• food
  • 22nd Sep 2012

Vapiano, Central London

Just a quick intro as this is hopefully a new weekly feature on WIHT (well I’ll TRY and do it every week). I eat out ridiculously often as you’ll already know if you follow me on Instagram and I always get a great reaction from my photos, so I thought it would be nice to occasionally write about the restaurants I go to on my Saturday post. There’s so many amazing restaurants in London and my boyfriend in I are always up for trying the new ones that pop up here and there. So this will be the space for me to make you drool over photos and let you know my thoughts. If it’s not a restaurant review it’ll be something food related. I’m no food expert, but I sure do love to eat! 

Spaghetti Arrabbiata

Vapiano is situated directly behind Topshop on Oxford Circus which makes it great for tourists. It’s open for lunch and dinner but I would personally recommend it for lunch. It’s an Italian restaurant that offers Pizza, Pasta and Antipasti. 

The restaurant itself is really big and spaced over 2 floors. The tables are high up with tall benches that you can share which makes it seem good for big groups. There’s also an area downstairs with sofas for a more relaxed meal. I love that all the tables have a basil and rosemary plant on it so you can take as much as you’d like, it’s a really nice touch. There’s also a self service tap water and glasses which is good for people like me (more tap water please!).

When you enter the restaurant you’re greeted by a hostess who gives each person their own Vapiano ‘credit card’ and this is basically what you use to buy and pay for your food. It’s a buffet style restaurant so you go up to either the pasta or pizza counter to order your food. The pizzas take a little longer so after ordering you’re given a buzzer that will let you know when to go and collect your food. For the pasta though, you stand and wait whilst they very quickly cook your pasta in the hot woks. You’re able to chose your pasta type first and then your sauce and both the pasta and sauces are all fresh. The food is really good. I feel like when it comes to Italian I kind of know my stuff, not for any particular reason, just because I eat it A LOT and always have since I was little. 

After ordering your food the chefs will ask you to scan your card on the till and this will add the amount for your meal onto it. There are also a few bars that you can go up to order your drinks and again scan your card. At the end of your meal you take the card to the till and pay the total. 

The reason I say it’s better for lunch is because depending on what everyone in your group decides to eat, it can be a bit of an antisocial place to eat. If it’s busy you’ll need someone to stay behind to hold the table and if some people get pizzas they’ll be waiting longer, so if you go in a big group you can easily end up all eating at different times which is a bit annoying. I went with Rich on a quiet Sunday and we both had pasta so it was fine, but if you do go, bear that in mind. 

I’d go back again. Mainly because of it’s handy location but also because the pasta was great and I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. 

Have you ever been to Vapiano? Will you try it next time you’re in the Oxford Circus area?

Lily xx

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30 Responses

  1. Grace El says:

    this is one of my fav restaurants in London! their antipasti is amazing! literally enough for your whole meal on that plate! lovely review! x x x

  2. Beth Bradley says:

    This is amazing, I’m definitely going there when I go to London!

  3. Numera says:

    I used to have lunch at Vapiano a lot when I was at university (which was right around the corner – yay for me!) Definitely agree it’s better for lunch than dinner, but I love the food, the chefs are always friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is buzzing and so London-esque! I always recommend Vapiano to anyone shopping down Oxford Street 🙂

  4. nicolina(: says:

    Definitely checking this restaurant out next time i pop down to oxford street! 🙂

  5. Ellie says:

    This looks delicious, and I love their business cards!

    x Ellie

  6. It looks like such a nice restaurant and their concept of a “credit card” is so cute and quirky! I’ll be sure to visit if I ever go to London. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. miss_grumpy says:

    Actually it’s an international restaurant chain, I’m from Cologne and we have two Vapianos in the city 🙂

  8. Kathryn says:

    this place looks awesome! katblogsyeah x

  9. Naffy says:

    This sounds really yummy! I love it 🙂 I will definatly look out for it when I am next in London! Great blog, as always.

    Nafisah xo


  10. Leanne says:

    Definitely going to go there next time i’m in London! x

  11. Margaret says:

    ooh, I know this restaurant although I’m italian! I’m soo gld you liked it!! xx


  12. My sister swears by VaPiano it’s the only place in London she ever eats cause it’s so handy for an Oxford Street visit! ox

  13. Nathalie says:

    Ah I love Vapiano so much, I have a weakness for Italian food and love eating there! The tomato mozzarella pasta is my all-time favrotie and the desserts are super yummy as well 🙂

    Nathalie x

  14. Amelia says:

    What a gorgeous idea to make this a weekly feature! I’m planning on moving to London next year so your reviews will give me a leg up!

  15. I went to the one in Munich & thought it was really different. Loved the food 🙂



  16. Philippa says:

    The interior alone has won me over, I’d definitely like to visit now. Also knowing that it’s not far from Topshop is another bonus.

    Thanks for the pointers about ordering, hopefully I’ll remember if I ever do go.


  17. Abi. says:

    I’ve been to Vapiano a couple of times and really enjoyed it! The food and drinks were really great!

    Abi x

  18. Sounds yummy! Now I want pasta… xx

  19. daniella-r says:

    It sounds really nice, I like the idea of choosing the different types of pasta and then sauce, and the herbs on the table.
    Great post, looking forward to the next one!
    Daniella x


  20. shylacoco says:

    I love these restaurants, didn’t know until now that they were some in ENgland, too! 🙂 I think the price is really good for the amazing food they have and the restaurants themselves are lovely 🙂

  21. Nic Nac Noo says:

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  22. Sami says:

    For someone who likes to eat out a lot you have a great figure! LOVE Italian food so I’ll definitely be checking Vapianos out. Do they have good veggie selection??

    Sami x

  23. Zara says:

    I love your restaurant reviews! Keep em coming!

    Check out my blog 🙂

  24. Karen Ussene says:

    Loved this Post, please do more. After reading this post I decided to creat a space on my agenda do put name of restaurants/bars to go in London. 😀

  25. Sounds fab! I used to go to a restaurant in Canada that reminds me of this, you got a card and there was every style of food you could think of at little stalls like a marketplace, they would stamp your card when you chose something and then you paid at the end. Such a great idea!


  26. Emma Chez says:

    Me and my husband have been to the one in Frankfurt and it was really good 🙂 they really need to expand this chain in the UK x

  27. Lucie_xoxo says:

    OH YUM! This looks delish i am defo trying it! x

  28. V. K. Sinha says:

    Your Information is so informative.
    Restaurant Branding

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