By now you’ve probably already sorted your work Christmas dinner but if you’ve held off in hope of some brand spanking new restaurants filling up the city, you’d have made the right choice because November has seen a whole host of stunning restaurants opening their doors for the first time. Here’s 11 of the hottest restaurants to book right now:
Over the last few months we’ve seen an influx of rainforest-inspired restaurants and bars popping up all over the city, with the newest addition being 14 Hills. Trees, shrubs and foliage fill the restaurant from floor to ceiling, and the views showcase the best of London’s skyline twinkling at night – it’s truly magical. As you waltz through the doors, your eyes will be drawn impressively to the oval onyx bar slotted in the centre of the room boasting an extensive cocktail menu and stellar pink stalls.
As for food, the grab-and-go Deli serves up sandwiches, salads and freshly baked cakes, cookies and tarts, while diners in the restaurant can expect to enjoy a blend of British cooking with a touch of French flair. Pull up a pew at the bar and enjoy the rainforest ride.
Richard Corrigan, you’ve done it again.
Arguably the most successful Irish chef of our generation, Rich Corrigan returns with another restaurant that’s already set to be a hit. Boasting 60 covers, including a 10 seater oyster bar, Daffodil Mulligan will be serving up a seasonal menu that comes straight from Virginia Park Lodge, Corrigan’s Irish country estate, with a real emphasis on seafood. You shore won’t want to miss it.
The Grill at The Dorchester has already built up quite the reputation. At the helm, 26-year-old Tom Booton has relaunched the restaurant into a brand new realm. The youngest head chef to grace the floors of the luxurious 88-year-old restaurant, Booton’s menu champions British cuisine and celebrates the rich British ingredients we’ve all grown to know and love.
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Argue all you want, nothing beats a scotched egg that’s oozing yolk as soon as you bite into it. And, our favourite artisan scotch egg brand, Scotchtails has just launched its first permanent site in the heart of the new Borough Market Kitchen development, eek. Alongside the scotched eggs expect to find a whole host of other eggy delights such as their ham, fried egg and crispy confit chips.
Following the tragic closure of the Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in April, and the death of Joël Robuchon himself in August 2018, all of the foodies out there were extremely excited to hear about the new opening of Le Comptoir Robuchon this November. The chef’s name lives on with the two new restaurants.
Le Comptoir’s menu replicates Robuchon’s love of simpler things, with an emphasis primarily on light and small dishes, while Le Deli serves lunchtime and breakfast classics so you’ll be glad to know there’s another brekkie spot to add to your never-ending list…
From farm to restaurant, the Gladwin Brothers’ latest venture champions the rural countryside, only this time in the heart of Soho. At the helm of Sussex, situated on Firth Street, is Chef Direct Oliver Gladwin who has created changing seasonal menus to celebrate local and wild British ingredients. It’s fair to say we’re super eager to whizz off to try his take on the Sunday roast and the ‘skyscraper’ Yorkshire puds.
It’s behind you! The name you’ll know for defining Ibiza’s restaurant scene, IT has launched its first UK restaurant tucked in the heart of Mayfair. As expected, you’ll be dining on gourmet Mediterranean dishes with strong influences and flavours of Head Chef Gennaro Esposito southern Italy. Esposito’s signature spaghetti al pomodoro is to die for!
There’s a new neighbourhood bistro and wine shop that’s literally amaize-ing. Nestled inside Walton Lodge in Brixton, The Laundry has already become a dining spectacular among the locals. Focusing on classical dishes and techniques, the menu champions the best of British produce. Dive into dishes like their pink fir potatoes baked in salt pastry with garlic and rosemary, and herb cream; cured day-boat seabass, pickled strawberry, pepper, tarragon and sunflower seeds; and Hereford beef tartar, fermented chilli, prawn oil, egg yolk and triple-cooked beef fat potato chips. Of course, it’s no wine shop without serving wine and The Laundry boasts a selection of 50 wines to make your way through.
Another restaurant that’s jumped on the rainforest-inspired interiors bandwagon is Amazónico. Prepare to be guided along the Amazon river, uncovering the Latin American culinary experience, right in the heart of Mayfair. You’ll find yourself surrounded by tropical animals, even a peacock will be gracing the bar countertop. As for food, expect Peruvian-style sushi, traditional Brazilian dishes and cachaça cocktails.
Another much loved pop-up, Lucky & Joy has flown the nest and settled with its first home in Clapton. Stewed up by founders Ellen and Pete’s love for travelling throughout China, Southeast Asia and New York, Lucky & Joy specialises on serving up Chinese and Portuguese flavours. Expect sharing platters, fiery flavours and quirky interiors.
I think we can all agree Londoners are obsessed with fried chicken vendors and we’ve got another one to add to the never-ending list to try. Enter Mr Ji, a brand new Taiwanese joint that’s opened in Soho. This isn’t just any ol’ chicken vendor either. Founder Samuel Haim has decided to bring his take on Taiwanese night market chicken to the table, using only 100% free range chicken. The pièce de résistance has to be the Big Ji, a huge butterflied chicken breast, brined, coated in gluten-free sweet potato flour and deep fried, delish!
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