We have some fabulous new places to whet the appetite for all you food-lovers out there! Read on below to find out the latest restaurants, bistros & more that opened their doors in June 2018…
If you’ve had the delight of visiting The Tapas Room at Tooting Borough Market and love it as much as we do, then you’re in for a treat, as this fine establishment is opening their 2nd Tapas Room, this time in Deptford Market Yard. Similarly set up, there will be a combination of banquet seating and counter dining as well as a central Tasting Table. With almost 70 bottles to choose from (starting at just £4.50 per glass), you’ll be able to indulge in wines, vermouths, sherries or Cava all the while feasting on their delicious range of tapas, some of which include ‘Confit Pork Belly with Morcilla and Pear’, ‘Octopus w Piquillo Pepper Sauce and Samphire’, ‘Seared Scallop, Pisto, Green Chilli Sauce and Almonds’, ‘Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Brownie with Sherry Glaze’. To top it all off, you can even finish up with a spot of shopping as there is fresh bread, olive oils, sherry vinegars, deli cheese, charcuterie, Spanish preserves, honey and other fresh produce available for sale. We’re salivating already!
If you don’t already know this nugget of good news, The Hotel Cafe Royal has benefitted from a recently re-designed (by Italian architect Piero Lissoni) first-floor restaurant – situated where the bar used to be. This Swiss hotel restaurant has recruited French chef Laurent Tourondel who, although he is not a household name in the UK (yet!) he’s a big-wig in the USA and has restaurants in New York, Miami, North Carolina, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and the Caribbean. Our favourite dishes on the breakfast menu are ‘Crispy Crumpets with sweet fennel sausage, broccoli rabe and chillies’ and ‘Croquet Croissant with egg frittata, fennel sausage patty, maple syrup and cheddar’. Whilst there are some vegetarian dishes on the a la carte menu, there certainly is an abundance of meat and seafood to choose from, mainly cooked on their Parilla grill. Starters include, ‘Scallop salad with fava beans, artichokes and yuzu beurre blanc’, ‘Spice-crusted tuna, tonnato style’ and ‘Cornish crab on seven-grain toast’. Main courses are Aberdeen Angus onglet, ribeye and fillet, Somerset lamb chops, American Wagyu ribeye, Dover sole, king prawns, Cornish seabass and swordfish. It doesn’t end there, as they also have a sushi bar that we simply can’t wait to try! Phew… that was quite a mouthful!
From the team behind iconic hotels Cliveden and Chewton Glen, comes Hans’ Bar & Grill, a stylish new all-day restaurant and bar in Chelsea. This spacious hotspot will link the hotel at 11 Cadogan Gardens with the restaurants and cafes on Pavilion Road. Head Chef Adam England (previously of Le Pont de la Tour) and Restaurant General Manager, Simon Smith (previously of Berners Tavern and Hakkasan) are the head-honchos running the place which has room for 106 diners as well as 20 in a separate bar and 16 in a private dining room. You’ll be able to indulge in breakfast and brunch daily which include classics like eggs benedict and steak tartare with freshly-pressed juices and smoothies. The menu will then move to dishes inspired by what’s in season, for lunch or dinner, so there may be confit salmon with goats curd and cucumber or the restaurant’s take on veal carpaccio. There is a robust list of 195 unique wines on offer from all over the world as well as a cocktail list designed by mixologist Salvatore Damiano, who’ll be using British spirits to put a twist on classic drinks like the British Mule and Gin Sour.
Starting out as a Malaysian laksa street food stall and progressing through to a series of London popups, Sambal Shiok, has been growing from strength to strength over the past 5 years. Now, Chef Mandy Yin has taken the leap and is opening her own restaurant on Hollywood Road – with fabulous weekend brunches (sign us up!).
