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London’s Best New Restaurant & Bar Openings: June 2019

Big news! The Goring is launching its first new restaurant for 109 years! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new restaurant and bar openings in London this month… 

Lead image: The Goring

1 Siren at The Goring, Belgravia
The Goring in Belgravia – the Queen’s favourite hotel – is opening a new restaurant for the first time in 109 years. Siren, due to open on 12 June, when The Goring Bar will also relaunch, will be the hotel’s second restaurant (the flagship Dining Room has a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes), this time a more casual offering serving seafood inspired by the Goring family’s ties to Cornwall. Siren will showcase the best of Cornish produce, with chef Nathan Outlaw creating simple yet elegant seafood dishes in a bright, welcoming setting with views over The Goring’s secluded garden. Menu highlights include starters of cured monkfish, ginger, fennel and yoghurt, and cuttlefish black pudding, apple and kohlrabi, as well as mains of turbot herbed and battered with warm tartare sauce, and red mullet with devilled shrimp butter and chicory. The Goring Bar will be a lively new destination for cocktails, with a focus on British spirits and herbs from the hotel garden, food and entertainment.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia SW1W 0JW; thegoring.com

2 Circolo, Fitzrovia
Following the acclaimed launch of their debut London restaurant Gloria, Big Mamma opens Circolo in Fitzrovia on Friday 28 June. The vibrant 9,000 sq ft Italian trattoria will feature thousands of festoon lights across the ceiling, more than 20,000 bottles of spirits lining the walls, and a heavily planted alfresco terrace to bring a touch of the Sicilian coast to central London. Circolo will showcase a 100% homemade, generous and slightly ‘over the top’ menu of both small cicchetti and larger platters for sharing. Expect metre-long pizzas loaded with creamy burrata from Puglia alongside Sfoglia Norma (a giant silk handkerchief-style pasta) and show-stopping Sicilian grills like calamari e lemoni and pork skewers al Arrabiata. Don’t miss the chance to try their insta-famous lemon meringue pie, homemade gelato or OTT 1L sundaes served with giant cookie chunks, either.
Rathbone Square, Fitzrovia; bigmammagroup.com

3 Kurabu at Dinings SW3, Chelsea
Contemporary Japanese restaurant Dinings SW3 in Chelsea launches Kurabu on Thursday 6 June. Located above the restaurant in a newly designed lounge space, Kurabu – meaning ‘club’ or ‘clubhouse’ in Japanese – will deliver a contemporary new take on Dinings’ renowned Izakaya offering, serving a new menu of elevated Japanese-inspired street food and cocktails. The intimate, buzzing space has a meticulously crafted menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Masaki Sugisaki, featuring small dishes like deep-fried sushi rice topped with a range of fish tartare, an array of sushi rolls and platters. There are also firm favourites such as Tar Tar Chips filled with a selection of meat, fish or veggies – such as Snow Crab with Avocado & Jalapeno Mayonnaise – and delicate steamed mini burger buns filled with the likes of Teriyaki Japanese Wagyu Beef with Foie Gras Mousse. Kurabu will also have a carefully curated menu of exciting cocktails such as the floral Jasmine Martini with Haku vodka, and a Japanese take on the Gimlet with yuzu, sakura leaves and aromatic teas.
Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street, Chelsea SW3 2JH; dinings.co.uk/sw3

4 Maremma, Brixton
Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg, will open their first restaurant, Maremma, a neighbourhood Tuscan restaurant for Brixton, on 14 June. Long-standing private chef Alice will be cooking simple and regional dishes from her travels, taking inspiration from the Maremma’s unspoilt coastal region in southern Tuscany famed for its salumi, seafood, olive groves and vineyards. Taking residency in the former Montego Inn rum bar on Brixton Water Lane, the restaurant will be set over two floors and hero dishes will include Tortelli Maremmani (a spinach and ricotta tortelli), Acquacotta (a traditional Tuscan soup meaning ‘cooked water’ served with a poached egg), and Fiorentina (a T-bone steak found in all enotecas across Tuscany). Maremma’s concise wine list will include wines handpicked directly from small producers around the region.
36 Brixton Water Lane, Brixton SW2 1PE; maremmarestaurant.com

