We’ve rounded up some of the hottest new restaurant openings in London, so you can get through the dark days in style…
This Asian late night restaurant and bar boasts panoramic views of one of London’s famous landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral. Find theatrical drinks and cocktails late into the night alongside a delicious menu of tantalising, Asian-inspired dishes. On arrival, diners are met with a fluorescent pink onyx floor and a pink-hued pagoda. Upstairs, the entire floor is illuminated with green, semi-precious stone. Feast on soft shell crab and grilled tiger prawns, sushi & sashimi,, Yukhoe steak tartare and yellowtail sashimi.
Following on from the success of The Shed, in Notting Hill, Rabbit, on the Kings Road, and Nutbourne, in Battersea, the Gladwin Brothers are at it again. This time in the West End. Starters include Monkfish Carpaccio with Aubergine, Lemon, Chilli and Toasted Pine Nuts. For main try the Pumpkin Gnocchi with Caramelised Quince, Sage & Tunworth Foam, garnished with Buckwheat and Sorrel. Heavenly.
The Madera Group has launched its first restaurant in the UK, Madera at Treehouse London. Fresh from Los Angeles, it offers a modern, organic take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Sharing dishes lead the way and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free requests will easily be accommodated. Don’t miss the raw bar and the specialties served on lava stones.
Norma in Fitzrovia is inspired by Sicily. The space sprawls three floors, with a spacious dining areas, a cocktail bar and a private dining room. A crudo bar takes centre stage on the ground floor.
The main menu has antipasti, pastas and grilled fish and meat. Produce is seasonal. At the moment, you can try taglioni with sardines, fennel and capers and the signature Norma aubergine parmigiana. Upstairs in the private dining room, guests can order family-style – think sharing platters of fresh pastas, breads and slow-cooked shoulder of Salt Marsh lamb.
14 Hills, a new restaurant from D&D in the city, is bringing the outdoors in: indoor trees abound. Views are spectacular. Chef Thomas Piat is pretty famous – he was Executive Chef at Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud and has recently been in Paris overseeing Hélène Darroze’s opening.
There’s a grab-and-go deli while the main restaurant has a central onyx oval bar, where an extensive cocktail menu aims to make the bar a total destination. The food menu focuses on modern British cooking with a touch of French flair. Think a sharing venison dish, a dedicated grill menu of Aberdeen ribeye, Hereford fillet, and Dover Sole on the bone.
Chef Richard Corrigan is set to open his third London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan. The 60-cover restaurant will include a 10-seater oyster bar and a basement saloon bar which will host live music nights. The hearty, ever-changing menu will feature produce from Corrigan’s country estate in Ireland, Virginia Park Lodge, and will focus on seafood. The bar will focus on smaller Irish distilleries and producers.
It’s named for the daughter of Biddy Mulligan, a legendary Dublin street seller.
This is a new Portuguese restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. Expect classic staples and dishes inspired by culinary interactions with countries such as Angola, Goa and Brazil. The menu will change regularly. Look out for Macanese Arroz Marisco, a seafood rice served tableside, and Pão Com Chouriço, a dish of Goan smoked chorizo served in a naan. Charcuterie and cheese will be sourced from one of Portugal’s oldest family run businesses, Manteigaria Silva.
There is also an in-house baker making Pastel de Nata and pão, freshly baked bread.
Singaporean restaurant Singapulah & Arôme is a bakery by day and restaurant by night. Day time offerings include breads and pastries with East Asian flavours. Don’t miss the signature dish of Arôme Milk Bread Toast; a caramelised milk loaf.
During the evening the space will be a 50-cover restaurant. Look out for authentic hawker dishes such as Bak Chor Mee – noodles with minced pork – and Chwee Kueh, savoury rice cakes. Contemporary Singaporean art will decorate the walls while the playlist will feature popular Singaporean artists of the 1960s, the golden age of Singaporean music. The drinks menu will offer the kitsch Singapore Sling, of course.
Hope you’re hungry…these new restaurant openings are all worth trying.
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Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.