Another year, another dollar. Or at least it will be for these sublime new resto offerings throwing their doors open at the same time as we throw away dry January for another year. Yes, it’s 2019, and it’s time to create new food trends, new menus and new must-eats, and helping us to do this is the brimming selection below. So, whether it’s a booze-less bar or a Söderberg bun that’s tickling your fancy, here’s where to get your fill:
WAVE, which stands for We Are Vegan Everything, is the new… yep, you guessed it, vegan venue which literally is everything vegan! Living up to its namesake the must-visit location serves up alternative dishes including their brand new recipe for ‘vegan fried eggs’ which we’re dying to try! Subverting plant-based stereotypes, the location hopes to shower its visitors in inventive vegan food offerings and specialities such as instagram friendly vegan freakshakes, with flavours like strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel and chocolate brownie – it’s the veganning of something deeeelicious!
This is a vegan opening we think is kind of a big dill, as it plants itself in the city! Puns aside, Stem + Glory (whose name we’re totally digging) is an award-winning restaurant in Cambridge that boasts breakfast dishes like scrambled tofu on toast and banana bread to Asian and Middle-Eastern influenced mains for lunch and dinner. Now, it’s set to put down roots in Lonodn and we can’t wait to try it.
This new venue may well be called Redemption, but how does one redeem themselves after eating a whole bunch of wholefood vegan gluten-free dishes and a ton of booze-less cocktails, we ask?! Well very easily is the answer, because newly opened Redemption in Seven Dials could well be the world’s healthiest restaurant. Natural unrefined sugars, created by co-founder and executive chef Andrea Waters, make up the menu and, in keeping to Dry January all year round, you can try out many a booze-less cocktails. These include pina colada; lychee and yuzu martini; frozen pineapple margarita and the Redemption Royale. This is a no alcohol zone, but health is at the core. We love you Redemption!
There’s a new Chinese restaurant in town, and it’s a contender. Imperial Treasure, in St James’s Waterloo Place, just opened and brings a wealth of experience from Asia where the group have already amassed a haul of four Michelin stars. Signature dishes include caviar on egg white; soft shell crab with soya crumble; crispy Iberico barbecued pork belly; salt and pepper deep fried eel; and silver cod steamed with chillies. Perhaps it would be inauspicious to sample the chilled pig’s shank, though I’m assured it’s excellent.
It’s Swediesh, it’s got a cool name and we’re all about those all important cardamom buns. Söderberg has come to London for the first time with open-style sandwiches, smörrebröd and Kardemummabulle (buns) at the helm. The brand originated in our colder counterpart, Edinburgh, and has since smothered London in its hot coffee and tasty bun ways! The two-floor café is seeped in Scandi design and boasts Johan & Nyström coffee, roasted in Sweden. It’s one for the “never miss breakfast”-ers.
Homeboy is a bar from Irish duo Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith and hopes to inject a real Irish flair into the city of London. Situated in Islington, the boozer boasts laid back vibes, home comforts, and moreish food, all to a soundtrack of hip-hop and RnB. Highlights include loaded fries and poutine as well as comfort food using family recipes.
Tooley Street will see Charlie Carroll opening Flat Iron where meat is most definitely the order of the day. Designed by AVROKO, the restaurant takes on the form of a traditional pub tavern in the front room, with a draft beer range positioned on a zinc topped island bar at the back, pulling guests in. The dining room boasts a garden feel, where the Flat Iron menu can be be gauged on, with servings of botched underused cuts served up and their signature Baked Alaska, of course! And for those who just can’t get enough, there’s a 12-seater private dining area downstairs for you to munch at until your hearts’ content.
Ok so not technically a January opening, but we felt the need to shout about Megan’s… so here we are, shouting! Opening up in Clapham in December, the brunch joint already has venues in Fulham and Parson’s Green. However Clapham-ers are now the lucky ones, with yet another bottomless brunch joining the brunch entourage. Expect rainforest alliance & fair-trade coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and London’s Top 10 Eggs Benedict amongst other brunch classics. They’ve got your back… and your hangovers!
Six isn’t a crowd, especially when it’s a sixth Homeslice in Marylebone! The pizza restaurants are known best for their 20-inch wood-fired pizzas with seasonal toppings and creative combos donned on top. You can split your pizzas 50/50 so if someone wants pineapple on their pizza (yes, those people do exist), then you can have an alternative topping on your half of the bargain. The dough? Oh, well that’s aged for 24-hours in advance in true, organised style, and pizzas flip between classics such as the Margherita and the Salami, Rocket and Parmesan, to seasonally changing toppings including Pumpkin, Broccoli, Pecorino & Crispy Onions and their take on a Quattro Formaggi; Provisions’ Four Cheese, Jalapeño Salsa & Rye Crumb.
Occupying the rotunda of the former BBC headquarters, Endo at the Rotunda will see Endo Kazutoshi extending his culinary prowess with a 15-seat restaurant that he hopes will gift him a Michelin. Despite Kazutoshi being the Executive Sushi Chef at ICHIBUNS, this new restaurant promises to offer something a far cry from it.
Farzi Café launched all the way back in 2014 in India and has since spread its influence with nine locations in the subcontinent and one in Dubai in its catalogue. The restaurant showcases Indian food, and prides itself on creating an allusion with its cuisine. Now in London, visitors can enjoy generous flavours and gastronomic illusion.
A new Lucky Voice location has been announced in Holborn; the first site in London to have opened in over a decade. The private karaoke company also have venues in Soho, Islington and Brighton, and the fourth site will open its door on Chancery Lane in early 2019. The venue will feature a VIP karaoke room suitable for over 25 people, and will hold a late license until 3am on week-days, and 4am on weekdays.
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