What we know: Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam, the people behind critically acclaimed Kanada-Ya launch their new restaurant concept, Machiya. The all day Japanese restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus are centred around homely and traditional Japanese dishes, including Gyukatsu, a panko-crusted wagyu steak lightly fried until rare then finished cooking by the customer on their own shichirin (small Japanese charcoal grill). ‘Don’-style dishes are for those eager to try non-mainstream Japanese dishes, with specialities such as Truffled Omu Rice and Gyudon (beef strips cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin, sugar and Sake). Breakfast gives diners the choice of Japanese tapas-style dishes that change daily and hotcakes (Japanese pancakes but fluffier and more soufflé-like). Set over two floors with the restaurant on the ground floor, The Bar at Machiya will offer a selection of traditional Japanese cocktails including the Jigglypuff, Tequila Yuzu-Kosho Sour and a Smokey Negroni alongside a wide variety of Japanese whiskeys and sakes with some unusual selections, all to be enjoyed with Japanese snacks.
Where: 5 Panton Street
When: April 18th
Tommi’s Burgers x The Scotch Networking Event
What we know: An evening of drinks and gourmet Tommi’s Burgers where guests can enjoy ice cold refreshments while networking with influential creative professionals.
Where: Scotch of St James, Masons Yard, London, United Kingdom
When: March 30th
What we know: Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch, the duo behind the popular Dandy Café, the successful shipping container pop-up restaurant in London Fields, open Dandy, taking inspiration from the Dan and Andy’s travels, using seasonal produce from trusted suppliers. Dishes include a menu of the pop-up favourites, as well as new additions. Expect the likes of shawarma-spiced lamb belly, burnt onion broth and radicchio with blood orange and miso. The restaurant will use a selection of top quality produce across the board, focusing on seasonal ingredients, speciality coffee and beer and natural wines.
Where: =20 Newington Green, Stoke Newington, N16
When: April 5th
Mercer & Co
What we know: Mercer & Co is a new salt beef bar and canteen opening in Islington. The 36-cover venue (20-covers inside, 16 outside) will serve homemade salt beef bagels and sandwiches, with beers and a concise list of 5 cocktails in the evening. The interior will focus on recycled materials.
Where: 26A Chapel Market, Islington, N1 9EN
When: April 3rd
What we know: Marylebone is getting a new wine bar. Clarette is an independent project and the brainchild of Alexandra Petit, of the Château Margaux family and leading restaurateur Natsuko Perromat du Marais and will see a focus on French wines available by the glass for as little as £5. Clarette will feature a terrace, communal tables, intimate tables by an open fire and private dining room available for hire.
Where: 44 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 7HS
What we know: Yolk is opening their first permanent site in Broadgate’s Finsbury Avenue Square. Following on from the success of pop-ups, the new site will serve breakfast and lunch to take away with signature dishes including the Eggs Benedict Pot and Steak Béarnaise Sandwich with meat from Tom Hixson of Smithfield, coffee from Black Box and bread from local bakeries. Interior design by Barlow & Barlow. Opening late April.
Where: Unit 4, Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, EC2M 2PA
What we know: Victor Garvey, Chef Patron of Encant is opening his second restaurant, Rambla. It’ll serve up Catalan cuisine with the menu divided into: Cru – raw and cured; Mar – seafood; and Muntanya – mountains. Dishes will include fresh Mediterranean sea urchin with Iberico lard toast; jumbo scallop, smoked roe sauce and crystallised veal jus and Bocatta de Butifarra Negra’ Catalan black pudding sandwich with green apple slaw. It’ll feature an all-Spanish wine list available by the glass and bottle as well as a wide variety of gin and tonics and classic cocktails.
Where: 64 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 4QG
The Ivy City Garden
What we know: The Ivy Collection will be opening it’s first City restaurant, The Ivy City Garden. Situated within the historic Bishopsgate Gardens, The Ivy City Garden will feature an all-day-dining menu, private dining room and hidden garden. The garden will feature it’s own bar and retractable roof for al fresco dining all year round.
Where: Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, Bishopsgate, EC2M 1NA
When: June 7th
COYA Angel Court
What we know: Latin American restaurant, COYA will be opening it’s second restaurant this May in Bank in the new Angel Court Development. Executive Chef Sanjay Dwivedi will be cooking up seasonal COYA dishes, bringing Peruvian cuisine together with modern European cooking and Asian influences. Within the 170 cover restaurant, there’ll be a Pisco bar and an intricately designed and hand carved six seater ‘Rum Round Table’ where guests can drink rum.
Where: 31-33 Throgmorton Street, Bank, EC2N 2AT
When: May 2nd
Patty & Bun Notting Hill
What we know:Patty & Bun are opening their first site in West London. The 60-cover restaurant will feature large communal dining tables ideal for parties, whilst a bar at the front will have 8 seats. Expect Patty & Bun classics as well as some new dishes like ‘The Chicken Feast’ fried chicken bites. A full drinks menu will include milkshakes, cocktails, beers and a happy hour. Opening offer: £5 burgers from 17th – 19th April.
Where: 14 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3BU
When: April 17th
Franco Manca Russell Square
What we know: Franco Manca is opening a new site in Bloomsbury’s Russell Square. The 52-cover restaurant will serve the same affordable sourdough pizza the group is known for as well as no-logo beer, pale ale, cider and organic red and white wines.
Where: 4 Bernard Street, Russell Square, WC1N 1LG
When: March 20th
Rumpus Room at Mondrian London
What we know: Rumpus Room at Mondrian London reopens following a complete refurbishment. The year-round bar, located on the 12th floor of the well known Thames side hotel will have an entirely new feel and design, along with a new food and drinks menu. The innovative new look, curated by London based designer Jacu Strauss, previously of Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, encompasses the transatlantic essence that runs throughout the hotel.
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, Southwark SE1 9PD
When: March 31st