Probably the coolest area in London, Soho is famed for its outlandish nightlife, and colourful characters. What you’ll also notice as you explore, is that it has a crazy number of restaurants, all enticing you through their doors. By far, the most popular seem to be of Asian origin, with Indian, Thai, Japanese, and more all standing side by side. Yep, it can be overwhelming, but don’t panic. Here’s our list of the best Asian restaurants in Soho to guide you through the crowds.
Darjeeling Express Ltd
This all-female-run restaurant in Carnaby Street’s uber cool Kingly Court is a riot of colour, fun, and flavours. Beginning in head chef and founder Asma’s kitchen, Darjeeling Express started off as a supper club that translated wonderfully into a restaurant. The women who work here cook traditional recipes, as their grandmother would have made them. The result is delicious, flavoursome food that will have you leaving with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Starting life in a 20 seat shipping container (as all the best restaurants do now), Kricket has now branched out into three permanent restaurants around London. Their first is situated in the middle of Soho and they pride themselves on creating “seasonal, modern Indian plates and drinks, served in a relaxed space.” This focus on seasonality means that you’ll likely face a different menu each time you visit, plates being swapped out when ingredients come in and out of season. One thing that stays the same though is their delicious cocktail menu: you need to try it out if you visit.
Sister restaurant to famed Smoking Goat, Kiln has garnered its own reputation for great food and topped a few “Best restaurants in UK/London/England” lists of late. Their Thai-bbq style food is packed with flavour and spices and the laid back vibe of the venue makes it a great spot to while away an afternoon. Try out dishes like slow grilled chicken and soy, or our personal favourite clay pot baked glass noodles with Tamworth lardo & brown crab meat. All the food is cooked right in front of you, meaning you know it’s all fresh and delicious.
Super tasty Vietnamese food in super trendy surroundings? Count us in! If you’re looking for Asian restaurants in Soho, it doesn’t get much more central than Cay Tre. Their extensive menu gives you the option to pick out dishes for yourself, or grab sharing mains like slow braised lamb neck curry and claypot Mekong catfish with a pal. It’s a great place to go if you’re a veggie too as they have loads of meat-free options, packed with flavour.
We’re calling this Japanese but actually Temakinho serves up Brazillian/Japanese fusion food, all prepared and cooked directly in front of you. This super-trendy spot is full of colour and fun music, with unique cocktails, perfectly designed to go with the unusual food. Try out their famous maki rolls, a Brazillian twist on the Japanese classic, and enjoy one of London’s coolest locations. And, if you’re lucky enough to head along on the right night, they often have live music too!
Tea Room at Bun House
We’re not sure if we can really call this place a fully blown restaurant. It’s more an impressive bar that serves impressive food.But as you can get a really good feed with your cocktails, we’ll go with it. Tearoom at Bunhouse is unique in the city, in that they import their liquor, directly from China, meaning you can sip on treats like a “peanut & goji” or “rice wine and aged tangerine”, flavours you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in London. To fill your stomach, try menu items like sugar skin Iberico char siu, or butter coke trotter, all designed to transport you out of London.