Zala Camden Lock Opens
What we know: Zara is a new Middle Eastern restaurant opening in Camden. The restaurant will serve authentic meze, Levantine pizzas, pitas and grilled meats and is the brainchild of brothers-in-law, Tomer Niv and Alon Shamir. The 38-cover venue will also have 12-covers outside, with an al fresco takeaway bar and pizza oven outside. Soft launch: Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th April, 50% off food only for dine in service.
Where: 32 Camden Lock Place, London, United Kingdom
When: April 27th
What we know: Señor Ceviche is opening a second site on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street. The Peruvian restaurant will join the Carnaby Street original and serve familiar favourites as well as a new weekend brunch containing dishes like sweet potato waffle and bottomless Pisco Punch. A cocktail bar in the basement will serve a range of Pisco-focused cocktails.
Where: 18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2LY
Ahi Poké Victoria
What we know: Ahi Poké is opening a second site in Victoria’s Nova development. The site will serve the same takeaway Hawaiian poke bowls as the Fitzrovia original, using responsibly-sourced and sustainably caught fish.
Where: Nova, Victoria, SW1
Dirty Bones Soho
What we know: The team behind hit NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktails, Dirty Bones, will be opening their fourth site, which will open on Denman Street. Dirty Bones’ newest space will celebrate everything that fans have come to love about the brand, but with a few twists and additions bespoke to the group’s newest location.
Where: 14 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HJ
When: April 24th
MEATliquor Queens Skate Dine Bowl
What we know: MEATliquor is opening its 12th site at Queensway’s Queens Skate Dine Bowl. The 200-capacity bar and 80-cover diner will offer lane-side dining as food is served directly to team tables. The bar will feature a pool table, fruit machines, table football and dart board.
Where: 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4PQ
When: May 5th
What we know: Ikoyi is a new West African-inspired restaurant, opening in St James’s Market this summer. Jeremy Chan (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Noma and Claude Bosi’s former Hibiscus) and Iré Hassan-Odukale are behind the venue, and will bring a fine dining spin on the under-celebrated cuisine. Opening summer 2017, exact date TBC.
Where: 1 St James's Market, London, United Kingdom
Neo Bistro Opens
What we know: Neo Bistro is a new Parisian-inspired bistro opening in Mayfair. Alex Harper (formerly The Harwood Arms) will be in the kitchen, joined by Mark Jarvis (Chef-Patron of Anglo). The menu will be simple and concise with a focus on quality ingredients – think cured Tamworth pork and roast sea bass with mousserons. Lesser known wines will be celebrated, accompanied by a small selection of house drinks, cocktails and craft beers which will rotate weekly. Bare brick walls, counter seating and vintage posters set the tone for the interior.
Where: 11 Woodstock Street, London, United Kingdom
The Tapas Room
What we know: Pop Brixton’s Donostia Social Club are opening as The Tapas Room in Tooting. The eatery, deli and shop will serve the Basque-inspired tapas, charcuterie and cheese they have made a name for, as well as specialist wines, sherries, vermouths and cavas.
Where: The Tapas Room, Unit 3-5 Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High Street, Tooting, SW17 0RJ
When: May 4th
Leicester Square Kitchen
What we know: Leicester Square Kitchen is the latest sister venue to Monmouth Kitchen and May Fair Kitchen, opening in May. The menu at the ‘sophisticated yet unassuming’ restaurant will be inspired by Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. A live taco bar will add drama, with inventive cocktails served from a white zinc-top bar.
Where: Leicester Square
When: May 6th
What we know: Harneet and Devina Baweja open their new restaurant Madame D’s in Spitalfields on the second floor of No.76, overlooking Commercial Street. Following the success of Gunpowder, their home style Indian kitchen, Harneet, Devina and Head Chef Nirmal Save will bring their love of the darker, oriental flavours of the Himalayas to London.
Taking the oriental bedrock of Himalayan cooking, Madame D’s will draw on the flavours of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese cooking, using local ingredients for a short menu of sharing dishes including; Gold Coin Dumplings; Pan-fried Tibetan Duck Momo; Garlic Coriander Steamed Chicken; and Prawn on Toast, a take on the Chinese classic.
Where: Second Floor, 76 Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LY
When: May 9th
What we know: Trawler Trash is a new modern fish restaurant coming to Islington. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant will serve lesser known seafood like coley, crayfish and pilchards caught daily, with a focus on freshness and reducing food waste. The 50-cover space will be relaxed, with a 12-cover bar serving cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Where: 205 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ
When: April 28th
What we know: Drake & Morgan are opening The Bothy in West India Quay. A 11,000 sq ft warehouse will feature a cocktail bar, restaurant, open kitchen and large outdoor terrace and serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner seven days a week.
Where: West India Quay, Docklands, E14