With the 10pm licensing curfews and social distancing restrictions in play, it seems like an odd time to be firing up your ovens for the first time, but we’ve whittled down our favourite new eight restaurants swinging open their doors this October.
From Cuban-inspired serves from London’s trendiest new bar to the new venue designed with dining and creativity in mind, we’ve rounded up eight of the best openings arriving this October.
From the legends behind Casa do Frango and the bars at Vinegar Yard and Pop Brixton, Bar Bolivar is your new go-to destination for Cuban-inspired serves and Venezualan street food concepts.
The concept is inspired by pre-revolutionary Havana and its renowned lively Cuban spirit, expressed through the colourful tiled walls, suitcase-cladded bar and vibrant tropical plants dotted around the venue.
Expect colourful tiled walls, a suitcase-cladded bar and vibrant tropical plants dotted around the venue.
On the booze front, expect an extensive list of boozy cocktails with a fiery Cuban twist, from the Hemingway Highball to the Gin Malecon. As for food, the menu has been designed by street food heroes, Pabellón, and is made for sharing. Choose from the likes of Aprepas – grilled corn bread filled with cheddar cheese; Pico de Gallo salad – avocado chunks, sweet fried plantains and slow cooked beef brisket; and a take on the classic Cubano sandwich, with honey-roasted ham, Emmental cheese, roasted shredded pork, pickled cucumber and American mustard.
Opening: Tuesday 20th October
2 Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf E14 5AJ
Keep Up To Date On Their Instagram, @barbolivar.london
Championing the best of British ingredients with fresh, vibrant and fiery Mexican flavours, Kol hopes to immersive its diners in its culture and heritage.
Kol’s Mexican heritage can be seen from the food to the interiors, with bright, earthy oranges and patterned tiles surrounding you. Menu highlights include: Kohlrabi, pink mole, pumpkin aguachile and smoked beetroot ceviche; Seared lamb leg, guajillo mayonnaise, wild herds and corn crisp tostada; and the Tikin Xic – roasted skate wing, achiote, cabbage purée and clams xnipec, served with salsa, pickles and fresh tortillas.
If you’re fascinated by how your food is prepared and cooked, book in for their chef’s table experience and truly immerse yourself in the theatrics of the kitchen. Chef Santiago and his team will guide you on a journey through Mexican culture and cuisine.
Ramen lovers, there’s a new downtown retro-style ramen bar making its way to the city this month, bringing with it hearty broths perfect for this cooler autumnal weather.
Heddon Yokocho, located on the pedestrianised food quarter of Heddon Street, hopes to transport its diners to the yokocho ‘alleyways’ of Japan, inspired by the retro tastes and vibrancy of 1970s Tokyo.
Offering speciality bowls of different broths from across Japan, choose from the likes of the Sapporo Miso, a miso based chicken and pork broth ramen; Hakodate Shio, a salt and miso based broth ramen; and the Vegan Napoli, a tomato based ramen with grilled tomato and mushroom topped with basil and vegan cheese. An Italian take on the traditional Japanese broth – odd, but we’re willing to give it a try.
Another neighbourhood dining spot to add to your radar, The Silver Birch is set to open its doors later this month and we couldn’t be more excited.
The Chiswick haunt is Tim Price’s first jaunt and the kitchen will be headed by Kimberley Hernandez (Kym’s and Xu). An official opening date is yet to be announced but expect the restaurant to be serving up locally sourced seasonal dishes with a fun, modern approach.
Opening: October 2020 (Date TBC)
142 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick W4 1PU
Ok, so this one technically opened toward the end of last month but we couldn’t not include it because the concept is truly original and hugely exciting.
Describing itself as a “home for a playful celebration of Nordic and Japanese creativity and craftsmanship – a story told through food, drink, design and experiences,” Pan-technic’on is a huge new concept store, boasting creative spaces, restaurants and even a new rooftop garden to hide out on.
For the restaurants, Elder, located on the second floor, is a modern open kitchen inspired by the ten Nordic countries and their flavours, techniques and heritage, while Sachi will be serving up superb dishes inspired by local Japanese market ingredients and author of ‘Japan’, Nancy Singleton Hachisu.
Venture upstairs onto the rooftop sensational Nordic-inspired cocktails, created by expert mixologists from across the region.
Opening: September 2020
19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia SW1X 8LB
London Fields’ latest haunt, Behind, will centre itself around the humble chef’s table experience, offering 18 lucky diners the chance to really experience the heat of the kitchen.
Run by chef Andy Beynon, the restaurant will be entirely fish-focused, with an eight course tasting menu on offer. Using sustainably sourced seafood, the menu will champion bold flavour combinations, all beautifully presented.
Next door to the restaurant will sit a small wine bar and bottle shop, perfect for a nightcap.
Opening: Mid-October (Date TBC)
20 Sidworth Street, Hackney E8 3SD
The Tramshed Project bridges the gap between coworking space and dining destination, without the membership fee.
Taking over Mark Hix’s former Tramshed restaurant, the new venue is a space that allows creatives to be creative, foodies to be foodies and everyone to feel comfortable.
Three of London’s finest chefs will be taking over the kitchens. Andrew Clarke will be bringing smoked and flame-grilled dishes to the table, while Zoe Adjonyoh will be firing up the oven, bringing vibrant West African flavours and dishes to Londoners. Winner of The Great British Menu and founder of 12:51, James Cochran will also be pumping out a Caribbean-influenced menu of bar snacks, small plates and burgers, perfect for sharing.
Meanwhile downstairs will boast a Basement Gallery, perfect for retrospectives, panel discussions and workshops.
It’s a hugely exciting launch and one we can’t wait to explore.
Opening: Friday 9th October
32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3LX
From the team behind Azure Hospitality, Pali Hill is a brand new restaurant serving up hearty, authentic Indian dishes. Expect to be munching through dishes such as: Grilled venison lal maas marinated with ginger, herbs and sweet spices; Pan-fried lamb sweetbreads with black pepper, cumin, crispy curry leaves and mint; and a tangy Stuffed aubergine with green tomato chutney, and hung curd with rice flour. Yum.
Venture downstairs and you’ll find a brand new cocktail den too, Bandra Bhai, inspired by the retro smuggling dens of India.
Opening: October (Date TBC)
79-81 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7SJ