Non Formal Restaurant in London this Friday.
Plans have changed at the last minute which means that I'll be meeting my sister in London on Friday night. I'm going to Marcus Wareing on Saturday lunch and am looking for something that is much less formal than that.
Last time I was in London we went to Pit Cue and loved that, I've also taken my sister to Terroirs before and she really enjoyed that.
Bearing in mind that I'm talking about this Friday, are there any strong recommendations for central London that are liable to have space for 2. I'd thought about the likes of lobster and burger as they seem a bit less gimicky than bubbledogs and don't need reservations from what I'm aware.
Is the likes of Opera Tavern worth it? It's useful as it's very central but they have a 2 hour turn around (which should be ample but I hate being rushed!).
I have no fuss over food type as living in Edinburgh, the variety of food difference isn't huge although I am tempted by the thought of some of the Persian/middle eastern style restaurants but I don't know them well and guess are slightly further out.
Thanks very much for the suggestions.
It ended up that I was shattered after work and due to the hotel location that the Edgware road eateries were far more appealing due to proximity and not needing to get on the tube.
We went to Abu Zaad based on your recommendation Klyeoh and found it excellent food, really good value and great atmosphere. Kind of cafe like in it's feel and still bustling at 9 at night.
I do have details of all the dishes at home but the stand out dishes were a starter of baby(?) aubergine stuffed with mince in a rich sauce and my main of grilled chicken. It sounded so simple as to be dull on the menu but the waiter recommended it so I went with that. Really moist and lovely - almost sweet - chicken on the bone which I think must have been poached first to retain the juices. Then butterflied and grilled giving the nice bite and charcoal flavour on the exterior.
Burger and Lobster is fun but quite quick. The queues can be huge in the Soho branch as well on a Friday and you'll be there less than 90 mins from being seated as the whole thing is so quick.
The Opera Tavern is superb and well worth it - in my experience they don't turn the table after 2 hours (unless perhaps you're just sitting there drinking tap water).
Quo Vadis is a lovely relaxed place to eat in Soho which is bookable and excellent value.