We’re only three months in but already 2016 is proving to be a great year for London foodies. Recent weeks have seen the opening of a whole host of fantastic new restaurants, from barbecue and grill spots to Japanese cuisine complete with sake cocktails. Here’s our pick of the best new restaurants so far – and some more to look forward to over the coming months.
This new D&D restaurant will replace longstanding Soho space Floridita. The huge restaurant has room for over 400 diners, and includes an all-day restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar with space for DJs. Liam Smith-Laing, formerly of La Petite Maison in Istanbul will oversee the Mediterranean and Eastern-leaning menu.
In February, Tom Sellers, the chef behind Michelin-starred Restaurant Story opened the doors of his second London restaurant. Sellers is overseeing the menus, and Daniel Phippard (previously of Ernik in Moscow and London’s Kensington Place will take the role of head chef.
This Covent Garden restaurant is the first solo space from Victor Garvey, co-founder of the very popular modern tapas spot Bravas Tapas at St Katharine Docks.
Damien Hirst opened Pharmacy 2 earlier this year, echoing the original Pharmacy which was once frequented by celebrities like David Bowie, Kate Moss and Madonna. The new restaurant is a canteen for gallery visitors during the day and standalone restaurant at night.
Jason Atherton’s Japanese “izakaya” concept Sosharu is now open in Clerkenwell’s Turnmill Building. It serves sashimi, teppanyaki and robatayaki dishes, with a basement bar playing Japanese hip-hop music and serving cocktails made with ingredients such as sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey.
Following in the successful footsteps of Pidgin in Hackney, owners James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy (pictured) and chef Elizabeth Allen are gearing up to launch this second restaurant. Everything will be served from trolleys, with diners able to pick what they want as the small plates and pre-mixed cocktails are wheeled around the room.
Nuno Mendes, the Portuguese executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse who had a critical hit with Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields last year will this year revive Viajante, the ambitious fine-dining concept for which he won a Michelin star at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel.
Jersey chef Shaun Rankin, of the Michelin-starred Ormer is an established talent who deserves to be better known. His London restaurant opens at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair as part of the hotel’s £14m refurbishment.
A new barbecue restaurant from Will Ricker, who also runs La Bodega Negra and XO, the Stoke House is focused on meat cooked over wood. It will open in Victoria, as part of the new Nova development.