With so many new restaurant openings in London, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s opening where and when. Here are some of the best new openings in recent months.
Chef Daisuke Hayashi (Tokimeitē, Sake No Hana) showcases Kaiseki dining, a traditional multi-course Japanese style of eating. Hayashi is the first master to bring this impressive form of Japanese cuisine to London and his superb ten-course menu uses fresh, seasonal produce, is £190 per person but it’s worth every penny. Interiors are equally impressive having been built in Kyoto and assembled by the world’s leading experts in Sukiya design before being shipped to London. Offering one of the most exclusive dining experiences across London, the restaurant is made up of just 10 seats at the counter with a maximum of 16 diners per night. The menus will change monthly, following the seasons.
Middle Eastern-influenced Jeru is a fine-dining restaurant, bar and in-store bakery overseen by Israeli-born chef Roy Ner who worked in restaurants in Tel Aviv and in Sydney at Aria and Nour. His chic new venture also includes a basement cocktail bar, sunken lounge and a private dining room with a 1000 bottle wine wall. The creative, well thought out menu includes classics with a focus on the highest quality ingredients such as chocolate-fed wagyu, and Australian kingfish. Signature dishes include short rib burnt ends and Persian feta Börek; langoustine Murtabak with labneh, chilli and smoked eel salsa; charcoal roast aubergine with macadamia milk and dry aged smoked lamb and Levantine lobster and prawn dumplings.
3.Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
World-renowned pastry chef Cédric Grolet has opened his first international patisserie and bakery in London’s Knightsbridge at The Berkeley. Chef Grolet’s most famous creations, his fruits and flower cakes, alongside an exclusive cake for London: a signature trompe-l’œil, where Cédric Grolet and his team have created an illusion of his favourite British cake, a classic scone, as a tribute to Britain. In addition to takeaway, dine in at the chef’s counter for a menu of signature tastings, five sweet and one savory, served with champagne.
4.Port Noire, Kings Cross
Idris Elba’s wine bar and shop Porte Noire, with founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, David Farber, is exactly the kind of stylish affair you’d expect from the popular actor, producer and DJ. The bar sells their own label wines produced by Château Sainte Marguerite including Château Sainte Marguerite Porte Noire, a crisp, refreshing, certified organic rosé and Petite Porte champagne. The food menu offers tasty sharing dishes like mushroom arancini, beef cheeks and mussels marinère. And new this spring is a moreish weekend brunch menu featuring eggs royale, truffle fries with pecorino, croque madame and burnt match cheesecake.
5.Warehouse at the Conduit, Covent Garden
Chef Brendan Eades (ex-SILO) has devised a menu focused around his commitment to sustainability and careful sourcing, with bold and seasonal flavors. Warehouse takes its name from the original Covent Garden fruit and vegetable warehouse, whose origins began here in the 19th century. Unique and innovative dishes include swede, Morel mushrooms and wild garlic, Shitake mushrooms with peas and spelt and halibut with seaweed, sea leeks.
From the team behind Flat Iron Square, Tap & Bottle and Goods Way, tvg hospitality group has just launched a new all-day cafe bar in a former Victorian tram shelter. With plenty of al fresco dining space too, the cafe is open from breakfast to dinner time, offering the best ingredients, favoring organic and sustainably sourced British produce. Audrey’s partners include many British sourced ingredients such as Henderson’s fish from Brixham, Swaledale’s native breeds in Yorkshire and Shrub London for the best vegetables from 35 farms across the UK. The drinks list is well thought out too – try the spicey Margarita or espresso martini.
The latest dining concept from plant-based pioneer and award-winning chef Matthew Kenney is a chic new restaurant on Selfridges’ second floor. Locally sourced fare in a seasonally crafted menu with highlights like avocado tikka, potato and celeriac rosti, jackfruit “crab cake,”raw courgette, tomato lasagne and classic cacio e pepe. with kelp noodles.
Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya’s new restaurant, Sarap means delicious in Tagalog and Montoya’s latest spot does not disappoint with his modern interpretations of Filipino cuisine. Menu highlights include Ensaladang Talong with aubergine, heritage tomatoes, duck egg, Bistek Tartare an Aged rump cap, yeasted onion, leek emulsion and Scallop Kinilaw with Apple, trout roe, coconut and cane vinegar.
9.Legare, Shad Thames
This petite Italian gem is technically not “new” as it opened in late 2019 but like many other restaurants opening just before the pandemic, it feels new. The neighbourhood restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, fresh pasta and a small natural wine list. Pasta is the star; simple and delicious. Try the wild garlic farfalle with peas, courgettes, mint and ricotta or Gargati al torchio with fennel sausage.
10.Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay, The Savoy
1890 marks the year that Georges Auguste Escoffier joined The Savoy and Gordon Ramsay’s latest restaurant pays homage to the culinary legend. The kitchen is headed by James Sharp (formerly at Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Pétrus). Exclusively open for 26 dinner guests, the modern French tasting menu features classics like turbot veronique and ile flottante. The glittering golden interiors were designed by Russell Sage Studios reflecting the art deco signature of The Savoy.