Soho House’s best outdoor restaurants around the world
From our Cecconi’s Terrazza in Rome and Khadak pop-up in east London to a tapas bar in Barcelona, these are our favourite spots for alfresco dining
Saturday 12 March 2022 By Samuel Muston
Whisper it: spring. That glorious time when we can put our big coats back in the wardrobe and start to, you know, enjoy the outdoors again. One of the greatest pleasures that the season affords is eating outside. Perhaps on our rooftop terrazza in Rome, beneath the lemon grove, a glass of Gavi di Gavi in hand, feet up. Or, in east London’s Shoreditch, way up high, nibbling on masala prawns over a clear view of the city. Wherever you choose to do it, you’ll find your food always tastes better if you’re dining alfresco.
That’s why we’ve scoured our Houses around the world to bring you our pick of the best outside dining spots.
Khadak at Shoreditch House, London
What to order: Daal Gosht, lamb shanks in green moong dal with yoghurt chilli and ginger
When he was growing up in the suburbs of Byculla in Mumbai, chef Zuber Momin found himself visiting one place more than any other. Khadak, as his friends referred to it, is a small street in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar – and the beating heart of the street-food scene in the city. Here, on endless wooden tables groaning under the weight of roti and daal, and great mountains of biryani, his friends would assemble to shoot the breeze and feast the night away. Now, though, Momin has brought his own version of Khadak to east London to the pop-up space on the back deck of Shoreditch House. So, now you can enjoy some authentic Mumbai street food with commanding views of the city of London.
Cecconi's Terrazza at Soho House Rome
What to order: the lobster spaghetti
When in Rome, do as the Romans do by eating loads of tagliatelle at our brand-new members-only Cecconi’s. It sits like a starlet in repose, soaking up the sun in the lemon tree orchard on the roof (yes, really) of our new House in San Lorenzo. Not only does it serve some of the best pasta in town, to say nothing of the wine, but it also serves up some killer views over the city. We recommend going for lunch – and staying until dinner. It opened to members last week, so get booking.
Terraza Martínez, Barcelona
What to order: Arroz Martínez, the house paella
Take a short walk north of Soho House Barcelona and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by the lush greenery of Montjuïc hill. And there, at its centre, is one of the most extraordinary restaurants in Barcelona: Terraza Martínez. Its never-ending terraces with their pared-back wicker furniture and views of the port repay any effort you put in climbing the hill. It’s not just its looks that attract, though: the restaurant also serves some of the best rice dishes in the city. We like it so much that we negotiated a special rate for members.
Rooftop at DUMBO House, New York
What to order: Dirty Burger with cheddar, mustard, iceberg, tomato, and fries
To say the rooftop at DUMBO House is nice is like saying Kate Moss is a bit pretty. It is an absolute showstopper with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and a close-up of Brooklyn Bridge. We recommend taking in the vista from the comfort of the pool, and then settling down to the serious business of Picantes and ordering dinner. The restaurant specialises in meat and fish cooked over cherry and apple wood embers and features all your Soho House favourites, including our toothsome BLT.
Café de Flore, Paris
What to order: an all-butter croissant to be immediately dipped into your morning cappuccino
Although you can’t eat alfresco at our House in Paris, we know where you can. Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses and restaurants in the city. It opened in the 1880s on the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît, and its terrace has been packed with writers and artists ever since. Both Raymond Queneau and Pablo Picasso were drawn in by its Art Deco design and menu of traditional French dishes, such as duck confit with green salad and its justly famous French onion soup. We particularly like it at breakfast time, but whenever you go – morning, noon, or night – there is always a good atmosphere and an eclectic clientele.
Soho House Nashville
What to order: Veal tonnato with caper berries
Our newest House is also one of our favourites. It’s housed in a former sock factory in the arty Wedgewood-Houston area of Nashville, Tennessee. As well as a pool, gym, cinema and performance space, it also has the biggest terraces of any of our US Houses. Head there early at the weekend to grab a sunlounger and spend a day wiling away the hours looking over the skyline of the city. The menu is modern Italian – black truffle and goat’s cheese pizza, anyone? – with a sprinkling of Soho House favourites, like our fried chicken sandwich with hot honey ranch sauce and fries. We recommend enjoying all the above with a bottle of chilled Lady A rosé and as many pals as you can stir from their bed for an early Saturday brunch. After all, Nashville isn’t known as one of the biggest party cities in America for nothing.