The Best London Restaurants Outside Central London

Because there is more to fine dining in the capital than Soho

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For a long time central London ruled the restaurant roost, from the winding alleys of Soho packed to the glistening streets of the West end. 

But as we've all been gradually priced out of zone 1, chefs and restauranteurs have taken their wares further afield - with great results for the neighbours where people actually live. 

Here's a round-up of the very best, from salty ramen in Notting Hill to fragrant lamb in Spitalfields. Remember, it's greater London, not outer space.

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North London

CôBa (Camden)

Nearest tube: Camden Road

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Head chef Damon Bui serves up Vietnamese inspired cuisine at this newly-opened North London gem. Expect laid back wooden decor and dishes from barbecued meats to 24-hour broths. 

The chef's menu favourite is the sweet and tangy duck ramen - order it with the pork and prawn summer rolls for a bite of escapism. 

CôBa, 244 York Way, London, N7 9A, 07495 963336,

Sunday (Islington)

Nearest tube: Caledonian Road

Often hidden behind a queue of greedy brunch revellers, Sunday offers way more than eggs on toast. Their all-day breakfast menu boasts experimental house favourites such as their crab doughnuts and mouth-watering courgette fritters. 

To beat the hordes book a table for dinner where the restaurant really comes into it's own with it's imaginative food. 

SUNDAY, 169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA, 020 7607 3868.

Black Axe Mangal (Highbury)

Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington

After towering success with pop-ups in Copenhagen, this turkish barbecue specialist has opened a 30 cover lunch and dinner location in Highbury. 

Chef Lee Tiernan brings kudos to the table after 10 years as head chef at foodie spot St John's Bread and Wine in Spitalfields. Pick a selection of their house flatbreads for the flavours of Istanbul. 

Black Axe Mangal, 156 Canonbury Rd, London, N1

East London

Brilliant Corners (Dalston)

Nearest train: Dalston Junction

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Billed as a an audiophile's social club and Japanese fusion restaurant, Brilliant Corners might sound a little confused. What you'll actually find is a relaxed and friendly venue to enjoy ambient music and great sushi that isn't overpriced. 

The multipurpose and experiential venue idea was borrowed from New York - hopefully it will catch on here, too.

Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE, 020 7253 0900,

The Richmond (Hackney)

Nearest train: Haggerston

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The newest offering from Elliot's Cafe in Borough Market has perfected all the best flavours and wines to pair with raw seafood. The Richmond have tapped into the small plates market and perfected them - the ceviche is especially good. 

Head down on Friday 6-7pm or Saturday 5-6pm for their £1 happy hour on oysters

The Richmond, 316 Queensbridge Rd, London, E8 3NH, 020 7241 1638,

Gunpowder (Spitalfields)

Nearest tube: Aldgate East

Indian food is in vogue thanks to the likes of Dishoom and Gymkhana. Spitalfields latest offering focuses on modern 'home style' Indian cuisine - offering something less familiar to the Western palate.

The result is authentic family recipes that are comforting without being stodgy. Savour the subtleties of their okra fries and soft shell crab. 

Gunpowder, 11 White's Row, London, E1 7NF, 020 7426 0542,

South London

Cornish Tiger (Battersea)

Nearest train: Clapham Junction

As it's name hints, Cornish Tiger creates British food with African and Indian influence. Their roasts are a cult favourite due to their 24-hour slow roast beef which is tender and succulent.

It's awning promises 'fine casual dining' which you'll enter confused by and leave understanding. 

Cornish Tiger, 1 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG, 020 7223

Pedler (Peckham)

Nearest train: East Dulwich

Set up by local residents, Pedler want to distance themselves from the 'gentrification of Peckham' by focusing on a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere. 

They may tread the line of pretension but punters are lapping up their gin cocktails which at £6-8 won't annoy anyone too much. Their seasonal menu changes daily but their house 'frizzle chicken with attitude sauce' has already become legend. 

Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR, 020 3030

José (Bermondsey)

Nearest tube: London Bridge

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The older and more intimate of José Pizzaro's Bermondsey restaurants, José is an authentic tapas experience with just 4 tables inside and bar seating. 

The tiled walls and open grill gives the feel of the dusty towns in Spain. Ingredients are always fresh daily so order some grilled fish and Padrón peppers if you can. 

José, 104 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3UB, 020 7403

West London

Market Yard (Shepherd's Bush)

Nearest tube: Goldhawk Road

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Market Yard is the current in-house pop-up at Shepherd's Bush Yard, a space curated each season by owner Charlie Gardner. It comes from the brains that bought you FEAST who source chefs and restaurant ideas for their spaces.

They have restaurants on rotation every few weeks, currently running is Made Of Dough. An authentic simple pizza restaurant whose burrata and truffle offering is a game changer. 

Market Yard, 88-89 Shepherd's Bush Market, London, W12

Tonkotsu (Notting Hill)

Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove

This newly opened eatery is a firm favourite by ramen snobs for whom most of London's slow-simmering broths don't compare to Japan. Unlike their previous city restaurants, the West London branch have opted for counter-style dining as is popular in Tokyo

Tender chicken karaage and their eponymous pork broth are still on the menu, as well as new concoctions and a matcha beer brew. 

Tonkotsu Notting Hill,  7 Blenheim Crescent, W11

Theo's Simple Italian (Earl's Court)

Nearest tube: Earl's Court

Earl's Court's restaurant scene is a little lacking in imagination it must be said. Hopefully the opening of Theo Randall's new Italian bistro at the Hotel Indigo signals a change. 

Any of the pasta course dishes on the menu can be ordered as 'cicchetti' to be torn and twisted by all of the table. When in Rome. 

Theo's Simple Italian, 34-44 Barkston Gardens, 020 7370

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