my favourites across London from Spanish to Sri Lankan.
My favourite type of restaurant to go in London is place which has a menu designed to share small plates between a small group of friends where you can taste most things they offer. This is usually because I can never make my mind up as to what I want so being able to sample as much of the menu as possible is an ideal solution and always works well. I’ve put together 7 of my favourites in London ranging from traditional Tapas to Burmese to classic British sharing dishes. The 7 below are in no particular order because it was hard enough to pick just a top 7 for me (I had to leave a couple of favourites off) so I had no change to try and rank them in order!
Lobos, London Bridge & Soho
Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
Price – ££-£££
Rating – 4.5/5
I had to start with a restaurant that had a Spanish influenced menu if we’re talking about tapas and small sharing plates. Lobos have two sites in London in London Bridge and Soho and offer a tapas style menu ideal for two people to share. The menu is predominately meat-focused so not a huge amount of vegetarian/vegan eaters but what I had was very tasty including pork cheeks, meatballs and pan fried prawns & squid. 6-8 plates between two people is about right and likely to cost £30-40 per person depending on your drinks order. I was really happy with the food at Lobos and would go back just for the Ham, Chorizo and Bacon Croquettes alone!
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Kricket (Soho, Brixton & White City)
For a taste of India, there’s no better place in London than Kricket for small sharer plates. Kricket have expanded in the last couple of years from their original opening in Soho and their Brixton venue also offers a Sunday Roast which I mentioned in a previous article. Expect the same price level as Lobos and a split menu of meat, vegetarian and fish – my favourite is their Keralan chicken! Now for someone who loves their Soho branch, this is of particularly exciting news to hear. A menu packed full of Indian flavours is ideal for small groups of 3-4 people.
Hoppers (Soho x2)
Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Not just my favourite in this article but quite possibly by most favourite restaurant in London. Having opened their second venue last year in Soho, their Frith Street branch only offers walk in’s and at peak times, can see waits of two hours or more so plenty of demand for a table! Hoppers offers a taster menu (minimum two people) and offers both a meat and vegetarian option, this is the best Sri Lankan food that London has to offer with its Bone Marrow voted one of the top five dishes in the capital. Packed with spice and flavour is a cosy environment, I would say this is a must for those who love Asian cuisine. An excellent cocktail menu to match, expect this will set you back around £40 per person for food and drinks but definitely worth it.
Delamina (Marylebone & Shoreditch)
Cuisine: East Mediterranean
The most recent of the restaurants in the article I’ve been to and was very impressed with the menu on offer from Delamina at their Marylebone branch. Flavours of East Mediterranean and Middle East are throughout the choices including a substantial offer of vegetarian dishes and also meat and fish alongside a changing daily special with a meat and fish option. Creamy fresh hummus, roasted aubergine and their beef and venison kofta’s were my favourites and one’s I would definitely recommend getting if you go. The staff suggested 1 meat and 2 vegetarian plates per person (for meat eaters) which was about right but the portions are slightly less than others in the article so you may want another dish in case you’re feeling super hungry!
Fayre Share (South Hackney)
Never know whether you’re ordering enough for one, two or four people when looking at a sharing menu? Well luckily, Fayre Share’s menu gives you pricing and portion size suggestions based on that to make things 100% easier when selecting what food you want to go for. A British focused menu that has staple classics such as Roasted Duck, Fish & Chips and of course a selection of British pies on offer including a changing pie of the day. An ideal menu for a group of four on a Sunday looking for British classics and plenty of choice on offer.
Going to Lahpet was my first time trying Burmese food and I was not disappointed. It’s rare to go somewhere that offers a small plate/sharing menu and like everything you try but I couldn’t fault the food. A diverse menu covers small and large plates, bowls and sides with deep Easterm flavours with a modern twist with their Coconut Noodles with Chicken and their pork and mustard curry my two favourites of the night. If you haven’t been yet, this is one you won’t want to avoid.
Arthur Hoopers (London Bridge)
Couldn’t end the article without providing somewhere that does a range of cuisines, but does them all well. Just off of Borough Market is Arthur Hoopers’s offering tastes of Europe from cured meats of Italy to French cheese to British meats and a comprehensive wine list to match. Their location is ideal those warmer evenings to enjoy good food and wine outdoors with friends and work your way through the menus with something there for everyone. For those feeling extra adventuress, there’s even a wine tasting event for groups as well.
Let me know if you have been to any small plates/sharing restaurants I’ve missed this or you would recommend by messaging on Instagram @londonfoodie1!