London is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and this Spring we’re being treated to a whole host of brand new restaurant openings across the capital. Our team has created this round-up of their top tips of new foodie destinations to visit.
The first restaurant from couple Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar, who share experience working in the kitchens of St. John, Bao, The Square and Pollen Street Social. The menu focuses on sustainability and seasonal ingredients, with dishes served from an open kitchen in the centre of the restaurant.
The perfect place for cheese lovers, new Camden restaurant The Cheese Bar has been opened by Mathew Carver, of ‘The Cheese Truck’ street food fame. Cheese toasties don’t get better than this.
Find Summers Dining in the upstairs dining room of the Sir Colin Campbell pub on Kilburn High Road. The menu reflects the seasons, with hearty, comforting yet elegant dishes influenced by Irish home cooking. On Saturday evenings Summers serves a special of Irish stew and fresh soda bread.
Dandy Café is a natural wine-focused east London café, brought to you by a trio of friends, one of which happens to play keys in Alt-J. The simple menu packs a punch of flavours, example dishes include carpaccio-style beets with smooth goat’s curd and peas, pistachio and labne. Find it housed within shipping containers by the railway arches.
New Bar Untitled is brought to you be drinks maestro Tony Conigliaro and his Drink Factory Team. The sparse space is inspired by Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, with plenty of polished concrete and industrial lighting. Located on Dalston’s Kingsland Road, this bar serves drinks which are intentionally challenging to customer’s eyes and palate. The cocktail list gives little away, ingredients aren’t listed so as not to “limit the customer.” Feeling adventurous? This is the place to go.
Tuck into some of Rick Stein’s most iconic dishes at new restaurant Barnes. The menu includes Dover sole à la Meunière, Indonesian seafood curry and salt and pepper prawns as well as a selection of new dishes including côte de boeuf steak paired with a béarnaise sauce and served with hand cut chips.
The first London outpost from the team behind the original L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples is one of the biggest new openings in town at the moment. Expect some truly authentic Neapolitan pizzas, such as the traditional Margherita and Marinara.
Head to chick ‘n’ sources for next level free range fried chicken and sour cocktails. There are now two restaurants, in Seven Dials and Haggerston. And it’s not just for meat-lovers, their Szechuan aubergine was recently hailed as the best vegetarian dish in London at a TedxLondon Salon called ‘Feeding the City’. The aubergine is cubed and tempura battered before being tossed in a soy and miso glaze. Delicious.
New York chef Marcus Samuelsson is kind of a big deal. He’s cooked for everyone from Barrack Obama to John Legend and Mindy Kaling. The menu includes the legendary fried chicken, Helga’s meatballs and Pork and Shrimp hot rice. And that’s not all – Samuelsson is also opening the Rooster Taqueria next to the main restaurant. Expect margaritas aplenty.
For something a little different, make your way to the brand new Plaquemine Lock. This restaurant serves Cajun and Creole food from Louisiana, simple fare that is exciting and exotic, but at the same time so comforting. Specialities include oysters, boiled crawfish, po’boys and gumbo. Of course, there’ll be all-Luisian cocktails, too.