Already established in India, Jamavar this month opened their first restaurant outside of their home country. The kitchen is headed up Executive Chef Rohit Ghai, who has already led several Michelin-starred kitchens including Benares, Trishna and Gymkana. The menu showcases the different flavours of India, taking inspiration from the Royal Kitchens of the north and the fragrant spices of the south.
Providing east London with a new cocktail bar, brunch space and work hub, Martello Hall is first in a series of new bars to open from the Albion and East group. Open throughout the day for hot-desking with coffee, pizzas and pastries available for the taking, DJs and bands will be making use of the venue from 9pm while you can drink gin from the onsite distillery or any of their on-tap wines.
London Shell Co.
London Shell Co. opened up their first permanent home this month on the fully refurbished Prince Regent canal boat, which is permanently docked at Paddington (besides their two hour cruise to Camden Lock in the evenings). The menu focusses on ethically sourced, local, high quality seafood cooked using the oldest and most underrated methods, while their drinks menu includes monthly changing wines and London-inspired cocktails.
Vegetarian establishment The Gate opened their 3rd restaurant this month. Though still serving up classics such as the green banana fritters and aubergine teriyaki, there are new additions to the menu such as the three-way-filled globe artichoke and wild mushroom rotolo. Juices and non-alcoholic cocktails will be served up alongside drinks like jalapeno margaritas and quince/vanilla margaritas.
This month saw the opening of Swift, an elegant cocktail bar with all the friendliness of your local pub. The upstairs menu sees a menu centred around martinis, with small plates like oysters and Guinness Welsh rarebit to accompany. Located in the heart of Soho, Swift is the perfect pre-theatre/supper spot, or that place you pop into for a nightcap en route home.
Bored of the usual red-checked tablecloths and clichéd Italian music, Italian brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe decided to do things their way. Named after a radio station which gave voice to the counterculture in Bologna, Radio Alice serves up pizzas with a whole host of toppings like anchovies, red onion, lemon zest and tomato; and gorgonzola speck, honey, fiordilatte and walnut. Desserts include cucumber, lemon and mint sorbet with a dash of gin while the drinks menu boasts wines from all over Italy as well as beers and spirits.
Borough Market became home to a new Mexican taqueria this month. The mezzanine serves as a tortilla factory where Criollo corn tortillas are made from scratch every day. Fillings include short rib, prawn and squash, with all the meat being cooked on the trompo (upright grill). Tacos are the star of the show but the menu offers up other things too such as chicharrón de queso aka rolled cheese crisp. Drinks-wise, there’s a big focus on Mezcal.
Untitled is the third bar concept from internationally renowned drinks innovator Tony Conigliaro. The bar has evolving installations and collaborations and shows its creativity through cocktails and food. During the day, Dark Arts coffee provide Londoners with caffeine but by evening, twelve original cocktails – going by names like Snow, Rice or Violin incorporate sight, smell and taste – are served up in bespoke vessels.
Inspired by his travels along the western coast of America, Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson’s menu includes steak tartare, shredded kimchi and lardo toast; sweet potato toast, avocado, labneh, lime with cilantro gremolata; and prune pie with crème Anglais. The bar is headed up by Kestutis Stirba (former Head Bartender at Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Sanderson and The Electric), and he’s curated a list of Californian-inspired drinks.
Jimmy’s Diner at Queen’s Ice, Skate and Bowl
Jimmy Garcia, pop-up legend, has taken over all things edible at the recently renovated venue. The menu is quintessentially British, paying homage to the venue’s heritage. Dishes include golden Cheddar balls, breadcrumbed balls of mature Cheddar; hot wings with BBQ sauce; and party platters of cheese nachos topped with pulled pork or smashed avocado.
Aviary is a new drinking destination aimed at city workers, nestled in between Old Street and Liverpool Street. The large marble bar serves botanically inspired sharing cocktails while the menu is full of raw plates, British meat from the 550°C cast iron Bertha coal oven and indulgent sides. A large rooftop terrace will come into its own when the weather finally turns.
Messapica, named after charming historic town Ceglie Messapica in Puglia, is an all-day café, deli, bombetteria and juice bar focussing on fresh, high quality produce. The menu boasts pastries, salads, lasagne, pizza and street food snacks prepared on the Italian charcoal grill. From 6pm, the restaurant serves up La Bombette Pugliese – thinly sliced seasoned Puglian pork, wrapped around provolone cheese, skewered and roasted over the charcoal grill.
December saw the opening of a brand new members club in Soho. Taking over the derelict space which once was home to the infamous Pinstripe Club, the club is open to both members and non-members though there are many benefits and privileges for members. The drinks menu has been expertly curated, featuring a luxurious collections of spirits and cocktails to make you feel the part.
Lockhouse is all about the balancing act – balance out the burgers with a salad. The signature burger is the Locked & Loaded, made from a beef patty, dry cured bacon, double American cheese, lettuce, and onion, but as well as the other burgers, the menu boasts rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and jam jar salads. The restaurant is open for breakfast and brunch too, with all the classics as well as things like huevos rancheros on the menu.
Check out all the new openings, as soon as we hear about them, here