As an endless hubbub of activity and whacky food trends, London is very rarely considered dull when it comes to food. The capital thrives off its restaurant openings and September boasts an encyclopaedic range, from the first Cevicheria to open in the city sharing its Latin American influences, to a famed Michelin-starred eatery giving us a bakery, and lots of pillowy, fresh doughnuts to boot. So, if you’ve got that September school’s back kinda feeling then fear not and check out some of these spots…
If there’s one thing better than Italian food, it’s more Italian food. How about all day Italian food? Pass the olives…
Terra Terra is the new Italian restaurant from the folks that brought us the Mondrian, Manhattan Loft Project and Dreamland in Margate, and so the bar’s set high. And it looks like this North London Finchley eatery is going to take that bar and down every drink in it because the restaurant will, of course, be serving all day bar snacks and Italian cocktails – an Italian Mary (vodka, tomato juice, balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and pickles, in case you were wondering) anyone? The drinks are the the creation of mixologist Walter Pintus, formerly of The Ritz, so this is the level we’re working with here.
Of course, the main event is the food. Head Chef Massimo Mioli has chucked it in at the wonderful Chucs and taken up residence as the creative brain behind Terra Terra. And, unsurprisingly, the menu is looking mouthwateringly delicious, with Italian dishes inspired by the food markets of Florence and Bologna.
To find out more, pop this way!
Where: 120 Finchley Road, London NW3 5JB, UK
Nearest station: Finchley Road (0 miles)
A second bakery has launched, to our delight, in Borough. The concept comes from St. John, a famed Michelin-starred eatery, as they launch a second concept at co-working provider Fora’s Borough location. Tipped for success, the delightful bakery will be awash with busy bread ovens prepping fresh, hot loaves, alongside iconic, pillowy doughnuts and French vin! It’s the dream of any commuter with goods enough to put a smile on a busy Londoners face, rain or shine!
Where: 180 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB
Hey chick! Fancy checking out this restaurant backed by rapper Nas? Course ya do! Catapulting in from across the pond Sweet Chick is a cult US chicken and waffle spot that brings its take on modern American comfort food to our wanting shores. Think lip-smacking goodies like Shrimp and Grits and a whole load of fried chicken, obvs.
Where: 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AG
Get yourselves to Charlie’s. Why? Because it’s by far one of the openings of the year at Brown’s Hotel. Named after Lord Charles Forte, the resto has Adam Byatt joining as Chef Director, a man so acclaimed in the kitchen that he’s slowly monopolising the entirety of the city and we’re oh, so glad. The restaurant prides itself on serving high quality, authentic ingredients from suppliers across the globe, whilst embracing a bygone era of service.
Of the opening, Adam has said: “Five-star hotels are part of my heritage; I started my career in Claridge’s when I was 16, and Brown’s is special as my grandfather was a bell boy here during the 1960’s.” So, if you too would like to make five-star hotels part of your heritage then Charlie’s is the place to head…
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
Following a successful thirteen years at the top of the restaurant scene, Galvin at Windows has recently decided to take its offering to new heights and revamp its bar. Enter 10º, romantically named after evening’s golden hour and dressed with burnt orange and ochre interiors courtesy of Aylott + Van Tromp. The reimagined bar space radiates a dusky golden glow, usually only achievable with an £80 tub of Clarins self-tan, and an impressive amount of greenery for a venue that is approximately 280 feet above Hyde Park.
An inventive fusion of French and Korean bites have been curated to complement the drinks offering, led by crowd-pleasing stand-out dish Joo’s Fried Chicken. Elsewhere cocktails are led by crowd-pleasing spirits – 10º appears to be quite pally with Pernod Ricard – with darker spirits often balanced by sweeter or fresher recipes. The 22 Park Lane, for example, is an inventive mix of Havana Club Especial, Lagavulin 16, banana and coconut purées, apple juice and vanilla – a great introduction to the brown stuff for less fervent drinkers.
It’s a real must visit this September, and onwards…
Where: 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
SILO London, coming in October (so we’ve cheated a little) will be bringing its numerous years of experience in Brighton to the capital, following the same simple rules; respecting the environment, whilst generating delicious, innovative food. The opening has caused quite the stir in the city, and will be housed on the upper floor of The White Building, with interiors designed by Nina Woodcroft, who’s known for her focus on sustainable design, and material conservationist, Seetal Solanki.
Views of the River Lea will greet you and furnishings are to be made from post-industrial materials, while the kitchen will open with a roaring fire at the very centre. Open in the evenings for dinner, with a changing menu, expect to find dishes such as smoked violet carrots with egg yolks, and elephant garlic and Jerusalem artichokes charred on the fire and served with a stilton sauce and pickles. (Sounds pretty darn good to us!). While on the weekends, the restaurant will be open for brunch, with their own take on the classic brunch delicacies. As well as freshly made juices and kombucha that’s brewed onsite too.
Silo is one to keep the eyes peeled for…
Where: The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Mama Shelter is a snug sanctuary in Hackney hidden away from the cacophony of London’s streets. As a self-proclaimed home away from home, Mama Shelter is an eclectic, playful spot, sporting whacky interiors from Parisian designers Dion & Arles. Inside, expect several private atelier-style meeting rooms, a spacious and playfully designed bar and restaurant, outdoor courtyard and Japanese-style karaoke rooms, ideal for anyone who wants to, well, do anything really – Mama Shelter is your oyster!
Where: 437 Hackney Road, E2 8PP
London’s first Cevicheria has arrived! Wondering what a Cevicheria is? Well, listen up! Fitzrovia has opened its doors to Crudo, a casual dining grab-and-go that celebrates the vibrancy of Latin America and serves as a place where you can design your very own ceviche bowls! Hop, skip and Latin American dance your way to Crudo and you’ll find various bowls, including the ‘Clasico’; a base of quinoa, topped with seabass marinated in a classic leche de tigre sauce and topped with sweet potato, Andean chilli, Peruvian toasted corn and plantain chips. For a good bit of food DIY, head down to Crudo.
Where: 35 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7EA
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