The most fun you can have whilst eating

Chuckle as you chomp

Apparently, eating with a smile on your face aids digestion. Although smiling doesn't necessarily aid the act of eating, itself; especially if you're guzzling soup... surely it'd dribble out everywhere?

Anyway, happy eater: happy belly. So we've come up with a raft of venues where enjoyment and fun is all part of the big, culinary idea... from hands-on involvement, to natty side-show entertainments, enjoyable surroundings, themes and more...

We present our guide to The Most Fun You Can Have Whilst Eating in London... (with your clothes on)




Matsuri St James's
15 Bury Street SW1Y 6AL
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The oversized carnival mask that hangs near the entrance of Matsuri gives away the fact that, despite its sleek appearance and Mayfair location,this teppanyaki restaurant is a lot of fun. Affable chefs grill food in front of you, in some cases with theatrical smoke billowing up to the ceiling.

  • JAPANESE
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Inamo
134-136 Wardour Street W1F 8ZR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: When the act of eating just isn’t enough, the interactive tables at Inamo provide games like Battleships as well as changes to the colour and pattern of your surroundings. You can even peer into the kitchen with the chef cam and check your travel options home. Ideal if you happen to be on a particularly boring date.

  • ORIENTAL
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Circus
27-29 Endell Street WC2H 9BA
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Circus is not for the faint of heart. While the cabaret and burlesque acts are not necessarily that risqué, performers have a tendency to appear very close to your table, or in the case of the main central table, on it. If you’ve always wanted to watch flame-throwers and acrobats while eating gyoza and sushi, this is the perfect spot.

  • USERS 2/10
Bel Canto
1-7 Lancaster Gate W2 3LG
Region: Paddington
Nearest Station: Lancaster Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If you’re undecided about opera, Bel Canto is something of a starter package. The waiting staff are trained opera singers and every fifteen minutes they offer renditions of classic pieces such as Carmen and La Boheme. Like their site in Paris, the menu has simple French dishes.

  • FRENCH
  • USERS 9/10
Bunga Bunga
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA
Region: Battersea

AIL Says: This Battersea haunt takes its name from the infamous sex parties hosted by Italy’s inexplicably successful ex-prime minister. There are no sexual shenanigans taking place here but there is karaoke, cabaret and performances by Elvis impersonators. Berlusconi is not the only Italian symbol they poke fun at, the Sistine Chapel, vespas and the Venetian gondolas are all represented.

  • RESTAURANT & BAR
Bounce Farringdon
121 Holborn EC1N 2TD
Region: Holborn
Nearest Station: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: At some point in 2012 ping pong became cool, leading to the opening of venues like Bounce,where table tennis, cocktails and pizza meet under one roof. The team can even put together a video of the highlights of your game, Match of the Day-style.

  • USERS 8/10
Tiroler Hut
27 Westbourne Grove W2 4UA
Region: Bayswater
Nearest Station: Royal Oak (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: There’s nothing like having a good old yodel after a hearty meal of schnitzel, at least that’s what they believe at Austrian restaurant El Tiroler Hut. They take on alpine dining with camp enthusiasm, with staff dressed in dirndls and lederhosen and oompah music. Diners are encouraged to join in the yodelling, not before consuming liberal quantities of gluhwein naturally.

  • AUSTRIAN
  • USERS 8/10
Randall & Aubin
16 Brewer Street W1F 0SQ
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Take an old butcher’s shop bang in the middle of Soho, add a counter displaying oysters, langoustines, scallops and other sea-dwelling goodies, a disco ball, pumping house music, and what do you have? The capital’s coolest seafood restaurant, since 1996.

  • SEAFOOD
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 8/10
Maison Touareg
23 - 24 Greek Street W1D 4DZ
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Belly dancing is a bit like Marmite: generally you either love it or loathe it. If you find the sight of women gyrating their hips to Middle Eastern music embarrassing then avoid Maison Touareg from Thursday to Saturday, or head to the shisha terrace where alcoholic varieties like champagne shisha are served. It’s open till late, so you can eat, drink, smoke and dance till 3 am at weekends.

  • MOROCCAN
  • USERS 4/10
Flesh & Buns
41 Earlham Street WC2H 9LX
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: At Flesh & Buns the signature dish are the Taiwanese-inspired steamed buns, which you then fill yourself with your choice of meat or fish. Customising food is a hugely enjoyable way to experience a restaurant, and even better, they do s’mores, the US campfire favourite. Here you get to toast them at the table, so you can experience the best ofs camping without having to brave the outdoors.

  • JAPANESE
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10


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