From the humble Chicken Kiev to cocktails with a twist, there’s no shortage of stand-out new restaurants and bars opening in North and East London right now, some truly hot off the press. Enjoy seven of the best…
Real comfort food, JUBO was first established in 2013 in Shoreditch, specialising in fried chicken, beer and Soju (widely regarded as the most popular Korean alcoholic drink). Building on the success at Rivington Street, JUBO will continue to serve its delicious hot, sweet and crunchy Korean fried chicken at its new Exmouth Market restaurant in addition to steamed buns, noodle and rice bowl dishes. Moreover, the new restaurant will feature ‘Anju’ (drinking food) and ‘Banchan’ (side dishes) bar-bites, developed by Korean chef, Heung Kook Lee.
JUBO, 50 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QE; jubolondon.com
Launched in August, Boneyard defines a new type of venue for Shoreditch’s eclectic food scene within an industrial, US-inspired interior. Created in the old petrol station on Shoreditch High Street, Boneyard is the brand new concept from restaurateur and entrepreneur Robert Newmark. Guests can be found inside and out (there is a fab terrace) feasting on buttermilk fried chicken, American smoked ribs, tater tots and amazing burgers: the menu features a bone marrow burger, as well as a boneless burger, with sides of golden crinkle-cut fries, crispy onion rings and chilli con carne chips.
Boneyard, 168 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU; keep updated with the latest news on Twitter @boneyard_LDN
Now, the Chicken Kiev left an indelible imprint on everyone’s childhood here at The Resident – and now there is a restaurant specialising in it. Coin Laundry is the latest bar and restaurant from Urban Leisure Group – who are behind Ask for Janice, Central & Co and Alice House – sitting on the corner of Exmouth Market. So to their speciality, the Chicken Kiev, made modern with hand foraged wild garlic and a secret breadcrumb blend. A ‘Kiev Counter’ will count down the number of breaded cutlets left in the kitchen and snacks will include homemade crisps served with little parcels of seasoning to add. Not being left out, their cocktail list features retro classics like the Grasshopper and the Snowball, redesigned and rejuvenated to give life to delicious, contemporary creations. Quirky doesn’t do it justice.
Coin Laundry, 70 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QP; coinlaundry.co.uk
We do like a good pizza – and we particularly like a good pizza that’s different from the norm. Step forward PizzaBuzz, which has opened in EC2. Bacon jam with balsamic, Wild rock shrimp marinated in garlic, Veal meatballs… PizzaBuzz promises head-turning toppings, slick service and unbeatable flavour combinations. Even home-made ice-cream has been given a mix ‘n’ match edge, offering both traditional and novel flavours combined with a choice of almond milk, goat’s milk or rich cow’s milk. Pizza may be old hat, but this one certainly warrants the buzz surrounding it.
PizzaBuzz, 2 Worship Street EC2A 2AH; 020 7723 8996; pizzabuzz.co.uk
Here’s one of those hot off the press launches: it has been announced that Canto Corvino, a 140-cover modern Italian restaurant and bar, will open this autumn in the heart of Spitalfields. Canto Corvino, meaning song of the raven (a reference to Artillery Lane’s former name, Ravens Row), will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Canto Corvino will be the third opening from the team behind the hugely successful Manicomio restaurants in Chelsea and the City. Head Chef Tom Salt will be in charge of the new kitchen with Michael Mayhew overseeing the front of house.
Canto Corvino, 21 Artillery Lane E1 7HA; cantocorvino.co.uk
September is the month when D&D London will unveil a new bar within The Royal Exchange, the Threadneedle Bar. This is part of the refurbishment programme the group’s dining spaces are currently undergoing within this historic building. The drinks menu will feature old-time favourites, while the cocktail list will pay homage to Jerry Thomas’ 1862 ‘Bartenders Guide’, the first-ever mixology book published in the US. The menu will include selections of ‘fizzy’, ‘short & seductive’, ‘long & seasonal’, and ‘timeless’ concoctions, as well as a ‘signature’ collection. The bar food offered doesn’t look bad, either: expect the likes of rock oyster tempura with Vietnamese dipping sauce, and soft shell crab, buttermilk and chilli, wild rocket, saffron aioli and grilled brioche.
Threadneedle Bar, The Royal Exchange EC3V 3LR; royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk
Sloane Bros Frozen Yoghurt Co.
A lovely sweet finish: the capital’s newest independent and most indulgent frozen yoghurt parlour, The Sloane Bros Frozen Yoghurt Co., has opened its doors on Brick Lane. Frozen yoghurt lovers can be as virtuous or extravagant as they like, with a choice of fat free frozen yoghurts topped with sauces, fresh fruits, confectionary and crumble biscuit classics. We particularly love the latter: whether you prefer Jammie Dodgers, Pink Wafers, Bourbon Creams, Party Rings, or ‘squashed fly’ Garibaldis, Sloane Bros will offer an ever-changing selection of both contemporary and old-fashioned British biscuits and other toppings, ideal as an elevenses or refreshing afternoon treat.
Sloane Bros Frozen Yoghurt Co., 2-4 Brick Lane E1 6SA; 020 7739 1811; sloanebrothers.co.uk