As always, an abundance of restos have opened up this month, proving October isn’t all about Halloween but also about idyllic food spots of all shapes and sizes. From a buzzing Italian in Redchurch Townhouse which charms families for candlelit gatherings, to The Wright Brother’s with their seafood offerings, oh… and finally we welcome a Mrs. Fogg’s (better late than never, eh?!). Whatever your food fancy, there’s something for everyone!
Two Lights is the latest venture from Michelin-starred restaurant The Clove Club, and it’s just opened in Shoreditch. The restaurant will be headed up by Chase Lovecky, described as “a small restaurant serving creative and delicious food inspired by modern American cuisine”.
Another pop-up going big-time – Yolk have announced they’re opening a permanent home on New Street Square at the end of next month. They’ll be expanding their breakfast and lunch menus to include delights like breakfast baps, salad boxes and hot pots.
Although it wasn’t ‘ladies first’, intrepid maritime explorer Mrs Fogg (Mr Fogg’s better half), today arrives on the London scene…fashionably late, might we add to set things right! Welcome to Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club and Distillery.
Inspired by Aouda, the explorer Phileas Fogg’s wife in the Jules Verne novel, the new venue from Inception Group will continue its journey of avid cocktail inventions and downright different dishes, with a nod to Auoda’s nautical heritage. Flinging its doors open until 11pm, Mrs Fogg’s will quench your appetite with small plates like Keralan Fried Chicken, Mini Mango Salad, Sweet Potato Pani Puri and Jackfruit Biryani, served up in uber cute Indian tiffin boxes that’ll have you snapping pictures all eve long.
Brera opens today in Canary Wharf as an all day coffee specialist, restaurant and wine bar. The venue will offer guests authentic coffee and fresh Italian produce from first light, transforming into a dinner and drinks destination in the evening.
For a newly opened venue Redchurch Townhouse, which houses Cecconi’s, has more buzz than an angry bee! Serving up pasta, seafood and chichetti, Cecconi’s is a place filled with post-work drinkers, suit-wearers and birthday candle blower-outers. Overall, however, it seems like a real family dinner location, littered with alluring artwork and ideal for big overdue get-togethers where conversations call for raised voices over the hubbub of diners. Contributing to the atmosphere is a menu great food and wine, which is plentiful at Cecconi’s. The menu is separated into cicchetti, pasta, wood oven pizza, carpaccio and tartare.
When we visited, we delved into the avocado and chickpea dip, which is presented like hummus with bread for dipping. It’s delicious, and nice and light before a more stodgy pasta dish (which is a total must-have). Pasta ranges from rotoli to paccheri with tomato and burrata, and whilst it’s not an extensive list, it’s clearly a well thought-through one. The food can be ideally washed down by a sumptuous glass of red, or an Aperol! And don’t forget to grab a shot of Limoncello at some point throughout the meal.
P.s. On a Sunday, you can opt for the Sunday Fest option. This includes pastas, pizzas, meatballs, roast meats and more for a fixed price.
Onima plays with sumptuous colours one might find inside any up-market exclusive venue, blood reds and black taking precedence; a far cry from staple Mykonos embellishments of terracotta and shades of blue. It’s cosy whilst being luxe, emanating real date-night vibes. Designed by Greek interior designers Archset, there’s a real love affair going on with plush velvet sofas and grandiose art-work. Walking into the restaurant, the eye catches the glimmering bar; a centre-point where mixologists are working their magic. The interiors blend well with the dimly-lit room, providing a strikingly sexy atmosphere. And, on the sexy front, the loos are follow suit. It’s one of those where everything looks good, big appetite or no. The food waltzes between Mediterranean and Asian influence and mixes flavours of Greek, Italian and Japanese cuisine. Sashay between a menu emboldened by options, from meat offerings to fish, salads or mezze. On par with the chichi interior, the menu also boasts a ‘From The Josper’ section; this being coveted food such as Wagya beef ribeye and Greek seabass cooked over Japanese “Binchotan” charcoal.
Nicholas Balfe and his team headed to Peckham this October to open Levan, the second restaurant after the successful Salon. The restaurant is inspired by the new wave of bistronomy that began in the quartiers in Paris. It’s open all day, with a European dish focus along with natural wines.
Berenjak is a restaurant that reinterprets the hole-in-the-wall kebab houses that line the streets of Tehran, and it’s opened its doors on Romilly Street. The restaurant is named after the handfuls of brightly coloured, toasted rice eaten as a snack at Iranian funfairs.
The restaurateur behind Casa Cruz and Isabel, Juan Santa Cruz, has launched his third London venture, Nathalie. The space is an all-day food emporium, café and on-the-go deli, on Hanover Square.
Art Yar Bar and Kitchen opened their doors in October, with Head Chef Lee Streeton at the helm. Streeton was formerly found at 45 Jermyn Street and has created a menu using fresh, local produce with European twists. Signature dishes include ‘Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Black Rice and Chorizo’, ‘Baked Bone Marrow with Curry Sauce’ and a ‘Cataplana of Monkfish, Shellfish, Saffron and Potato’ designed for two to share and cooked in the restaurant’s distinct wood-fire oven.
Fat Baby, the new restaurant at Night Tales, has launched! Night Tales have additionally launched a new cocktail menu alongside as well as a roof complete with Northern-Lights-inspired illumination ready for the winter months. Fat Baby will see an expansion on the food offering with a brand new 42-cover casual Japanese Izakaya.
Wright Brother have re-opened their restaurant in Soho. To go with the re-launch there’s a new seafood sharing menu replete with and cocktail menu with barrel-aged cocktails, alongside outdoor terraces, seafood feasts and much more.
Where: Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Over here at The Handbook we just love a refurb, of any size, shape and form! Which is why we’ve got ourselves in a real tizzy over the refurb of the year, as Soho’s iconic Roundhouse undergoes a one million pound refurb. The sexy new space, set to open at the end of the month, will reopen as Soho Residence in London’s West End. So, what’ve we got to look forward to (aside from moreish food and tasty drinks?) Well, the bar club and lounge (triple threat) will hold a whopping capacity of 350 meaning you can along and take all your chums. The building itself holds a hella a lot of history, having been erected in 1982. Prior to being the latest addition to our bucket list, the Roundhouse building existed as blues and skiffle clubs, with renowned performers from across the globe gracing it with their presence.
The venue will offer an opulent gin parlour with plush sofas for when Mothers Ruin takes its toll and where the good times will beGIN with different variations of the spirit. There will also be a botanical cocktail bar with a bringing the outdoors in kinda theme. The space will be Aden with hanging plants, botanicals akin to the cocktails being served up, banquette seating, and an enigmatic Soho vibe!
Cork and Bottle Wine Bar, Restaurant and Wine Shop has opened in Hampstead. Cork and Bottle offer wines and boasts a 300 bottle list, with food to boot. Having first opened in Leicester Square in 1971, the Hampstead venue boasts a huge refurb and welcomes on and all.
KYM’s is a new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong, focusing on the craft of Chinese roasting and nostalgic flavours. The restaurant has the ability to seat 120 guests over two floors.
Blacklock Shoreditch, set in a former Victorian warehouse, brings their signature chops, steaks and sides to East London’s Rivington Street. Guests will also be able to enjoy the award-winning Sunday roast, but it currently has a two-month waiting list so get onboard now!
There’s always excitement when there’s a new Ivy afoot (even if they have been coming thick-and-fast over recent years). The Ivy Collection opened The Ivy in the Park in Canada Square Park this autumn. The restaurant, situated in Canary Wharf, overlooks the green spaces where events are held throughout the year – hence the ‘In The Park’ clarification, presumably.