Coronavirus, look what you did. 2020 may have thrown hospitality into the gutter but we’re determined to help the city get back up and running in 2021, when it’s safe to do so of course. And first on that list is scouring through the best restaurant openings set to fling unlock their doors for the first time ever in 2021.
Many of the openings already announced for 2021 were restaurants who sadly had their opening dates postponed and rescheduled, unable to open in 2020 due to the various lockdowns and restrictions, but there are also a few new restaurants and hotels already announced on the horizon for 2021.
Read on to hear the latest 2021 restaurant scoops…
Making a beeline to Notting Hill in early 2021 comes Los Mochis, a brand new restaurant and bar, mixing Mexican spirit with Japanese elegance. It seems that the hope is to bring the best of both cultures, experiences and customs to the table and engulf them in a whole new way, which is something we’re certainly excited to explore.
On the interior front, both the ground floor dining room and first-floor lounge champion rustic Mexican culture, with vibrant paintings hanging from the walls and cacti plants dotted around, but these are then finished with warm, sophisticated Japanese touches, from the warm timbers to the relaxed dining layout. The food also is largely Mexican influenced,with a huge 22-strong Gangster Taco Menu, helping to elevate the taco game back onto Londoners minds.
Taco highlights include the Trailer Park KFC – Korean fried chicken, Napa cabbage, jalapeno, spicy pickled cucumber, pico de gallo, pickled onions, cheese and poblano sauce, and the Miso Black Cod – den miso, pickled cabbage and crispy onions. If you love yourself a Taco Tuesday, you’ll want to give Los Mochis a go.
OPENING: DATE TBC
Where: 2 FARMER STREET, NOTTING HILL W8 7SN
Move over Marvel, even The Joker might be a fan of this DC themed restaurant. Originally scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020, Park Row will give eager comic fans the chance to watch their favourite characters come to life in an all new immersive style restaurant.
Park Row, set to open on Brewer Street in Soho, will bring to life the crime ridden city of Gotham through memorable interiors, striking dishes and a dining experience unlike any other.
Move over Marvel, even The Joker might be a fan of this DC themed restaurant.
From the moment you step inside, you’ll be thrusted into Batman’s very own Batcave before moving through to the slightly-more relaxed dining area, aptly named Pennyworth’s after Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred. In honour of this classically British trained actor, the menu here champions the best of British cuisine, while Iceberg Lounge draws inspiration from The Penguin with international dishes shining through.
What we’re really excited by however, is the Monarch Theatre, Park Row’s multi-sensory dining menu equipped with a 360-degree projection mapping technology that’ll see you uncovering the psychology of heroism through food.
Opening: Early 2021
Where: 77 BREWER STREET, SOHO, W1F 9ZN
The Mondrian brand is marking its return to the city with an epic opening arriving in Shoreditch this Spring 2021. Slotted in the heart of London’s creative hub, the interiors have been given an extensive update and re-styling to fit into its cultural surroundings.
On the restaurant front, little has been released but we have been told Londoners can expect a new culinary experience by none other than world-famous chef Dani Garcia, the chef famed for his three Michelin star restaurant in Marbella. This opening will be a first for the Capital and an exciting one to look forward to.
More information to follow when we have it…
Opening: Spring 2021
Perhaps our most anticipated opening of 2021 so far… London is about to get it’s very own Italian-style food court, Eataly.
Scheduled to open early 2021, Eataly will bring the indulgent flavours and carby favourites from Italy, landing on Broadgate, near Liverpool Street. It’s said to be split over two floors, and has been reported to include three restaurants, three bars, two terraces, a bakery, a gelato shop, 12 retail departments, a wine shop, and a culinary school. So, you know, just your average food hall…
Spread across the two floors, expect all of your Italian culinary dreams to come true.
Two of the three restaurants are expected to boast classic food hall style counters, specialising in pizza and pasta (obvs), while restaurants number three, named Terra, will open later in Summer 2021 and offer a fine dining experience for all to enjoy.
Spread across the two floors, expect all of your Italian culinary dreams to come true. Think pasta, pizza, gelato, fresh meats, cheeses, breads and wine. A lot of wine.
Opening: Early 2021
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
From one Italian haven to another, Farina is set to reopen its doors in early January having originally closed back before the pandemic hit in March 2020.
Now down the road on Notting Hill Gate, Farina will be bringing its fiery flavours to the table once more. The pizzeria first started out by two friends who wanted to bring the aromatic flavours and traditional hearty pizzas to Londoners, making the traditional Italian experience more readily available.
Farina uses live yeast, Caputo ‘farina’ (flour) and it’s slow fermented twice up to 48 hours.
Farina uses live yeast, Caputo ‘farina’ (flour) and it’s slow fermented twice up to 48 hours. This helps to create fresh and easy to digest fluffy bases. Continuing on the fresh ingredient front, the chefs also only use San Marzano tomatoes, which if you’re a true foodie will know that these are the only tomatoes real chefs use in their everyday cooking, and fresh mozzarella di bufala campana.
Dependent on the government guidelines, Farina is scheduled to open its doors on 20th January, but if London is still in Tier 3, they will be open for takeaway and delivery. Farina will be offering 50 free pizzas for both lunch and dinner on 20th and 21st January to their first customers.
Opening: 20th January depending on government guidelines, but will be open for takeaway and delivery
Where: 19-21 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3JQ
Very little is known about this potential opening but we’re anticipating it to be the go-to place for A-listers, influencers and celebrities alike.
