London’s Best New Restaurant & Bar Openings: May 2021

Roll on 17 May 2021 when we can dine indoors at our favourite local restaurants and venture further afield to visit exciting new venues that, against all the odds, are set to launch in London this month…

Lead image: Los Mochis, Notting Hill

1 Harrods Social by Jason Atherton, Knightsbridge 
Harrods Social is the most recent addition to Jason Atherton’s The Social Company, and the first located within a department store. Opening on 17 May, when Harrods celebrates the re-opening of its iconic Dining Hall with extended hours, Harrods Social by Jason Atherton will offer British cuisine in a relaxed yet elegant setting. The 114-seat restaurant showcases the finest of British produce and seasonal ingredients, offering dishes including Cumbrian beef tartare, Devon crab, South Coast halibut and Cumbrian cob chicken. There’s also a selection of exquisite wine, Flying Pig cocktails and speciality coffees, plus an indulgent dessert menu featuring Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée, Valrhona chocolate tart, and olive oil sponge with Amalfi lemon curd, nougatine and yoghurt sorbet. Plus, pasta-by-post specialists Pasta Evangelists opens its first stand-alone restaurant in Harrods Dining Hall on the same day.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; harrods.com

2 Sycamore Vino Cucina, Covent Garden
Sycamore Vino Cucina is a new all-day Italian restaurant and bar, due to open on 17 May at Middle Eight, a new luxury hotel on Great Queen Street, Covent Garden. Head Chef Paul Robinson has created a food offering inspired by his time in northern Italy, using seasonal British produce to create sharing dishes like pizza, small plates and cicchetti (Italian ‘tapas’), as well as larger pasta and ‘secondi’ dishes such as torched mackerel, horseradish and pomegranate plus 35-day aged Longhorn Porterhouse steak with whipped potatoes and spinach. Breakfast is served daily, as well as smoothies and Italian coffee, and there’s also a large bar serving classic Italian mixology with 15 varieties of Negroni.
66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5BX; middleeight.com

3 Los Mochis, Notting Hill 
Mexican meets Japanese at this exciting new Pan Pacific offering in Notting Hill. Launching on 17 May, the restaurant combines Mexican spirit with Japanese elegance, serving classic MexiCali dishes elevated to a new level with the clean, fresh flavours of Asian ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Los Mochis offers an extensive menu that includes a 22-strong Gangster Taco Menu offering Trailer Park Chicken, Miso Black Cod and Yakiniku Steak tacos. There’s an equally innovative array of ceviches, tostadas and tiraditos, as well as a selection of maki rolls and desserts such as the churro ice cream sando and cajeta de dulce de leche fondant. Fans of tequila take note – Los Mochis also boasts one of London’s most interesting selections of small-batch artisanal agaves as well as a rich variety of sake.
2 Farmer Street, Notting Hill W8 7SN; losmochis.co.uk

4 FENN, Fulham 
FENN, a new restaurant from the team behind the popular Nest in Hackney, snuck open in April with a lovely terrace offering (which resembles a very well-appointed beach hut), but the full glory of the restaurant won’t be realised until it opens for indoor dining on 18 May. Inspired by Fulham’s proximity to the Thames, FENN takes its name from the old English word for ‘low-lying wetland’, hinting at its focus on creative, seasonal, produce-driven cooking. Executive Head Chef Johnnie and Head Chef Joe Laker, formerly of Anglo, have curated an à la carte menu and set menu featuring dishes such as Lincolnshire Poacher cheese-and-truffle dumplings, hand-dived Scottish scallop with roast chicken butter, and halibut, Cornish crab and sea herbs. FENN also serves a range of sustainably produced wines and seasonal cocktails to complement the menu, plus it has a wine shop open all day Tues-Sat.
194 Wandsworth Bridge Road Fulham SW6 2UF; fennrestaurant.co.uk

5 Heritage Dulwich, West Dulwich
Heritage Dulwich, which offers modern Indian dining inspired by India’s ancestry rich past, is set to open on 18 May. Acclaimed Executive Chef Dayashankar Sharma of Michelin-starred Indian kitchens including Tamarind and Zaika is at the helm. Dishes include authentic Kashmiri lamb, Jodhpuri tawa chicken and venison badal jaam, as well as charcoal-grilled Keralan grilled duck breast, and Lucknow murgh cooked in a traditional tandoor oven. Tasting menus offer a journey across the sub-continent, from the intensity and depth of flavour of North India with Dhaba wala Murgh to the delicate and fragrant spicing of the coastal South’s Nariyalwala Jhinga and Sarsebata Maach. A high-calibre cocktail list offers the likes of The Rajawra Old Fashioned with Rampur Indian rum, and The Gentleman, blending whisky, coffee liqueur and chocolate bitters smoked with Indian spices and orange.
101 Rosendale Road, Dulwich SE21 8EZ; heritagedulwich.co.uk

6 Eataly London, Broadgate
Eataly – the world’s largest Italian food market, complete with outdoor dining concept, Aperol Spritzeria and huge wine cellar – opened to much fanfare on 29 April, with indoor dining set to follow from 20 May. Located in Broadgate, next to Liverpool Street station, Eataly London first opened the market and retail area, take-away eateries and brand-new alfresco dining concept, La Terrazza di Eataly, complete with Aperol Spritzeria. While waiting for the green light on indoor hospitality, Eataly London’s ground floor offers take-away options such as Roman-style pizza by the slice, fresh pasta, meals to go including paninis, focaccia and salads, plus coffee, pastries and a gelato bar. The Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza restaurants will open on 20 May, as well as in-store bars, seating areas around the other eateries and Eataly’s renowned cookery school, La Scuola. Come September, a fine dining destination called Terra will also open.
135 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields EC2M 3YD; eataly.co.uk

7 Andina, Spitalfields
Peruvian restaurant Andina, which was forced to close its Redchurch Street venue due to the pandemic, is to re-launch on Commercial Street near Spitalfields Market on 19 May. The new, larger flagship space offers 80-covers in the main restaurant and Pisco bar space, and a further 30 seats downstairs in Bar Mistura (a late-night cocktail bar and taqueria set to launch in June). Head chef Bruno Moura and his team pay homage to the restaurant’s Andean roots with a menu of signature ceviches, such as the Yana Tuna Ceviche with tuna and the famous Don Ceviche with sea bass. New vegan dishes include a vegan burger and BBQ pulled Jackfruit. There’s also a weekend brunch menu will include an ‘all-in’ option, offering a signature ceviche, brunch dish and dessert for £21pp, plus pisco sours for the duration of the brunch for for just £5. Look out for Pisco Sour Hour too, which will offer £5 pisco sours from 4pm-6pm Mon-Thurs.
60-62 Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LT; cevichefamily.com

8 Chameleon, Marylebone
Chameleon is a spectacular new multi-experiential space set in one of London’s grandest venues, the Grade I listed One Marylebone, just opposite Great Portland Street tube station. The venue launched on 23 April, with a beautiful garden dining space accessed via a fragrant flower shop and serving up Tel Avivian sharing feasts. Nine individually-styled Greenhouses launch on 21 May, accommodating parties of four to 30 people. The venue will also sport an immersive cinema, fitness and wellness studios, a gallery space, a church hosting multi-sensory events and The Club, a 400 capacity private space boasting a Mediterranean restaurant, music studios, private dining rooms, plus a new party experience called ‘Curious’.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; chameleon.london

9 Hot Stone, Fitzrovia
The award-winning Japanese dining concept Hot Stone has opened a second branch in Fitzrovia with seven-seat open sushi bar and 50-cover restaurant. Executive Chef Padam Raj Rai is incredibly entertaining when you’re sitting up at the sushi bar indulging in a tasting menu. Dishes range from sushi and sashimi to marinated black cod and phenomenal Kobe beef cooked on a hot stone (one of only eight restaurants in the UK to serve certified Kobe beef). Indoor dining opens on 17 May, when you can appreciate the traditional wooden panelling, accent tiling and beautiful artwork by 18th century Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock prints). The drinks menu spotlights a great collection of sake, alongside Old World wines, Japanese spirits, whiskies and beers.
3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia W1T 2HY; hotstonelondon.com

