Location: 49 Lexington Street, Carnaby, W1F 9AP
Budget: Happily Affordable ££
Type of night: First Date , Date Night , Chilling with mates
Type of venue: Restaurant
Whether you're an E8 native or have a thing for decent food, chances are that you've heard of Rita's. The brainchild of co-founders Missy Flynn and chef Gabriel Pryce, it was a pop-up in Dalston 10 years ago, we've seen it transformed into sandwich-centred Bodega Rita's, and now? A fully-fledged restaurant has landed in Soho.
Taking up a plot of prime real estate on Lexington Street, the space is inspired by the duo's travels across the Americas. Think wood furnishings, rustic Mexican tiling and an enclosed garden that extends from the Grade II-listed building. From barbecued quail on house milled grits and soaked in a honey thyme butter alongside bavette steak, over to creamy clams and a special catch of the day, the menu here is shouting all sorts of tasty. As for dessert, you'll want to save room for a slice of key lime pie or the Oaxacan take on affogato (fermented rum is in the mix). And if you're thirsty? There's a sansho pepper-tipped margarita for that. Oh, and low intervention wines from eco-friendly producers.