London’s best restaurant and bar openings in August, from the Aussie-inspired Mama Fuego on Greenwich Peninsula, to the reopening of the legendary KPH pub and dining room in Notting Hill
Lead image: The KPH in Notting Hill
1 Mama Fuego, Greenwich Peninsula
Mama Fuego, due to launch in mid-August, is an architecturally-designed day-to-night drinking and dining destination located by The Tide, the new elevated linear park near the O2 Arena on Greenwich Peninsula. The two-storey venue will feature a 70-cover restaurant, Milk-Bar, Sunken Lounge, open bakery, private garden overlooking the river and exclusive after-hours drinking dens. With 700 square metres of space and 300 covers, Mama Fuego will have a members’ club feel, with a glamorous-yet-inclusive atmosphere and exciting spaces to explore. Mama Fuego is the result of a creative partnership between mother and daughter team Lynette and Cloe de la Vega, the duo behind Abuelo, London’s first Antipodean-meets-South-American the coffee house and kitchen in Covent Garden. From Abuelo coffee and cake by My Little Cake Tin in the Milk-Bar, to lunch in the Dining Room, workshops in the Bakery, and cocktails in the Triangle Bar, Mama Fuego will have a space and a time for everyone, with a focus on Australian-style food and drink. Open daily 7am-late.
69-72 Olympian Way, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0NA; mamafuego.co.uk
2 Bloomsbury Street Kitchen
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, a new neighbourhood restaurant and bar embracing the relaxed art of shared dining, opens on Saturday 10 August. The restaurant, from the group behind May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen and Leicester Square Kitchen, will showcase contemporary Mediterranean and Japanese small plates, complemented by a diverse variety of wines, sake and signature cocktails. Healthy options such as Salmon Carpaccio with Chilli Avocado and Yellowtail Sashimi with Spicy Yuzu Soy will sit alongside more indulgent dishes from the land and sea, including Slow-Cooked Glazed Lamb Shoulder Gyros with Chilli Fries, and Lemon Roasted Baby Chicken, cooked on a signature Japanese Bincho Grill. The bar menu will showcase a range of Aperitivo and Signature Cocktails uniting the flavours of the Med with those of Japan, like the Rosé Sangria, Hoba Smoked Old Fashioned and Chili Margarita. The interior design will take equal inspiration from Mediterranean gardens and the minimalist Japanese aesthetic, featuring internal gardens, white-washed exposed brickwork and with Italian glazed porcelain tiles, as well as an intimate outdoor garden, dotted by olive trees and Japanese sago palms. Open for breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Soft launch offer: 50% off food from 10-14 August.
9-13 Bloomsbury Street WC1B 3QD; bloomsburystreetkitchen.co.uk
3 The KPH, Notting Hill
Harcourt Inns has restored and relaunched Ladbroke Grove’s landmark pub, The KPH (Kensington Park Hotel). Originally established in the 1860s, catering to the Irish labourers who built Notting Hill and then settled in the area, The KPH went on to host Tom Jones’ first gig, and the Clash’s Mick Jones declared it his favourite local. Reopening on 1 August as a ground-floor pub with a first-floor dining room – plus a new music programme soon to be announced – The KPH has been reinvigorated with menus from group chef-director Henry Harris. Rising star Ruairidh Summers, joins The KPH as Head Chef following his acclaimed pop-up Summers, housed in the upstairs dining room at Kilburn’s Sir Colin Campbell pub. Ruairidh has created menus inspired by his and Henry’s shared love of Parisian Bistro food – it’s contemporary, colourful and fresh, with additional influences from the Montreal food scene blending with more traditional French flavours. Menu highlights include octopus carpaccio, coco bean salad with ricotta and fine herbs, and guinea fowl with hispi and Alsace bacon. A set lunch menu will be available every weekday priced £16 for two courses and £19 for three, while Saturdays are for brunch and Sundays will celebrate the traditional roast. Harcourt Inns is an independently owned portfolio of pubs that includes The Coach in Clerkenwell and The Hero of Maida.
