It’s time for our monthly round up of the hottest new restaurant openings in London. We understand that with such a busy summer-time calendar it can be hard to keep in-the-know, so we’ve done the hard work for you. All you need to do is take a look at our top picks below and book yourself a table – if we could do that part for you as well, we would.
Having made a name for itself in Spitalfields, you can now enjoy Gunpowder’s home-style Indian kitchen at One Tower Bridge (in a much roomier location). Taking inspiration from family recipes and vibrant, confident flavours, head chef Nirmal Save has created a brand-new menu with small plates and bar snacks. Enjoy new additions to the menu such as Bengali fish fingers with crisps and kasundi tartar sauce and a Madras-style chicken lollipop – we’ve never had a chicken lollipop before, but we’re excited about it. If you’re a big fan of their classics and you just can’t go without a spicy venison and vermicelli doughnut, then don’t fret, because they’re also making the move to One Tower Bridge.
A new local to Belsize Park, owner David S. Levin has succeeded in creating a beautiful setting for a Jewish experience unique to London. Seating up to 160 people, the dining room boasts wonderfully high ceilings and grand chandeliers to match. Now we know what you’re thinking, and yes it would make for a brilliant Instagram story, but this is a traditional place where you’re encouraged to be present and enjoy your company, so we advise you give it a miss this time. The menu is dairy-free with small plates and main dishes to be enjoyed any time of the day. If you’re a big fan of breakfast, you can indulge in Jewish treats from the bakery or Challah French toast with pear compote and maple syrup – enough to make your teeth fall out but we think it’s totally worth it.
Michelin-starred James Cochran is opening the doors to his new modern, British restaurant in Islington. Using fresh Kentish produce and a few subtle references to his West Indian heritage, the restaurant will be serving sharing style dishes and a separate menu for snacks if you arrive between lunch and dinner. If you’re as indecisive as we are and want to try a bit of everything, there’s an additional tasting menu with five or eight courses, as well as a separate vegetarian menu too. Just a couple of our favourites from the menu include the potato crisp with Whitstable oyster cream, seaweed, and vinegar and the potato spaghetti with cured egg yolk, truffle and burnt butter cream – simply delicious.
If you’re looking for a taste of Italy, (Milan to be specific) then the first overseas venture by F&C Group is definitely worth visiting. With a menu that is ‘’much loved by the Milanese crowd’’ and a reputation for being a sought-after celebrity spot, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the prices – especially considering it’s Mayfair location. The focus is on traditional Italian cuisine with top ingredients from Italy so you can expect to find plenty of authentic pastas and pizza on the menu. The bread recipes have been designed by Italian chef Niko Romito from Reale – a three Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy. If that wasn’t enough to transport you to Milan there will also be live music sessions and a glass of Amaro after dinner – when shall we book the flight… sorry, table.
Alphabet bar closed its doors 5 years ago after an unforgettable 15 year stretch in Soho. Lucky for us it’s making a come-back but this time they’re trying a new location in Islington. With room for a mighty 150 people, Head Chef Yaz Khadiri has taken inspiration from his childhood memories of food in Morocco combined with ‘’Mediterranean inspired sharing plates, hand-pressed flatbreads and tabletop tagines’’. Not forgetting the main event, the cocktail menu features 26 choices each designed by Chris Edwards, the award-winning Bartender from the Shrub & Shutter and First Aid Box.
The restaurant will be located in the dining room at the five-star Corinthia Hotel in Westminster. If you’ve ever visited Tom’s restaurant The Hand & Flower, then you’ll notice some similar dishes appearing in the menu here too. The meat will be supplied by Tom’s butchers and displayed in fridges in the restaurant. David Collins will be updating the interior which will be a relaxed brasserie style dining room seating 90 people. Alongside this there will be a standalone bar, glass cellar and private dining room seating 18 with its own open kitchen for a chef’s table kind of experience – we can’t wait.