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Making his UK debut this month will be chef and restaurateur, Fadi Kattan. Opening up in Notting Hill, akub is a celebration of the under-represented culinary history of Palestine with a more refined, modern approach that Fadi and his business partner, Rasha Khouri, have mastered.
The menu will showcase the best of Palestinian produce, while incorporating quality British seasonal ingredients. Expect a mix of small and larger plates for sharing, such as labneh balls; arak cured sea bream; freekeh risotto; crunchy mansaf balls; and dead sea chocolate cake. Pair these with a class of natural wine from Palestine and you’ll be transported back to Fadi’s home country in seconds.
The interiors have been designed by award-winning hospitality designer Annie Harrison of FARE INC, incorporating a colour scheme that mirrors Palestine’s landscape – think olive green, earthy pinks, oranges and sandy tones. There’ll also be an internal courtyard, covered by a glass roof filled with olive trees and jasmine.
Opening Date: 24.11.2022
Where: 27 Uxbridge Street, Notting Hill, W8 7TQ
Brought to life by Caprice Holdings’ chairman Richard Caring and acclaimed interior architect Martin Brudnizki, Bacchanalia is the new restaurant on everyone’s dining wishlist. Step inside the impressive dining room and you are immediately greeted with four giant Damien Hirst statues reminiscent of those found in Greece and Italy.
Keeping with the grandeur theme, expect to find a mesmerising hand-painted ceiling mural and 2,000-year-old Greek and Roman artworks lining the walls. There’s a photo opportunity around every corner, with mural artist Gary Myatt’s floor to ceiling interpretation of ‘Romans In Their Decadence’ taking centre stage.
It’s not just the interiors that are destined to impress with internationally renowned chef Athinagoras Kostakos at the helm. Bacchanalia’s story will be brought to life with a menu inspired by Greek and Italian cuisine. Expect the finest regional and seasonal ingredients on offer, from mountain herbs to artisan cheeses, sun-ripened produce to fresh seafood including crab salad and sea bream carpaccio. Dishes will be finished at the table adding a touch of theatrics to the feast, as well as plenty of sharing dishes such as risotto nero for three and turbot for two. Find out more here.
Opening Date: 24.11.2022
Where: 1 Mount Street, London, W1K 3NA
Bringing the vibrant cultures of Eastern Europe and the Levant to London is brand new high-end Armenian restaurant, Lusin Mayfair.
Meaning ‘moon’ in Armenian, this is the first UK outpost by the restaurant group Mira Foods, and will offer a selection of recipes and dishes that have been created by two Michelin-star chef Marcel Ravin. Expect dishes such as traditional mutual (smoked aubergine with sesame pasta and yoghurt); Armenian toushka (grilled flatbread stuffed with spicy meat and akawi cheese); kibbeh cooked in marzone yoghurt, served with braised lamb and topped with garlic coriander; and saffron Scottish mussels ragout with broad beans, chickpeas and green peas.
The interiors are just as impressive – think three giant pillars that have handmade carvings with symbols and signs from the ‘tree of life’ and walls featuring Armenian tuff stone sourced from the mountains.
Dorothy & Marshall
The long-awaited redevelopment of Bromley Old Town Hall sees a brand new British restaurant land. Dorothy & Marshall is an all-day dining restaurant and bar, focusing on hand-crafted cocktails and locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Heading up the kitchen will be Ralph Jones who will be adding his innovative twist on classic British staples. Look forward to dishes such as braised beef short rib with Guinness and black treacle, bone marrow mash and red cabbage; baby artichoke and heritage tomatoes with Ragstone’s goats cheese puff pastry tart; and Golden Tate & Lyle treacle tart with raspberries and topped with whipped almond clotted cream.
The space’s redesign is a sight to behold – think soaring ceilings, expansive radius windows and beaming natural light.
Studio Frantzén at Harrods
Gracing the top of Harrods is a brand new restaurant from acclaimed Swedish chef, Björn Frantzén. The space, seating over 150 diners, will take inspiration from Frantzén’s flagship restaurant in Stockholm, from the music and bespoke tableware to the hand-painted mural that’s been designed to create a harmonious atmosphere.
Open late, the restaurant also features a stunning new rooftop terrace, intimate booths, private dining areas and space at the kitchen for a true front-row seat to the culinary world.
Expect bold flavours and dishes ‘from the fireplace’ – think steak with pine-scented bone marrow and oxtail ponzu; and blistered lobster with curry hollandaise, pomegranate-infused mirin, dried cloudberries, ginger and coriander butter.
Opening Date: 28.11.2022
Where: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton road, SW1X 7XL
Chefs Robin Gill and Aaron Potter will be opening Maria G’s Fulham just months after the successful launch of their Kensington restaurant of the same name. Inspired by Gill’s time spent working in the south of Italy and his love for the fishing village of Marina Del Cantone, the restaurant will feature fresh seafood dishes inspired by the Amalfi coast.
Italy is at the heart of this restaurant, but the dishes will be centred around the best British produce available. Expect dishes such as hand drive scallop crudo with green mandarin, chilli and coriander; razor clams dressed in gremolata; citrus cured chalk stream trout; and oysters sourced directly from Connemara, the west coast of Ireland. Big sharing plates of pasta will also feature, from baked lobster orzo with winter tomato, fennel and vault vermouth to spaghetti alla ‘Nerano’, a famous Amalfi pasta dish made with fried courgette and provolone cheese.
Opening Date: 08.11.2022
Where: Unit 4, 20 Central Avenue, SW6 2QE
Lucarelli at Harvey Nichols
Landing at Harvey Nichols this month is Lucarelli, a brand new restaurant from award-winning chef, Aldo Zilli.
