Off to Covent Garden folks? Aren’t you cultured! Whether you’re off to see the ballet, the opera, or a brand new show, we’ve put together a list of the best quirky restaurants in Covent Garden to help you enjoy your night with a full belly.
If anyone knows about quirky restaurants, it’s the Japanese. Which is why we’re bringing you to Jidori, home of fun, food, and karaoke. Right between the Lyceum Theatre, The Novello, and the Theatre Royal, it’s the perfect place in Covent Garden to stop off at. We recommend trying out the omakase where the head chef will pick out your dishes for you, with treats including his grandmother’s own fermented pickles, yakatori, and much more. If you’re really pushing the boat out, hire their crazy karaoke room, where you can dine on a classic tasting menu and sing your heart out.
We all know that the French do stylish elegance better than any other country in the world, and Frenchie definitely doesn’t let the side down. Owned by Greg Marchand, a former protege of Jamie Oliver, this spot is all cool lighting, comfortable seating, and elegance personified (without being stuffy). However, if you’re imagining bouillabaisse, escargot, and beef bourguignon, you’d be wrong. Dishes are influenced by global cooking methods and ingredients, with eels, Sussex pork, and bacon scones all making appearances on the menu. The wine list is similarly varied with everything from sake to Austrian chardonnay on offer. Oh and we hear their cocktails are incredible. (We stuck to the wines…)
If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s Mexicans, and thankfully these guys have brought that atmosphere to London. We know you’re looking for quirky restaurants in Covent Garden and this is a bit outside, but the street food on offer is really worth the little walk. Famous for incredible tacos, they also serve up tostadas, enchiladas, and the biggest burritos you ever did see. This spot is bright, colourful, and cosy, dominated by a crazy wooden bar in the middle, making it a fantastic place for a pre or post-theatre feed.
While you’re in London’s home of culture, what better way to up the experience than by heading to the National Portrait Gallery? It’s not all stunning art here though, they also have a great restaurant, overlooking Nelson’s Column and the London Eye. Adorned with paintings (obviously), providing great service, and with incredible views, this is one of our favourite quirky restaurants near Covent Garden. The food is varied with classic British dishes including bubble and squeak and South coast lemon sole taking centre stage. If you’re going to see a show, their pre-theatre deal is great value at just £23.50 for three courses between 5.30-6.30pm.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
A restaurant with a Michelin star being classed as quirky? Yep. And no, we’re not mad, ‘cos as far as fancy restaurants go, this one is pretty damn cool. Spanning three floors, it consists of a counter area, restaurant, and a super trendy terrace and bar on top. We recommend sitting at the counter where you can watch the chefs cook up dishes like Le Saint Pierre, a seared John Dory with coco beans, or Les Tagliolini, Robuchon’s take on the classic pasta dish. Most of the time you’ll be eating in near darkness as this restaurant is usually very low-lit. However, don’t fear, it only adds to the experience, making you feel cocooned in a stylish place with stunning food.