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Aurora Soho is an intimate restaurant and serves Modern European cuisine. As well as a full a la carte menu Aurora Soho has a comprehensive wine list to compliment all dishes.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Tue 12:30-15:00 & 18:15-22:00
Wed-Fri 12:30-15:00 & 18:15-22:30
Sat 12:30-14:30 & 18:15-22:30
Sun 12:00-22:30

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Aurora reviews

By Andrew M.

My boyfriend took me to Aurora in one hot June evening. It was a wonderful place for a date, with an intimate atmosphere, nice service, and perfect Italian food. I had a very nice time was in the heart of Soho with that special someone. I hope to go to Aurora again and again.

By G.

Aurora do lots of interesting food, mixing up ingredients you wouldn’t think went together usually. It makes a nice change from all that Caesar salad and ciabatta nonsense you get everywhere else. Everything always tastes really fresh as well. Top marks Aurora.

By Pam G.

Recently had lunch in the garden at Aurora in July and it was delightful. A lovely little oasis in the middle of Soho with an excellent menu and a wide variety of food on offer. Starters were a lovely selection of interesting and summery salads (e.g. Greek salad with feta and watermelon, Chicken and mango salad with chili dressing) and mains included seafood, fish, steak, pork, chicken and vegetarian options all with very nice and well thought out accompaniments. Desserts were also very good including sticky toffee pub, chocolate brownie and a delicious lemon tart. Would definitely recommend this especially in the summer for a table in the garden.

By M M.

Aurora has a cosy and romantic atmosphere. I had the salmon on brocolli which was delicious. They have an extensive wine list.

By Christian M.

Had a very enjoyable birthday meal in Aurora this week-end. The food was first class, and they were very flexible about accommodating about making some changes to dishes for dietary reasons. The small rear garden dining area was a very pleasant surprise.

By Matthew P.

So many restaurants in central London have become corporate or part of some chain or trying do outdo each other with their decor and it's so nice to find somewhere charming like Aurora. I had lunch there yesterday with friends and as the weather was nice we sat in the garden. The food was absolutely delicious - I had the sea trout for main course and it was perfectly cooked. My friends had the steak and the pork tenderloin and loved their main courses too. The service was very friendly and relaxed and we'll definitely be going back!

By Darren M.

Aurora - Lexington St, Soho, London Sadly somewhere which was a good find for interesting modern cuisine, has lost its way. Having dined there 5-6 times over the past year, I felt I had found a reliable and welcome place to dine with friends. After tonights dinner I will not bother. Firstly the woman who seated us at our table seemed obsessed with trying to drag any posessions from us, which was delivered in a rather annoying tone. When questioned over the zealous tact scorn was directed at my friend and I. The starters came which were partially refrigirated and partly tepid in temperature, mine claimed to have Chorizo as part of its ingredients which I believe has flavour but not in this dish, instead a bland slither of coloured plastic with overly chilled beetroot, rocket & such a whisper of pear that was nearly undetected. Main course Squid with Chilli Polenta and more ice cold rocket, sadly even more disappointing as the squid looked like it had been shown the heat for a few seconds and tasted barely above room temperature, which made me concerned and so I left it (as this can cause gastric problems) the chilli seemed to have gotten into everything rather than just in the polenta. Our waiter did not bother to ask how the meal was at any point even when clearing the plates. However they did manage to add a large service charge to the bill-interesting that! I like to recommend good places to eat and sadly I think Aurora is just not good in lots of ways. Ideally I would like to direct my displeasure to the owner of Aurora interestingly their website has no email address to send such a message which I find rather telling. My recommendation:- Spend your money elsewhere!

By Mel C.

Went there 28 February 2009 for dinner based on reviews I'd read (and desperation as I was running out of time to organise a restaurant for myself and three friends).

What an inspired choice, central but feels a bit off the beaten track, fabulous staff and great food.

One of my friends (ex chef) is notorious for her dislike of the way her steak is always cooked... this was the first time there were no comments - it was perfect - exactly as she asked for.

My lamb was fabulous, pals fish great.Starters are tasty and just the right size. Wines were decent, service superb - all in all a really lovely evening.

We will be back - it was great.

By Greg B.

Dinner for four restaurant 1/2 full. Restaurant that is very cosy. By that I mean very homey and not necessarily the kinda place that you will get silver service but somewhere you will feel chilled and relaxed as long as you can get over expecting 5 star restaurant staff. Small menu but very well executed. Fish, Veggie and meat dishes all excellent. Wine list was impressive. All my guests thought it was very cosy and mellow, perhaps somewhere that you would take that special someone on a date. Good stuff! A tad over what I had heard but am sure I will be back, hopefully on a date!

By Khaled B.

Aurora is definitely a find -- especially the secret garden dining at the back! The food is great, there's always a choice of chicken, meat and vegetarian, so something for everyone. Very cosy atmosphere, a great place for a date or for a great meal out with your friends.

By Nick C.

Fun, laid back dining in one of London’s truly atmospheric restaurants.

The Venue
So you want a hidden gem of a restaurant, healthy portions and an idiosyncratic atmosphere? Aurora awaits. Unselfconsciously kooky, this compact restaurant with a gothic charm is the perfect haven from London’s rat race. A candlelit dinner is particularly atmospheric.

There is something about the restaurant’s layout that feels quite cobbled together. It has to be said that it would probably benefit from one less table on the top floor, but the at times cramped conditions seem to add to its charm. There is a courtyard garden at the back, which is wonderful for summer meals; in these post-smoking ban days, it’s the perfect answer for those who haven’t yet managed to kick the dreaded habit. Downstairs is an intimate dining room, ideal for private functions.

The Atmosphere
The restaurant wouldn’t be out of place in Paris. You can imagine bohemian artists coming here to chill out and work on their latest oeuvre. Service is attentive; however, some of the waiters are friendlier than others.

The Food
Go with an appetite. The portions are huge and the food is top notch. You won’t be able to manage three courses, even though you will wish you had a bigger stomach to make room for more. Just like the restaurant itself, the menu takes influences from a variety of sources but can best be described as far-east Asian and Mediterranean fusion. Aurora regulars will know that it is sometimes advisable, however, to avoid dishes with broth-type sauces as these can tend to leave the dish swimming.

Whether your taste buds are looking for something simple or something a little more intriguing, your requirements will be catered for. Recommended starters include red lentil and coconut soup and king prawns with chilli and lime dressing (£4 - £6 each). The addition of coconut to the soup serves to highlight the chef’s ability to put an interesting and welcome twist on a warming winter favourite. Aurora does fish particularly well and the prawns are no exception.

Recommended mains include corn fed chicken breast on mashed potato, fine beans with mango chutney and salsa verde and teriyaki salmon on bok choy, oyster mushrooms with jasmine rice, sweet chilli and soya dressing and wasabi mayo (about £14 each). Whilst on first glance, one might be tempted to think that there might be too many flavours in some of the dishes, but nothing could be further from the truth. The diverse tastes in the salmon dish, for instance, work well together and don’t clash for attention. They're complemented well by the light and fragrant rice.

The Drink
Whilst the house wines are very palatable, fans of heavier whites will be particularly pleased by what the wine list offers. You can pick up a real treat of a Chilean white with a strong pineapple aftertaste for £16.

The Last Word
Aurora’s biggest drawback is that there are two dinner sittings: 7pm and 9pm. 7pm is fine for a quick bite to eat, but go for the 9pm sitting if you don’t want to be hurried out if your dining time overruns.

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