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London’s Best New Restaurants & Bars: August 2018

From all-day eateries in Spitalfields and London Bridge to the relaunch of Royal China Club on Baker Street, cool new street food in Tooting and Banh Banh Brixton, there are plenty of exciting new places to eat in London this month

Lead image: Upper 5th Shoreditch, Courthouse Hotel

1 Tish, Belsize Park
Tish, a contemporary kosher restaurant and bar offering an all-day menu of European cuisine and Jewish heritage family favourites, opened on 29 July in leafy Belsize Park. Open from 7am-12.30am and with a capacity of 160, Tish has a beautiful dining room, bar and alfresco terrace, as well as a late license. Owner David S Levin, who grew up cooking for family and friends, has been dreaming of opening a restaurant since childhood. And he’s in good company – Head Chef John Ellison was previously Head Chef at Bob Bob Ricard and The Club at the Ivy. The dairy-free menu will offer modern classics and seasonal new dishes such as Challah French toast with pear compote and maple syrup for breakfast, and Hungarian bean soup or dry-aged rib-eye steak with truffle chips for lunch or dinner. Coffee, cocktails and fruit juices are also available.
196 Haverstock Hill NW3 2AG; tish.london 

2 1251 by James Cochran, Islington
Bringing a brand new addition to Islington’s ever-evolving food scene, Chef James Cochran will open his much-anticipated new restaurant 1251in Islington on Tuesday 28 August. Situated on Upper Street, 1251 will seat 48 covers across two floors with an additional eight seats on an outdoor terrace. The destination venue will welcome guests from 11am through 11pm, serving lunch and dinner with a snacks menu throughout the day. The modern British menu will see James showcasing his Michelin-starred training in a relaxed, convivial setting where Kentish produce and independent suppliers take centre stage. The a la carte menu will focus primarily on plates served in a sharing style for lunch and dinner, such as organic Kent-breed pork with blood pudding, smoked eel, turnip kimchi and miso, or jerk-spiced monkfish with iceberg lettuce, watermelon and coriander.
107 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN; 1251.co.uk

3 Royal China Club, Baker Street
The highly anticipated reopening of the Stiff and Trevillion-designed Royal China Club on Baker Street is here! The iconic, 12-year-old restaurant, which has been closed for a four-month renovation, will fling open the doors on Thursday 9 August. The venue has doubled in size to seat 180 guests and now has five elegant private rooms suitable for six-20 guests. Head Chef Billy Wong has worked for Royal China Club since it opened. For the launch, Billy has created a menu which skillfully blends authentic Chinese dishes with European ingredients. Starters include Fresh Abalone Tossed with Caviar and Crispy King Prawns with Chilli & Peppercorn, while mains include Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Wild Scottish Lobster and Barbecued Peking Duck. Plus, freshly made Dim Sum will be offered daily from noon till 4.30pm.
38-42 Baker Street W1U 7AJ; theroyalchina.co.uk

4 Chiringuito, Bethnal Green
Loosely translated from Spanish, a chiringuito is an all-day beachfront bar and restaurant serving tapas, snacks and refreshing drinks. The new Chiringuito in Bethnal Green is the passion project of east-Londoner Alex Dehayen, who has converted a derelict public toilet block next to Bethnal Green tube station into a contemporary all-day bar. With a rooftop over-looking the Museum Gardens, the Chiringuito recreates the energy of a typical Spanish beach bar on a summers evening in London. Combine exotic cocktails such as Chirinjito & Samba with staple Spanish dishes by Peruvian Head Chef, Marco Padilla, such as manchego with honey and fig, fish tacos of grilled swordfish, roast pork belly in pisco and beer sauce with red Peruvian chillies, plus pizza with roast tomato, spinach, chorizo or garlic mushroom.
Museum Gardens E2 9PA; chiringuito.co.uk