10 INO, Soho
INO is a new Greek restaurant from the founders of Marylebone restaurant OPSO and the Athens-based two Michelin-starred restaurant Funky Gourmet. Driven by the ancient Greek technique of cooking over charcoal and the dining culture of classic tavernas, the restaurant will open on 24 May serving premium charcoal-grilled dishes such as the ‘Secreto’ Souvlaki with Iberico pork, fish ‘cheeks’ with tomato and parsley salsa, and smaller plates of prime short rib chops, house-cured mackerel and lamb sweetbreads skewers. Derived from the ancient Greek word for wine, INO will showcase Greece’s most exciting producers via an entirely Greek wine list, all be available by the glass. Chilled draft beers from boutique breweries and a selection of barrel-aged cocktails will also be available. There’s also an alfresco terrace on the pedestrianised Carnaby street.
4 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, Soho W1F 7RF; inogastrobar.com

11 Pantechnicon, Mayfair
Pantechnicon is another one that opened last autumn only for its admirable efforts to thwarted by a third lockdown. The impressive new destination on Motcomb Street offers five storeys of Japanese and Nordic dining and shopping, with three options for alfresco dining – one being a glorious roof garden. Located on the top floor, the roof garden terrace offers views across the terracotta rooftops of Knightsbridge, with both fully outdoor areas and tables sheltered by a greenhouse-style structure. The Nordic restaurant, eldr, reopens for indoor dining from 17 May, while café kitsuné is open for coffees and breakfasts, and the outdoor kiosk, Sachi Yatai at The Kiosk, offers Japanese street food, from Gyoza to Taiyaki ice cream, to go. From late spring, a new Japanese offering, sachi, opens on the lower ground floor showcasing regional dishes from artisanal Japanese producers.
19 Motcomb Street, Mayfair SW1X 8LB; pantechnicon.com

12 Rye By The Water, Brentwood
Rye By The Water opened last year as a bakery and coffee house, quickly gathering a cult following among SW London locals. The canalside spot, the brainchild of Robin and Sarah Gill along with co-founder Dan Joines, now offers Evenings at Rye By The Water. Robin has worked with Head Chef Aisling, formerly of Petersham Nurseries and José in Bermondsey, to create a menu championing carefully sourced, seasonal produce. Dishes include burrata with Nutborn tomatoes and rocket, spiced Devonshire crab bisque, Cornish mussels with white asparagus, braised cuttlefish, and chargrilled grezina courgettes with coco beans and hazelnut pesto. At weekends, Rye By The Water also offers an alfresco brunch with farm-to-table plates such as Devonshire crab on sourdough with asparagus and chopped egg, or Kimchi & Montgomery’s cheddar toasty with fried egg. Note all bookings are alfresco.
Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford TW8 8BD; ryebythewater.com

13 Heddon Yokocho Ramen Bar, Mayfair
Heddon Yokocho, London’s downtown retro-style ramen bar, actually opened its door in October, but didn’t get much trading time before the pandemic forced its doors closed. But now it’s back with a quirky new offering – ‘Shuchu Booths’. Translating as ‘focus booth’, the snug booths for one offer a solo respite where guests can focus on their ramen with no distractions and none of the awkwardness that can often come with dining alone. The fast-casual dining spot transports guests back in time to the yokocho alleyways of Japan, with vibrant Showa-era décor and 70s Tokyo retro vibes. The menu celebrates the history of ramen and regional specialities of Japan’s iconic dish, with broths from the snowy northern islands of Hokkaido to the southern tropical archipelagos of Kyushu, as well as the ubiquitous Tonkotsu Ramen and a vegan ramen. Open now for alfresco dining and inside from 17 May.
8 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BU; heddonyokocho.com