Already boasting a Parisian-style restaurant-cum-bistro in Dubai, La Serre is set to sail the seas and land in London in 2021, but apart from that not much else has been leaked. HotDinners reported that it might possibly be basing itself in Knightsbridge but it’s still very up in the air and all to play for.
For now you can keep up to date on their Dubai branch’s Instagram
Imad’s story is one that shouldn’t go unheard. Since fleeing his homeland of Syria in 2015, the chef has since tirelessly cooked for refugees on the streets of Calais and provided free falafel to those who cannot afford it at his pop-ups across London. During this time, he’s also raised just under £200k for Choose Love, helping to keep a children’s hospital running and buying essentials for those in the Middle East. It’s a story of inspiration, and he just about to open his first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in London and then Tier 3 happened.
Throughout 2020, Imad had been crowdfunding in the hopes of running his first permanent London site in Kingly Court. Scheduled to open on 18th December, the opening of Imad’s Syrian Kitchen has been pushed back until at least January, or until London comes out of Tier 3.
It’s a story of inspiration.
Once the kitchen finally opens, you can expect a huge celebration, honouring the endless work Imad and his team have put into creating such a heartwarming experience. On the food front, dishes will encompass a Syrian mezze, from his famous falafel to sharing dishes of crispy baby aubergine stuffed with lamb, topped with crunchy flatbread and garlic cumin sauce, and a refreshing watermelon, halloumi and Za’atar salad.
Where: 2.14 Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW
Set to debut his first European site in London in early 2021, Daisuke Hayashi will be bringing the authentic flavours and techniques of Japanese cooking to London. The restaurant, Roketsu, will give Londoners the chance to experience some of the finest Kaiseki flavours, combinations and traditions from one of the world-best Kaiseki masters globally.
Right now official dates and locations are yet to be confirmed, but Hayashi is expected to preview his restaurants with a two-week residency at the infamous Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair towards the end of January, providing Tier 3 restrictions have lifted. Keep your eyes peeled on the Roketsu website and Instagram page, as well as Brown’s website for any last minute announcements.
Opening: Last January for a two week stint at Brown’s Hotel, official dates TBC
Where: Two week residency at: Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
Sloane Square, the area famed for its luscious boutiques, fine dining restaurants and being a central part of Chelsea’s community, is about to become even better. Rumours have it that the bougie Parisian hotel, Hotel Costes will be making its way to the Cadogan Estate in 2021. It’ll be the Costes first venture outside of Paris and will be taking up residence on One Sloane Square.
The flagship Parisian hotel boasts fine dining restaurants, Costes Le Restaurant on Rue Saint Honore, and L’Avenue on Avenue Montaigne, and reap all of the seductive interiors and romantic Parisian vibes as you’d expect. Full details are again yet to be announced but if the Parisian hotels are anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat.
More information at sloanestreet.co.uk
Where: One Sloane Square, SW1
Another restaurant that was originally in the pipeline to open in 2020 is Corbin & King’s newest venture, Manzi’s.
Corbin & King, the restaurant brand known for creating some of London’s most iconic restaurants from The Wolseley to Brasserie Zédel, announced that they had plans to take over the former Bateman’s Buildings in Soho in Spring 2019, but plans had been rejigged due to COVID restrictions, but it is thought that Manzi’s will finally open up at some point in 2021.
Manzi’s will boast ‘nautical’ elements into the interiors, with a menu focusing on seafood and fish.
Hoping to bring the same spirit and atmosphere as Brasserie Zédel, Manzi’s will boast ‘nautical’ elements into the interiors, with a menu focusing on seafood and fish.
Another Dubai restaurant hoping to take London’s culinary scene to the next level is Gaia. With flagship restaurants in Dubai and Monte-Carlo, Gaia is hoping to bring the aromatic flavours of Mediterranean and Greek dishes and elevate them to Mayfair fine dining standard in 2021.
Hoping to open in mid-2021, Gaia will help to craft a bridge between the fine-dining and casual dining scene, offering high quality Mediterranean inspired dishes. We took a little look at Gaia’s Dubai menu to see what to expect and it’s brimming with mezze dishes, salads, seafood and Greek mains.
Apologies as this one is another hotel opening but locked inside every great hotel lies a dazzling restaurant, and Pan Pacific Hotel’s offerings hope to be no different.
Making its way to Bishopsgate, Pan Pacific Hotel will boast beautiful rooms and suites elevated with calming interiors for the perfect nights sleep, alongside three drinking and dining destinations for guests and Londoners to enjoy.
First up is the main restaurant, Straits Kitchen which will showcase the best of Singapore’s culture. Using authentic and fresh Asian ingredients, sourced and grown locally to minimise the hotel’s carbon footprint, the team headed by Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair and Singaporean Group Executive Chef Tony Koo, have crafted a show stopping menu. Expect dishes such as Jumbo Tiger Prawn Noodle Soup, Wok Fried Chilli Mud Crab and Pandan Kaya Cake.
Straits Kitchen will showcase the best of Singapore’s culture.
Next up is the Ginger Lily bar, offering a perfect place for after work drinks or a romantic date night destination, bringing together the culture of Singapore through the interiors and flavours. While The Orchid Lounge will offer a new place to get your afternoon tea fix overlooking the hotel’s landscaped Plaza.
Opening: January, Date TBC
Where: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB