The New Year is finally here and rather than making and breaking resolutions, we suggest that you use 2015 to make foodie ones- the first being adding all the new 2015 openings to your diary! Let’s be honest, there is nothing fun about giving something up, so why not take something on by checking out the newest haunts in London. Not sure where to start? Never fear, The Handbook has surveyed the scene and picked out the best new culinary delights hitting the capital next year. Grab your diary and start adding them to your 2015 bucket list.
There has been a lot of speculation about this latest opening and for good reason too. Bought to you by the ‘rhubarb’ the sky garden will be open for reservation from 5th January on 20 and is set to have rooftop venues quaking in their boots. Occupying the top three levels of 20 Fenchurch Street and nestled within the venue’s stunning prehistoric forest garden will be two restaurants a café/bar and four dedicated events spaces. Each offering the finest food and drink against the striking backdrop of London’s iconic skyline. Bring in the New Year surrounded by the views of London. Open for reservation on 5th January www.rhubarb.net
Opening in a former clothes show-room is the all-day restaurant Portland launching in January. It’s going to be simple but refined cooking with dishes including crown pumpkin gnocchi, chestnut and brown butter and venison, chargrilled pear and caramelized sunchoke. The team behind it are Will Lander (co-owner of The Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (ex- 10 Greek Street) and they’ll be joined by Head Chef Merlin Labron – Johnson who will be cooking accessible and inexpensive dishes. Opening mid- January www.portlandrestaurant.co.uk
Holland Park will see the arrival of Flat 3 in March, a Japanese restaurant taking a fresh approach to the cuisine. Alongside the a la carte menu there will be a tasting menu which has the option of non-alcoholic pairings (although it has wine too) so you know that’s handy if you’re starting your pre-summer detox. The team behind it are Juliana Kim Moustakas and Head Chef Pavel Kanja, and if you’re wondering about the name then it’s the location of where Juliana Kim use to host her supper clubs. Opening March 2015 120-122 Holland Park Avenue
The Aubergine, Gordon Ramsey
Gordon Ramsey is making the ultimate throwback having purchased the restaurant that he first began his career in. Taking it back to his roots Ramsey will prepare exciting dishes that will remind us just how he came to be the success that he is today. Although, the name of the restaurant is set to change, the food is set to be spectacular and being the place where Ramsey won his first Michelin star, this is no surprise. The venue is rumoured to open in August and will be steeped in culinary history, featuring that stolen reservation book of Ramsey’s former nemesis Marco Pierre White. Opening mid- 2015 www.gordonramsay.com
While we are going to have to wait a little for this one, it will be worth it. With a budget of £15 million, no detail will be spared in the creation of this 250 cover restaurant in the heart of Mayfair. Sticking to its name, the venue will be a shrine to the greatest libraries in a world, with an emphasis on not only classic dishes but library shelves stocked to the brim with fine wine, vintage champagne and premium spirits. Bought to from the creator of Bob Bob Ricard, the new restaurant will serve British and Russian classics with Michelin star ambitions. Get in quick. Opening mid-2015 12 St James Street
Three Michelin starred chef David Munoz is crossing the sea and bringing his Spanish delights to London! Proving that street food is the gourmet choice of 2015, the menu will offer 12- 14 dishes, with a circling trolley with one off creations. Rumour has it the central feature of the new restaurant opening on Old Burlington Street will be a central open restaurant where you can watch all of your creations being bought to life. Known for his upbeat and fun cooking, Munoz new restaurant will be doing more than serving good food. Opening June 2015 15 Old Burlington Street
Here at The Handbook, we enjoy a good collaboration and the launch of Picquet is one that we simply cannot ignore. Add some French cuisine to your list with the opening of this new venture from Alan Pickett (head chef of Plateau) and the Canadian born Andre Blaise. The new restaurant which will serve classic French dishes with Western influence will be based in Fitzrovia, promising a relaxed atmosphere and no unwanted chemicals. With desserts such as blood orange jelly on the cards, this is a French revolution not to be missed. Provisional opening spring 2015 Fitzrovia
D&D German Gymnasium
Whilst many of us will be seeing 2015 as a time to get fit, D&D can unofficially help you on your way by housing their new restaurant German Gymnasium in a former gym that was built for the German Gymnastics Society. Don’t worry, there won’t be any working out occurring here, simply pure indulgence. Housing both a 150 seat brasserie, second smaller restaurant and an outdoor terrace, there will be something for everyone set against a backdrop of fine quality food. We wouldn’t expect anything less. Open 2015 www.danddlondon.com
Enjoy an Indian summer at this pent-house style restaurant on the top of the Crowne Plaza with views over St Pauls. The rooftop restaurant will be serving up Japanese tapas and sushi. There will be an all-weather canopy as well as sculptured fire-pits where you can sit back and enjoy cocktails, sake and hand-rolled cigars. Opening September 2015. www.galadarilondon.com
The actual location of this restaurant is yet to be confirmed but there is much speculation regarding this new haunt. Created by the winner of Masterchef 2013, Tim Anderson, the restaurant promises to serve you a slice of Southern Japanese food replicating the start of Tim’s life. If the food is anything like the innovative creations he created whilst he was a contestant this is definitely one to try. Open 2015
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