Following mutterings on this subject on another thread, I'd be interested in hearing other folks' views on this one.
In my opinion the prime contenders include The Anchor and Hope, Tentazioni, The Garrison and Magdalen. At the less expensive end of things, I really think an honourable mention is due to Cafe Nawaz. But what am I missing?
Clearly, "best" is open to interpretation. Best for what? Perhaps I should rephrase the question: "What's your favourite place to eat, and why?"
"Bar food" at Pont de la Tour, great quality at a better price than the restaurant. Plus I've loved the food at the Blueprint Cafe and Delfina. Best meal I"ve had in SE1 was "Anchor and Hope" but worst for queue and service! So the bar food at Pont de la Tour wins it for me! Haven't tried Magdelen yet but reviews make it look a contender. We are spoilt for choice in SE1!
Lye Torng - great simple thai food in nice bar atmosphere.
Arancia - lovely mediteranean food, a bit pricey, but ok if you go on a Times, special offer £10 menu thing.
Royal Oak - for Sunday roast, great puddings.
Fishcotheque (sp?) - best F&C i've had in SE1.