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The Best New Restaurants in London


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The Best New Restaurants in London

We bring you the best new restaurant openings in London for the discerning diner...

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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

Pastaio, Carnaby Street

Pastaio Carnaby

Pasta’s having a moment, and it’s best encapsulated by brand new Pastaio, the restaurant headed by Stevie Parle of Dock Kitchen and Rotorino which is due to open at the end of October. The team make their pasta by hand daily to bring customers the freshest of seasonal pasta dishes, which include a deliciously creamy Tonarelli cacio e pepe that makes the trip worthwhile in itself. There are also smaller antipasti dishes to graze on, and the prosecco and Aperol slushies add a playful element (and they’re only £4!). 19 Ganton Street, Carnaby, London W1F 9BN

The Perception at W London

The Perception W London

Tattoo artist turned chef, Magnus Reid, is the first to take up residence at W Hotel’s new bar The Perception. Reid, who has no formal training as a chef, has upped sticks from his Shoreditch cafe C.R.E.A.M. and Legs restaurant in Hackney and will be at the W until March 2018. The menu, which includes dishes such as pappardelle with crab and chilli and gilt head bream crudo, draws on Mediterranean, Australian and European influences. His use of bold flavours in simple recipes brings a hint of his East London laid-back attitude to luxury hotel dining. His style perfectly complements the interiors of the new bar and lounge which is sleek– think giant disco balls and free-standing futuristic fires– yet cosy, with snug booths and sofas by the fire. 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF

Il Tetto, Selfridges Rooftop

Il Tetto Selfridges

If it’s a central spot away from the bustle of Oxford Street you seek, make your escape vertical and head to the roof-top of Selfridges, where new Italian spot Il Tetto has popped up until October 2018. Think traditional Italian trattoria fare minus the gingham tablecloths, and with a Mayfair price tag. Headed up by ex-L’Anima chef, Luca Terraneo, this Italian dining spot is well worthy of this hugely-popular dinner spot. To start, there are a selection of Venetian small plates or ‘cicchetti’, and antipasti (don’t miss the Burrata D’Andria, served with finely sliced celery and roasted hazelnuts). Follow with excellent handmade pasta (essential now the weather’s turned cooler), or posh pizza (all these dishes can be served topped with black truffle). Choose from the likes of Scottish beef rib eye or baked sea bass for your main, with sides including rosemary roasties or fries served with yet more truffle. Save room for dessert; amongst Italian classics like iced lemon parfait and tiramisu is a big-enough-to-share-but-too-delicious-to-want-to chocolate and hazelnut mousse. The cocktail offering includes six Negronis and an exclusive range of ‘hot-tails’; cocktails served warm for cool al-fresco evenings on the terrace. 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

Aside, Peckham

Aside Peckham Restaurant

Recently opened Aside is tucked away in the backstreets of Peckham, with a pared-back menu and interior now typical of the uber-edgy area. It’s an intimate space with only 35 covers, an open kitchen and central cocktail bar allowing for maximum transparency, the restaurant priding itself on the local, seasonal produce that is central to the menu – the dishes change daily ensuring everything is the freshest possible. Go in the evening for the sharing plates menu with so many exciting options it’s almost impossible to be restrained, so prepare to part with more money than you’d expect for the area. Though the menu only names the main ingredients, the dishes are far from simple – the radishes with chicken butter are genius, the fried potato deliciously decadent and the Hake is velvety perfection. If the Mylor prawns are on the menu, be sure not to miss out. Beware the devilishly strong cocktails. 56 Goldsmith Road, London SE15 5TF

Hoppers St Christopher’s Place

Hoppers Restaurant

Vastly popular Hoppers recently opened its second site in Marylebone. The original 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. St. Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1BF. 

Ginza Onodera, St James’

Ginza Onodera

Much-anticipated Ginza Onodera has finally opened its doors in the heart of St James, bringing the best of Tokyo with it. With beautifully modern and minimalistic Japanese interiors, Ginza is elegant but not pretentious – and the same goes for the food. There’s beautifully fresh sushi and sashimi which you can watch being prepared at the counter, and a teppan-yaki counter too where chefs will whip up lobster, black cod and other specialities as you watch in awe. Head there early and take a seat at the bar upstairs before dinner, where the talented Gergö creates beautiful Japanese-inspired cocktails as you nibble on bar snacks such as spicy prawn rolls and salmon tataki to whet your appetite. A special new opening that is not to be missed. 15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL

Crocker’s Folly, St John’s Wood

Crocker's Folly

A magnificent, majestic building dating back to 1898 now houses upmarket Lebanese restaurant Crocker’s Folly. The Grade II listed building oozes bygone Victorian elegance, reflected in the cocktail menu of classics now reimagined with an Arabian twist. The in-house josper grill produces excellent lamb and veal dishes, and a whole charcoaled baby chicken modernised with a fresh kick of garlic sauce. It wouldn’t be Lebanese food without a huge variety of starters – go for the baba ghanoush and shwarma-topped hummus to accompany the in-house baked bread, as well as the falafel, pumpkin kibbeh and the moreish grilled halloumi (too hard to share – order one each). End with the Baklawa and let the waiters help you through the wine list from the usually overlooked but wonderful vineyards of Lebanon and North Africa. Despite the grand surroundings, Crocker’s Folly has a homely and comfortable feel so typical of the Middle East. A perfect treat after a family day out in Little Venice and Regent’s Park. 24 Aberdeen Place, London NW8 8JR

Bōkan, Novotel Canary Wharf

Bokan Canary Wharf

Head up to the 37th floor of the brand new Novotel Canary Wharf, and you’ll find one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Giving the Shard a run for its money, this new modern British/European restaurant has excellent views across London – and is far less flashy, but elegant nonetheless. The menu takes inspiration from its historic trading location, and the dishes all come served with a dash of drama – foam envelops the egg yolk ravioli, while the salmon starter comes with a generous dollop of caviar. For a special treat, order the decadent chicken with foie gras and truffle as a main. A great spot for a date night, and for a rather glamorous nightcap on the 39th floor rooftop. Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP

GBR at Dukes Hotel, St James’

Dukes Hotel GBR Restaurant

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

Nirvana Kitchen, Marylebone

Nirvana Kitchen Food

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

Fancy Crab, Marylebone

Fancy Crab Tempura Crab Claws

Fancy Crab launched a few weeks 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 (nut)shell: a must for crab lovers. 92 Wigmore Street, London W1U 3RD

Westerns Laundry, Islington

Westerns Laundry

c. Patricia Niven

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. 

XU, Soho

XU Taiwanese Restaurant

c. Carol Sachs

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

Red Rooster at The Curtain, Shoreditch

Red Rooster Curtain Shoreditch

c. Jason Bailey

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

Coming soon…

Claw, Carnaby Street

Claw Carnaby

Sustainable and delicious? Yes, please! We’re beyond excited for the opening of Claw in Carnaby this autumn, a restaurant founded by expert seafood trader Fabian Clark with a strong focus on responsibly-sourced produce from the British coast. Fabian aims to change the widely-held idea that seafood is an expensive luxury, and is able to bring Londoners top quality ingredients at an accessible price by dealing directly with the fishermen. Highlights will include a breakfast bacon and scallop muffin (pictured above), pork-stuffed squid with kaffir lime and a rather decadent fried chicken with caviar. Opening 14 December, 21 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B 5QA

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