With somewhere new to eat springing up every week around the capital it can be difficult to know which restaurants are worth a visit. So we’ve done the work for you! We bring you the best new restaurants in London, which are sure to satisfy. From Taiwanese to West African and everything in between, we will constantly update this page to bring you the hottest spots in the city for the discerning diner…
The Best New Restaurants in London
Just launched this September is brand new Soho hotspot Flavour Bastard. Don’t let the unorthodox name put you off – it simply refers to the restaurant’s unique flavour combinations and techniques, which they themselves describe as ‘anything but authentic’, a rebellious departure from the norm. Executive chef Pratap Chahal has created a number of small plates which are perfect for sharing, taking inspiration from different cuisines and cultures to create bites packed with surprising flavours that will leave you wanting more (in the likely event, switch to a large plate). Try the Dingley Dell pork belly with cinnamon & clove, bacon jam & pickled carrot – it’s unreal. 63-64 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 3JW
Once you stop giggling at the name, you’ll be excited to hear that Chinatown has a new restaurant launching this week, and it’s set to be a new staple. Move over, Wagamama – ICHIBUNS will be serving some of the most exciting (and affordable) Japanese-inspired dishes in town, using the very best ingredients. Born from the founders of Nobu, Busaba Eathai and PingPong, this new restaurant will serve exciting dishes inspired by Japan’s food capital, Hokkaido, including a Wagyu beef burger that’s got everyone talking. It opens its doors on Friday 8th September, so make sure to get down there while it’s still a relative secret. There’s a takeaway option, too (top tip: download the app to order your food in advance). 22 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QH
Following the legendary Dukes Hotel‘s recent multi-million pound refurbishment, it’s only right that they update their restaurant too. The result? The brand new GBR (Great British Restaurant), a modern but swanky all-day brasserie which serves up contemporary and traditional British dishes with style. Executive Chef Nigel Mendham has headed some of the country’s finest restaurants, and brings his passion for British cooking to the heart of St James’ with a simple but delicious menu, featuring a venison and black pudding scotch egg, delicate chilled courgette soup, and lamb merguez twist on the classic sausage roll – and those are just the starters! Don’t miss the rump of lamb, served with a stunning smoked aubergine cream – a surprisingly perfect match. And that’s just the summer menu… We can’t wait to see what’s next! Head upstairs afterwards for the best Martini in town. 36 Little St James Street, London SW1A 1NA
Hidden on a quiet Marylebone crescent, Nirvana Kitchen at the Montcalm Hotel is one of London’s best-kept foodie secrets. If you’re into Pan-Asian, this new restaurant should most definitely be top of your list. Reinterpreting traditional recipes using simple but excellent ingredients in a sophisticated manner, Head Chef Anirudh Arora has created a stunning menu showcasing the best of the East, in London’s West End. Go big on the starters, which offer a perfect balance of flavours and cultures: highlights include a melt-in-the-mouth black cod, one of the best duck watermelon salads we’ve ever sampled, and a stunning scallop ceviche which steps away from its South American heritage with a citrus chilli yuzu marinade. Don’t leave without trying the lobster curry, made extra special by pieces of fresh coconut pulp. The exceptional food, attentive service and warm atmosphere and décor come together to create a wonderful experience. Is this the nirvana everyone’s been searching for? 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP
Hot off the press! But literally – Fancy Crab only launched a couple of days ago, and it’s already made a name for itself. Serving sustainable Red King Crab as the star ingredient, this new restaurant really does live up to its name. Red King Crab is one of the largest and most sought-after in the world – and the fact that it’s always wild and never farmed makes it even more of a luxury. Fancy Crab offers it up in almost any way you can imagine, alongside other dishes such as crab claw tempura, crispy crab bites and crab cakes. In a nutshell: a must for crab lovers. 92 Wigmore Street, London W1U 3RD
Housed in an uber cool old 1950s building in Holloway is the new offering from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell (of Primeur fame), Westerns Laundry. The menu is focused on seafood sourced from the British Isles, working with day boats from Devon and Cornwall, with produce so fresh that the menu is changed on the chalk board daily. Focus is placed on the quality of ingredients, with uncomplicated dishes that allow them to shine – think raw scallops, Jersey oysters, razor clams and cod salted in-house. In true North London style, there’s an open kitchen and communal tables, and most dishes are small and tapas-y so you can try and share everything. And the rum baba is to die for… 34 Drayton Park, N5 1PB.
Hot off the press: legendary Nobu has just opened its latest site in East London with brand-new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. With space for 240 people, the restaurant spans almost the entire footprint of the hotel and is set to be a stylish hub in London’s artistic quarter. Enjoy world-renowned Nobu signature dishes (nothing beats their black cod with miso) and exquisite sushi alongside Shoreditch-inspired dishes and cocktails, as well as breakfast for the first time. Book to sit at the sushi bar to see the experts at work up close. 10-50 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH.
