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Best New London Restaurants Opening in 2022

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It’s been a turbulent couple of years for the restaurant world, to say the least. Yet despite everything, we’re seeing brave chefs and restaurateurs standing up to the challenges and launching new ventures. London’s food scene is back – with a whole host of fresh talent. These are the new restaurants opening in 2022 that you need on your radar.

Best New Restaurants in London 2022

Adesse

Cheese plate, Adesse, Selfridges

With Leonardo DiCaprio and Miley Cyrus among his US fanbase, no doubt plant-based chef Matthew Kenney will be a hit with Londoners too. His new restaurant, Adesse, opens on the second floor of Selfridges this month, focusing on innovative dishes made using local, seasonal produce. Think jackfruit crab cakes, kimchi dumplings and kelp noodle cacio e pepe, alongside organic and biodynamic wines and carefully crafted elixirs. The launch ties in with Selfridges’ ongoing sustainability initiative Project Earth, which aims to change the way we shop; in the food sphere that’s based around the ‘less meat, better meat’ ethos. Opens 12 January 2022, matthewkenneycuisine.com/adesse

Lisboeta

Nuno Mendes

From Chiltern Firehouse to Viajante, Portugese chef Nuno Mendes is the name behind some of the most renowned London restaurants of the past decade. His new launch, though, will transport us to his hometown of Lisbon. The name, Lisboeta, means ‘a person from Lisbon’ – and that’s what Mendes hopes you’ll feel like while dining there. Located in a townhouse on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street, the eatery will feature a seated bar built from repurposed tram wood alongside a first-floor dining room. Dishes are yet to be revealed, but the menu will encourage relaxed dining with a mix of small plate ‘petiscos’ and larger sharing-style dishes. Opens spring 2022, lisboeta.co.uk

Noci

Noci

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Islington residents, say hello to your new local. Noci – which translates as walnut in Italian – is the new pasta restaurant from Louis Korovilas of Locatelli and Bancone fame, drawing inspiration from his travels across Italy. All savvy diners know the key to great Italian food is fresh ingredients, so no surprise this is the focus here, with seasonal produce delivered daily from local suppliers. Pasta highlights include a traditional Neapolitan Genovese ragu, an open herbed lamb shoulder ravioli and a gnocchetti dish served with smoked ricotta. All this alongside a selection of Sicilian-style small plates like parcels of fried leek, gorgonzola and walnut, and Louis’ take on a classic fritto misto. Dine on the central communal table or be the envy of passers-by in a cosy window seat. Opens March 2022, nocirestaurant.co.uk

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

As if we needed another reason to go to The Berkeley, the Knightsbridge hotel is opening a bakery from one of the world’s top pastry chefs, Cedric Grolet. His first patisserie outside France, it’s set to be a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, designed by Remi Tessier with a pastry theatre and immersive seats overlooking the kitchen. Grolet is famous for his culinary ‘trompe-l’œil’ where patisserie wizardry is used to create optical illusions, and at The Berkeley, he’ll be bringing together two of his signatures: fruits and flowers. Opens early 2022, the-berkeley.co.uk

Itaku

Itaku

Italian and Japanese cuisines might not be the most natural pairing – but this fusion can work well in the right hands, showcased in spots like Angelina in Shoreditch. It’s looking likely that Itaku, the new launch from celebrity restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, will get it right too. Arriving on Great Portland Street this January, Itaku’s kitchen will be spearheaded by Naples-born Ivan Simeoli, whose CV includes Massimo Bottura’s three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. He’ll be merging authentic Italian cooking with the techniques and flavours of Japan, resulting in dishes like Sicilian prawns with black truffle ponzu, and monkfish with pumpkin and miso. Cocktails are set to be a highlight, with a special menu curated by ex-Savoy bartender Nicholas Medicamento. Opens January 2022, itaku.co.uk

Ottolenghi Chelsea

Ottolenghi food

Brand-new concepts aren’t the only thing to be excited about. This year will also see new branches of established favourites popping up around the city, such as an Ottolenghi deli on Pavilion Road. Pop in for a coffee and pastry in the morning, or tuck into one of the signature hot breakfast dishes, like scrambled eggs with focaccia and salmon. Come lunchtime, the deli’s counter will be piled high with colourful salads – that could be spiced vermicelli rice with pickled mango, roasted sweet potato with cardamom sauce or cashew nut fritters with red hummus – alongside an array of fresh sweet treats. Alex Meitlis is interior designer behind all the Ottolenghi delis, and he’s worked his magic on this one too – this time wrapping the room in recycled bricks, with a bold terrazzo floor created by Ivo Bisagno. Opens January 2022, ottolenghi.co.uk

The Aubrey

Mandarin Oriental London

The London outpost of Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel closed its doors recently after a ten-year stint – but its replacement sounds equally exciting. Burgers will be swapped for high-end sushi with The Aubrey, the first UK venture from Hong Kong-based group Maximal Concepts, known for creating high-end dining experiences with a fun twist. Like its sister restaurant in Hong Kong, The Aubrey London will focus on eccentric izakaya-style cooking and innovative cocktails, with two bars and an afternoon tea experience. mandarinoriental.com

Cicchetti

Cichetti

Following the success of San Carlo’s branches in Piccadilly and Covent Garden, the restaurant group will be opening a new venue in Knightsbridge this April. Spread across two floors, Cicchetti will feature classical Venetian architecture, with design details to reflect the water taxis and luxury yachts synonymous with the region. A suitably chic menu will feature the group’s signature dishes such as black truffle ravioli and black salt sea bass, alongside some new additions. Opens April 2022, sancarlocichetti.co.uk

Björn Frantzén at Harrods

Aside from the endless shopping opportunities, you’ll have another reason to visit Harrods this year. One of the world’s most acclaimed chefs, three Michelin-star Swedish-born Björn Frantzén is opening a restaurant there. Not many details have been revealed yet, but if his eponymous flagship restaurant in Stockholm – which was recently named sixth in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – is anything to go by, it’s sure to be something special.

Off the Hook

Off The Hook, restaurant

Chef Neil Wager has joined forces with Shaun Henderson, founder of one of the UK’s most popular sustainable fish suppliers Henderson’s, to launch a new fish restaurant. Opening this month in Wapping, Off the Hook will feature three different elements: a seafood restaurant, fish and chip takeaway and fish butchery. The focus will be on sustainably-sourced fish from the Jurassic coast, caught using low impact methods from trusted fishermen. Traceability will also be a key component: for each dish on the menu, diners will be able to see exactly where the fish came from and the fishermen who caught it, with restaurant highlights including dry-aged monkfish with kimchi, halibut with wild chanterelles and squash, and wild seabass sashimi with wasabi and pickles. Opens January 2022, oth.fish

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