London’s Best New Restaurants & Bars: September 2018

From supperclubs settling down to something more permanent to provenance-led passion projects and even a new tap-room style sake bar for south east London, there’s plenty to get your teeth into in London this September

Lead image: Old Compton Brasserie 

1 Blacklock, Shoreditch
Blacklock is to open its third restaurant on Rivington Street on 24 September. Setting up shop in a former Victorian warehouse that first housed one of East London’s finest furniture makers and then the popular Rivington Grill, Blacklock will serve the country’s highest quality meat at great prices. The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner, focusing on the best grass-fed meat in the country – chops, steaks and other meaty treats – from award-winning Cornish farmer and butcher Philip Warren, all cooked over charcoal with a little help from a vintage Blacklock Foundry iron. As for the Sunday roast fans choose between 55-Day Aged Beef Rump, Cornish Lamb Leg or Middlewhite Pork Loin (served with all the trimmings. There will also be a dedicated bar area open late into the evening. The new drinking food menu including Yorkshire puddings with black pudding and gravy, Welsh Rarebit nuggets and Lamb scratchings. 
28-30 Rivington Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3DZ;

2 Little Kolkata, Covent Garden
The team behind sell-out supperclub Little Kolkata will launch their first permanent restaurant site on 17 September. The new addition to Covent Garden’s diverse dining scene will celebrate everything guests have come to love about the original sell-out supper clubs, while welcoming a more extensive Calcuttan menu and exclusive themed evenings. Co-founders Prabir Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das have centred Little Kolkata on authentic Bengali cuisine, inspired by Prabir’s upbringing in Calcutta and Biswajit’s ancestral roots in Bangladesh. Typical dishes include sharing plates of Maacher cutlet (a cod fish cutlet served with the typical Calcuttan mustard sauce Kashundi), and Lilish Maacher Deemer (a spiced fish egg from the Hilsa, a very popular fish with Bengalis). There will also be speciality dishes, such as chicken liver sautéed with spice and fresh chillies.
51-53, Shelton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JU;

3 Mãos, Shoreditch 
On 4 September 2018 Mãos, the restaurant dining room at Blue Mountain School in Shoreditch, will open for its first public season. Situated on the first floor of Blue Mountain School’s interdisciplinary space, which occupies a six-story townhouse, Mãos is an intimate dining experience where you’ll be served Nuno’s progressive cooking around a communal table, more like a dinner party than a traditional restaurant. Explore the stripped-back space as you dine with new friends, interacting with Nuno and his team as they prepare 14 courses, drawing influences from Europe and the wider continents. Dishes and snacks will include smoked celeriac dashi with wasabi leaf oil; lobster and roasted kombu chawanmushi; and slow-grilled Iberico pork with nukazake carrots and sour carrot jus. Evening bookings are 7pm and Saturday matinée lunches are 3pm. Tickets are £150pp, exclusive of drinks and service.
41 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ; 

4 Farmer J, Monument
Farmer J opens on King William Street on Monday 3 September. Known for bringing the best of the fields to the city, Farmer J will throw open the doors all day long and into the night, with dishes influenced by the Mediterranean and beyond. Farmer J Fieldtrays and Redemption Roaster speciality coffees will kick things off for early risers and lunch, while in the evening you can choose from small plates such as green chermoula chicken skewers and Laffa bags for dipping into the signature Chilli Plate. More substantial dishes include aromatic roast beef with tomato tartare, whole roasted celeriac and roast beets with crème fraiche. Cocktails include the Chilli Tequila Sour, Gin Rhubarb Fizz and Peachy Old Fashioned. For weekend brunch, choose from The Shak, an authentic spicy shakshuka to share, a Sunday spatchcock, and banana French toast with tahini.
24-32 King William Street, Monument EC4R

5 Jolene, Newington Green
Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell will open their new bakery and restaurant, Jolene, on Newington Green in mid September. Teaming up with farmer Andy Cato, Jolene will make everything from scratch each day, milling Andy’s nutritious, chemical-free and sustainably grown grains into fresh nutritious flours to use for breads, pastries and fresh pastas. From morning to evening, these unique grains will be the core ingredient at Jolene, which will open at 9am throughout the week to serve loaves and pastries. The same grains will be used throughout Jolene’s daytime menu for fresh pasta, stews and salads, with a daily changing menu chalked up on a blackboard. From 7pm, Thursday to Sunday, the kitchen will dish up simple plates for dinner, with vegetables from Flourish farm in Cambridge, ethically-sourced fish from the day boats in Cornwall and Devon, and meat from a farming collective in North Yorkshire.
21 Newington Green N16 9PU;

