London is always quieter in August and it seems as if the restaurant openings have taken a bit of a back seat too as there have only been a handful of openings this month. That said it’s quality over quantity and this month we have seen the opening of Insta-fave Eggslut, Antipodean gone wild Mama Fuego, The Halal Guys new spot, and much more. Check ’em out!
The Halal Guys are back! This time on Earl’s Court Road, equipped with 48 covers, popularity and more chicken, beef and vegan-friendly falafel than you can shake a stick at! The restaurant chain has been oh, so popular ever since it launched, with over 1,000 platters alone sold per day. The NYC foodie giant zoomed into London’s Leicester Square back in March, and continues to monopolise London’s resto scene with its epic eats. Join The Halal Guys mania and visit their new restaurant, bathed in American pop culture and delicious food.
Where: 163-165 Earls Court Road, Earl's Court, SW5 9RF
There’s a new kid on the Greenwich block and about time too (geddit, time? Like, Greenwich mean time?). Anyway, it’s called Mama Fuego and it’s all about Oz, with a sixties feel and milk bar! Wondering what a milk bar is? Us too. And we need to set the record straight as for some reason it keeps conjuring up images of cows waggling their udders! Hmm…
Mama Fuego boats interiors as whacky as its name. We’re talking playful yet glamorous, with hints of old school glamour infused throughout. Pairing antipodean offerings with Latin American flavours, this architecturally exciting venue covers all food bases. Altogether, you’ll find six spaces which include the milk bar, the restaurant and the sunken lounge bar, each of which are as eccentric as they sound.
Where: North Greenwich Pier, at Unit 5, 69-72 Olympian Way, SE10 0NE
Just when we thought we’d heard every restaurant name under the sun, there’s a new one hatching in central delightfully named Eggslut. Yep, you read that correctly. This LA-based diner has flown the nest over the Atlantic ocean launching their very first London venue, and it opened this month! his new eatery is landing on Portobello Road and it’s been stirring up a bit of a name for itself. Mainly because of it’s charming name. But also because it’s serving up the ultimate comfort food – an eggy bap!
This LA fast-food joint serves up an upscaled McMuffin but they’re committed to using local suppliers, and they’ve certainly picked out some of London’s finest for the new branch! Eggslut’s “cage-free” eggs are produced by Clarence Court, then Bread Ahead are on hand to make the baps, and roasters Nude Coffee supply the cups o’ Joe!
Where: 185 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen brought snug neighbourhood vibes with it when it arrived in London this month. The kitchen showcases contemporary Mediterranean and Japanese small plates, alongside a variety of wines, sake and signature cocktails to get you in the mood for food! The interior magic fuses together the locations of the food, with Mediterranean gardens and Japan’s minimalist vibes intertwining. Our food recommendations would be salmon carpaccio with chilli avocado and yellowtail sashimi with spicy yuzu soy, or the lemon roasted baby chicken, cooked on a signature Japanese Bincho Grill. Are your mouths watering too?
Where: 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QD
Snackbar just sounds like a total dream, and somewhere we’d like to spend, like, all of our time! The restaurant opened up on Dalston Lane this month at the hands of Dutch-born pickle queen Freddie Janssen and serves sandwiches, rice bowls and salads. Yum! Janssen actually grows all the ingredients on site herself which is pretty awesome and the farm-to-restaurant cafe vibe will see indoor allotments, a polytunnel, a chicken shed and a fermentation basement found inside. Epic!
Where: 20 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
Revitalising the American diner scene, Mo Diner is your go-to for 30s-style dining and working 9-5 vibes. The fun venue is an all-day restaurant with breakfast and brunch with a Mediterranean spin put on dishes. The diner with a twist will see you sitting amongst bright yellow Moroccan tiles and a cacti filled conservatory enjoying dishes including lobster rock ‘n’ roll, merguez in a blanket, spiced cauliflower with pomegranate and almonds and more. Wine and beer will be served but our eyes are own those hard shakes… Mo Diner’s milkshake really does bring everyone to the yard.
Where: 23 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH
BaoziInn, London Bridge, opened this month to the pitter patter of hungry Londoners heading in its direction. The 120-cover restaurant is known on most food blocks as a place to go for divine dumplings, Cantonese dim sum with Hunan and Sichuan influences, and dan dan noodles. Oh, and skewers and buns, and just about anything that tastes good! At the London Bridge outpost you’ll find dishes such as roast duck smoked with cherry wood, adventurous dishes such as Chef’s special recipe barbeque roast duck, and wonton noodles flown in specially from Yuen Long, Hong Kong.
Where: 34-36 Southwark Street, London Bridge SE1 1TU