5 The Grand Duchess, Paddington
London Shell Co. launches its second restaurant, The Grand Duchess, on 7 June with 50% off food from 7-13 June and 25% off food from 14-16 June. Moored adjacent to their cruising restaurant boat, The Prince Regent, The Grand Duchess will be a 40-capacity barge specialising in supreme British fish, delivered daily from independent Cornish fishermen, with a drinks list that focuses on sparkling wines. Highlights include Beer Battered Lobster & Fried Curry Leaves, Monkfish & Wild Garlic Kiev and Surf ‘n’ Turf with 500g Dexter Rib and grilled Langoustines. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, The Grand Duchess will remain permanently docked on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central, while The Prince Regent continues to offer cruising lunches and dinner. The Grand Duchess will also offer a relaxed setting to enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by bar sacks, as well as additional outside seating in the summer.
Sheldon Square, Paddington W2 6EP; londonshellco.com

6 Wild Honey St James at Sofitel London St James
Anthony Demetre is in the process of selling Wild Honey in Mayfair after 12 successful years to launch Wild Honey St James. Opening on 7 June on the former site of The Balcon restaurant at Sofitel London St James, the new restaurant will see an evolution of the food and style of its predecessor. Head Chef Simon Woodrow will collaborate with Anthony to create French-based contemporary, seasonal cooking with nods to the British Isles, for which Wild Honey became so well-regarded. Typical dishes will include warm smoked eel and rillettes, a traditional bouillabaisse, slow-cooked and crisp tripe with sweet spice, fried egg and raw cream, and roast saddle of rabbit with slow-cooked shoulder cottage pie. A comprehensive wine list will cover both New and Old World selections, with four ‘on tap’ drinks available too. Wild Honey St James will be open daily from breakfast through to lunch and dinner.
8 Pall Mall, St James SW1Y 5NG; wildhoneystjames.co.uk

7 Rumours, Mayfair
Mayfair is set to welcome a new addition to its growing restaurant portfolio with the opening of Rumours on 10 June. The all-day dining destination will serve globally inspired plates from sunrise to sunset, merging flavours from far-flung destinations such roasted salmon with miso, chicken paillard and a juicy vegan burger with plant-based patty and homemade condiments. The brunch menu features plant-based dishes and comfort food classics, from avocado on sourdough toast to ricotta hotcakes and banana waffles with maple syrup. Split across two floors, the basement is home to a bar area, while the upstairs is home to the restaurant, festooned with hanging plants and an exotic flower wall. The drinks menu is an electric mix of juices, smoothies, coffee and classic cocktails.
4 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BS; rumoursmayfair.com

8 Kitchen at Holmes, Marylebone 
Kitchen at Holmes, a seasonally inspired restaurant offering a diverse range of cuisine, officially opens on Baker Street on Wednesday 12 June 2019. Introducing a buzzy new addition to the area and honing in on the village feel of Marylebone, the destination dining restaurant will offer an open kitchen concept, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu created by Head Chef Stefano Motta, will feature dishes including Scottish scallop tartare with yuzu basil and green chilli, courgette spaghetti with pistachio, basil and smoked ricotta, and a Sunday roast with greens, roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, Yorkshire pudding and jus.
108 Baker Street, Marylebone W1U 6IJ; kitchenatholmes.co.uk

9 Chucs Cafe Kensington, South Kensington
Celebrated restaurant & café collection Chucs is launching its new café concept, Chucs Café Kensington. Under the direction of Graziano Arricale, the group’s first foray into casual dining, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, will open its doors to the public on 10 June 2019. The breakfast menu features everything from Eggs Benedict and Smashed Avocado with Poached Eggs to house granola, while the all-day offering includes some of Chucs’ most popular dishes, like the very instagrammable Cobb Salad, Chicken Paillard and Milanese. Come the evening, a carefully curated wine list can be enjoyed alongside ciccheti or small plates, including 24 month Prosciutto di Parma, and Seared Tuna with Ponzu & Sesame. Main dishes include Fennel Risotto with Black Olive Pangrattato, as well as the classic Club Sandwich or Chucs Burger. The majority of dishes will also be available to take away.
97 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW7 3LD; chucsrestaurants.com

London's best new restaurants: Kitchen at Holmes in Marylebone will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner

Kitchen at Holmes in Marylebone will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner

10 Fugitive Motel, Bethnal Green
Fugitive Motel, a brand-new craft bar and kitchen in Bethnal Green, will open on 6 June. Located opposite Bethnal Green Gardens – just three minutes walk from the tube – Fugitive Motel will open early until late seven days a week serving specialty coffee from local roaster partners Climpson & Sons alongside a selection of freshly baked pastries. The all-day café will also have co-working space, and will roll into the evening with ease serving low and no alcohol craft beers and kombucha on tap, as well as a concise collection of refined and natural wines, a Spritz and Kickz menu, and speciality sourdough pizza. Created by co-founders and best friends David Burgess and Liam Tolan (both former musicians in The Brights and The Light Assembly, respectively), Fugitive Motel will reside in a new corner unit just off Three Colts Lane, running alongside a row of currently unoccupied rail arches that are set to be redeveloped this summer, providing a new food, drink and cultural hub for the east London community.
199 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green Gardens E2 0EL; @fugitive.motel

11 Les Platanes, Mayfair
Les Platanes, the French restaurant by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov capturing the warmth and conviviality of French dining, is now open. The contemporary Bistrot de Luxe, located in a 19th century townhouse on Bruton Place, Mayfair, offers casual yet refined cuisine from the South of France. Menu highlights include starters of warm native lobster salad with fennel and fresh peaches, and a warm potato salad, topped with poached duck egg and Ossetra caviar, alongside mains of Cornish turbot accompanied by Artichokes à la Barigoule, and a sharing dish of roast chicken from Gascony, served with foie-gras and extra fine beans. A menu du jour is also available during lunchtime, offering two courses for £21 with wine for £25 and three courses for £25 with wine for £29, with water and coffee included.
26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NG; lesplatanes.co.uk

12 Jidori, Covent Garden
Covent Garden yakitori-ya-inspired modern Japanese restaurant, Jidori, is reopening following a stylish refurbishment this June. Famed for its signature yakitori skewers, Jidori favourites – which consciously use every part of the chicken – like the Tsukune (minced chicken with egg yolk), Negima (thigh and spring onion) and Hatsu (hearts and bacon), are back with a bang. Plant-based diners can choose from nasu sticks (aubergine with miso glaze), or shiitake and shimeji mushroom sticks. Guests can also sample the new Tsukune Cheeseburger Sando – a playful new riff on their popular tsukune skewer – as well as signature small plates including katsu curry scotch egg, avocado ceviche with yuzu kosho, and grab-and-go rice bowls. To celebrate the relaunch, you can enjoy 50% off all food and drink from 6-8 June and 30 minutes of free karaoke from 6-7 June (pre-booking required; karaoke subject to availability).
15 Catherine Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5JZ; jidori.co.uk

13 Ooty Station, Marylebone
The team behind Ooty, the south Indian restaurant that opened in Marylebone earlier this year, have announced that the next phase of the venture, launching on 7 June. Ooty Station, a more casual café and cocktail bar with outdoor terrace and counter bar dining inside, will serve a varied menu of contemporary dishes inspired by south Indian street-food classics alongside British bar snacks with an Indian twist. There are also plans to launch a breakfast menu later this year. The bar bowl menu includes options like Keralan lamb stew with coconut rice, and vegetarian dishes like spinach and Indian cottage cheese parcels with coriander and garlic dip. From the griddle, you can choose from a selection of light homemade dosas, filled with the likes of garlic-tempered soya spinach and lime and curry leaf lamb. Soft launch offer: 50% off food from 7-16 June with bookings for parties of four or more, and tables reserved for walk-ins for smaller groups.
66 Baker Street (entrance on Dorset Street), Marylebone W1U 7DJ; ooty.co.uk/station

14 The Stratford Brasserie, Stratford
The Stratford Brasserie, a new all-day dining restaurant located within the award-winning The Stratford on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, opens in mid-June. The new Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed 42-storey tower is the vision of Harry Handelsman, who is credited with making Clerkenwell cool, kick-starting the King’s Cross rejuvenation by restoring the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and, together with Andre Balazs, launching celeb hotspot, Chiltern Firehouse. The Stratford Brasserie, a social hub for The Stratford Hotel & Lofts, will serve breakfast (homemade crumpets and Acai bowls), snacks (taramasalata with radish and seaweed salt), pizzas the alfresco wood oven, and dinner (schnitzel, risotto, burgers and Cornish bream with smoked crème fraîche). The flexible space can also be used for coffee, fresh juices, working and relaxing.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, Stratford E20 1FD; thestratford.com

