Lettuce celebrate, it’s April and there are loads of new kid on the block restaurants to have a gander at! The abundance of new spots are making our hearts beet faster because we’re just so eggcited. From Dougy Robertson’s uber green Embr Kitchen, to a cafe opened by fashion house Prada, there’s a restaurant matcha made in heaven for everyone. And, if you donut understand anything we’ve just said then gouda luck reading the rest…
Embr Kitchen, the brainchild of chef Dougy Robertson, who champions sustainability and ethically sourced dishes, brought his farms to fork concept to London this month and we’re going slightly crazy over how good it is. All in bowls, the offerings showcase delicious food including British meat and vegetables, with hints of Brazilian flavours and Scandinavian cooking techniques. In siding with the movement of going green, everything is recycled, reused or composted, plus the food makes for the perfect fuel for an on-the-go Londoner. What are you waiting for?
P.s. you can find Embr Kitchen on Deliveroo here
Pasticceria Marchesi is Milan’s most established bakery, being founded in 1824 and now owned by Prada. The bakery is famed for its beautiful, mint green interior, its sugary sweets and panettone and is pretty much a Milanese landmark. The bakery arrived this month in a new spot on Mount Street immediately opposite The Connaught and down the road from Berkeley Square. Expect an espresso bar, favourites from the Milan shop’s menu and, of course, lots and lots of panettone!
Lucknow 49 is the brainchild of DUM Biryani founder Dhruv Mittal; a cosy curry house tucked up in Mayfair. Expect a diverse menu that includes a lamb galauti made with minced lamb with over 50 dry spices and a variety of slow-cooked dishes.
If you like buns, hun, then how about this? Bun House opened its doors to its new Chinatown restaurant on Lisle Street recently and it created quite the flurry. The Chinese steam bun favourite has two new additions to its menu, a beef brisket option and a soft, brioche-style pineapple bun, but not to fear, cult favourites will still have their pride of place.
Opening up on the 3rd of April, Serata Hall provides a creative hub and haven for East Londoners, designed by the team at Red Deer. It’s all about hot-desking, baking and, well, eating! Heading there soon? Expect a bakery, drinks galore which include masterclasses in gin, cocktails and more and an abundance of delicious food from pizzas to fried vegan chicken, all housed in a hall that brings Edwardian detailing and pays homage to the Art-Deco era.
Instead of doing the Harlem Shake, why not do the Harlem Soul and enjoy some delicious American urban cuisine whilst you’re at it? Opening up on the 15th of April, this new eatery has been given to us a tasty gift by Soul Food Enterprises, the restaurant group behind Stax Diner in Kingly Court and Butterscotch Bakery. Alongside American Urban cuisine with Soul Food, Mexican and Korean influences, expect Harlem Soul to be the home of graffiti, and a bulk of live music including soul and hip hop.
If eateries had blowdries and makeovers then The Park in Teddington would be one of those to get involved. The local has had a magnificent makeover and now the Grade II listed building which snugly houses a pub, resto and 44-bedroom hotel, is alive with bright, cosy interiors, botanical touches and quirky features throughout.
It’s a quintessentially British place that plates up delicious dinners, afternoon teas and roasts galore which you’d benefit from, were you to visit its new found finery. It’s an idyllic spot for cosy stays with a highlights including Valentine’s Mansion featuring a glistening chandler and other decadent embellishments.
Not exactly open now, but still an April opening all the same as it swings its doors open tomorrow (26th), The Sea, docking up in Chelsea, is somewhere you’re going to want to dive into. If you take the plunge, you’ll enjoy fish galore at the chef-led fishmonger, deli and seafood bar. It’s all about fresh, fresh, fresh and chefs will work tirelessly to educate guests about all things fishy-dishy. From interactive masterclasses (oyster shucking, fish filleting and curing) and regular guest fishmonger series, there’s something for everyone.
So, if you’re on the sea food and eat it diet, this one’s for you…
Following a surprisingly long line of fashion houses opening eateries, H&M has launched its second London café. The centrally located store on Regent Street offers food as colourful and Instagrammable as the fashion; proving they’re a dab-hand at a design. You’ll find fresh salads, sandwiches, smoothies oh and rainbow snacks inside using all organic and locally-sourced produce.
Here’s something that won’t take too much effort to grin and bear…
BEAR coffee has launched today in Soho and as a result they’re giving away 5000 – yes, 5000 – flat whites (not to one person, but to everyone who gets their bums down their for launch day!) BEAR, in partnership with Jack Wills, will donate all their profits to Project Waterfall charity during London Coffee Week, which is a superb incentive than we makes us want to drink coffee even more than usual.
The new coffee house will boast highlights of sustainably-sourced serves, including coffee and wine, craft beer and signature cocktails (served from. 5pm onwards).
We can’t espresso our excitement!
As the hub of all things foodie, and the place to blame for us piling on the pounds, Borough Market will play host to Mimo’s first UK outpost, as the insatiably popular cookery school from San Sabastien brings its culinary prowess to our city. Current venues reside in sunnier climes – Seville, Mallorca and The Algarve – and now, as Mimo hits our home turf, we can revel in the cookery classes it has to offer.
Classes are themed around different local area and you’ll enjoy delicious dishes such as Galician octopus and prawn skewers, whilst washing down the flavours with an abundance of drinks, of which many of the ingredients will be sourced from Borough Market.
Ready, steady, cook!
More openings for your restaurant radar can be found here