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.