13 of the best Asian Restaurants in London
The Capital’s love of Asian cuisine shows no sign of abating, with options continuing to explode onto the scene catering for the increasing numbers of people who want to eat clean, healthy tasty food. Venues offer plentiful vegetarian and vegan options as well as a wide range of price points, from great value to the top end of fine dining taking in of the best and hottest venues in the city.
This glamorous modern Asian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair from top London restaurateur, Kurt Zdesar is sure to wow with its Rambutan private room for up to 20 guests. Menus start at £60 for lunch or a vegetarian option, rising to £120 per person for the Winter menu extravaganza.
With five private dining rooms, Lucky Cat can host from 10 guests to 40 guests and offers the option for exclusive hire for up to 160 seated or 300 for a standing reception. This fabulous restaurant in Mayfair from Gordon Ramsay and Exec head chef Ben Orpwood serves a four course lunch menu that starts at just £50 with dinner options at £70, £90 and £125. There are also vegan and vegetarian menus available, as well as the ability to cater for canape receptions.
The Ivy’s expansion programme has been such a success they’ve now opened an Asian concept restaurant, bringing the timeless glamour and memorably characterful décor to a restaurant in the shadow of St Paul’s. The stunning Edo Room on the first floor features fabulous Asian-themed artwork, a striking Samurai warrior and has views of the iconic cathedral. It seats up to 20 guests on one long table or 35 for a standing reception. Menus are Asian-fusion in style and cost around £50 per person.
This uber-on-trend restaurant made plenty of waves when it first opened and is still as popular. Take one look at its Japanese-leaning Asian menu and stunning surrounds and it’s not hard to understand why. The dramatic Martin Brudnizki Designed Coral Reef room feels like a seascape and seats 48 or 60 for standing receptions. Menus start from £55 for lunch and £65 for dinner. It also boasts a bar and Europe’s largest Japanese whisky collection – good thing it’s open till 2am.
Now with three London sites, Berkeley Street and the original Old Park Lane venues feature Japanese with Peruvian influences, while the Shoreditch hotel site offers a new Japanese style. All three have private rooms that can seat small gatherings to large events of up to 120 or exclusive hire for up to 240 guests for a seated event. Menus cost from around £85 per person.
Flat Three’s unique Japanese/Korean cuisine has subtle modern European influences and also reflects the British seasons to delight guests with an original and stunning menu. The chef’s table can host up to 12 or the whole restaurant can be hired exclusively for up to 40 guests. Menus are created bespoke for each occasion and standing canape receptions can also be arranged.
One of the first iconic destination Asian restaurants, this vast venue in Knightsbridge has long been the haunt of celebrities and the neighbourhood’s uber-chic residents. With multiple private dining spaces, from booths for up to 12 on the first floor (ideal for those wanting to dance), to more discrete spaces on the lower ground as well as a fully equipped function facilities in the Mian Dining Room (for 150) as well as the option of exclusive hire for up to 350 seated or 450 for a standing reception. Menus start from £25 per person.
Nestled in the buzzy foodie quarter of St Christopher’s Place and specialising in Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu cuisine, the menu feature hoppers, dosas, roasts and kothus. With a sleek and modern yet tropical feel, the lower ground floor can be hired for semi-private events for up to 55 guests, while the four dining vaults (also on the lower ground floor) can seat up to 8 each. There’s even a cocktail bar which can be used in an exclusive hire for up to 98. Menus cost around £60 per person and there’s also a fabulously original drinks menu inspired by Sri Lanka’s spice garden.
Liverpool Street’s Andaz hotel has no fewer than 14 different private dining room options serving a wide range of cuisines including Miyako, which features traditional Japanese in clean classic oriental style – complete with caramel-coloured wood panelling, traditional lacquered surrounds and minimalist design. It can be hired exclusively for up to 28 guests and a range of menus are available (including vegetarian) that start from around £40 per person.
This dark-décor’ed den has over a decade of experience and continues to entice and enthral guests with its stunning pan-Asian cuisine featuring Peruvian, Chinese, South East Asia and Japanese influences. Available for exclusive hire, the restaurant also has a cocktail bar and menus start at around £40 per person.
Offering a mix of Malay and Chinese cuisine, Lagenda boasts fully equipped function suites for up to 150 guests as well as separately, the Lounge Bar for 40 and the Banquet Room for up to 70. With menus starting at just £25 per person including traditional dishes like satay, laksa, nasi goreng, fresh sushi rolls and a range of Chinese favourites, the restaurant also offers a late night lounge bar.