Opening its doors only a few days ago, Ikoyi brings contemporary West African cuisine to central London this summer. The unique take on West African food sees head chef Jeremy Chan (Ikoyi’s co-founder, with Iré Hassan-Odukale) serve up innovative dishes which combine high quality produce with traditional seasoning, such as wild Nigerian tiger prawn with Banga bisque and corn grits- something you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Ikoyi hopes to develop the public’s perception of West African cuisine and its origins, and exceed the expectations of those who already know it well. An exciting new venture. 1 St. James’s Market, London SW1Y 4AH.
Inspired by the new movement of bistros in Paris, Neo Bistro in Mayfair brings chefs who have trained in some of the country’s best kitchens to a space where they are given the freedom to be creative with their skills. The ever-changing menu is market-focused and seasonal, with simple and modestly-priced dishes that are anything but plain. Check the chalkboard for daily specials, and go for those. 11 Woodstock Street, London W1C 2AE
Specialising in an evolved Izakaya-style of cooking, Dinings SW3 boasts some of the finest contemporary Japanese food in London. The chefs at Dinings have incorporated authentic Japanese and European cuisines to create small, innovative plates in a chic but relaxed atmosphere which also has a discreet courtyard.
A particular stand-out dish is the restaurant’s take on a ‘Plateau de Fruits de Mer’ with beautifully presented sushi, sashimi and raw fish for guests to share. All seafood comes from Cornish day boats to ensure maximum freshness and seasonality, while the Josper Grill allows the restaurant to create fabulous robata-style dishes such as Creel caught Scottish native lobster with Yuzu Kimizu sauce. A unique restaurant which is not to be missed. Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street, London SW3 2JH
The formidable team behind BAO have recently opened a new Taiwanese restaurant in Rupert Street, Soho, and it’s been one of the most talked-about spots ever since. Set across two floors, XU (pronounced ‘shu’) immerses diners into the world of Taiwanese cuisine against a backdrop of stylish interiors inspired by 1930s Taiwan. The restaurant pays homage to the rich cultural history of Taiwan, including its cuisine having been influenced by many different regional mainland Chinese provinces, Japanese and Dutch colonies as well as indigenous tribes, making it incredibly varied.
Try special dishes such Mangalitza rib rice- diced Mangalitza pork ribs mixed with a blend of rice and spices, steamed on a bed of sweet potato and topped with foie gras. Taiwanese tea also takes centre stage, with XU serving rare teas at their dedicated tea bar, giving you a rare glimpse into the art of traditional tea ceremonies. 30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL
New hotel and members club The Curtain in Shoreditch houses top US chef Marcus Sameulsson’s iconic Red Rooster restaurant which is open to all. The menu is full of Sameulsson’s take on American comfort food classics straight from his renowned restaurant in Harlem, and the space also doubles up as a live music venue six days a week. Expect dishes such as Jerk pork and prawn hot rice, chicken n’ waffles or opt for madly popular fried yard bird which you’ll no doubt nibble right down to the bone. 45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 4PT
Contemporary Greek restaurant Meraki opened in July from the same family as Roka, Zuma and The Arts Club. Head chef Dimitrios Siamanis has scoured Greece to bring the best ingredients to London, with dishes including slow-cooked ox cheek with hilopites from Trikala, artichokes and graviera, and seasonally-changing mezze dishes which can be shared in typical Greek style. Enjoy the Greek principle of hospitality in a vibrant atmosphere, with two al fresco terraces for the summer. 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QT
Brand new neighbourhood restaurant Minnow opened in Clapham Common this July, just in time to make the most of SW4’s pavement culture for the summer months. With a kitchen headed by Jake Boyce (former Head Chef of Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas), the menu will offer a twist on modern European cooking influenced by the British seasons, with a nod to the flavours of the Indian Ocean. From breakfast through to dinner, Minnow will serve dishes such as baby octopus with curry leaf paste and charred green mango, and an exciting roast poussin from their Robata grill. There will also be some excellent weekend brunch offerings, as well as special cocktails, freshly blended juices and locally roasted coffee to wash it all down. Throughout the summer months, you will be able to enjoy granitas (both soft and hard) which are churned on-site. This new restaurant is set to be a local hotspot. 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY.
12 September: Hoppers St Christopher’s Place
Vastly popular Hoppers is set to open its second site in Marylebone late this summer, and everyone’s excited already. The Sri Lankan pancake specialist still has round the block queues despite opening over a year ago, but the new Hoppers will take reservations for the first time, pleasing foodies city-wide. There will be new exclusive dishes on offer, and nearly half of the menu will be filled with new creations to accompany classic favourites such as the signature hoppers dish of pancakes made from a batter of rice flour, coconut milk and spices. We can’t wait to try the brand new tuna and tapioca cutlets with avocado sambol… St. Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1BF.