6 Kanpai London, Peckham
After falling in love with sake in Japan on holiday, Lucy and Tom Wilson took on the challenge of brewing it back home out of curiosity, and eventually launched Kanpai London in June 2017. Now, the husband and wife team are set to launch a sake tap room in Copeland Park, Peckham, in September. Kanpai is inspired by Japanese traditions, but has its own London style; full-bodied and dry, and available in a clear, pure junmai called ‘SUMI’, and a cloudy nigori called ‘KUMO’, and a new sparkling sake, ‘FIZU’. The new sake tap-room still needs a little help from kind crowdfunders though… The idea is to serve the sakes super fresh, on keg and by the glass. They will serve their flagship range plus small experimental batches and guest sakes on regular rotation. There will also be Japanese craft beer and spirits, as well as some Japanese soul food.

7 Old Compton Brasserie, Soho
The newly opened Old Compton Brasserie aims to recapture the identity of ‘forgotten Soho’. The colourful bar and restaurant features pop art paintings of Soho celebrities and urban street art from the likes of Anna Laurini, whose Picasso-esque characterful ‘Faces’ are prevalent in the area. The seasonally-changing menu offers all-day brasserie style favourites from breakfast to dinner, including starters like burratina, kedgeree Scotch eggs and steak tartare, mains like grilled hake and pea salad, truffle roast chicken with garlic potatoes, and a classic ham, egg and chips. Vegan diners can enjoy the likes of a meat-free ‘bacon cheeseburger’, and gnocchi with asparagus, wild mushrooms, butternut squash and truffle. There’s also a cocktail menu curated by The Talented Mr Fox, the brainchild of mixologist Matt Whiley, the man behind some of the world’s most imaginative cocktails.
36-38 Old Compton Street, Soho W1D 4TT;

8 Maison Bab, Covent Garden
Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, founders of Soho’s Le Bab, are to launch Maison Bab, a modern new kebab restaurant, in Covent Garden on Monday 17 September. The vibe at Maison Bab will be relaxed and super-casual, with a menu of more rustic, bolder kebabs than those of its Soho sister site. The kebab menu will sit alongside a selection of starter dishes, manoushe, sides and desserts. The kebabs will be handmade from scratch with flatbreads made in-house in a custom-designed oven, using focaccia-style dough. Try the likes of raclette shawarma, drunken Iskender chicken shish, and vegan options such as miso celeriac shish with pickled crispy onions. Also, hidden downstairs behind the kitchen will be Kebab Queen, a 10-seater fine dining restaurant due to launch later this year. Soft launch offer: Maison Bab will offer 50% off food from 17-23 September (booking recommended).
4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden WC2H 9FA;

9 Piraña, Balham
Brothers Alastair and Nicholas Heathcote are behind a number of cool London ventures, including The Imperial Durbar, an Indian-inspired cocktail den, and Himalayan haunt The Hill Station, both in Tooting, and La Cabina, their Dalston tapas joint. And now they’ve set their sights on Balham with the launch of Piraña, a South American-inspired bar and restaurant on Bedford Hill. Piraña opened in late August, so we’re a little late to the party on this one, but the place looks so cool it can’t be ignored. Designed by Sella Concept – the design studio behind Omar’s Place in Pimlico and the café and workspaces of De Beauvoir Block – the playful aesthetic is created through bold colours and materials, including a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo, micro mosaic tiling at the bar, and earthy red upholstery. The menu features the likes of Feijoda, a typical Brazilian dish of black beans, stewed chorizo and bay leaves, Argentinian rib-eye steak, grilled sea bream in banana leaves and quinoa croquetas.
76 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HR;

