Most Authentic Restaurants in London

After a wonderful few days away as a company in Seville enjoying Spanish tapas, wine and beers, we’ve been inspired to compile a list of some of the most authentic restaurants in London. Whether you are looking for the best udon noodles in town or the oldest British restaurant in London, there aren’t many cuisines that you won’t find available in the Capital.

In fact, when looking for foodie authenticity, London is the perfect reminder of how many chefs from across the globe have set up shop here and added so much to our gastronomic offering.

Spanish – Barrafina, Jose Pizzaro, Eneko

French – Le Gavroche, La Poule au Pot, Brasserie Zedel

Italian – Bocca Di Lupo, Locatelli

Japanese – Koya, Umu, Dinings

Thai – Rosa’s Thai, Patara, Addie’s Earls Court, Thai Rice

Korean – Cah Chi, Jin Go Gae, Jinjuu, Arang, Asadal

British – Rules, St John, The Goring

Caribbean – Rudie’s Restaurant, Cottons

Indian – Gymkhana, Benares

Turkish – Yosma

American – Smokestak, Red Dog Saloon

Polish – Autograf Grill

We recruit chef jobs in London for all types of cuisines, from French to Japanese, we cover everything from Commis Chef positions all the way through to Executive Chef jobs. If you are interested in a new chef job and fancy working for one of London’s most authentic restaurants, please call us on 02079236021 or submit your CV.

New Bar & Restaurant Openings in December & January


Ember is opening on the lane where the Great Fire started 350 years ago. Ross McNally has designed the interiros to reflect this well known moment in history and has translated his inspiration into warm woods, coppers, charcoal metals and open candles. The food is Pan-Asian and is seriously playful, eg. Thai red curry of lamb pie… We’re not entirely sure but we’ll give it a go!

Recently Opened


Lockhouse are keeping it cool with craft food and craft food in Paddington, with classic/not so classic burgers and good old greasy nosh that won’t make you feel ill after eating it. An informal and chilled hang out that is a welcomed addition into the area.

Opening: December 14th

Nordic Bakery: 

Simplicity done exceptionally well in true Scandi style. Offering humble savoury Nordic bakery items and serving “them with an uncomplicated and honest attitude”. It’s no secret these guys do exactly that, with 3 other successful sites around London. This new addition to Neal Street will make their fourth. #hygge

Recently Opened

London Shell Co:

Mix it up with the London Shell Co and cruise around the Thames in style aboard the Prince Regent. Having just undergone a complete refurb after 30 years, so is looking as shmick as ever. They claim their drinks menu is as fresh and seasonal as their produce and we believe them. The perfect spot to take non-Londoners, and well Londoners alike.

Recently Opened

The Ned: 

Soho House and Co are partnering up with Sydell Group to bring the City of London a new, dazzling addition in the form of The Ned. This magnificent hotel will take residence in the former Midland Bank Building and see 252 bedrooms, a glorious rooftop with a swimming pool, a spa and most importantly, 9 amazing new restaurants. Boasting a range of cuisines including American, Japanese, Italian, Parisian and British. Secure yourself an exclusive membership and also have access to the exquisite lounge bar in the bank vault, complete with antique deposit boxes (hopefully still filled with diamonds).

Opening: January 2017

Perfect Venues in London to Spend NYE

Duck and Waffle

Finish 2016 gazing at breath taking views of London and watch the fireworks go off from one of the best seats in the city. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and led by incredibly talented chef, Dan Doherty, Duck and Waffle is a wonderful restaurant any day of the week, but with floor to ceiling windows and unbelievably grand view, you’ll be watching fireworks all over London.

Sushi Samba

If Duck and Waffle is all booked out, take a stroll down to Sushi Samba and appreciate the same views from above. Dance around the iconic red tree with Samba dancers and embrace the Brazilian themed NYE in serious style. The theme is white and the sushi is abundant, tuck into one (or 10) of their a-class cocktails and countdown to the new year at one of London’s finest establishments.

Sky Garden

Staying in theme with a spot boasting dazzling views of London’s fireworks, Sky Garden is another one of our top picks for NYE. A Great Gatsby party even Leo would be envious to attend, 2 elegant bars, 2 restaurants and full of greenery. To top it all off there’s more windows than a conservatory, so you can catch almost every firework being set off in the city.

Bounce Farringdon and Old St

If you want to hold off on a refined night of champagne drinking and opt in for a night of good beats, UV face paint and back to back games of ping pong then Bounce has you covered. Opening for the entire evening and channelling a summer bloc party, Bounce is guaranteed to deliver a good night – especially when you’re glowing in the dark.

Bourne & Hollingsworth

B&H go all out on NYE and ensure at least one of their top parties takes your fancy. From a perfected ‘House Party’ to a ‘Prohibition Party’ to remember, a night of ‘Dark Circus’ acts and a ‘Blitz Party’ celebrating the 40’s. If we could mix all four we would never want to leave. B&H are known for their beautiful and extravagant decors and the commitment to their New Year parties is no less.



Pop-ups & foodie festivals

Nothing says summer like a pop-up foodie festival, and London has some amazing new and old ones on offer for us this year. Here are our top picks:

1. Dinerama

19 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3EJ

2. Dalston Yard

Hartwell Street
London E8 3DU

3. Model Market

Molesworth Street
London SE13 6LS

4. Summer Tales

288-299 Old Street
Shoreditch, EC2A

5. Pop Brixton

49 Brixton Station Road,
London, SW9 8PQ

If you are currently looking for a temporary chef job and would be interested in working at foodie festivals like the ones mentioned, get in touch with Change hospitality recruitment agency in London. We’re always looking for talents candidates who are looking for chef jobs in London.

From the Change Recruitment diary:

Change’s Luxury Support and Hospitality recruitment teams recently spent the day at the popular Taste of London festival. It was awesome wandering around, visiting some of the talented chefs, many of which we placed in their chef jobs. Here are some of our favourite photos from the day:

London Wine Week

Haven’t heard of it? Well, it’s a fairly new event so we’ll forgive you just this once! Back for its second year, London Wine Week will be held from the 18th to the 24th May 2015, bringing enthusiasts and amateurs alike, a range of events including tastings, pop-ups, masterclasses and self-guided wine tours throughout the city.

Some of the best sommeliers and winemakers will be hosting and presenting so it’s a great opportunity to not only try some high-end wines, but also to learn a bit along the way.

Whether you like old world wines or have a pallet for the new world, you really won’t be short of tasting choices. We’ve also heard that some establishments will be getting their Head Chef’s to serve up food pairings, so no need to worry about drinking on an empty tummy.

Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a very educational (who are we kidding) week. Buy your wristband for a tenner and make sure you book into any events you are keen to attend.


If you happen to miss London Wine Week, don’t despair as we’ve got a long list of wine bars you can visit any day of the week:


And with all this talk of food and wine, don’t forget we have a number of exciting Sommelier jobs available, as well as, Head Chef jobs, Sous Chef jobs, Chef de Partie jobs and Pastry Chef jobs (to name just a few). Get in touch with the team at Change Hospitality Recruitment to chat more about your hospitality job aspirations, we may be able to help you find that dream chef job.