You may or may not have noticed, that a lot of top restaurants are opening smaller and often less expensive versions. More restaurants means there is more opportunity for people to sample and experience some of these wonderful places. Here the Handbook has picked out its top 5 that we think are worth checking out.
Duck And Waffle Local
What: In and Out At The Duck And Waffle Local
Why: Duck and Waffle has been a raving success and just last year they opened Duck & Waffle Local. It may be a more casual affair but it’s just as tasty. You can order at the counter before being shown to a table, or you if you’re in a rush you can pick up food to takeaway. The same great quality just delivered at a faster pace and for your convenience.
Where: 52 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4RP
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea
What: Cinnamon Kitchen
Why: The Cinnamon Club’s superstar chef Vivek Singh is opening yet another restaurant, this time at Battersea Power Station. Expect a sleek and urban feel inside, in keeping with the whole regenerated site, channelling industrial minimalism. Not so the menu, which will be a medley of Singh’s Indian creations spread over brunch, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and light bites from Monday to Sunday.
Where: Battersea Power Station, 4 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB
The Ivy Cafés
What: The Ivy Collection
Why: The Ivy has been expanding for a while now and were one of the first to create the concept of a more affordable spin off. Keeping the same chic style whilst providing a more casual experience “The Ivy Cafés and Brasseries offer accessible all-day dining in a friendly environment”, and can be found across the whole of London and other cities in England.
Where: Multiple across London
What: Tamarind Kitchen
Why: The award-winning Tamarind Collection (Tamarind of Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington) opened the Tamarind Kitchen in Soho last year. Focusing on the idea that the kitchen should be the heart of any home, their dishes are reimagined from their Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant.
Where: 167-169 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 8WR
What: Madame D
Why: The very successful Gunpowder opened their little spin off known as Madame D last year. It brings together the flavours of India, Nepal, Tibet and China. Dishes include gold coin dumplings, pan-fried Tibetan duck momo, garlic coriander steamed chicken and prawn on toast.
Where: 76 Commercial St, London E1 6LY