What we know: Popular New York dim sum restaurant Red Farm is moving across the pond and opening a new branch in Covent Garden this autumn. Famous for its Pac Man dumplings, the restaurant will offer modern Chinese dim sum with New York influences.
Where: 9 Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5HZ
What we know: Much loved wine bar Vinoteca is opening a City branch, featuring an extensive wine list, a dining room and a terrace for outdoor dining.
Where: 3 Queen Victoria Street, London EC2R, United Kingdom
Breddos Taqueria Soho
What we know: This month sees the opening of a Soho branch of popular taco restaurant Breddos. The site will be bigger than the Clerkenwell branch and will offer a breakfast menu, as well as a bar in the basement.
Where: 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, London W1B 5QD, United Kingdom
When: October 7th
Knead by Paul Hollywood
What we know: Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is opening his very own bakery, Knead. Offering sweet and savoury, including sausage rolls and bacon butties, Paul has plans to open more branches of the bakery and coffee shop after the Euston opening.
Where: London Euston Station, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DU
The Truscott Arms
What we know: After closing down last year, gastropub The Truscott Arms is set to reopen this September with top chef Henry Harris (former head chef at Racine) in the kitchen. The menu will blend British and French cuisine, with roasts a firm feature.
Where: 55 Shirland Road, Paddington W9 2JD
Alan Yau Opens Yamabahçe
What we know: This week will see the opening of a Marylebone restaurant specialising in pide, Turkish flatbread, from Alan Yau, the man behind Wagamama. This follows his first pide-focused restaurant, Babaji Pide.
Where: 26 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1EN
When: September 11th
What we know: Popular Battersea haunt Powder Keg Diplomacy is being reborn as POWDERKEG, offering a seasonal menu with a Spanish and Italian twist run by former Opera Tavern chef Ben Mulock. Expect the likes of charred beef brisket with baby gem and pomegranate glaze, and burrata with focaccia, peas and truffle dressing. In addition, brunch offerings include blueberry pancakes with citrus crème fraîche and buttermilk chicken with chilli and avocado, as well as cocktails, wine, craft beers and a gin and tonic menu.
Where: 147 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TQ
When: September 29th
What we know: The founders of Martello Hall are opening a round-the-clock space that transforms from wifi and coffee in the morning to gin cocktails and DJs at night, with 48-hour sourdough pizza throughout. Cooked in a pizza oven from Modena, pizza options include Smokey Bandit and the Hot Don with chillies, pesto and ‘nduja, not to mention freshly made pasta also on the menu.
Where: Canova Hall, 250 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BQ
When: September 23rd
Voodoo Ray’s Peckham
What we know: The restaurant that brings you NYC-style breakfast pizza is opening its fourth and largest branch in Peckham. Also on the menu at the site will be more traditional breakfast options like baked eggs. They’re offering 500 free slices on opening day, plus 50% off food until 1 October.
Where: Voodoo Ray's, 285 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UR
When: September 14th
Saucy Pasta Bar
What we know: Healthy pasta? This oxymoron is soon to become a reality at the new Saucy Pasta Bar! Classic Italian pasta dishes can be eaten in or taken away, with the option of substituting pasta for spiralised vegetables. Dublin chef Grainne O Keefe has teamed up with friend George Wells to bring this idea to Fitzrovia, offering cheese and charcuterie boards alongside the menu. Saucy Pasta Bar also offers a breakfast menu, including bircher muesli and freshly made smoothies, as well as locally roasted coffee.
Where: Saucy Pasta Bar, 52 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2EH
Dirty Bones Kensington
What we know: After closing its doors for structural works earlier this year, the original Dirty Bones will re-open ready to once again serve NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktails to Kensington and its local surrounds. Bringing with it a fresh menu of new-to-Kensington dishes, Dirty Bones’ original location will now serve comfort food classics like the Dr. Pepper-marinated Slow n’ Low Pork Belly Ribs and Cheeseburger Dumplings, along with returning fan favourite The Mac Daddy, a brisket and dry aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib and mac & cheese. In addition, the Kensington menu will now house lighter options made popular at Dirty Bones’ central and East London locations, including the Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad, Roasted Chilli-Mint Squash and Grilled Fish Tacos.
Where: Dirty Bones, Kensington Church Street, Kensington
When: September 15th
What we know: Bahraini chef and restaurateur Roaya Saleh is bringing flavours from the Khaleej (the 6 countries of the GCC), Persia and beyond to London. Having opened Villa Mama’s in Bahrain 6 years ago, the new Villa Mama’s in London will offer seasonal, home-style dishes with a focus on traditional sharing plates. ‘Mezzeh’ offerings include ‘Khubus’, a Tandoor-cooked flatbread, served with meyhawa, a Bahraini speciality of fermented sardine sauce; ‘Mathrooba’, slow-cooked chicken, rice and cracked wheat; and Lamb and Feta Kofta finished with cherry molasses. Larger plates include ‘Sayadieh’, turbot cooked in fragrant stock with pilaf and crisp onions; and ‘Tacheen’ for two, a saffron rice cake layered with spiced chicken and pine nuts. The dessert menu features delights such as ‘Muhalabia’, rose water rice pudding with almonds and pomegranate, and a breakfast menu offers the likes of ‘Ful Medames’, slow-cooked fava beans with tomato and coriander.
Where: Villa Mama’s Restaurant Ltd, 25-27 Elystan Street, Chelsea,
When: September 25th