139 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill W10 6HJ; thekph.co.uk
4 BaoziInn, London Bridge
BaoziInn, London Bridge, is the third and flagship 120-cover restaurant and bar from BaoziInn Group, opening in mid August. Famed for their colourful all-day Cantonese dim sum with Hunan and Sichuan influences, dan dan noodles and delicious dumplings, skewers and buns, Baozilnn Soho and Market Halls have gained a loyal following since opening 18 months ago. The BaoziInn London Bridge menu focuses on a delectable range of Cantonese roast meats with a fiery kick, revolving around a range of regional Northern Chinese street food using only the finest ingredients offering hearty, comforting, affordable, yet adventurous dishes such as Chef’s special recipe barbeque roast duck, crispy roast pork belly and caramelised barbeque roast pork. The roast duck is smoked with cherry wood, and the wonton noodles are flown in specially from Yuen Long, Hong Kong. The new restaurant is set over three floors with an impressive open kitchen dominating the ground floor. Soft launch offer: 30% off food only at lunch and dinner from Thursday 15 August until 1 September (note: an extended soft launch is running due to technical difficulties in the kitchens delaying the original opening date).
34-36 Southwark Street, London Bridge SE1 1TU; baoziinn.com
5 The Six Restaurant at The Kings Arms Hotel, Hampton Court
The Kings Arms Hotel, set between the famed Bushy Park and Royal Hampton Court Palace, opens this month, complete with The Six Restaurant, envisioned by Michelin-starred chef Mark Kempson of Kitchen W8 in Kensington. Kempson, who will continue his role as Head Chef at Kitchen W8 and will be at Six Restaurant when his diary allows, designed the menu, while Head Chef Jack Scoines – who has worked at the likes of Three Rosette restaurant at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford – will head up the kitchen. The menu features traditional British cuisine with a modern twist, such as Whole Native Lobster, served with tarragon butter and garden salad, a classic burger sits and the summery Palace Garden Salad, put together using herbs and vegetables picked freshly from the Hampton Court Palace Kitchen garden. The Grade II listed hotel, which dates from 1709, is being brought back to life with inspiration taken directly from its beautiful surroundings, incorporating an abundance of greenery. The hotel has also worked with local businesswoman Christine Wilford from Green Arden to create a lush green private terrace at the front of the restaurant, where guests can eat and drink.
2 Lion Gate, Hampton Court Road, Molesey KT8 9DD; kingsarmshamptoncourt.com
6 Bafarat, Soho
Opening in mid-August, the Bafarat team will bring their longstanding knowledge, heritage and passion from the Middle East to Soho. The family-owned business will bring the ceremony of Arabic-style coffee culture together with indulgent custom-made desserts and pastries created by French chef Thomas Alphonsine (previously of Callebaut). First established in 1952 by its founder, the late Omar Ahmed Bafarat, the export company gained respect within the local community by importing the finest herbs, spices and coffee from around the world. This expertise and connections in the field resulted in the opening of Bafarat cafe in Jeddah in 2016, and now the first ever international Bafarat cafe comes to London. serving both traditional and non-traditional coffees crafted from specific beans, a wide selection of tea and signature desserts such as pistachio éclairs, raspberry tarts, and the indulgently rich Caramel and Cinnamon Pillow. An enticing dessert counter will be loaded with sweet treats and a five-course interactive dessert tasting menu will be available, as well as an afternoon tea featuring the café’s opulent hot chocolate and savoury elements.
Warwick Street, Soho W1B 5AW; bafarat.co.uk
7 COOKDAILY, Market Hall Victoria
Legendary Hackney vegan restaurant COOKDAILY has opened its second location, this time at Market Hall Victoria. Laotian Chef-Owner, King Cook, grew up in small, family-run kitchens cooking Thai food and has been in the catering industry for over 20 years, with prestigious restaurants such as Petrus and Launceston Place featuring on his CV. In 2015, King branched out alone, opening the wildly popular COOKDAILY, offering innovative yet accessible vegan cooking. His style, which he calls ‘Nouveau Wok Cuisine’ combines South East Asian street food with worldly flavours. His healthy vegan soul food has inspired a new generation of eaters through his cruelty-free culinary philosophy. The team will bring their entirely vegan and gluten-free menu, plus a couple of new exclusives, to Victoria. Crowd-pleasers include the House Pad Thai and Yoga Fire, while new dishes include the Yaki Bowl, with fried vegan ‘chickn’ bites coated in teriyaki glaze, and Japanese brown rice smothered in gravy.
191 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5NE; markethalls.co.uk
8 Lost in Brixton
Just when you thought Brixton Village couldn’t get any better, a brand-new rooftop terrace has launch in a hidden space above the market. Lost in Brixton is a new rooftop space where you can head for local draft beer, frozen cocktails and food from the market – ordered and delivered right to your table via a nifty new app – all under a retractable roof. The venue, found at the top of a staircase hidden in a corner of the market, has a capacity of 440 and is an excellent way to enjoy Brixton Village favourites when you can’t get a seat at your restaurant of choice. The light-flooded space features a colourful Brixton mural and plenty of Instagram-friendly jungle greenery. To order food, simply snap the QR code on your table and, using the new Tablesnapper platform, order and pay for delicious dishes from a number of traders based in the market, including Thunderbird Fried Chicken, Seven At Brixton, Fish, Wings & Tings, Jalisco and Honest Burger. Using GPS tracking, a food runner will magically appear with your food. There’s also a Latin American-inspired cocktail menu featuring 16 summer spritzers, botanicals and curated cocktails. Open Tuesday-Sun (5pm-11.30pm week days and 11am-11.30pm weekends).
Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PS; lostinbrixton.com
9 The Corner Restaurant at Selfridges
Located on the second floor of Selfridges on Oxford Street, The Corner Restaurant is relaunching on 5 August with a brand new menu b y newly appointed Head Chef, Grant Clark. It’ll be the first time that Clark, previously of The Breslin and Hearth in New York, has presented his food in the UK. The bright, airy space, which first launched in 2013, has 56 seats and an elegant L-shaped bar. The new menu is guided by the seasons, with ingredients from some of the UK’s best producers, a nose-to-tail approach meaning that food waste is minimised, and a ‘low and slow’ approach to cooking. From light snacks to enjoy with a glass of wine to small plates for sharing or main dishes, there are plenty of ways to approach the menu. Highlights include classic pasta dishes such as Macaroni Pork Ragu, and the Vinegar Creedy Chicken.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
10 Golden Gai at Angelina Restaurant, Dalston
Angelina Restaurant in Dalston, which launched to rave reviews in February, has collaborated with artist and filmmaker Mark James to redesign its bar, the Golden Gai. Having spent many a lost night in Tokyo’s drinking dens, artist, graphic designer and filmmaker Mark James has used his personal experiences and provocative sense of artistry to transform Dalston’s smallest bar; instantly transporting you from east London to West Shinjuku where a labyrinth of alleyways are home to a 200-strong collection of tiny, ramshackle bars. James has recreated the district’s eclectic mix of artwork and enigmatic logos into the tiny bar, which has only six seats and, with no phones allowed, guests are encouraged to chat and mingle. Eye-catching pieces in the bar include the Daruma, a lucky Japanese doll and a pink neon sign written in Japanese that pays homage to, well… you’d better ask about that one when you get there. The bar serves a unique selection of cocktails, wines and spirits. Reservations are available at the restaurant but not at the bar.
56 Dalston Lane E8 3AH; angelina.london
11 Eggslut, Portobello Road
Eggslut Portobello Road launched on 7 August to much fanfare. The eggslut concept was born out of fine dining – the practices, techniques and values of the brand come from an understanding that food quality and service are of the utmost importance. The menu features fresh made-to-order eggs on the regs, such as the Bacon, Egg & Cheese bun with hardwood smoked bacon, cage-free over medium egg, cheddar cheese and chipotle ketchup in a warm brioche bun, the Fairfax, with cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun, and the Egg Salad, with cage-free hard cooked eggs and thinly sliced chives mixed in honey mustard aioli with dressed arugula in a warm brioche bun. Nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, this is the first UK location for the US brand, which already has key sites in Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, a restaurant in the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas and the company’s first international outpost in Beirut. The modern, industrial chic restaurant features a cosy terrace that overlooks a bespoke art mural created by London based street-artist Woskerski. Open 8am-5pm daily.