Bringing a slice of the Mediterranean to central London, the restaurant will focus on traditional, Italian heritage recipes that fuse ingredients from Stivale and local produce together. You can expect dishes inspired by different Italian regions, from bruschetta and seafood, freshly made pasta and risottos to pizzas topped with the finest delicacies.
Opening Date: 11.11.2022
Where: Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Hailing from Boston, Saltie Girl brings a slice of the East Coast to London. Created by Kathy Sidell and headed up by chef Kyle McClelland, expect the flavours to be reminiscent of the sea.
The menu is yet to be released but we’re expecting big things – think clam chowders, lobster rolls, baked cotuit oysters and smoked Atlantic salmon.
Opening Date: 08.11.2022
Where: 15 N Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6WZ
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From the team behind Coal Drops Yard’s bustling sharing plate restaurant comes hicce hart, a brand new British-style pub.
Located in Islington, this new hicce site will echo its flagship restaurant’s ethos, from delicious British influenced food to serving up craft beers from local brewers and sustainable wines. The female fronted mission – Agustina from hicce will be taking on the general manager role and hicce’s head chef Charlotte will be running the ship – will serve up small plates and sharing menus, and of course, a hearty Sunday roast.
Opening Date: 18.11.2022
Where: 58 Penton Street, Islington, N1 9PZ
You might know him for being the ‘butter guy’ on TikTok, but Thomas Straker has been this year’s hottest chef to look out for. And now he’s opening up his first ever restaurant.
Located on Golborne Road, the restaurant will be heavily influenced by the Italian’s approach to cooking and the buzz around the tables in Italy. Expect a mix of snacks, small and larger plates to form the base of the menu, with sharing a top priority of the table. A number of ‘primi’ pasta dishes will feature including tagliolini with lemon and parmesan, as well as roasted turbot tranche with grilled cabbage, borlotti and pumpkin.
Opening date: 01.11.2022
Where: 91 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
Corinthia London is opening the city’s most highly anticipated new late night bar. Celebrating the love of life, the finer things and the permission to be a little decadent, Velvet features theatrical cocktail making with a modern twist from acclaimed bartender and drinks expert Salvatore Calabrese aka ‘The Maestro’.
Magic will come to play in the new drink menus, featuring a selection of Salvatore’s signatures, 1920s favourites and 2020s new hits. Pair your drinks with a few small bites from their bar menu, from autumn vegetable tempura with fennel seeds and dashi ponzu to spiced crab tartlet with curry and lime.
Opening Date: 01.11.2022
Where: Corinthia London, Whitehall, SW1A 2BD
Think you know pasta, think again. NOTTO is a brand new pasta bar from culinary whizz Phil Howard. The 74-cover restaurant will see executive chef Louis Korovilas at the helm, serving up authentic pasta prepared freshly.
The menu will feature ingredient-led dishes that celebrate Howard’s long standing career and love of pasta. Affordable, simple and authentic.
Opening Date: 11.2022
Where: 199 Piccadilly, W1J 9HA
Looking for a new cocktail haunt? Bruno’s is a brand new cocktail bar inspired by London and New York’s finest drinking dens. Created by the brothers behind Caravel, this new canal-side bar will serve up playful drinks and nostalgic snacks inspired by their childhood memories.
The warmly-lit lounge boasts velvet armchairs, bar counter seating and two stunning marble tables perfect for larger groups and celebrations.
The menu will feature drinks such as the Peach Drop, a blend of vodka, lemon juice, peach syrup, egg whites and burnt sugar; and the Cookout, a smoky mix of mezcal, barbecued lemon juice and orgeat. While small plates of saucisson, soppressata and cheeses will be served on lunch style trays.
Opening Date: 11.11.2022
Where: 172 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7JL
New drinking and dining space, King’s House, has landed in Chelsea. The space, designed by DesignLSM, blends style and substance, from dark wooden features and red banquette seating to a black-painted bar that directly contrasts the white marble tops, pale walls and antique mirrors.
Head outside and you’ll find a stunning 96-cover outdoor space that’ll be perfect come spring-summer time. We can already picture the balmy nights and catch-ups with friends.
The food has been created by Dhruv Baker and Ben Floyd, featuring dishes such as whole grilled daily caught fish with butter beans and chorizo; toulouse cassoulet; and a delicious Sunday roast come the weekend.
Opening Date: Open now
Where: 541 King’s Road, SW6 2EB
Bantof is the latest in November’s newest dining and drinking hotspots, with swanky interiors and a delectable menu to match. Situated in the heart of Soho, this modern, yet sophisticated fine-dining restaurant is not one to miss.
With a mouth-watering menu crafted by London’s youngest Michelin-starred chef, indulge in a sea bream tartare or share a platter of rainbow mini burgers, with a side of sweet potato fries. Finish it all off with a delightful dessert of chocolat tart with strawberries or pistachio with berries.
Opening date: Open now
Where: 31 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LW
Dishoom Canary Wharf
Officially opening its doors on Wednesday 30th November, bookings for Dishoom Canary Wharf have opened, with the festive season already filling up fast. Don’t worry though, as, in true Dishoom style, there’ll be plenty of walk-in availability too.
Every Dishoom restaurant is inspired by some scene from history, and this riverside outpost is set to be no different. This new restaurant takes influences from the 1970s Bombay financial scene and all of its (clean and shady) characters. It’s a time when big money was made (and often lost), plots were uncovered, and dreams were dreamed (and broken), so expect plenty of glitz and glamour as this metropolitan scene is brought to life through the 350-cover restaurant interiors.
On the food front, expect an array of new dishes from their Chef-wallas and tempting drinks from their Daru-wallas, as well as some old-time menu favourites too.
Opening Date: 30.11.2022
where: 13 WATER STREET, CANARY WHARF, E14 5GX