The combination of summer and the post-lockdown release mean one thing - the arrival of brand new restaurants in London. We've selected the ones to watch, some of which only managed to open a few days before the lockdown hit.
Where: Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
The Berkeley has unveiled a brand new restaurant at the back of the hotel - made by creating a brand new space just outside their terrace bar. Making the most of the alfresco theme, there's a Mediterranean menu and pots of lavendar and jasmine that might make you think you're on holiday if the weather behaves.
Follow them on Instagram: @the_berkeley
Where: 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0LA
This Stoke Newington pub is from the same people as the much-loved Anchor and Hope in Waterloo. It opened for just a few days before the lockdown and has reopened with a menu from Harry Kaufman, previously chef of the much-missed Great Queen Street. The menu will change regularly, and we think you should pay particular attention to their amazing pies.
Delivery option: Heat-at-home meals are available (pies included) - order here.
Follow them on Instagram: @theclarencetavern
Where: 1st Floor, 31 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NU
Kaké, from the people behind Chisou, started life as a high-end Japanese food delivery service during the lockdown. Now they've launched it as a dine-in option which is a sushi counter above Chisou itself. Choose from two very special omakase menus.
Delivery option: Luxury donburi via Deliveroo
Follow them on Instagram: @kakesw3
Where: 175 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QF
Kibou originally started life in Cheltenham before opening a flagship site in Battersea, complete with larger-than-life murals. Dishes range from their trademark ramen through to bao buns, tempura, katsu curry, donburi rice bowls and more.
Delivery option: Takeaway only, order online.
Follow them on Instagram: @kiboulondon.
Where: 276 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
Supa Ya Ramen is from chef Luke Findlay, previously Head Chef at Berber & Q and is all about their ramen which they're terming as "new-wave bowls". Post lockdown, as it's such a small restaurant, you'll be able to book out the entire restaurant for you and friends for a 75-minute sitting.
Follow them on Instagram: @supa_ya_ramen
Where: Buck Street Market, Camden High Street, NW1 8QP
Wildflower is from Irish chef Adrian Martin. He's already made a name of himself on the other side of the Irish Sea but this is his first restaurant - opening in the new Buck Street Market in Camden. The menu features locally sourced and foraged produce (also grown on their own terrace).
Follow them on Instagram: @wildflowerrestaurantuk
Where: 6 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2JP
When: Opening July/August
At the time of writing, Attawa is delivery-only, having opened during the lockdown, but they're gearing up to opening for diners soon. Here you can expect a menu by Arbinder Duggal, a semi-finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals. The food is a modern take on Punjabi cooking, which reflects the owners' origins. It's already received a rave review from Grace Dent.
Delivery option: Collection or local delivery - call 0207 254 1236.
Follow them on Instagram: @attawadalston.
Where: Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL
When: Opening 31 July
Larry's is from the same people behind Brixton's Salon and the next-door Levan (which this is a counterpoint to). Another restaurant that opened, briefly, days before the lockdown, this all-day spot features dishes like meatball melt sandwiches or pig’s head ragu with pappardelle and Szechuan pepper, alongside a pared-down drinks menu.
Delivery option: Next-door is offering Levan To Go (collection only)
Follow them on Instagram: @larryspeckham
Where: 33-41 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR
When: Opening 20 July
Scottish chef Nico Simeone has opened Six by Nico in in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool and Manchester - but this is the first time he's opened in London. Expect a one-choice tasting menu made of six courses; the entire thing changes seasonally. For opening, the first tasting menu will be "The Chippie" featuring dishes inspired by local fish & chip shops (with a bistro twist).
Follow them on Instagram: @sixbynico.
Where: Unit 1, Riverside, 2 More London, London SE1 2DA
When: Opening 31 July
Tavolino is the new restaurant from ex Bancone head chef Louis Korovilas and Bancone's pastry chef Taylor Sessegnon-Shakespeare who are opening on the South Bank (in the large building that once held Strada). Expect an Italian menu that features some of Louis's signatures (silk handkerchief pasta sheets) and lots of new additions. There's also a large terrace overlooking the Thames.
Follow them on Instagram: @tavolinokitchen.
Just outside of town
Where: Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt EN7 5HW
When: Opening 5 August
This is the next big thing from Robin Gill (The Dairy, Darby's). It's not actually in London, but you can get there in just over 30 minutes by train. This is all part of a new country hotel called Birch and the aim is to have the majority of the menu ingredients sourced from the estate’s farm and surrounding woodland within the next two years.
Follow them on Instagram: @birchcommunity.
Bobo Social (Elephant & Castle) - Bobo Social is back, south of the river, with their popular burgers and more.
Eggslut (Fitzrovia) - The second Eggslut in London features more eggy sandwiches (opens 15 July)
The Little Orange Door (Clapham) - The Little Door company opens its latest, this time on Clapham Common (opens 29 July)
NASI Economy Rice (Holloway) - Takeaway/delivery only, for now, this Sambal Shiok spin-off features some excellent Malaysian rice boxes.
For lots more upcoming restaurants, be sure to bookmark our Coming Soon page.
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