Hail Yes: 9 Secret Eats Recommended By London’s Finest Cabbies

The shifts are long, the traffic is maddening, and the passengers can sometimes be major pains (sorry!). But, on the plus side, driving a black cab or car service does make one privy to London's coolest secret spots, including some of the best meals in town.
Yep, we happily hopped in the backseat to quiz our drivers about which little-known restaurants they give the green light. And they tipped us off to some seriously delicious meals.
Read on to see which restaurants and dishes you just have to try...and maybe do these drivers a solid by travelling in style on your way there?
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Seagrass
"For good, old-fashioned East End seafood, I go to the Seagrass in Angel. Great to go to with a group."
—Aaron, Addison Lee driver

Seagrass, 74 Chapel Market, N1 9ER, 079 0201 5200

Photo: Courtesy of Seagrass
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Chillies
"It's a bit farther out, but there are a lot of great dishes at Chillies in Epsom Downs. The cooking is more like how we do it back home."
—Ahad, minicab driver

Chillies, 14 Tattenham Crescent, Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5QB, 017 3735 3044
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King Solomon's
"I come here for the shish kebab grilled with a nice bit of hummus and olive oil and some onions and tomatoes (pictured). I can park easily and the food's good. If you're a cab driver, you need to park somewhere that's safe where you won't get a ticket. And this is the only place where I can park after 7:30."
—Tariq, black cab driver

King Solomon's, 200 Uxbridge Rd., W12 7LJ, 020 8749 1355
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Jasmine Kitchen
"I live near Jasmine Kitchen, so if I have some time before my shift I'll pop in and order a tom yum soup with boiled egg and seafood sticks (pictured). I like it spicy. It's nice in there but I can't take it to go, as t'd be too messy to eat in the car!"
—Joe C., cab driver

Jasmine Kitchen, 24 White Church Lane, E1 7QR, 078 9490 3288
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Lemongrass
"When off shift, I especially enjoy Lemongrass, which is a Cambodian restaurant (said to be the only one in the U.K.) in Camden. The kitchen there is tiny and everything (including the lok luk fillet steak, pictured) is cooked by just one chef who you can see at work from the dining area; there are always high flames leaping up from his stove!"
—Robert, black cab driver and Black Cab London blogger

Lemongrass, 243 Royal College St., NW1 9LT, 020 7284 1116
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Bi Bam Bap
"I'm also very fond of Bi Bam Bap, a Korean restaurant on Soho's Greek Street. The restaurant takes its name from a traditional dish (dol sot with beef, pictured) which is served in a piping-hot iron pot. The food is quick, tasty, healthy, and very cheap."
—Robert, black cab driver and Black Cab London blogger

Bi Bam Bap, 11 Greek St., W1D 4DJ, 020 7287 3434

Want more foodie picks? Try these top spots recommended by Hailo founders Russell Hall, Gary Jackson, and Terry Runham:
"Lahore: Based in Umberstone Street, Lahore dishes out generous portions of brilliantly bold Punjabi food and do a fantastic mixed vegetable curry.

Fish Central is smart restaurant in Central Street that defies all expectations and does the most perfectly cooked lobster.

And Masters Super Fish in Waterloo is a long-standing favourite of London cabbies, known for its chunky chips and succulent cod."
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