Chef Jason Atherton picks his favourite restaurants

The man behind Sosharu and Pollen Street Social on where to eat in London and beyond

Jason Atherton in Clapham
Jason Atherton in Clapham | Image: Jude Edginton

For breakfast I like Milk in Balham. It’s one of those cool, hipster-type breakfast-brunch places that always has a huge queue. I’ll have a full English in a muffin with a spicy ketchup they call hangover sauce. The coffee’s great too.

Milk in Balham is a popular brunch destination
Milk in Balham is a popular brunch destination
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Barrafina is great for lunch, especially the one in Covent Garden that is bright and airy. I love the lamb’s kidneys, cooked at your table on a little barbecue, and, when in season, the truffle fried eggs.

Bright and airy Barrafina in Covent Garden
Bright and airy Barrafina in Covent Garden
Oysters with wild boar sausages at Scott’s
Oysters with wild boar sausages at Scott’s | Image: Paul Winch-Furness

For dinner, Scott’s is a family favourite; my wife and I have a nice simple piece of fish with some spinach and a glass of wine, and the kids love the goujons with tartare sauce and chips.

The basement of Park Chinois
The basement of Park Chinois
Happiness Forgets in Hoxton
Happiness Forgets in Hoxton

If we’ve left the kids at home, we’ll go somewhere like Alan Yau’s Park Chinois; there’s always a band playing and the food and ambience are fantastic. The over-the-top interiors make you feel a bit like James Bond. A cool place for drinks afterwards is Happiness Forgets in Hoxton, which has good music, a lively atmosphere and great cocktails.

Steak at Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers
Steak at Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers
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On Sundays, the perfect lunch would be at Tom Kerridge’s pub, The Hand and Flowers; Tom’s a great friend, so we always get well looked after. If we’re feeling lazy and staying closer to home, The Dairy is a great local lunch spot. The food is really inventive but simple at the same time. The beef tartare with onion and oyster is delicious. I’d recommend the smoked pork cheek too.

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