We’ve survived Blue Monday, we’ve survived detoxing, retoxing and January sales. But just because we’ve all been in a bit of a slump doesn’t mean that the restaurants have stopped opening – anything but. Here are 18 cool new restaurants that opened in January…

Duck Duck Goose

London-born chef Oli Brown conceived of the idea of Duck Duck Goose whilst living in Hong Kong. It brings together the kitsch elements of the old-school Hong Kong cafes with contemporary service. The duck, pork and goose meats are all on display and air-dried then roasted on site in a custom-built air dryer and duck oven. The meats are cooked in various styles to bring you dishes such as the char siu pork collar meat platter, pork belly with five spice and roasted duck and goose.

www.duckduckgooselondon.com

The Lalit London

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group launched their first overseas venture this month. The hotel marries together Victorian architecture and Indian hospitality, with each one of the rooms designed differently but all making use of the finest Indian fabrics and artefacts. The hotel is also home to Rejuve – The Spa, which offers all sorts of holistic experiences as well as Baluchi, the hotel’s restaurant which offers the best of Indian fare using British ingredients.

www.thelalit.com

Miusan

This month, Camden became home to new drinking den, Miusan, which translates to ‘temple’ in Cantonese. It emulates the drinking dens of New York and Paris with its burning incense and dark velvet seating, while serving up the best of Cantonese cuisine, such prawn and squid tempura; and Jasmine tea smoked barbecued pork ribs.

www.miusan.co.uk

Lao Café

The team behind Rosa’s Thai Café this month opened Lao Café, following the success of the Lao Café pop up in Victoria, early 2016. The menu is designed for sharing and embraces traditional Laotian foods and cooking methods. Traditional ingredients include everything from coriander and dill to frogs, ants’ eggs, bugs and banana flowers. Traditional dishes include Tom Zaap Gai – spicy and sour chicken soup with toasted black sesame hot pot; Nham Khao Tod – fermented sausages with crispy rice salad; and Pla Pao Gluer – salt-grilled whole fish served with aubergine chilli dip, vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs.

www.laocafe.co.uk

Kricket

It begun life in a shipping container in Brixton, but Kricket have swapped that container for bricks and mortar with a location in Soho. The menu is more extensive than that at the Brixton branch with new sections devoted to dishes created on the robata grill and breads, meats and fish baked to order in a clay tandoor. Dishes include samphire pakoras with date tamarind chutney and chilli garlic mayonnaise; caramelised onion pilau rice with barberries; and butter garlic crab with seaweed papad. Worth the queue.

www.kricket.co.uk

Palatino

Former Young Chef of the Year, Stevie Parle, opened up a new Italian offering this January. The restaurant is set around three core elements: a fresh pasta machine, a wood burning grill and a stone oven, with dishes that span Rome’s cultural and culinary history from ancient Roman recipes through to the present day. On the menu you’ll find chicken and pistachio meatballs with polenta and squash; bucatini Amatriciana and maltagliati with red mullet and tomato; as well as a range of biodynamic and natural wines.

www.palatino.london

Six Storeys

Camm and Hooper have taken over all six stories of 11 Soho Square with each of the floors telling a different story – it’s like a members club but with none of the membership fees. Enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail or host an intimate gathering. Floors are available to hire or alternatively hire out the whole house to host a party past residents would have been proud of.

www.sixstoreys.com

Firedog

Pushing brunch beyond avocado is Fitzrovia’s Firedog. The Aegean-inspired restaurant serves up dishes using dishes all found between the Greek and Anatolian peninsulas – not an avocado in sight! They’ve also reinvented the ancient style of cooking using an olive wood chip fired grill, native to Santorini. Dishes include Sujuk and Cyprus potato hash with chorizo style ground beef sausage, roasted onions, thyme, spinach and eggs; kippers with sumac butter, spinach, sourdough and poached eggs; hot olive wood smoked salmon with chilli labneh, apple, watercress and herb salsa and flaked smoked mackerel. Avocado hardly compares…

www.fdog.com

Plot

Tooting became home to Plot this January. Opened by cousins Harry Smith and Mark Kimber, the restaurant showcases the best of seasonal and British produce. Feast on roasted cod with curried tartare sauce and scraps; braised beef cheek with pickled red cabbage, crispy onion; or charred hispi cabbage with brown butter and hazelnuts. And finish with Seville orange marmalade Bakewell with clotted cream, burnt cream and rhubarb and accompany all this with a drink from the wine list that champions local vineyards.

