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Yakitori at Angelo Sato’s Humble Chicken, a new Bib for 2022.
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All of London’s Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

Michelin’s thanks-for-playing award actually has ... A ton of brilliant restaurants

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Yakitori at Angelo Sato’s Humble Chicken, a new Bib for 2022.
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London’s Michelin Bib Gourmands for 2022 are out, and with them comes an inevitable truth: the Red Guide views the award as second class to its shiny, shiny Michelin stars.

That truth hides another: London’s 38 Michelin Bib Gourmands are stellar restaurants, regardless of what the index’s orthodoxy might deem top class. Here they are, in all their glory, with the newest additions first — and a reminder that Michelin’s criteria is, on the face of it, simple: a fine three courses for £28.

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Provender Cafe Bistro

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Classical bistro cooking executed with care and flair in Wanstead.

Salami and remoulade on a wooden board at Provender Provender [Official Photo]

Seb Holmes’s permanent restaurant for his Thai-inspired, seasonal cooking.

Thai-inspired curries at Farang Yavez Antonio/Farang

Primeur

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Nonchalant, confident, and nimble — the first of Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s three outstanding neighbourhood restaurants.

Asparagus, courgettes, and peas at Primeur ritaparadis/Instagram

Westerns Laundry

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The second from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell, whose outstanding, European seafood cookery is in dialogue with Britain’s maturing seafood culture.

Best seafood restaurants in London: Prawns, cuttlefish, and natural wine at Westerns Laundry, one of the best restaurants in Islington Patricia Niven

The neighbourhood gem that launched Padella: Trullo is an essential London restaurant and absolutely reliable for unimpeachable quality.

Ravioli at Trullo, one of the best restaurants in Islington Trullo [Official Photo]

Plaquemine Lock

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Jacob Kenedy’s Islington restaurant is acclaimed for its Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Plaquemine Lock’s oysters Plaquemine Lock [Official Photo]

Ed Wilson’s evolving, beautiful, standard-setting European restaurant on Columbia Road holds a Bib.

Agnolotti in broth in a white bowl on a black table Brawn [Official Photo]

Popolo Shoreditch

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Modern Italian small plates in Shoreditch, with an emphasis on natural wines.

Italian small plates at Popolo in Shoreditch Popolo [Official Photo]

manteca

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Chris Leach and David Carter’s Italian restaurant, newly arrived in Shoreditch, now holds a Bib.

What a spread at the new Manteca might look like, featuring salumi; whole bream; and puffed pig skin Manteca

Smokestak

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London’s best and most consistently interesting American barbecue restaurant in Shoreditch.

Iranian cuisine and warmly fastidious hospitality in Little Venice.

Persian cuisine at Kateh Kateh [Official Photo]

Russell Norman’s new Florentine restaurant with a London soul earns a Bib for 2022.

A diner sits over a plate of pasta, holding a fork, with salad to its left. Everything is on white plates, with white tablecloths, and a half-drunk glass of red wine sits in the centre. Michaêl Protin

St John Bread and Wine

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Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s seminal sequel in Spitalfields.

Welsh rarebit, liver toast, and madeleines at St. John Bread and Wine Ola Smit

Salt Yard

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Open 14 years in Fitzrovia, this inventive tapas restaurant has a Bib.

Courgette flowers at Salt Yard Salt Yard [Official Photo]

Gunpowder Spitalfields

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This modern Indian restaurant in Spitalfields lays claim to a Bib.

Venison doughnut at Gunpowder, Shoreditch, one of east London’s best snacks
The Gunpowder venison vermicelli doughnut.
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Pahli Hill

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Pahli Hill, the modern Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia, gets a Bib.

A spread of Indian small plates, including dosai; thali; and asparagus.
A spread on the Pahli Hill menu.
Pahli Hill

The Barbary

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Prime ingredients treated with care and inspiration from Berber cuisine in Covent Garden.

Pork at The Barbary Carol Sachs/The Barbary

Hereford Road Restaurant

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A St. John alum emulates the austere British-but-definitely-French cuisine of his heritage.

Grilled sardines at Hereford Road Hereford Road [Official Photo]

Humble Chicken

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Angelo Sato’s yakitori restaurant grabs a Bib.

A birdseye view of yakitori on white ceramics.
A range of yakitori at Humble Chicken in Soho.
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Hoppers Soho

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JKS Restaurants’s bustling Sri Lankan operation in Soho.

Best restaurants in Soho, London: Sri Lankan food at Hoppers Hoppers [Official Photo]

BAO Soho

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The original Taiwanese bunslinger for the empire-building Bao.

Bao’s Borough Market restaurant gets a positive review from Jimi Famurewa in the Evening Standard Pascal Grob

Berenjak

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Another JKS restaurant: Berenjak, which serves Iranian cuisine.

Best restaurants in Soho: Berenjak Marcus Cobden/JKS

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

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Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, which brings Syrian food to the heart of Soho, is awarded with a Bib.

A spread of Syrian dishes at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, due to open in Soho on 18 December 2020 Issy Croker

Volta do Mar

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Portuguese seafood is the star in Covent Garden.

Portuguese seafood stew in a black bowl on a wooden table, with silver cutlery on a white napkin to the left Volta do Mar [Official Photo]

Paradise Soho

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Inventive Sri Lankan cooking in the heart of Soho.

London’s best new restaurants include Paradise Soho, serving Sri Lankan short eats Paradise Soho [Official Photo]

Ben Chapman’s acclaimed Thai-inspired grill in the heart of Soho.

Best seafood restaurants in London: cockles at Kiln in Soho Kiln [Official Photo]

The Palomar

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The food of “modern day Jerusalem” dominates at this Soho hypebeast.

The Palomar’s modern Israeli cuisine at its famous counter The Palomar [Official Photo]

Kricket Soho

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A modish approach to Indian cuisine in Soho.

Indian small plates at Kricket Kricket [Official Photo]

Brasserie Zédel

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An institution serving affordable, classical French food in a luxurious room.

Profiteroles and chocolate sauce Brasserie Zédel [Official Photo]

Cinnamon Bazaar

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A range of chaats, Bazaar-market cuisine, and stunt dishes in Covent Garden.

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Bancone

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One of the more soigné of London’s crop of fresh pasta restaurants.

Pappardelle with egg yolk and nuts at Bancone in Covent Garden, one of the best pasta restaurants in London Bancone [Official Photo]

Padella

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The Borough Market fresh pasta restaurant that got the city — and landlords — hooked.

Tagliarini with new season olive oil Padella Pasta [Official Photo]

Unfussy Italian cuisine by the Thames.

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Jose Pizarro’s nook of a tapas bar in Bermondsey still sings.

This South African-influenced neighbourhood restaurant has a growing reputation for excellence.

Kudu restaurant in Peckham will open a sister restaurant on Queens Street this year Kudu [Official Photo]

Peckham Cellars

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A neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant in south east London.