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The end of the month rolls around again and with it a conglomerate of tasty eateries throwing their doors open. From a brand new Balans Soho Society to the Instagrammable refurb of Momo, here’s what March had to offer…


Momo is a simply iconic, as a restaurant that has reigned true in London for 22 years. Currently, to maintain its stalwart title, the resto had a refurb that had us queuing outside for the big reveal – and to get our hands on its  North African and Mediterranean cuisine – and now, it’s finally open!

The brasserie now boasts a downstairs refined 19th Century styled cocktail bar “Kwānt.” It’s headed up by bartender Erik Lorincz, previously of the American Bar at The Savoy, so no biggie then?! Executive Head Chef Hervé Deville has a brand new menu for you to try that will highlight his culinary prowess with a focus on Mediterranean dishes and hints of North African flavour.

Where: 23 - 25 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BH

The Gate

It’s time for one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants to open it’s fourth, yes fourth, location! The Gate is an incredible plant-based venue that is swinging open its doors in St John’s Wood, following suit from current restaurants in Marylebone, Islington and Hammersmith.

On the menu, you’ll forage through meat-free dishes with highlights of butternut and ricotta rotolo, aubergine schnitzel and tiramisu, prune and apple crumble. The restaurant has been championed for its appeal to vegans, vegetarians and plant-based flexitarians alike, with an emphasis on using high quality and sustainable ingredients. This shines through in the wine too, where a 100% vegan wine list promotes styles such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and sparkling wines; proving you don’t need sacrifice your staples as a plant-based eater. 

Of the fourth restaurant, founder Michael Daniel says: ”

Since opening The Gate in Hammersmith in 1989, London’s vegetarian dining scene has become ever more vibrant and dynamic. We have always cooked this way, demonstrating the variety and flavour that you can create with great fresh produce and creative talent.” We can’t wait!

Where: Various locations

The Good Yard

Oli and George are two guys who, in a very Alan Sugar-esque way, began their business from a little stall in Camden Market. Now? They’re foodie giants and act as a lunch favourite for locals providing delicious cocktails to boot.  This month they opened a venue in  buzzy Shoreditch where you can get your caffeine fix, oh and music fix as the boys are renowned for their killer playlists. The dishes served are sourced from London’s historic produce markets and are cooked on the day before they end up in your lunch box making all your work pals jealous. Plus, they work ever so closely with coffee roasters Allpress producing incredibly tasty coffee that will keep you buzzing all day long. A real must try!

Where: 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH

YOPO at the Mandrake

Yopo? More like yippee! The new restaurant in The Mandrake has opened this month and it’s all jolly exciting. Yopo is actually a plant found in the jungles of Venezuela and the space plans to be just as outlandishly experimental as its shell, The Mandrake. Menu highlights will include charcoal grilled octopus with aji pancha and avocado and smoked aubergine with sea herbs & lemon Itakuja tart, all of which will adopt the sense of escapism that the restaurant holds so dear.

Where: 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN

Fatt Pundit

Restaurant names are getting more fun by the hour, especially this one which we don’t know whether to find funny or shout “oi, who you calling a fat pundit?” Fatt Pundit is the latest Indo Chinese offering residing on bustling Berwick Street that triumphs traditional Chinese cooking techniques and implements bursting spices.

Basically if you love a spicy dumpling originating from Tibet then this is definitely your bag when it comes to restaurants. The menu is jam-packed full of Indian and Chinese flavours and the venue, we believe, is set to be a big rival to the other Thai offerings scattered across Soho.

You’ll be able to get your fill of their fab signature dishes of shredded chilli venison, smoked rabbit wontons and hakka paneer lettuce cups or opt for the hero dish Momos, which are spicy dumplings originating from Tibet.

Why do we have to write this round-ups after lunch? Now, we’re hungry again

Where: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8TH

The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas are being even more gentlemanly, giving us the gift of a brand new coffee bar at Flat Iron Square – yippee! The coffee giants already have locations in various nooks and crannies of the city, from Fitzrovia and Southwark to London Bridge and East India and we think you’re going to love the new one! The venue opened up on the 6th of March and provides customers with a superlative caffeine fix, using beans from The Gentlemen Baristas’ nearby Shadwell roastery. Alongside this there’s a delicious offering of pastries, cakes and snacks and for tea lovers there’s an extensive selection from Chash Fine Tea co and seasonal specials that include turmeric and coconut matcha lattes, hot chocolates and cold brews.

Where: The Gentlemen Baristas, Flat Iron Square, 64 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU


A new fine dining restaurant sashayed into the city in the form of Xier by Carlo Scotto. Located in Marylebone, the restaurant is the first solo project of the chef, offering two distinct spaces, a ten-course tasting menu featuring highlights of red prawn crudo, raspberry, red caviar and yuzu coupled with pared-down luxury flooding the space. Carlo draws inspo from his various travels through Europe and Asia, with cuisine taking on a global influence seeping primarily European flavour.