www.plotkitchen.com

Aster

Restaurant supergroup D&D London opened up Nordic-inspired Aster this month. Nordic because Head Chef Helena Puolakka has taken inspiration from her Finnish heritage as well as her French culinary training in her creation of the menu. Dishes include meatballs a la Lindstrom with beef and beetroot; juniper-smoked turbot with tender leeks and butter sauce; sea bass ‘in paper’ with fennel, olives, tomatoes; fish roes and blinis. And of course, all the dishes are matched with vodka or aquavit.

www.aster-restaurant.com

Shake Shack, Canary Wharf

American East Coast favourite Shake Shack opened up a new branch in London’s famous financial district, and it goes without saying that they’ve become a favourite in London too. To celebrate their new opening, Shake Shack teamed up with Berber & Q to create a ShakeBerber burger, made from Shake Shack’s custom-blend Angus beef patty and Berber & Q’s hand pulled lamb shawarma, whipped feta, cherry peppers and harissa ShackSauce. The Canary Wharf branch has partnered with East London charity Streets of Growth, with a percentage of sales going to the charity.

www.shakeshack.com

Patty & Bun

London Fields’ Patty & Bun outgrew their space so this month moved just around the corner to Richmond Road. They’ve kept some of elements such as the communal tables but they’ve added a bar to cater for all your happy hour and craft beer needs and there’s also outdoor space – though maybe you’ll want to wait a while before heading out there. The classics and signatures will be returning to the menu, along with some new additions including a chicken platter.

www.pattyandbun.co.uk

Greenwood

This month, Victoria’s Nova welcomed Greenwood; the pub with an in-house barbershop and brow and lashes bar. The pub serves up wild rabbit, pig cheek and celeriac pizza, Brixham hake with pak choi and Thai broth; spiced king scallop and shrimp burger and superfood salads and the sports lounge upstairs serves up pizza strips, croquettes and burgers. The pub itself is reminiscent of 70s college common room with its bold colours, booth seating, chandeliers and flying flamingos. Don’t forget that you can also get your hair/brows/lashes done too.

www.greenwoodlondon.com

Ferdi

Parisian favourite Ferdi has found itself a new location in Mayfair. It’s a favourite for supermodels and other A-listers, with a menu of cheeseburgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, churros and cocktails. It has more of  an English feel than it’s Parisian sibling but keeps the playful, intimate nature. Reservations are text-only, so get their number (0737 553 8309) saved to your contacts.

www.ferdi.london

Bleeker

Bleeker opened their first permanent location in Victoria. They’ve gained themselves quite a reputation from their stalls at Spitalfields, Southbank and various street food festivals so the announcement of a permanent home was met with much excitement. The menu is quite succinct but features classics like the Bleecker Black (made from double beef patties, double cheese, black pudding, onion and sauce) and Angry Fries – fries with hot sauce and blue cheese sauce; and the Oreo® milkshake.

www.bleekerburger.co.uk

Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square

Established hotel group Four Seasons opened their newest London hotel at Ten Trinity Square. It features maritime-inspired detailing, 100 bedrooms including 11 suites, 41 private residences, a spa, fitness centre, vitality pool and an indoor pool. The hotel houses under it’s roof 3 restaurants, including Asian concept restaurant Rotunda, due to open later this year; and La Dame de Pic, the UK debut from the acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic.

www.fourseasons.com

Exmouth Market Grind

This month, Grind opened up a new venue in Exmouth Market, adding to their ever-growing portfolio. With the opening, came a refreshed food offering from Kyle Boyce, former Executive Chef of the Soho House Group’s public restaurants. With the location being in Exmouth Market, Grind puts itself firmly on the culinary map. Dishes you can sample include wild boar benedict with preserved lemon hollandaise and pickled red chilli; grilled octopus with fennel and grapefruit; and chocolate parfait with Grind espresso streusel and candied hazelnuts.

www.grind.co.uk

Bobby Fitzpatrick

Bobby Fitzpatick brings back the 70s in the form of Formica and brown shag pile carpets, armed with plenty of rum. On the menu you’ll find deep dish American pizzas, chicken nuggets and doughnuts with several rum-laden cocktails to accompany. There’s 70s wallpaper, furniture and memorabilia including signed photos from the likes of Kate Bush, Leo Sayer and Olivia Newton John.

www.bobbyf.co.uk

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