From Lina Stores’ latest venture to Rita’s Soho endeavour, there are so many exciting restaurants landing in London this month. To help you scout out your new favourite restaurant, we’ve rounded up the best 10 opening up their doors in October.
Read on to get inspired – prepare yourselves for major food porn, stunning interiors and even a new bar from none other than Idris Elba.
At long last! The anticipated wait for east London restaurant, Rita’s, is over as the owners, Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn, prepare to open up a new home and concept in Soho, ten years after the original pop-up in Dalston.
An exciting new step for the duo, Rita’s in Soho will be inspired by nostalgic, personal experiences, as well as the pair’s travels around America. Bringing the culture to life through food, you can expect dishes such as Jalapeño popper gildas, their signature hot bean devilled eggs; barbecued beef tartare with garlic, raw vegetables and lots of herbs, salt cod taquitos; a vegan ‘cacio e pepe’; larger dishes include grilled sugar pit pork collar, whole fish a la plancha and steak dinner for two served with all the trimmings to be making their way onto the menu. Of course a finale slice of the house-made key lime pie is a must-try.
American influences will leak their way into the interior design too. There’ll be booths reminiscent of a classic American diner, topped with crisp white table cloths and a dazzling bar will take centre stage, finished with rustic Mexican tiles.
When: 19th October
Where: 49 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AP
Joining the award-winning and hugely popular San Carlo Group – the hospitality group behind Selfridges’ Alto and its Dior pop-up – will be Isola.
Opening its doors on St Christopher’s Place, Isola is a brand new Italian all-day dining brasserie and bar. Spread across two floors, the 220-cover restaurant will make way for a beautiful rosa pink marble topped feature bar and an exciting new alfresco dining terrace, somewhere we’ll happily spend our summer days in 2022. The interiors draw hugely from the islands of southern Italy, bringing natural materials, peach tones, rattan and striking artwork to centre focus.
Following suit, the menu will be a memorable moment for all, taking inspo from Sicily, Sardinia and Capri. Enjoy sharing spaghetti granseola, as well as classic San Carlo dishes including the ever-popular, tartufo e porcini ravioli.
Where: St Christopher’s Place, W1U 1AY
Arriving on Old Quebec Street early this month is Chourangi, the brainchild of chef-turned-leading Indian restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee and his friend, Aditya Ghosh.
Named after Chowringhee, the oldest quarter of Calcutta, the restaurant will bring the flavours and culture of the area to life. Calcutta cuisine is a really unique blend of British, Dutch, Armenian, French, Portuguese and Chinese flavours, so this new restaurant really will be a feast for flavour.
Hero menu dishes include the prawn and crab parcels; banana flower croquettes; slow roasted kosha lamb; and aam aachar hilsa.
The famed pop-up from Chris Leach will be opening its doors to its first bricks and mortar restaurant this month. Known best for focusing on nose to tail cooking, this new permanent site will see Chris’s team install an exciting glass-panelled hanging room for all of their in-house butchery and salumi. The menu will be inspired by Chris’ travels in and around Italy.
When: October 2021
Where: 49-51 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
This October will see Lina Stores open up in Square Mile’s Bloomberg Arcade, bringing their signature antipasti dishes and deli delights to the city.
Launching on Friday 15th, the restaurant menu will feature house favourites, including bruschetta of chicken livers and crispy sage; friarielli and chilli; and tomato and basil. As well as pasta saviours like pumpkin agnolotti with butter sage and hazelnuts; truffle tagliolini; and Mafaldine alla carbonara.
The 90-cover location will of course bring its signature pistachio and white stripes, plus a mezzanine space perfect for private dining.
When: 15th October
Where: 19 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
The Barbary is getting a little sister! Founders Layo and Zoe Paskin are setting up a smaller restaurant adjacent to the popular Covent Garden spot, serving up Moorish Spanish and North African spices and flavours.
The Barbary’s head chef Daniel Alt will be leading the way in the kitchen, while wine director and sommelier Honey Spencer will tackle the wine bar, focusing on Spanish, French and Moroccan bottles.
Opening up in Embassy Gardens, Oxeye will be the debut restaurant from chef owner Sven Hanson Britt. The fine dining restaurant will feature an exciting tasting menu crafted by Sven, his partner Kae Shibata and their talented team, featuring dishes such as Irish coast sea urchin with potato dumpling and smoked butter; and raw razor clams, apple marigold, egramont russet and Tokyo turnip.
There’ll also be Bar Rex at Oxeye, a wine bar and shop that showcases sharing plates, perfect for grazing on. Expect over 300 British wines to be on offer, from British favourites like Nyetimber and Hambleton onto some further afield.
When: October 2021
Where: 14 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW11 7AX
World-class pastry chef Kimberly Lin is opening up her new cafe at 3 Henrietta Street this month. Tucked inside the lively new townhouse, Lilly’s will feature dishes and interiors inspired by the elements, gems and signs of the zodiac.
Having worked at the likes of The Corinthia, Claridges and Dominique Ansel, Kimberly will bring her traditional patisserie expertise and creativity to create a fun all-day menu. Open from breakfast to the evening, there’ll be brunch favourites alongside dishes inspired by her travels, such as Weligama scrambled eggs, a Sri Lankan twist on eggs.
Come lunchtime there’ll be larger plates of masala fries; roasted cauliflower shawarma grain bowls with quinoa, kale and a lemon tahini dressing; and Levantine pita nachos with spiced carrot pecan mince and garlic.
Of course, Kimberly will be bringing her noteworthy desserts and baked goods along for the ride. Think rum baba served with brown butter crushed pears and crème fraîche Chantilly and a selection of celebration cakes, perfect for a really special occasion.
When: 14th October
Where: 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8LU
A new all-day modern Indian restaurant is landing in Holborn this month, from the award-winning entrepreneur/hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary. The restaurant will feature a 100-cover dining room and mezzanine, alongside two private dining rooms each hosting up to 50 guests.
On the menu, expect dishes inspired by Roop’s childhood travels across India. There’ll be dishes such as Bharli vangi, a mix of Maharashtrian baby aubergines in a chilli peanut sauce; Nizami murg, roast chicken and Binny’s chicken curry; and a fun take on an English breakfast, dubbed the ‘Indian fry up’.
When: 7th October
Where: 193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
Luther star, Idris Elba, has joined forces with David Farber, founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, to launch an exciting bar and shop, and it’s scheduled to land later this month. Porte Noire will celebrate the brand itself, offering a wide selection of international wines, cheese and charcuteries, and a brasserie-style menu.
Hosting space for up to 70 guests, the new bar and shop will be home to around 800 wine bins, as well as one of the largest fine wine tasting rooms in London. Expect rare wines, many of which will be available to purchase by the bottle too.
On the food menu, there’ll be French brasserie favourites, from Oeuf meurette – a classic Burgundian dish of poached eggs in a rich red wine sauce; and Slow cooked beef cheek with pommes purée and leek persillade.
When: 18th October
Where: Gasholder 10 Unit A, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY