We all have our go to haunts and holes we frequent, but why not try something new, like new new? Here’s The Resident’s pick of the newest gaffs on London’s restaurant, pub and bar scene. Enjoy…
1 Breakfast at Cafe BAO, Kings Cross
Continuing to expand its offerings, the contemporary Taiwanese restaurant group is launching a breakfast menu at its Kings Cross cafe. The menu offers contemporary takes on Taiwanese breakfast classics – condensed milk tea, peanut milk and the restaurant’s signature drink a Cafe Purin which is made with espresso, Taiwanese roasted sugar and custard foam. Food-wise, along side a line-up of baked goods, there’s a breakfast BAO made with a sausage and cheese patty and layered with a hash brown and friend egg. There’s also the Taiwanese Savoury Soy Milk, which is a version of the traditional dou jiang breakfast dish found across Taiwan and China. Savoury soy milk is flavoured with Taiwanese sun-dried daikon, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil, and served with crispy fried dough, or youtiao, to dip into the milk. Sounds like a great way to start the day to me.
Breakfast will be served from 9am-11.45am every Saturday and Sunday; Café BAO, 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG; baolondon.com
2 Colonel Saab, Holborn
On the site where restaurant Gezellig once stood, a new Indian restaurant by Indian hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary will open in early September. A family affair, the restaurant takes is name from Choudhary’s father who was known as Colonel Saab when in the Indian Army, and Choudhary’s mother had a hand in the interior design. An all-day eatery with a dining room and mezzanine that takes inspiration from nostalgia, street food, and home-style cooking, signature dishes include caramel and banana paniyaram, with jaggery sauce and an Indian fry up for breakfast as well as south Indian seafood, vegetarian and meat dosas for lunch and dinner.
Opening soon; Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD; colonlsaab.co.uk
3 Ganymede, Belgravia
From the team behind South Kensington’s The Hunter’s Moon, comes this new bar and dining room. Ganymede, which takes it’s name from Jupiter’s largest moon, will serve up contemporary British fare for lunch and dinner. The menu, which reads like elevated pub grub, is meat, fish and poultry heavy, featuring dishes such as grilled halibut and Welsh lamb loin as well as foie gras and chicken liver parfait and scallop ceviche. There’s also a Sunday menu too for one of the most loved meals of the week. Behind the bar, there’s a stack of wines, and decent sized cocktail list to try out as well.
139 Ebury Street Belgravia, SW1W 9QU; ganymedelondon.co.uk
4 The Jolly Gardeners, Vauxhall
Conceived during lockdown by five friends who have more than 60 years of hospitality experience between them, The Jolly Gardeners is one of the latest editions to Vauxhall’s food scene. The renovated 19th century boozer – which was one of the locations for Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, retains the original 1800s wooden bar – is flooded with natural light and has a suntrap terrace. In efforts to minimise its carbon footprint, the kitchen applies a nose to tail approach to preparing meat (from Lyons Hill Farm in Dorset), and half the menu is plant-led. There’s sharing plates and main dishes to choose from, and of course, no pub menu would be complete without a Sunday roast menu, and this one has family spreads, veggie options and a snacked sized gravy-smothered roast bap which sounds like the kind of sandwich I would like two of. There’s also wine on tap, as well as organic and low intervention options.
Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday 12pm-12am; Sunday 12pm-8pm; 49-51 Black Prince Rd, SE11 6AB; thejollygardeners.co.uk
5 Iris Bar at The Gherkin, City of London
Sky high cocktails in one of London’s most iconic landmarks are back when the Iris Bar reopens offering cocktails, nibbles and an unrivalled, 360 degree view of the capital’s skyline. Located at the very top of the Gherkin, the updated tipples list includes treats such as the Cafe Cardamom – an espresso martini of sorts with cardamom, coffee liquor and chocolate bitters, or the Rainbow which is a concoction of rhubarb infused gin, banana liqueur, lemon and vanilla, topped with champagne.
Open from Saturday, September 4; Monday to Wednesday 5pm-10pm; Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 11pm; last reservations are one hour before closing time; 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP; searcyatthegherkin.co.uk
6 Madhu’s at The Dilly Piccadilly, Mayfair
While Madhu’s of Mayfairs has been going in various incarnations since the 80s, the fine-dining restaurant that serves up Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist has recently relocated to the opulent Dilly hotel in the west end. And the interiors are pretty grand. Served in the lavish, Grade II listed Oak Room the venue alone is worth a trip in. However with an extensive menu of meaty, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and an extensive cocktail list, you’ll probably want to go for the food as well.
Tuesday to Sunday 5.30pm-11.30pm; 21 Piccadilly, W1J 0BH; thedillylondon.com
7 Fatt Pundit, Covent Garden
Launching a sister site to its original restaurant in Soho, Fatt Pundit continues to bring Indo-Chinese cooking to the table. Steeped in history, Indo-Chinese cuisine was created by Canton and Guangdong emigrants who settled across India and began incorporating Indian spices into their Chinese cooking with dishes such as honey chilli duck, sweet and sticky venison and shredded chili beef. For the vegans amongst us, its good to know that there is a plant-based version of a dish wherever possible. Fatt Pundit’s cocktail list is also inspired by the fragrant flavours of India and China – the Birds Eye Margarita, made with green chillies, sounds a treat.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm-10pm; 6 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA; fattpundit.co.uk
8 MiMi Mei Fair, Mayfair
Occupying two Georgian townhouses in Mayfair, the three-floor restaurant, designed by Fabled Studio, has been imagined as the secret London resident of Empress MiMi, taking diners back to 1920s Shanghai – think old fashioned oriental glamour coupled with modern day eclecticism. With dishes by Chinese-Singaporean Executive Chef Peter Ho (ex Hakkasan), the high-end Chinese menu comprises of hero dishes such as apple wood roasted Peking duck and lobster cooked three-ways. There’s also speciality dim sum chefs who create an array of handcrafted dumplings in vibrant jewel-like colours.
Opens September 7,Monday to Saturday 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sunday, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm; 55 Curzon Street, Mayfair, W1J 8PG; mimimeifair.com
9 Pizzeria Mozza at Treehouse Hotel, Marylebone
Nancy Silverton, award-winning chef featured on Netflix’s Chefs Table and champion of doughy deliciousness, has opened her first UK outpost of Pizzeria Mozza, the famed LA restaurant. Known it’s dough recipe and killer crusts, toppings range from the traditional to the unconventional, including Nancy’s take on the Hawaiian should you want to debate pineapple’s place on a pizza. There’s also seasonal Italian-inspired meat and fish dishes too, but given that Nancy is known for her bread and dough making skills (she founded La Brea Bakery, one of the pioneers of artisan bread in the US), don’t miss out on sampling her speciality. Takeaway is also available.
Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-11pm; 14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS; treehousehotels.com
10 Bar La Rampa, Fitzrovia
Celebrating the heritage and culture of 1950s Havana, Bar La Rampa offers a menu of Cuban-inspired small plates and a drinks list where cocktails – and rum – are king. The venue takes its name from Calle 23, one of the best known streets of Havana’s vibrant Vedado region and will host live music and Cuban nights throughout the week. There’s also a large alfresco terrace to enjoy.
Tuesday 5pm-11pm, Wednesday 12pm-11pm, Thursday – Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-5pm; 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AG; barlarampa.com
11 Chesterfield Arms, Mayfair
Formerly the Shepherd’s Tavern and a pub since 1737, The Chesterfield Arms has reopened with a new name and a new look following an extensive refurbishment that sees the tavern restored with a classic, elegant feel and original charm. The kitchen prepares elevated pub and British classics, designed to pair well with the curated wine list – game pie, faggots with real ale gravy and a take on fish and chips – battered haddock with nori salted chips, mushy pea croquettes with tartare sauce and gherkin ketchup.
Monday to Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-10.30pm; 50 Hertford St, London, W1J 7SS; thechesterfieldarms.com
12 The Seafood Bar, Soho
This Dutch sustainable seafood restaurant is the first venture outside the Netherlands for the family-run restaurant group it is part of. The Seafood Bar – like the group’s other four restaurants – runs on wind energy and there’s a zero waste policy which means no fish goes to waste. They’ve also partnered with Nordic Blu (Norwegian salmon farmers) to source some of the world’s most sustainably farmed salmon. If this all sounds pretty good so far, wait, there’s more. The restaurant and bar (you can just order some bar snacks to go with a cocktail or two) is set in a 1730s Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, offers new and old world wines, yet is an unfussy affair that won’t break the bank. Sounds ideal. Also, the venue is cash free.
Opens September 10, 12pm-12am; book a table here; 77 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SH; theseafoodbar.com