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Café Koha: Off the beaten path
This is a London restaurant that deserves to be better known – but I’m glad in a way that it isn’t, as despite its location in the busy Leicester Square area it usually has a table or two free. The reason? It’s tucked away in a little visited off-shoot from St Martin’s Court and many people probably don’t even know that it’s there.
Seek it out however and you find something of a gem. There are a few tables outside and as St Martin’s Court is traffic-free that is an attractive option in good weather. Inside the two adjoining rooms are bright, with modern furniture and striking landscape paintings on the walls.
In the basement is a bar, where you can enjoy a coffee during the day or a glass of wine at night (as you can outside and in the main ground floor area outside busy dining periods). The bar sometimes hosts music or comedy events.
Favorite Dish: The menu I think has something for everyone, although vegetarian options are perhaps a little limited. On our last visit I really enjoyed my main course of fillet of salmon with aromatic rice, wilted spinach and sweet chilli sauce, while Chris was pleased with his venison sausages. Other choices include steak, chicken, ravioli and good quality burgers, while starters include grilled prawns, squid with garlic butter, mushroom risotto and home-made soup. Desserts are good here too, so leave a little room if you can.
Prices are around average for central London – two courses with wine should come to about £30 per person. And with most of the restaurants in Theatreland being cheap chains or not always reliable Chinatown joints, this is a welcome oasis. Highly recommended.
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