185 Portobello Road, Notting Hill W11 2ED; eggslut.com
12 Opera Tavern, Covent Garden
Opera Tavern, the beloved Spanish-Italian small plates restaurant in Covent Garden, reopened fully on 1 August following a sleek redesign and brand-new menu. Sister to London’s Spanish/Italian tapas restaurants, Salt Yard, Ember Yard and Dehesa, Opera Tavern opened in 2011 in a former pub in the heart of theatreland. At a time when Covent Garden wasn’t high on the list of good places to eat, Opera Tavern was known for its quality Spanish and Italian-style tapas and lively atmosphere. Following the redesign, the bar is the focal point on the 24-cover ground floor, framed by midnight blue paneling, antique mirrors, exposed brickwork and counter seating. Upstairs, the more formal 45-cover restaurant features retro wallpaper paneling, pale green booth seating and sumptuous curtains. The new Head Chef Lukasz Kiełbasiński, formerly of Daphne’s, Salt Yard and Michael Nadra in Primrose Hill and Chiswick, has created a new menu including a showstopper sharing plate of Iberico pork served with piquillo pepper relish & pork glaze, as well as chicken saltimbocca and Welsh lamb belly. Old favourites like the courgette flower, Ibérico pork burger and N’duja scotch egg remain as a nod to the restaurant’s previous life as a pub.
23 Catherine Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5JS; operatavern.co.uk
13 640East at The Arches, Bethnal Green
This summer, 640East joins Bethnal Green’s burgeoning landscape with a mission to provide ‘coffee by day, beer by night and food for thought’. 640East created a name for itself in Canary Wharf by serving specialty coffee by day and cocktails by night out shipping containers, and now the iconic brand is settling into The Arches. Occupying two of the six Victorian railway arches along Malcolm Place, you’ll find specialty artisan Caravan coffee, croissants and cakes by day, while at night the urban bar is filled with neon lights, mirrored walls, raw brick interiors and original car-wash installations (inspired by the arches former occupant). The constantly evolving food menus will be provided by local street food vendors, resident chef takeovers and monthly supper clubs, so whether you’re into Japanese tacos, sumptuous sweet pastries or a three-course tasting menu, The Arches will provide. There’s also a hidden outdoor terrace.
Railway Arches, 157-162 Malcolm Place, Bethnal Green E2 0EU; 640east.co.uk
14 Westwood Sports Pub and Kitchen, Westfield London
The latest addition to ETM’s sports collection – alongside Greenwood in Victoria, Broadleaf near Bishopsgate and Long Arm Pub & Brewery in Shoreditch – is Westwood Sports Pub and Kitchen, opening at Westfield London on 3 August. Boasting state-of-the-art screens, a massive video wall, the best in audio technology, stylish interiors featuring and shuffleboard tables, it’s a great spot to catch all the latest sporting action live, from the football and rugby to the NFL, tennis, basketball, golf, boxing and even the F1. The kitchen has a wood-fired pizza oven to fire up the perfect accompaniment to the big game, or you can order themed sharing platters such as The Quarterback, The Whole 9 Yards or The Wingback. Alternatively, choose from salads, burgers and pasta dishes.
Westfield Square W12 7HB; westwoodsportspub.com
15 Catford Mews
Catford Mews, a forward-thinking venue by cultural infrastructure developers Really Local Group is set to launch in late summer 2019. The 23,000 sq ft community hub will be home to a three-screen cinema, food market, café, bar, live entertainment venue and, eventually, co-working areas and exhibition spaces. The space will welcome all ages and local groups, with a multi-screen cinema programmed in partnership with the Independent Cinema Office and the local community, as well as a stage with live performance equipment to encourage local artists to become part of the music programme. The food market will include a variety of stalls from local traders, and local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to seek support from Community Interest Company Really Local Fund. Founder Memberships for Catford Mews will be available for locals to buy from Kickstarter, as well as memberships for students, the over 60s, families and more.
Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, Catford SE6 4JU; catford-mews.co.uk