If you happen to be heading to London to catch a glimpse of the 2012 Olympics, you'll surely be looking for tasty local bites. And like all worthy travelers, it's best to be well equipped with the knowledge of where to eat. Whether you're on a budget or looking to drop the big bucks, we have several recommendations in all price ranges. Watching all those athletes can really work up an appetite, afterall! Luckily for you, we've done the research so you don't have to. Check out these three hot new restaurants in between the games!
Duck & Waffle: This place opens in August right in time for the Olympics. From the creators of Sushisamba, this new restaurant will amazingly be open 24/7, just to make sure all you travelers pack in the fun every minute of your trip. Chef Daniel Doherty offers an array of dishes designer for sampling and sharing that emphasizes a modern take on European cuisine. The menu items include rustic, local, seasonal, and sustainable (say that 5 times fast) ingredients. So stop by between the discus throw and javelin to have a great meal.
Les Trois Garcons: This French cuisine restaurant is headed by Brisbane's chef Michael Chan and is a popular choice for the famous and fashionable. If you have a couple hundos to drop this is the spot. Celeb fans include Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow amongst others.
Arbutus: "The brainchild of Anthony Demetre and Will Smith. Arbutus boasts an intimate dining area with a décor that does not compromise on style or elegance. A unique feature is that the whole wine list can be bought by the 250ml carafe and allows you to pair different wine with your meal. Arbutus earned a Michelin star in January 2007." Enough said.
Maze: This is famed chef (and yeller) Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, so you know it's gotta be a knockout. Think delectable upscale tapas with burger and steak options to die for. Their specialty is grass-fed beef cooked to perfection.
Sushisamba: If the Sushisamba folks are opening a new restaurant in London, then they sure as hell better open a Sushisamba in London, too. Come the end of July, that is exactly what they are doing, opening their first European location, and we can't be more excited. The restaurant will occupy three floors of London's tallest building (Heron Tower) and will offer two restaurants, outdoor dining, a bar, a lounge, and event space. There will be two outdoor terraces offering a view unlike any other and we know all about Sushisamba's delicious international cuisine by now.
Spice Market: Spice Market London opened in the spring of 2011, complete with three transparent sides, a 78-foot wall of spices, gold mesh sliding screens, brass screen lanterns, unique brass birdcage spiral stairs, and 600 custom wok-lights. Executive Chef Peter Lloyd stays true to upscale Southeast Asian street food with delectable dishes such as chicken and coconut milk soup, lobster pad thai, and more.
Fire and Stone Covent Garden: London's premiere wood fired pizza restaurant, Fire and Stone attracts pizza lovers from around the world. They pride themselves on their selection of unique pizza including Asian and New York inspired selections.