Another day, another new barbecue restaurant announced for London. But Austen's Smokehouse, which is set to grace Kensal Rise with its presence very soon, certainly has a few things going for it that no other 'cue place does. The first is who's running the show here - none other than BBQ maniac DJ Yoda. Hot Dinners grabbed some time with him to find out what a DJ is doing opening a restaurant.
What was the thinking behind
The spate of openings at Broadgate Circle continues with the next restaurant being Crab Tavern. This is being billed as an all-day seafood restaurant and bar with a distinct NYC focus for the menu. It's also the first London restaurant from Russian entrepreneur Igor Krayushkin, whose has been involved with two luxury restaurants and a nightclub in Russia and is also responsible for La Residence restaurant in Dubai.
Given the name, there's no prizes for
A lot's happening in Exmouth Market at the moment and the latest new restaurant heading that way is Coin Laundry, an all-day restaurant with a 70s touch.
There's a big focus on the Chicken Kiev. Their version will be made with hand foraged wild garlic and "a secret bread-crumb blend" with a "Kiev counter" counting down how many are still left in the kitchen. Other dishes n the menu will
There's another restaurant on the way to the just-opened Pop Brixton, as Hook crosses from north to south with its next opening. Best known for their fish & chips in Camden (via Dublin and Brussels) their Brixton offering will be similar, with tempura style batters and fish crusted in panko crumbs laced with house grinded and roasted spices and with Cuban, Cajun and Jamaican jerk seasoning.
Fish will be delivered daily
12/11/15 - updated with soft launch info.
As anyone who's walked past the original, which only opened last year, Kanada Ya is almost as hard to get into as Bao and Barrafina. Every time we pass by, there's always a significant queue outside (particularly on weekends).
So it's good news indeed that they're already opening a second branch. And it's a bit bigger than the original too - with 56 seats over
5/6 - Updated with soft launch details
An upcoming addition to the Borough Market area is new "meat and tapas bar" Lobos, set up by former Brindisa chef Roberto Castro, who's kicking off the project with some more Brindisa alumni too.
There's a big focus on meat - specifically Iberico pork. So expect to see Secreto Iberico, a "hidden" cut between the shoulder and the
After a successful launch ai Smithfields, Pizza Union is spreading its wings and opening a second pizza bar - this time at King's Cross (close to the Honest Burgers there).
They specialise in Roman-style thin & crispy 12” pizzaa which are fire-baked in 3 minutes in their traditional domed stone pizza oven, which is apparently the largest in the UK. Again, the aim is to repeat the idea of the "pizza bar" so in the
3/6 updated with pics of the interior
You'll have spotted from our Coming Soon page that Jason Atherton is opening two new restaurants in London in 2015. And now we've got full details of what to expect from the first of them, Social Wine and Tapas. Essentially it's a place where the
Updated 3/6/15 with opening date, menu and soft launch details
They already have a restaurant in Chelsea and now Megan's is about to open a second in St John's Wood.
The original Megan's has been in Chelsea since 2005. They took over the site from an old antiques store and revamped it into a café. Last year it had something of an overhaul from its new owner Becky Mckevitt, who used to be sommelier at Salt Yard and has been known to
Allan Pickett is certainly busy. He's not just opening his own restaurant, Piquet, in the heart of Fitzrovia with Bodean founder Andre Blais: he's also taken on the first ever summer residency at the Morgan Group's Sanderson Hotel.
Allan - who was previously head chef at
Always popular in its original off-Oxford-Street location and the odd pop-up, Roti Chai have now quietly opened their next restaurant all the way over in Canary Wharf - the latest to be part of the new Crossrail Place centre.
Chai Ki will be part Toddy Shop bar and kitchen, that part is open all-day now, and the dining room which is coming soon. Plus - they'll be doing breakfasts too (some of the dishes
Greenwich is getting a new bistro/deli devoted to fizz and cheese. Champagne + Fromage should be opening their doors on Church Street within Greenwich market next month. It's the third site for the group run by husband and wife team Stefano Frigerio and Maud Fierobe and cheese expert Franck Le Blais.
The Greenwich space will be pretty small, with space for 20 inside and 20 outside. On the menu will be a variety of French food, including fresh tartines and the deli
Following the pop-up on Rivington Street, Korean chicken specialists Jubo are one in a list of many changes coming to Exmouth Market.
The main focus is the Korean chicken. So that's the crunchy chicken wings and boneless strips which are served in small plates or large platters, and glazed in Soy Garlic, Hot or Volcanic sauces. Alongside those, expect similar dishes to the original which include slow
There's a new Vietnamese restaurant coming to Smithfield soon and it's one that's moving there from Bermondsey. Caphe House is moving to Smithfield and changing its name to Caphe Pho in the process.
Obviously, the star of the show will be their pho. Their stock (beef, chicken or vegetable) is made from a family recipe with 12 hours of simmering "to allow the stock to retain all its goodness and develop the
There's a new café opening today in Fulham (following a soft launch), by Lila Sarhang Zadeh, who has previously classically trained as a pastry chef in France.
They'll be making traditional bread using special flour known as “tradition flour” plus more bread including chia seed, flax seed and honey sour doughs - plus more varieties including vanilla and basil. Besides the usual pastries, they'll also have an apple turnover with a whole
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