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London’s Eater Awards Winners 2017

The restaurants, chefs, and designs that had the biggest impact on the city this year

P. Franco is the 2017 Eater London Restaurant of the Year
Ola Smit

After a week of intensive reader voting, today we announce the winners of the eighth annual Eater Awards celebrating the chefs and restaurants that made the biggest impression on all 24 Eater cities over the past twelve months.

Here now are the places — from a Taiwanese fine-dining restaurant and new-wave wine bar to NYC imports and innovative delivery-only concepts — that have taken the London food scene by storm this year. Thank you to everyone who voted last week, and congratulations to the winners of both the readers’ choice and editor’s choice awards. Read on to learn more about this year’s best of the best.

Restaurant of the Year 2017

P. Franco

The interior of Lower Clapton wine bar and restaurant P. Franco, that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city
P. Franco
Ola Smit/Eater London

The carousel of rotating chefs at this new-wave Hackney wine bar and shop have, for the last twelve months, been responsible for some of the best modern gastronomy in London. This has been the pared-back playground for a quartet of unusually innovative and well-travelled chefs. It is remarkable that the means given to said chefs is but two induction hobs at the back of the shop’s central sharing table. William Gleave, Tim Spedding and Giuseppes Lacorazza and Belvedere have collectively positioned P. Franco as one of the most unpredictably brilliant and exciting places to eat in town. And to drink. Manager Phil Bracey’s enthusiasm for (natural) wine is infectious.

Reader’s Choice Restaurant of the YearXU


Chef of the Year

Andrew Wong, A. Wong

Andrew Wong
Ola Smit/Eater London

For ages, the area around Victoria station was considered a culinary desert. Five years ago, at the vanguard of what is now a neighbourhood renascent, Andrew Wong has reimagined modern Chinese cooking. But it was this year that his outstanding lunchtime dim sum (which can be ordered by the individual piece) and equally intricate plates at dinner, went up a notch, and finally earned the restaurant its first Michelin star. In October the chef also announced that, together with his wife Natalie, he would be opening a second restaurant — reportedly called Madame Wong — in the Bloomberg Arcade early in the new year.

Reader’s Choice Chef of the Year — David Gingell, Westerns Laundry


Design of the Year

Isabel

Isabel
Isabel Official

Juan Santa Cruz’s clubby Mayfair restaurant not only looks magnificent, it feels special. Its dark wood, gold fixtures and Napoleonic blues lend the room a moody decadence too rarely given to new sites.

Readers’ Choice Design of the YearXU


Restaurant Expansion of the Year

Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

Margot Henderson
Courtesy of Rochelle Canteen at the ICA

Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold run one of London’s most revered (and semi-secret) restaurants: Rochelle Canteen, on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, has been a place to eat for those in the industry or in-the-know, always an exhibition of minimalist, seasonal British cooking. In October, the duo took the concept to a bigger, altogether more public space at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall, near Trafalgar Square. Taking over the cafe, the succession could not have been more seamless: Rochelle Canteen 2.0 sets a new benchmark for gallery dining in London.

Readers’ Choice Restaurant Expansion of the YearRed Rooster


Food Via Delivery of the Year

Motu

Inside Motu’s Indian Kitchen at Deliveroo Editions’ Camberwell site
Ben McMahon/Eater London

Motu’s curry house classics (chicken tikka masala and lamb shank roganjosh) have been the outstanding addition to London’s booming restaurant delivery scene this year. Its success ought not to be a surprise, since its creators — JKS Restaurants — operate not only two Michelin-starred South Asian restaurants (Gymkhana and Trishna) but also Hoppers, the Sri Lankan stunner in Soho that doubled its own portfolio this year. Motu is one of the founding members of the Deliveroo Editions programme, the so-called ‘dark kitchens’ that see restaurant operators run delivery-only initiatives from shipping containers in car parks.

Readers’ Choice Food Via Delivery of the YearCHIK’N

Chik'n

134 Baker St, London W1U 6SH, London, Visit Website

Carousel

71 Blandford Street, London, London, W1U 8AB Visit Website

Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, , England W1S 4JH 020 3011 5900 Visit Website

Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, , England N5 1PB 020 7700 3700 Visit Website

XU

30 Rupert Street, , England W1D 6DL 020 3319 8147 Visit Website

Rochelle Canteen

16 Playground Gardens, , England E2 7FA 020 3928 8328 Visit Website

P Franco

107 Lower Clapton Road, , England E5 0NP 020 8533 4660 Visit Website

BAO

590 Valencia Street, , CA 94110 (415) 658-7453 Visit Website

Trishna

15-17 Blandford Street, , England W1U 3DG 020 7935 5624 Visit Website

Red Rooster

45 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, Greater London EC2A 3PT +44 20 3146 4545

ISABEL

26 Albemarle Street, , England W1S 4HY 020 3096 9292 Visit Website

Hoppers

77 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QE Visit Website

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, , England SW1V 1DE 020 7828 8931 Visit Website

Institute Of Contemporary Arts

The Mall, , England SW1Y 5AH 020 7930 3647 Visit Website

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