With restaurants now permitted to open for dine-in service, operators across the city are figuring out what it means for them. Some never closed; some adapted to COVID-19’s reshaping of the city with restaurant delivery, meal kits, and whole new brands. Others spoke last week of their plans to bring customers back into their dining rooms.
As dine-in measures become more finalised, from social distancing to mask-wearing to temperature checking, Eater will track how its current best-value restaurants across the city are reopening. Restaurants are expected to post their COVID-19 safety measures online, but the place in question can be contacted directly if more clarity is needed. Most of these restaurants never closed, continuing to serve their local communities throughout the period of lockdown.
As restaurants navigate any new guidance and customer confidence, this list is extremely likely to change. Check for regular updates, and if there’s a tip Eater needs to hear, send it right over.
Where: 353 Uxbridge Road, Pinner HA5 4JN
Status: Open for dine-in and takeaway salt beef, schnitzel, and latkes.
Where: 369 Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW4 5LF
Status: Open for dine-in and takeaway service, with northwestern Pakistani dishes including coriander seed-flecked chapli kebabs.
Where: 15 Village Way East, Rayners Lane, Harrow HA2 7LX
Status: Reopened in full, with the menu still including its “Gana Special” dishes which are the heartbeat of the restaurant.
Where: 121 High Street, Hounslow TW3 1QL
Status: Open for dine-in, delivery, and takeaway, with its outstanding range of Maharastrian snacks and carb-on-carb masterpieces.
Where: 12 South Ealing Road, Ealing W5 4QA
Status: Open, as it has always been in its nook of a space, for takeaway Japanese buns and breads which are some of the best in the city. Pre-order, for now, to avoid disappointment,
Where: 547 High Road, Wembley HA0 2DJ
Status: Now reopened for dine-in as well as takeaway, with the chaotic good self-service element scaled back for COVID-19 compliant eating.
Where: 169 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BH
Status: Open for takeaway and delivery, perhaps the best Korean restaurant in New Malden.
Where: 18 Western Avenue, East Acton W3 7TZ
Status: East Acton’s man’oushe royalty never closed, slinging out lighter-than-air breads throughout lockdown.
Where: 147-149 West Hendon Broadway, Hendon NW9 7EA
Status: Having never closed for takeaway, Aladin Kebabish is back serving the Pakistani “holy trinity”: haleem, nihaari, and Karachi qorma, for dine-in.
Where: 750 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune NW11 7TH
Status: The sabich slingers never closed, keeping the local community stocked up on its speciality and superb chips — now reopened for dine-in.
Where: Inside Queensway Market, 23-25 Queensway W2 4QJ
Status: Normah’s has now reopened following refurbishment and during a crowdfunding campaign.
Where: 25 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Bec SW17 7TS
Status: Now reopened for dine-in, customers can again herald the boat-like chapli kebabs, or engage in a socially distanced whole lamb feast.
Where: 5-6 Plender Street, Camden NW1 0JN
Status: Seto reopened for takeaway on 22 June, and will return for dine-in service, weekends only, from 22 July, ladling out the ethereally light ramen soups that make it such a hit.
Where: 21 Wardour Street, Soho W1D 6PN
Status: Open for delivery and dining-in.
Where: 12 Clapham High Street, Larkhall SW4 7UT
Status: The Trinidadian doubles and macaroni pie specialists reopened on 22 June.
Where: 340 High Road, Wood Green N22 8JW
Status: Sheftalia, souvla, and more still available for takeaway, with dine-in still to come.
Where: 27 Turnpike Lane, Hornsey N8 0EP
Status: Ramping up its full menu, but still on takeaway only.
Where: 113 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill SE24 0NG
Status: Still open for takeaway, though much of its atmosphere is in the waiting for the fish to be cooked, so hope for a full reopening soon.
Where: Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, 335-336 Elephant and Castle, SE1 6TB
Status: Fully reopened, serving Tuesday to Friday until September — order in advance from owner Faye Gomes, via phone: 07466 616137.
Where: 29 Grand Parade, Harringay N4 1LG
Status: Fully reopened, with staff in visors and masks serving the generous plates that make it such a Green Lanes institution.
Where: 147 Eagle Yard Arch, Walworth SE1 6SP
Status: Open for its sublime Dominican pica pollo since 11 May, takeaway from 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Where: 304 Borough High Street, Borough SE1 1JJ
Status: Has reopened for dine-in, adding Mondays to the rotation to take part fully in Eat Out to Help Out.
Where: 216-218 Camberwell Road, Camberwell SE5 0ED
Status: Having served Camberwell its outstanding lentil dishes and Ethiopian stews through lockdown for takeaway, it has now reopened, in limited capacity, for dine-in.
Where: 88 Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood SE25 6RQ
Status: Open for takeaway jerk chicken and pork with rice and peas from the oil drums in SE25.
Where: 82 Vestry Road, Camberwell SE5 8PQ
Status: While its sibling on Camberwell Church Street has reopened for delivery, Nandine has not confirmed the status of its Vestry Road original.
Where: 71 - 73 W Green Road, Tottenham N15 5DA
Status: Not yet reopened for dining in, but has been offering takeaway Congolese dishes throughout lockdown.
Where: 4 Victoria Road, Tottenham N15 4PS
Status: Reopened but call ahead to confirm, as this is an owner-only operation and the range of Ethiopian dishes sings for it.
Where: Unit 15 Angerstein Business Park, 12 Horn Lane, SE10 0RT
Status: This address is not for the original Alhaji Suya in Peckham, which is set to reopen in a couple of months’ time, but for the suya outlet it has opened at its kilishi production facility — a dried beef snack dredged in yaji. It’s open for dinner Tuesday — Friday and lunch and dinner on weekends, but order at least 30 minutes before picking up: 07459 739273.
Where: 4 Brick Lane, Enfield EN3 5BA
Status: Like many of the restaurants on this guide, it simply never closed.
Where: 158 New Cross Road, London SE14 5BA
Status: Slinging its incredible jerk chicken, pork, and lamb, just as it ever did.
Where: 24 Loampit Hill, SE13 7SW
Status: It never closed.
Where: 593 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4PA
Status: Considering reopening for seatings in autumn, this outstanding Thai restaurant is keeping things takeaway only for now.
Where: 174 Balaam Street, Plaistow E13 8RD
Status: Reopened for dine-in as well as takeaway and collection.
Where: 50 Plashet Grove, East Ham E6 1AE
Status: Stayed open for takeaway Pakistani dishes throughout lockdown, has not confirmed reopening for dine-in.
Where: 105 Katherine Road, East Ham E6 1ES
Status: Reopens for dine-in, reservations only, today Friday 10 July; has been doing takeaway throughout lockdown.
Where: 229 High Street North, East Ham E6 1JGT
Status: Having served food packages to the local community through lockdown, Thattukada has now reopened for takeaway and dine-in.
Where: 25 Anglesea Road, Woolwich SE18 6EG
Status: Reopens for dine-in, reservations only, from 15 July; reservations taken from 7 July. Takeaway and delivery continues.