New Restaurant Openings – November & December 2019

For those who live and work in London, we’re sure you’d concur that there is nothing better than December time in London, especially just before Christmas when the office begins to wind down and you have a little more time to enjoy the social side of the city without feeling guilty about taking a lunch break or leaving work a little earlier. We’ve handpicked some fantastic London restaurant hotspots that have opened their doors in the past 5 weeks. Be one step ahead and check out the latest must-try restaurants…

 

Ugly Butterfly

Mid-November saw Adam Handling opening Ugly Butterfly, a fully sustainable no-waste restaurant in Belmond Cadogan Hotel. A total team of 90 look after the six main elements – the restaurant, the bar, Cadogan’s, the private dining room, the terrace and the room service. Ugly Butterfly will take some of the non-used products from nearby Adam Handling Chelsea on Sloane Street and create an entirely new restaurant and menu from them. Adam wants to his patrons to learn more about the ingredients or parts of ingredients that are commonly discarded and showcase them in creative and delicious ways. The snacks and small plates menu places an emphasis on the four most-wasted food items: bread, eggs, milk, and bananas, all served alongside a list of luxury Champagnes. The menu sure does peak our curiosity…

Top Dishes:

  • Fried chicken feet, caviar
  • Devilled “Feast Fairly” eggs
  • Chicken liver, salted scones, fermented fig
  • Pig’s head terrine, pickled mushrooms
  • Salted caramel, pork fat tart

Location: 55 King’s Road, London SW3 4ND

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Wild Tavern

Wild Tavern is an Italian inspired neighbourhood restaurant serving feasting plates of wild seafood, grilled meats and classic wines.  Taking over the spot previously occupied by Japanese restaurant Kiru on Elystan Street, this new neighbourhood restaurant is particularly exciting because of who’s behind it…. it’s the group who brought us Goodmans, Beast and Burger & Lobster. The head chef is Marco Peri who previously worked at Corbin & King’s Colbert while Sardinian chef Achille Panna is around until Summer 2020 to get things going. We needn’t say more apart from that we advise booking in advance as we’re certain they’re going to be exceptionally busy.

Top Dishes:

  • Sashimi of Spanish tuna belly
  • Tartare of Sicilian red prawns
  • Seared scallops with porcini and celeriac puree
  • Josper grilled squid with Jerusalem artichoke
  • Paccheri with fish ragu, fresh tomato & saffron

Location: 2 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NS

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Paradise

From Sri Lanka to Soho. Inspired by the bistros of Colombo and Galle, Paradise brings the essence of modern Sri Lanka to Soho’s legendary Rupert Street strip. Their food, drink, design and hospitality is inspired by the incessant energy of Colombo’s streets; the city’s charming edginess and the sprawling metropolis as it encroaches on jungle, beach and sea. Contemporary curries, breads, hoppers and short eats intended for sharing are based on family recipes and modernised with an ingredient-led approach. Sri Lankan chef, Charith Priyadarshana, is totally committed to Paradise’s food ethos: where it’s from, how it’s produced, how they cook it and how it’s served. We cannot wait to visit!

Top Dishes:

  • Mackerel cutlets, curry leaf mayo
  • Arrack infused cauliflower roti tacos, coconut labneh
  • Roasted baby squid curry, cardamom, coconut
  • Highland pork cheek curry, Lion stout, lemongrass
  • Laverstoke Park buffalo milk ice cream, butterscotch and cashew brittle

Location: 61 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PW

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The Ivy Asia

The Ivy’s brand-new Asian late night restaurant and bar is now open in the heart of the city, with panoramic views of one of London’s famous landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral. On arrival, diners are met with a show-stopping fluorescent pink onyx floor, impressive panelled artwork depicting notable Japanese landscapes, and a pink-hued pagoda, before climbing the stairs to the first-floor restaurant. The restaurant and bar is open seven days a week and they’ve got a late licence allowing them to open until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with a resident DJ keeping things lively.

Top Dishes:

  • Sesame seared salmon, black bean dressing
  • Crispy duck salad, green mango and ponzu
  • Korean pork and kimchi dumplings
  • Mussels, coconut, galangal and lime
  • Dry-aged bone-in rib-eye, miso smoked butter

Location: 20 New Change Passage, London, EC4M 9AG

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Sam’s Riverside

West London restaurateur Sam Harrison is back with a newly opened riverfront restaurant situated adjacent to Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and overlooking the Thames. Having worked for Rick Stein down in Cornwall for four years, Sam is passionate about seafood and plans on championing these ingredients, amongst others. Culinary Director, Rowley Leigh, who made his name at Kensington Place is Sam’s right hand man while Harvey Trollope, who has previously worked at The Ritz Restaurant and before that at Wheelers of St James with Marco Pierre White is running the kitchen itself. Design-wise, the restaurant benefits from floor to ceiling windows facing out on to the river with space for 90 diners, including 16 in a private dining room. Additionally, this opulent space features a sizeable cocktail bar with counter dining and a separate bar menu.

Top Dishes:

  • Raw Silver Mullet, Cucumber, Lemon, Dill
  • Grilled Octopus, Pimenton Potatoes, Saffron Aioli
  • Roast Red Leg Patridge, Chestnuts, Salsify
  • Steak and Kidney, Dropping Toast

Location: 1 Crisp Walk, London W6 9DN

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