5 Crispin, Spitalfields 
Crispin, a new all-day and night cafe, in Spitalfields, will open in August to serve breakfast through to evening dinner and a bar snack menu, alongside a list of low-intervention wines and classic cocktails. The simple, honest dishes will be ingredient driven and change seasonally, showcasing local produce. The cafe – founded by Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, the duo behind Lundenwic coffee shop on Aldwych and Scotchtails cult scotch egg company – is located in a purpose-built zinc and glass pavilion on White’s Row. It will open daily from 7.30am for coffee and bacon sarnies, while for lunch there’s a daily salad, soup and sandwich, as well as hot toasties. There will also be a weekend brunch menu and a nightly dinner plate plus a glass of wine for £10. Soft launch offer: Crispin will open on Monday 20 August serving £1 coffee all week from 7.30am, before soft launching after the Bank Holiday weekend, when you can enjoy 50% off food from breakfast until dinner from 28 August till 2 September.
White’s Row, Spitalfields E1 6EN; crispinlondon.com

6 Canard, Tooting Market
Canard launched its French food with a twist concept at Peckham Levels late last year, followed by Pergola Paddington in spring, and on 23 August Canard’s Francophile founders, Hugo Worsley and Jacob Cooper, will be launching a third site in Tooting Market. The duo have turned classic French cooking into cool street-food with the likes of The Canard Burger (crispy confit duck, fig jam, rocket and mustard mayo on brioche), Dirty Duck Poutine (rosemary and paprika duck fat chips, cheddar curds, gravy, crispy duck, pickled cucumbers and duck crackling) and a Croque Monsieur sourdough toastie. Launch offer: The first 50 meals on 23 August will be free!
21-23 Tooting High Street SW17 0SN; canardrestaurants.co.uk

7 Bánh Bánh Brixton
Bánh Bánh Brixton is the second Vietnamese restaurant from the Nguyen siblings who opened Bánh Bánh Peckham in 2016. Open now, the new site serves all the Bánh Bánh perennial favourites, from BBQ beef in betel leaves to sticky chicken wings and Bánh Khot pancakes (mini tumeric and coconut pancakes with tiger prawns and shrimp). There’s also a new brunch menu with a strong Viet/French influence and wide selection of vegan dishes. Stand-out plates include the Eggs Bò Né – a sizzling version of steak and eggs with beef steak, pâté, grilled tomato and a fried egg served with a warm baguette. Bartender Nick Stride (previously of the Knights bar at The Savoy) has created a new, innovative series of Viet-inspired drinks using his personal flair for homemade cordials and bitters.
326 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8QH; banhbanh.com

8 Upper 5th Shoreditch, Courthouse Hotel
Make the most of this record-breaking summer at Shoreditch’s hottest new rooftop bar, Upper 5th Shoreditch. Situated on the 5th floor of the newly opened Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, it boasts panoramic views of the London skyline and has room for up to 180 guests. Choose from The Upper Bar, available for impromptu drinks and spontaneous celebrations with standing tables and gorgeous scenery, and The Garden, a reservation only area with table service and luxurious cabana sofa-bed seating. Both areas offer a cocktail menu devised by onsite mixologist Danut Fundulea, to complement the small plates and sharer options. There’s also a Shisha menu. Open from 3pm midweek and 12pm weekends till 11pm.
335–337 Old Street EC1V 9LL; shoreditch.courthouse-hotel.com

9 Manifesto, Northcote Road
Manifesto, due to open in Battersea on 27 August, is an ambitious new ‘seasonal’ pizzeria from former Natoora director, Vittorio Maschio. The restaurant will take a no-frills approach to celebrating exceptional ingredient provenance with a pizza menu that evolves through the seasons. Natoora is one of the best ingredient supply businesses in the world, serving Michelin-starred chefs across London, so Vittorio knows a thing or two about provenance. The 30-cover restaurant will specialise in pizza made using the Biga-style technique of dough production, which takes 48 hours of proving. The pizzas, which start from £6, will also use fior di latte, an outstanding fresh mozzarella from Puglia produced entirely from local milk. The menu will be pointedly short with just six pizzas plus one Gourmet Special each week. No dessert options. A wine list of just two reds, two whites and one prosecco.
148 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 6RD; manifestopizza.com