The menu benefits from their ‘Standard – Fat rice noodles, fried tofu puffs, bean sprouts and green beans’ Laksa, with the choice of adding prawns and/or chicken. Plus, there’s delectable Malaysian fried chicken with peanut sauce, beef rendang, Assam fish curry, tarka dahl curry and mini bowls for kids too. Not forgetting a scrumptious Vegan laksa which is the ‘Standard’ plus charred aubergine and sautéed potatoes in a vegan broth. Sommelier Zeren Wilson has built the Riesling-focused wine list, with bottles starting at just £21. The restaurant will have space for 40 diners, 10 of which will be held back for walk-ins (seated counter-style) while the rest, thankfully for organisation freaks like us, you can make a reservation for. Judging by Sambal Shiok’s fanbase, to avoid disappointment, we urge you to make sure you secure a table well in advance.
Japan House; a new creative space for all things Japanese which is one of only three around the world, is a 3-story building on Kensington High Street and now benefits from a new robatayaki (fireside-cooking) and sushi restaurant. Akira Shimizu, formerly the executive head chef of Engawa, who introduced Londoners to those scrumptious bento boxes, will be heading up this 1st floor restaurant. Expect to see a lot of cooking on show on a rotata grill with what we’ve heard will be very imaginative speciality dishes. On the drinks side of things, Japanese ingredients including rare sake, yuzu and shiso will make up some lip-smacking cocktails. If you love this Japan House and want to travel to visit the other 2, best you book those flights to São Paulo and Los Angeles pronto.
We’re jumping for joy with the news that Chef, Author and pop-up restaurant extraordinaire Gizzi Erskine, has opened her first restaurant in Hackney’s new Mare Street Market. This space will be fun and playful with a combination of quality food (deli, restaurant and in-house bakery), ice-creams and up-beat music (complete with a record shop and a podcast station). The restaurant will have a 70-strong capacity with a special focus on cooking over a wood fire and rotisserie. Gizzi feels that there are so many great ingredients produced locally in the area that her menu will be firmly on vegetables, although meat will also feature. You can pop in for a tartine in the morning, stay on for charcuterie in the afternoon and indulge yourself in good quality wines in the evening when things really ramp up. Did we mention that there’ll be both a raw bar serving shellfish and a bottomless Bloody Mary counter (hell yeah!). On the ‘Open Kitchen’ menu, which is the first opened section, expect dishes like, ‘Smoked trout and scrambed eggs on rye’, ‘Caesar salad with young kale, schmaltz croutes, egg, pickled anchovies’, ‘Wood fired cauliflower with dandelion, hazelnut, gorgonzola buttermilk ranch and hot sauce’, ‘Miso caramel banana split’
A new Peruvian bakery and restaurant have opened side-by-side on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill and we’re sure it’s going to become one of the best places to eat in West London. Both are beautifully designed and decorated spaces with eucalyptus wood tables and brightly coloured cushions. Head pastry chef, Ana Velasquez, will lead the bakery, Andina Panaderia, where she’ll be specialising in slow-ferment baking with traditional sweet and savoury pastries and breads alongside all-day brunch dishes and lunchtime salads. You’ll be able to purchase top-class breads, such as; ‘Andean black mint and sweet potato sourdough’, ‘delicately crusted traditional pan frances roll – which is light and crusty’, ‘chancay bread – an enriched dough bread similar to challah with a cinnamon-scented take on brioche’ while sweets will include; ‘Pastel de Lúcuma: an Andean spin on the Portuguese custard tart’ and ‘ Chicha morada muffin: a purple corn muffin with a moorishcorn and almond centre’. Next door, the kitchen for Andina Picanteria restaurant will be led by chef Luca Depalo where they will be giving diners a typically warm Peruvian welcome. Chef Luca aims to perfect ancient techniques previously unseen in London and to delve deeper into the rich culinary history of the Andes by creating a new menu consisting of small and large plates. Smalls include ‘sivinche’, an ancient take on ceviche, made with yellowfin tuna, trout roe and popped kiwicha (an Amaranth plant) and a ‘purple corn tamal with choclo corn succotash and sweet kale pesto’. Larger dishes include braised abobo pork leg and 80-day aged Hereford beef sirloin with red pepper and Amarillo chilli escabeche. Whilst their wine list is short and sweet, you’ll be delighted to know you can enjoy the local Peruvian cocktail classic, the Pisco sour, as well as their Peruvian beer brand Cusqueña and their own brew, made in collaboration with Hammerton Brewery.
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