Where: 13-14 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JR


You might only live once but we really, like really, want to live two/ three times if possible to make our way through this delicious menu! YOLO (or You Only Live Once) for those who don’t fall into the millennial category, is a new Covent Garden eatery offering sweet treats all day long. Living that YOLO lifestyle you can enjoy freshly baked goods including the Crodough which is a croissant/doughnut hybrid, which features layers upon layers of buttery pastry, fried and finished with a range of toppings. There’s also a huge range of coffees, loose-leaf teas and YOLO shakes on offer, alongside classic cakes and plant-based treats, all of which can be enjoyed whilst vintage vinyl provides the tune to your chomp.

It’s the venue proving life’s too short, so eat dessert before dinner… and we think it’s oh so sweet.

Where: 1 Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP


With a mission to spark human connections and inspire bigger conversations, Kindred is the brand new members’ club sitting snug in Bradmore House that hopes to live up to its namesake. Housed in a three floor, Grade II listed building, it’s a remarkable members only spot that hopes to promote idea sharing and widen social circles. Exuding all the luxe you need and various goings-on including speaker supper club series and breakfast networking, to wellness classes and piano sing-a-longs, there’s an eclectic myriad of things to do.

Kindred has taken the knowledge that 9 million people in the UK maintaining they are always or often lonely and run with it, offering up a social network than can be enjoyed across the various rooms including an all-day café and bar on the ground floor, and beautiful spaces for co-working, events and dining on the first and top floors. Those familiar with TED will be pleased to know that TEDx collaborations, TEDsocial events, and regular screenings of TED Talks are available due to TED being one of Kindred’s main financial backers.

It’s without a doubt that this new members’ club subverts the norm and is in fact wholly forward thinking with its mission and vibe. We can’t wait to give it a go!

Where: Kindred, Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW


Because we just love a seafood restaurant… Orasay is the new venture from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer that’ll bring a taste of the highlands to our London mouths. The menu will boast an aquanautical theme, and comes after the duo successfully launched Shoreditch-based restaurant St Leonards.

Where: Notting Hill - 31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU

Thunderbird Fried Chicken

Thunderbirds to the res… Oh, wait it’s not that kinda Thunderbirds. It is however fried chicken and lots of it, as racing car driver ‘Wing King’ Matt Harris opens his first permanent restaurant in Brixton. You might recognise this finger lickin’ chicken from places such as Dinerama and Giant Robot with its ‘Wings’, ‘Buns’ and ‘Pieces, but now you’ll have a whole restaurant to feast at. Highlights include the chipuffalo wings which were awarded ‘Best Buffalo Wings’ in London at Wingfest and Thunderbird’s iconic sauces. So, if you’re a sucker for a bit of hot sauce and a thunderbun then get yourselves down to Thunderbird.

Where: Unit 74, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PS

Terra Rossa

Everyone needs a bit of Italian charm now and again, and it looks like now’s the turn of Islington as Terra Rossa graces its boutique streets. Diners will travel on a flavour journey riding, allowing their taste buds to plunge into the sun-baked region of Puglia. On the menu you’ll find highlights of of broad bean purée and cured meats and cheeses with fig jam.

Owner François Fracella has spiralled back to his roots with this venue. Having grown up as the son of a farmer he appreciates the importance of home grown, fresh ingredients and so passers-by will wander past and watch the pasta being lovingly hand-rolled in the window – #foodenvy! The restaurant oozes Italian vibes, from the family on a Friday night feel to the fresh stone baked pizzas wafting past the tables. If you like the finer things in life, Terra Rossa is the one.

Where: 139 Upper Street, N1 1QP

Balans Soho Society Dickens Yard

Balans Soho Society began as a sandwich shop on Old Compton Street in 1987 – can you believe it? Since, its grown as a result of popularity – and our insatiable appetites – spreading like wild fire across London. There are venues in Clapham, Seven Dials, Victoria, Kensington, Soho, Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, Westfield Stratford City and now Dickens Yard! The new restaurant will keep its staple funky décor, high-quality cuisine and cocktails. Oh, and if you’re popping by be sure to try the high society lobster benedict, the three cheese quesadilla and the high society lobster benedict.


A.O.K. Kitchen and Bakery

Umm, since when did a kitchen and bakery look this darn good? We’re totally A.O.K about this new venture founded by Kelly Landesberg, which opened its doors this month in Marylebone. There will be a delightful seasonal menu on offer akin to the refreshing and airy interiors, and refined sugar is a complete no-no! 

Highlights will include breakfast favourites of classic boiled eggs and fluffy blue- berry pancakes with organic maple syrup and fresh berries, alongside delectable dishes such as acai and coconut bowls. A wander downstairs will lead you to where the magic happens, as freshly made patisserie, viennoiserie and a variety of spe- cialty breads created by Sebastien Chiono are whipped up. 

Designed to embody a sense of feel good fun and opulence, the new spot is wellness on a plate with Instagrammable settings to boot, and we highly recommend a visit!

Where: 52-55 Dorset Street, Marylebone, W1U 7NH

Peruse some of the best restaurant openings of 2019 here