Looking for somewhere new to host your Christmas party that’s guaranteed to impress your CEO and colleagues? We’ve rounded up the best 12 new restaurants landing on the scene this month, from the new Japanese-inspired kushikatsu restaurant to the new plant-based resto everyone’s talking about.
Read on to find out more…
Landing in Soho this November will be Dai Chi, a new Japanese-inspired kushikatsu restaurant. Brought to us from the team behind Angelina in Dalston, the restaurant will explore the art of deep-frying the highest quality vegetables, fish and meat on traditional kushi skewers.
Modern Japanese flavours will be evident, from the chestnut and smoked soy, to Carabinero red prawns. Expect skewers of shiso, shitake and hazelnut; lotus root, goma and black sesame whipped with tofu and aged balsamic; lobster tail and hokkaido; and lamb neck with ginger, rosemary and soy topped with a harissa and mustard garnish.
Opening Date: Mid November
Where: 16A D’Arblay Street, Soho, W1F 8EA
The trio behind Fallow will be opening up a permanent restaurant this November, after the overwhelming success of their residency of Heddon Street. Now opening up on St James’s Market, the 150-cover site will make way for a dining room with a bar, wraparound terrace and, excitingly, seven-seater chef’s counter, perfect for those who love seeing all of the kitchen action unfold in front of them.
The menu will feature plates such as salmon belly with marrowbone brioche and chive; a salmon mousse laden with fresh herbs and served in the bone with a laminated marrow brioche; and Fallow deer tartare.
Opening up in Chinatown is Yatay, a new robatayaki restaurant and bar serving up a selection of classic robatayaki skewers, raw dishes, salads and sharing plates. The menu has been crafted by head chef Marco Ardemagni (ex SUSHISAMBA) and will feature a selection of dishes that fuse traditional Japanese techniques with modern ideas.
Hero dishes include stuffed shiso leaves with spiced organic chicken, garlic and lime tensoyu; monk fish karaage with gochujang mayo; and tsukune meatballs with confit egg yolk skewes. Save room for dessert – the fried milk bread doughnut with matcha and sesame custard is one to watch.
Opening Date: 16th November
Where: 22 Wardour Street, W1D 6QQ
A really exciting opening for our plant-based readers, the team behind Mildreds is opening up a new concept in Borough Market. Launching 8th November, mallow will offer all-day dining focusing on sustainability, seasonality and provenance.
Head of Food Development for Mildreds, Sarah Wassraman is behind the menu and many of the ingredients including vegan feta, flatbreads, pickles and spice blends will all be made on site. Hero dishes include porcini truffle croquettes, leeks and aioli; shiitake dashi, udon, mushroom sesame tempeh and daikon; and the kumquat lemon meringue pie.
Interiors wise, expect a modern design with floral painted walls, marbled tables and velvet booths.
Opening Date: 8th November
Where: 1 Cathedral Place, Borough Market, SE1 1TL
The latest restaurant from Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya’s Sarap brand is arriving onto the scene this month. Taking residence on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, the restaurant will champion a bistro-style Filipino menu with the Budgie’s modern interpretation of Filipino cuisine and flavours, from vinegar-soaked adobo to roasted lechon.
The main menu event will be the Lechon suckling pig stuffed with lemongrass and truffled adobo pork rice. Designed to be shared, pair the platter alongside small and large plates of smoked aubergine with tomatoes and salted duck egg; grilled monkfish with sweet and sour red pepper sauce and pickled peppers; squash stuffed with mung beans and spinach; and Jasmine rice cooked with adobo sauce and pork hock.
Opening Date: 23rd November
Where: 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX
The Conduit club has opened up a new landmark site in Covent Garden and nuzzled inside is its first public restaurant, Warehouse. The restaurant, launching this November, will be led by Brendan Eades, previously head chef at Silo, and sustainability will be at the forefront.
