Neon Pigeon is a restaurant that’s ideal for many occasions. When it’s crowded, it feels like a party—and the small bar is almost always busy. Jovial diners are laughing and, between bites of smartly cooked Japanese-fusion fare and sips of well-made cocktails, having a genuinely great time. The kitchen offers a wide range of items such as the unagi rice bowl, all suitable for sharing and deftly layered with umami flavours. Save room for desserts—there are only two on the menu, but both are excellent. The drinks programme is more like an izakaya, so expect a short wine list, but a great selection of interesting cocktails, sakes and spirits. In all, it’s a fab little place for a great dinner party.