London is never short of exciting new places to eat, but the choice can be pretty overwhelming. The Resident picks out the most exciting new launches in March 2017…
Lead image: Number 177, Hoxton
1 Sparrow, Lewisham
Seasonal food with a cosmopolitan feel is all over the Sparrow menu. Husband and wife chef team Terry Blake and Yoshi Nandakumar have thought up a variety of dishes taking inspiration from all over the world. You can expect to find everything from Italian to Malaysian on the regularly changing menu, all made with British meat and fresh produce. Opening 28 March with soft launch with 50% off food from 21-26 March.
2 Rennell Street, Lewisham SE13 7HD; sparrowlondon.co.uk
2 Number 177, Hoxton
Influenced by the lively Berlin bar scene, Number 177 will combine music, art and German cuisine in the center of Hoxton. It’s menu will feature German favorites such as Schnitzel burgers and Jagermeister ice cream alongside a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. The venue itself will be decorated with constantly changing murals and paintings by talented new artists, so the food won’t be the only thing that’s fresh and beautiful. Open now.
177 Hoxton Street N1 6PJ; number177bar.co.uk
3 Lokhandwala, Fitzrovia
London is known for it’s top notch Indian eats and Lokhandwala gives the popular taste a new culinary twist. They serve the food as an array of tapas so you can pack a country full of flavours into just one meal. Alongside the classic recipes you will also be able to get a health boost with their Ayurvedic shots and smoothies meant to refresh and revitalize the body. Open now.
93 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 4PY; lokhandwala.co.uk
4 Lupins, Southwark
Former pop-up chefs Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke are bringing it back to basics with Lupins, a brilliantly British new restaurant. They’re taking traditional British ingredients and infusing them with global tastes to create what they call ‘sunshine food’. Diners can feast on their innovative meal while enjoying quirky wines and monthly cocktails, which were also selected by the talented chefs. Opening April.
66-68 Union Street, Southwark SE1 1TD; lupinslondon.com
5 Firedog, Fitzrovia
If you’re tired of the avocado craze, you’re not alone. The head chef of the new restaurant Firedog thinks that the vegetable is entirely overused, and he promises a brunch that’s totally avo-free. Instead, his menu has diverse Aegan street food with vibrant mezze style dishes. The Greek and Turkish influences infuse the London food scene with something new and different. Open now.
92 Newman Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3EZ; fdog.com
6 XU, Soho
For all the BAO fans out there, so basically everyone, the popular restaurant’s owners are opening up a new restaurant called XU. The new spot will be serving up a host of Taiwanese options that are entirely authentic. Almost more exciting than the food is the tea bar which will give Londoners a glimpse into the art of the traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony and allow them to taste the delicious loose leafed teas. Opening soon.
30 Rupert Street, Soho W1D 1DL; xulondon.com
7 Hawker’s Bar and Brasserie, Kingston
Hawker’s serves two of the meals that Londoners love most: bottomless brunch and Sunday roast. The chic new restaurant specialises in British comfort food during the week and offers a bottomless Prosecco brunch on Saturday followed by a traditional Sunday roast with all of the trimmings. And make sure to try their dessert menu no matter what day you’re dining. Open now.
1 Skerne Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames KT2 5FJ; hawkerskingston.com
8 Little Moon’s Mochi Bar, Kensington
The new mochi bar in Whole Foods is not quite a restaurant but is definitely worth a visit anyway, because mochi is The Next Big Thing. These trendy ice cream balls are popular all around the world, and this mochi bar opening marks the first of its kind in the UK. You can choose the flavours by yourself or pick a ‘Mochi Pop’ for a taste of everything. Open now.
63-97 Kensington High Street W8 5SE; littlemoons.co.uk
9 Judge & Jury, Shoreditch
Taking a page from the British history books Judge & Jury is courtroom themed, paying homage to the location’s past as a historic court and prison. Located in the Courthouse Hotel the restaurant is neighbors to the creative Jailhouse Bar where you can order cocktails from the comfort of a cell. With a history this rich and food this good it would be a crime not to visit. Open now.
335-337 Old Street EC1V 9LL; shoreditch.courthouse-hotel.com
10 Chi Kitchen’s Laksa Bar, Oxford Street
Masterchef winner Ping Coombes has launched a Laksa Bar at Chi Kitchen. Inspired by Coombes’ Malaysian roots in the town of Ipoh, the new Laksa Bar will offer three different types of the traditional noodle dish, served in a steaming bowl of spicy broth. Chi Kitchen will be offering the traditional Laksa from Malaysia, consisting of a spicy broth, tofu, prawn, fish balls, boiled egg and vermicelli noodles. Also on the menu will be the Katong Laksa, a Singaporean noodle soup, and the Tom Yum Laksa is a Thai version of the Malaysian favourite. Open now.
Located on the ground floor of Debenhams, 334-348 Oxford Street W1C 1JG; chikitchen.co.uk
11 Onodera, St James’s
For the past six months, Matsuri has been undergoing a major refurbishment to reopen as Onodera, a brand new restaurant which will focus on traditional Japanese cuisine. Onodera aims to serve authentic Japanese food in a sophisticated setting. You can choose from three types of Japanese cuisine: sushi, teppen-yaki, and robata grill. The restaurant offers a few different set menus packed with delicious Asian flavours that all Londoners will enjoy. Soft launch 17-18 and 20-21 March with 50% off food before (tables must be booked in advance by emailing the restaurant and referencing ‘Soft Launch Onodera’). Opens 23 March.
15 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AL; onodera-group.com
Duck & Waffle Local, St James’s
Duck & Waffle has flown the nest and is introducing Duck & Waffle Local, opening this May in the re-developed St James’s Market. The new fast casual, chef-curated restaurant from the team behind the award-winning Duck & Waffle restaurant, will still emphasise local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, but with a more accessible, speedier and cost friendly format where guests can order at the counter before being shown to a table, or opt for a new takeaway service by collection for time-pressed customers on the go. Duck & Waffle Local welcomes guests from early morning to late night with breakfast and all day menus. New items include The Duck Burger with crispy duck leg, and a Duck Jam Doughnut, which reimagines sweet-meets-savoury cravings. The original and much-loved Duck & Waffle will also be on the menu. Open 8am–1am daily.
52 Haymarket, St James’s Market SW1Y 4RP; duckandwafflelocal.com
The Refinery New Street Square
If one new Refinery wasn’t enough, Drake & Morgan will be adding another new addition to the family – The Refinery New Street Square. From power breakfasts, business lunches and cocktails with colleagues to intimate dinner dates, The Refinery New Street Square has it covered. Located near Chancery Lane, City-goers can once again indulge in a range of unmissable offers ahead of the official launch on 3 April. Enjoy 50% off food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) from 20–24 March when booked in advance, and 25% off drinks after 5pm from 27-31 March when booking for a group of six or more (excludes Champagne and fine wines). Simply book by emailing email@example.com or call 020 7842 0750 and quote ‘soft launch’.
12 New Street Square EC4A 3BF; therefinerybar.co.uk