On the interiors front, expect hand-painted tiles, hand-woven curtains and baskets, paved flooring and reclaimed furniture throughout. While the menu is centred around bold flavours and seasonality. They’ll be working with sustainable suppliers, including day-boat fish suppliers, organic dairy farmers and ancient grain producers, helping to drive the movement forward.
Opening Date: 16th November
Where: 6 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA
From Marylebone to Fitzrovia, London’s top creative culinary hub, Carousel, is set to relocate this Autumn to a giant new townhouse venue.
The space, renowned for its ever-changing line-up of guest chefs, will be firmly shutting its doors on Blandford Street, and in its place, will open up its biggest site to date on the ever-popular Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia this November. And it won’t just be guest chefs who will be taking centre stage at founders and brothers Ed and Ollie Templeton’s new venue, the space will make way for an exciting all-day wine bar, ten-seater incubator for new concepts and longer term residences, and separate areas dedicated to private dining, workshops and events.
Opening Date: End November
Where: 19-23 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RL
116 Pall Mall has unveiled a new bar, offering Londoners a new secret hideout to explore with friends over a glass (or two) of fizz. The Champagne Bar by Searcys, hidden underground the Grade-I listed building, will feature an array of bubbles, creative cocktails, British bites and a roster of exciting upcoming events.
Guests are invited to sink into the plush navy-blue seating, gazing around at the vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork and long wood-topped bar, plus a private dining room, which seats up to 50.
Opening Date: Now Open
Where: 116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
The Coppa Club is expanding! And this month sees the popular restaurant group land in Putney, bringing their riverside igloos in tow.
Just a short walk from the station, Coppa Club Putney’s interiors will draw on the boating heritage in the area. Guests can expect to find a library snug area abrim with bookcases, cosy sofas and a roaring fireplace, as well as a dining area and bar perfect for catch-ups and parties over the festive season. Not forgetting of course the igloos, which right now boast a pink and green theme thanks to its collaboration with Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
On the menu, there’ll be a mix of British and Mediterranean classics, from smoked haddock and salmon fish cakes to parmesan croquettes and buckwheat and rye pancakes.
Opening Date: 2nd November
Where: 29 Brewhouse Lane, Putney, SW15 2JX
The Westin London City is opening its doors this 1st November – and the hotel will be beginning a stunning new destination wine bar with it…
Boasting views across the River Thames, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, Hithe + Seek will be home to plush furnishings and an extensive wine list of up to 80 wines. It’ll be hosting a monthly wine club that Londoners can join too, think wine tastings and exclusive discounts. The food menu will pair perfectly alongside the wines, from grilled Galatian octopus with rice and saffron aioli to wild trout tiradito with crispy quinoa.
Another giant townhouse to be opening up in London this fall is The MAINE Mayfair. The townhouse will boast 350 covers spread across three floors, as well as a year-round secret terrace tucked away in the former stables.
Guests can expect a brasserie style menu inspired by founder Joey Ghazal’s childhood summers spent in Maine and Vermont. The Tavern will serve up oysters, and small plates, while The Drawing Room and Terrace will boast mussels mariniere; steak frites; and spicy shrimp linguine. The Brasserie itself will serve New York sirloin; angry lobster pasta; and cauliflower tacos.
Opening DatE: TBC
Where: 6 Medici Court, W1S 1JY
Journey to Japan in an instance with the launch of Panton Yokocho, a new restaurant launch from the team who brought us Heddon Yokocho.
Opening 11th November, the new restaurant will boast 120 covers and will champion the best of regional ramen from the cold island of northern Japan through to the balmy south. Expect a menu celebrating the history of ramen, udon and soba, through dishes such as Sapporo Miso, a miso-based chicken and pork broth ramen, to Prawn Tempura Udon or Soba, topped with light and crispy prawn tempura, wakame seaweed spring onion and kamaboko fish cake.
Opening Date: 11th November
WherE: 35a Panton Street, SW1Y 4EA