Waves of immigration and the emergence of celebrity chefs have helped create a testing ground for groundbreaking high- and low-end cooking in London. French fine-dining restaurant La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons specializes in cutting-edge flavor combinations, represented by dishes such as teppanyaki-flamed mackerel and cardamom-spiced scallops. Other top venues include Bao Fitzrovia, a modern Taiwanese restaurant, famed for its steamed buns, and Kricket, an eclectic Indian venture that started in a Brixton shipping container and went on to establish its first permanent location in Soho earlier this year. Finally, don’t miss Ognisko, tucked inside The Polish Hearth Club in South Kensington, for inventive Eastern European cooking.
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, UK