15 The Fellowship and Star, Bellingham
The Electric Star Group is throwing open the doors to its biggest project to date – an impressive £4 million lottery-funded refurbishment of the huge Grade II listed The Fellowship and Star in Bellingham. Opening on 14 June, the south east London landmark now has a cinema, staging area for live music and performances, and a cafe. Steeped in rich history, the building was the first pub to open on a London housing estate as part of the Homes for Heroes development after WWI. It’s also where British boxer Henry Cooper trained before his world-renowned fight against Muhammed Ali, and welcomed bands such as the legendary Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to its stage. Bez of Happy Mondays will be taking to the decks on 12 July, This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose will entertain guests on 21 June, followed by the London Astrobeat Orchestra on 26 July. Sign up via the website to claim a free drink.
Randlesdown Road, Bellingham SE6 3BT; fellowshipandstar.co.uk

16 Le Bun Pop-Up at Sebright Arms 
Andy Taylos’ hit French/American joint Le Bun is now residing at Hackney’s Sebright Arms until mid-June, bringing a host of new buns, hot wings, and vegan-friendly dishes to Hackney. New dishes include Truffled CBD F*cking Vegans Burger (a Beyond Meat patty with Le Bun vegan burger sauce, double American-style vegan cheese, confit beer onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard in a potato bun (add truffled CBD for £3), and a bucket of Old Blue Last beer and hot wings for £20 on Wing Wednesdays. They will also be bringing back their National Burger Day winner ‘Le Mac’, with a double-aged patty, black truffle burger sauce, smoked pickles, American cheese and truffle beurre noisette glaze in a potato brioche.
31-35 Coate Street, Hackney E2 9AG; sebrightarms.com

17 Murder Inc., Fitzrovia/Soho
Murder Inc., a new cocktail bar from the team behind The Cocktail Trading Company, will launch in early June on the Fitzrovia-Soho borders. Hidden down one of those in-the-know drinking streets, Murder Inc. perfectly blends the beauty and filth of its neighbouring ‘hoods into one very cool bar. Inspired by the gangster noir of the 40s and 50s, the décor and style will blend industrial New York with mid-century glamour. The Cocktail Trading Co. launched as a pop-up on Carnaby Street four years ago, winning over Londoners with its creative, affordable concoctions, before progressing to the Shoreditch flagship a year later. The drinks at Murder Inc. still have that tongue-in-cheek theatricality, but with a more refined sense of style, like the Adonis (Lillet Blanc, hibiscus vermouth, wild strawberry, bitters & bubbles) or the Rusty Nail in the Coffin (Ardbeg, Drambuie, barbequed marmalade vermouth). Open till 2am at weekends.
36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1UP; thecocktailtradingco.co.uk

18 SOW, Soho
Frederick Forster, a former National Chef of the Year, will launch SOW, together with Roux Scholar, the man behind the bowl food on-the-go concept, on Soho’s Great Marlborough Street on 17 June. Open from breakfast through to late evening, Forster is on a mission to bring ‘good food to the high street’ with freshly prepared bowls layered with natural ingredients and complimenting textures, from warming breakfasts and uplifting lunches, to wholesome salads, suppers and snacks in between. Breakfast bowls include the likes of coconut milk pancakes, a smoked salmon, egg and spinach bun, and bean stew with avocado and eggs. From lunchtime through to dinner, try char-grilled tuna salad, Thai green curry, or lamb meatballs with couscous, tomatoes and Greek yoghurt. Vibrant vegan and vegetarian dishes include a quinoa salad with chargrilled broccoli, and butternut squash, aubergine and chickpea curry. Gluten-free options are available. Soft launch offer: Get 50% off food from 11-16 June. Plus, the first ones through the doors at 12 noon on opening day, 17 June, can choose from a choice of main course bowls for free.
39 Great Marlborough Street, Soho W1F 7JG; sowrestaurants.co.uk

19 Gezellig, Holborn
Gezellig, a collaboration between chef Graham Long, sommelier Wieteke Teppema, and general manager James Comyn – who have worked together at various stages of their careers – has just launched in Holborn. Following a hugely successful pop-up at Carousel in London in May 2017, the trio’s objective of opening their own restaurant in the capital has finally come good. Gezellig (Dutch for ‘an atmosphere which allows good times to happen’) is a wine focused drinking den offering a classic European menu with an additional mezzanine wine bar/lounge and two private dining rooms located in the Grade II listed former Holborn Town Hall. Typical dishes include suckling pig ‘bitterballen’ with sweet mustard, pork shoulder sausage roll with Gezellig sauce, and Brandade ravioli with octopus ragù, red pepper and aioli. Supporting the trio is restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas, who co-owns Michelin-starred establishments Elystan Street and Kitchen W8, and is sole owner of HomeSW15 in Putney.
Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn WC1V 7BD; gezellig.co.uk



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