New year, new restaurants and January is full of them. As we descend into yet another year of magic, chaos and mayhem in London’s vibrant food scene, we’ve rustled up a few of our bucket list restaurants set to open this month. Here’s nine of our favourites to open this January…
Bringing the fiery spark of traditional Spanish cuisine to The Borough Market Kitchen is Brindisa’s latest endeavour, Brindisa Kitchen. If you’re one for adventures, prepare to be guided on a culinary journey as you follow in the footsteps of an ancient Spanish pilgrimage, La Ruta de la Plata. At the forefront of the menu, you can expect to be gobbling your way through a bundle of seafood and fish delicacies from varying Spanish regions. You won’t want to miss it.
Having honed his craft at various Michelin starred restaurants, Executive Chef Chris Hill has created an unbeatable menu at the all new gourmet traiteur and delicatessen, Colette. Working with restaurant group, La Villa Lorraine, Hill will be launching an array of seasonal dishes for you to take home and wow your guests at your next dinner party. Expect to be tucking into classic confit cod, lemon, roasted garlic and capers; hand cut linguini, girolle, pecorino sauce; and a real classic take on the beef wellington, delicious.
By the power of Zeus, there’s a new Greek inspired restaurant opening this month and, boy, does it sound delicious. Driving inspiration from both Greek and Eastern Mediterranean cultures, Ampéli’s focus will be on the indigenous wines of Greek mainland and its tropical-esque islands. At the helm, Head Chef Oren Goldfeld will be cobbling together a selection of social plates, from feta saganaki with tomato jam to smoked cod’s roe dip with lavash chips, while mains draw on Eastern Mediterranean coastlines classics such as spice potato brik with soft egg yolk, brown shrimp and Harissa mayo, and braised cuttlefish with orzo and Moroccan red pepper sauce. Bravo!
Translating in English to an old wooden home where you go to socialise, live and eat, Baraka champions flame Mangal cooking and old recipes from the Ottoman Empire. Perfectly positioned just shy of Liverpool Street Station, Baraka will be serving a selection of Turkish style mezza platters, charcoal grill offerings and indulgent homemade baklava. Yum.
Officially swinging opening its doors this January will be Raj of Islington. Following its elder sibling, Raj of Kensginton’s ethos, you can expect to find authentic home cooked Indian cuisine making its way onto your table. With 82 covers, Raj of Islington is set to be bursting with plush furnishings and vibrant textiles, and the menu follows suit fusing bold flavours and traditional Indian spices with fresh British produce.
My, oh my, Tom Aiken’s is on a bit of a roll as Muse marks his return to experience-led fine dining. Opening 11th January, acclaimed British chef Tom Aikens will be prying open the doors to his latest venture in Belgravia, bringing with him a six-course and ten-course tasting menu of dreams. Each dish has been carefully crafted to help provoke lasting memories, taking inspiration from nostalgia and key moments in both his personal life and career.
Those on that January health kick can rejoice knowing Palm Greens are back at it again with another refreshing salad bar, only this time opening in the heart of King’s Cross Square. What was once a petite stand at Broadway Vegan Market in July, has since transformed into something of real beauty with its first stand-alone site in King’s Cross! For the early risers among the group, you can enjoy hearty overnight oats and cocoa granola bowls, and by lunch, expect to be munching your way through salad selections. Oh, and it’s all 100% plant-based!
Nuzzled in the heart and soul of Camden you’ll find a brand new all-day dining concept BARONYS Bar & Kitchen already making quite the name for itself since its soft launch in December. Fast-forward to January and it’s busy experimenting with flavours and pumping out everyday favourites using the best of seasonal and rare ingredients on the market.
Escape the city and venture out to the countryside this January with a stop off at the brand new 28 Market Place restaurant in Somerset. Head Chef Dan Fletcher, formerly of Michelin-starred The Square and Fenchurch at Sky Garden, has crafted a menu championing the best of the West Country and celebrates British produce.
Indulge in dishes such as fallow deer, beetroot, red cabbage and preserved blackcurrants; Cornish red chicken, delica pumpkin and chanterelles on sourdough toast; and pollock with wood-fired leeks, mussels and sea veggies. If that’s not enough, expect hearty roasts, sharing style on Sundays. While we know it’s a little bit of a trek, we can guarantee you won’t regret your decision.
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