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The Best Value Restaurants in Soho

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The Soho of today is a melting-pot of cuisines and cultures. It’s one of the areas in which restaurateurs invariably choose to locate if they wish to bring something a little different to the London dining scene – and it’s also home to a number of hugely enjoyable Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants. The Bib Gourmand is an award bestowed on a restaurant for serving good quality, good value cooking. Here are some of our favourites in Soho, which make it such an exciting place to dine and offer great value along the way.
Updated on 22 March 2024
53 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AS London
£ · Taiwanese

You could argue that there is nothing more comforting than a classic, pillowy bao bun filled with melting confit pork. While you often have to queue for a space inside this popular spot reminiscent of Taiwanese xiao chi (small eats) houses, your patience will certainly be rewarded with authentic, flavour-packed cooking. Adding extras like trotter nuggets and crispy noodle chips alongside the range of bao fillings will make your visit even more satisfying.

Did you know that Michelin also recommends hotels? We suggest following your meal at Bao with a stay at The London EDITION.

27 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5AL London
££ · Persian

Iranian cuisine is the order of the day here, at a buzzing restaurant based on the hole-in-the-wall ‘kabab’ houses of Tehran. The recipes are inspired by those of founder Kian Samyani’s mother and showcase all the colours, aromas and wealth of flavour that Persian cooking is known for. If you can’t make up your mind, they serve a ‘Feast Menu’, which allows you to sample a range of dishes. A choice of sharbats – a soft drink made from fruit, herbs and flower petals – is on offer, along with wines from Armenia, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia.

Need somewhere to stay? The Michelin-recommended Chateau Denmark is just a short walk away.

49 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SG London
££ · South Indian

The Sethi family have created many fabulous restaurants across London, including Bao, Berenjak and this take on Sri Lanka’s famous Toddy Shops. The eponymous ‘hopper’ is a pancake-like item made from fermented rice and coconut, then shaped into a bowl – and it serves as the perfect accompaniment to one of the creamy karis they serve here. Mutton rolls and hot butter squid are among the ‘short eats’ selection you can sample; everything comes out at once and is perfect for sharing.

Stroll for a mere 3 minutes from Hoppers to your room at the Michelin-recommended The Soho Hotel, a Firmdale Hotel.

Imad's Syrian Kitchen
2.14-2.16 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW London
££ · Middle Eastern

Imad Alarnab is more than just a chef; he’s someone who believes in great hospitality and its ability to bring people together. Having had his restaurant business in Damascus destroyed by war, Imad came to London and now serves his fresh, vibrant cooking in Carnaby’s Kingly Court. The simple, generous dishes provide great value for money, with falafel and shish tawook among the choices on offer. The friendly service team fit the contagiously fun, likeable nature of the restaurant.

Michelin recommends a stay at Hotel Café Royal, which is within walking distance of Imad’s Syrian Kitchen.

58 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TL London
££ · Thai

Clay pots, woks and grills are all used in the creation of the fiery, skilfully cooked Thai dishes at this busy little spot round the corner from Golden Square. The cooking is largely influenced by the northern part of Thailand and the neighbouring cuisines of Myanmar, Laos and Yunnan Province. The produce is mostly British however, and is fashioned into sharing dishes that have a wonderful spicy kick without allowing the flavours to become overwhelmed.

After eating at Kiln, take a short walk towards Trafalgar Square and you will find the Michelin-recommended Haymarket Hotel, a Firmdale Hotel.

12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH London
££ · Indian

Kricket is wonderful proof that a pop-up restaurant can morph into a permanent fixture and continue to grow and succeed. Small plates and cocktails are the order of the day, both inspired by the flavours and colours of regional Indian cuisine. Whilst there is a seasonal element to the menu, many dishes remain all year round – like their famed Kerala fried chicken. Subtle touches of innovation shine through in the cooking and there’s a brilliant buzz about the place, which is enhanced by a seat at the long kitchen counter.

Ham Yard Hotel, a Firmdale Hotel could scarcely be closer to Kricket and is recommended by Michelin.

34 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DN London
££ · Middle Eastern

Narrow, intimate and filled with people, there's a terrific buzz in the air at this restaurant that brings a bit of Jerusalem to Soho. A zinc-topped counter is the best place to sit if you like to watch talented chefs preparing fresh, Middle Eastern inspired dishes like cod bi-laban and onglet mashwiya. Freshly baked kubaneh bread with a variety of dips is a must to start, followed by other full-flavoured dishes. You might have to restrain yourself, as everything on the menu looks so appealing.

Staying over in Soho? The Londoner Hotel is approved by Michelin hotel experts and is a short walk from Palomar.

61 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 7PW London
££ · Sri Lankan

On a wet day in Soho, Paradise emits a warm and welcoming glow – and the fiery food is equally restorative and uplifting. Start with one of their cocktails, like a banana old fashioned, and then order plenty of dishes that celebrate Sri Lanka’s rich and varied culinary heritage. From succulent grilled prawns to tender dry-aged sirloin, the food warms and satisfies. The lamb fat infused paratha roti will have you licking your lips for hours afterwards.

If you’re staying the night, Michelin recommends St Martins Lane Hotel, a 10 minute walk from Paradise.