10 L’Ami Malo, Old Spitalfields Market
L’Ami Malo has opened a new crêperie in Old Spitalfields Market, one of East London’s most historical food destinations. Just a short walk from the original restaurant, tucked away on Artillery Passage, the new grab-and-go outlet offers L’Ami Malo’s delicious Breton crêpes and galettes. The crêperie’s most popular dishes, including its gluten-free buckwheat maki rolls with fillings like avocado with tomato salsa and cashew nuts, sit alongside classic hot galettes with toppings like smoked ham and cheese, and confit duck, Emmental and hoisin sauce. A must try are the new sweet crêpe cones, filled with the likes of chocolate mousse, peanut butter, chantilly cream, chocolate and peanut popcorn.
16 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market E1 6EW; lamimalo.com


new menus

From brunch through to dessert, London’s new and limited-edition menus you need to try now…

The Mindful Chef X Ham Yard Hotel Live Well Series
Healthy recipe box delivery service Mindful Chef is partnering for a second year with Ham Yard Hotel to create a limited-edition summer menu. Mindful Chef has developed a menu packed with seasonal, nutritious and sustainably sourced ingredients. Running from 1-31 August 2018, the Live Well Series menu comprises of a starter of dukkah-spiced falafels, beet hummus and chargrilled courgette ribbons, a main of pan-fried hake with heritage tomato, fennel ratatouille and mint pesto, plus a dessert of lemon and raspberry ripple raw ‘cheesecake’ with coconut yoghurt. Priced £19.50 for two courses; £24 for three. As with all Mindful Chef recipes, the entire menu is dairy-free, gluten-free and contains no refined carbs.
1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT; firmdalehotels.com

Ella Canta’s Bottomless Mexican Brunch
Ella Canta by chef Martha Ortiz has launched an enticing new weekend brunch menu with unlimited margaritas. Start with the likes of zingy fish tacos or the restaurant’s signature guacamole nacionalista with gold grasshopper. To follow, try main such as scrambled eggs Mexican style with black beans and maize totopos and Mexican bread stuffed with slow cooked pork and adobo salsa. Alternatively, the roasted beef suadero style with avocado sauce and soft corn tortillas, ideal for sharing. For dessert, try the fantásticos churros Mexicanos, before enjoying a refreshing homemade ice pop in flavours such as dragon fruit or mango and chilli. A flight of colourful margaritas are available alongside the brunch, in flavours including lavender, grapefruit, hibiscus, and pistachio. Brunch is available from 11.30am every Saturday and Sunday priced £45pp for three-courses and unlimited margaritas. Alternatively, you can order a la carte.
One Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7QY; ellacanta.com

Camilla Elphick x Bluebird Chelsea
Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand has collaborated with Bluebird in Chelsea to create a dessert menu of two of her favourite things; ice cream and shoes. Based on Camilla’s signature designs, the My Favourite Things menu incorporates playful details from three of her iconic shoes into puddings, created by Head Pastry Chef Roger Pizey. The PEZ Daisy shoes have been realised as dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre with chocolate ice-cream and edible flowers, while the Silver Lining Boots become a black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter. Finally, Camilla’s Heart & Sole sneaker takes on the form of a heart-shaped ice cream sandwich with raspberry sorbet and pink meringue. Available from 13 August until September.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Brick House, Peckham & East Dulwich
Brick House, the award-winning bakery specialising in San Francisco-style sourdough loaves, launched a weekend brunch at their south east London bakeries this August. When founders Fergus and Sharmin Jackson discovered their love of bread in 2011, they swapped their careers in advertising and production for a new life, training at the San Francisco Baking Institute. On their return to London, they brought with them the recipe for a crusty, chewy, slow fermented bread that is now at the centre of a new brunch menu. Choose from a line-up of delicious brunch dishes like sourdough ‘Migas’, a Spanish twist on fried bread served with chorizo, braised peppers and a fried egg; toasted brioche, which comes with lemon marscapone and roasted peaches; and smoked haddock with spiced potatoes, soft-boiled egg and curry leaf yoghurt. Available from 8am-3.30pm at East Dulwich and 9am-2pm at Peckham Rye.
1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich SE22 8HP & Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL; brickhousebread.com


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