10 Mariage Frères, Covent Garden
France’s iconic tea house, Mariage Frères, opens its first UK venue in September. Bringing tea savoir-faire to the capital, the Salon de Thé can be found on the first floor of the beautiful five-storey listed Georgian townhouse, which also incorporates a ground floor Comptoir de Thé with 1,000 varieties of teas, an array of tea-related gifts, and freshly brewed teas and pastries to go, a second floor Musée du Thé, showcasing tea antiques from around the world, plus two private third and fourth floor rooms for meetings and parties. The elegant Salon de Thé is flooded with daylight and open every day for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The menu uses tea as a delicate ingredient, spice or flavouring in every dish, such as houmous-style butternut squash with Vert Provence tea, shrimp and orange zest; steamed Atlantic cod loin with coconut milk and matcha green tea; and tea-infused desserts like the gold leaf-wrapped dark chocolate cake flavoured with Black Magic Tea and a fleur de sel caramel core. Open seven days a week from 9am-9pm. Soft launch offer: 50% off food from 14-21 September (valid on reservations only; call 020 7836 1854 or email
38 King Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8JS;

11 Genesis, Shoreditch
Genesis, a new vegan restaurant by the Santoro brothers, is due to launch on Commercial Street in Shoreditch on 11 September. Genesis will offer a menu of plant-based, GMO-free and organic dishes with street-food influences. The casual setting and counter-style service will ensure that food is delivered fresh, fast and fuss-free, while the restaurant’s contemporary design, striking artwork and original soundtrack will provide a fun, relaxed dining experience. Alex and Oliver Santoro both turned vegan seven years ago, and shortly after launched Raw Imagination, a vegan food company offering grab-and-go snacks. With Genesis, they will offer hearty food that appeals to vegans and meat-eaters alike, including sharing plates, salads, soups, tacos, burgers and hot dogs, all made using organic fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Highlights include Aloo Tikki Chaat, Tel Aviv Cauliflower with tahini, almonds and cranberries, an indulgent Mac & Cheese and signature burgers with creative toppings.
144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch E1 6NU;

new menus

From Korean Thanksgiving to cool new collaborations, the new and limited-edition menus you need to try in London this month…

Korean Thanksgiving Feast at Jinjuu, Soho
From 23-25 September, world-renowned chef Judy Joo will serve up a Korean Thanksgiving feast (Chuseok) at her restaurant, Jinjuu in Soho. Jinjuu, which means ‘pearl’, showcases traditional Korean street food at its best, serving up Kimchi Fries, the signature Korean Fried Chicken and large sharing plates. In celebration of Chuseok, the traditional Thanksgiving menu will kick off with Saengseon-Jeon (fresh, thinly sliced cod fillets, dipped in egg and pan fried), followed by Bindae-Tteok (classic mung bean, vegetables and pork pancakes), and Wang-Galbi Gui (grilled beef short ribs), followed by a Korean soybean paste stew and Korean cold buckwheat noodles in a chilled broth. For dessert, choose from Jinjuu’s infamous Bingsu (shaved ice) selection and wash it all down with Sikhye, a traditional chilled sweet rice drink.
15 Kingly Street London W1B 5PS; 

Cucina Napoli at Cafe Brera, Canary Wharf
From 3-16 September, renowned Italian chef Andrea Cirino (formerly of Locanda Locatelli) is teaming up with Café Brera Terrace in Cabot Square to host Cucina Napoli, a two week residency showcasing his favourite Neapolitan dishes from Italy’s southern coast. Cirino will present a delicious menu of authentic Italian regional cooking from the side streets of Spacca to the coast line of Napoli, with a three-course menu featuring a selection of antipasti, secondi such as oven baked seabass, with clams, lentils and chilli and garlic, and dolce of classic Neapolitan Rum baba or Amalfi lemon sponge. Priced at £25 per person.
Unit 12 Cabot Place West, Canary Wharf E14 4QT;

Mac & Wild x Claw
CLAW has teamed up with London’s favourite Scottish restaurant, Mac & Wild, for its first ever collaboration, The Wild Claw. The epic mash up of both restaurants’ favourite British ingredients sees Mac & Wild’s Scottish wild venison meet CLAW’s Salcombe lobster to create a gourmet hot dog using ingredients from one end of the Isle to the other. The hot dog features the UK’s most traceable Scottish venison sausage, topped with succulent lobster and spicy Szechuan chilli, encased in one of CLAW’s signature brioche rolls. The Wild Claw is available at both CLAW Carnaby and Mac & Wild Fitzrovia from 5-30 September.
CLAW: 21 Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5QA;
Mac & Wild: 65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PS;