The best new bar and restaurant openings this month, from Colours Hoxton – the most colourful club in London – to a cheese conveyer belt restaurant on Covent Garden and a new venture from ex-Duck & Waffle chef Tom Cenci
Lead image: The Court, Soho, returns after a summer break
1 Pick & Cheese, Seven Dials Market
You’ve probably heard that London is getting a cheese conveyer belt, and this is it! Pick & Cheese, the new British cheese and wine bar from Mathew Carver (the genius behind the Cheese Truck), is loading up the cheese travelator ready for opening on Saturday 7 September. It’s the first cheese conveyer belt restaurant in the UK, offering dairy fans the chance to grab plate after plate of small producer cheeses paired with individual condiments matched with pours from Pick & Cheese’s natural-led list. Perch at the belt and follow one of Mathew’s signature cheese flights, or simply pick out whichever dishes catch your eye. There’s a buttery Gubbeen with Sweet and Sour Pineapple, a farmhouse-style Fellstone with Sherry-Poached Cherries, a Rollright with Bacon Treacle Spread, and a pungent Renegade Monk with Earl Grey Tea Jelly. British charcuterie plates by Tottenham’s Black Hand Food and Borough Market’s Cannon & Cannon provide a little punctuation to the cheese parade, and you can also order off-belt hot dishes, including a spin on Mathew’s famed Cheese Truck grilled cheeses.
Seven Dials Market, Earlham Street WC2H 9LX. To book see exploretock.com
2 Charlie’s at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel, is set to unveil its new restaurant, Charlie’s on 9 September. The new restaurant, named after Lord Charles Forte, will be directed by acclaimed Michelin-starred Chef Adam Byatt, who is joining Brown’s as Chef Director. Adam’s team (which includes Executive Chef Owain Atkinson previously from Kitchin, La Petite Maison and Chez Bruce, and Head Chef Matt Starling from Fera at Claridge’s) will serve dishes with authentic ingredients of the highest quality sourced from suppliers across the globe, while embracing a bygone era of service with a seamless sense of theatre. Daily specials such as whole poached salmon and glazed Essex gammon will be served on a traditional silver trolley, alongside à la carte dishes like fried courgette flowers with truffle honey or whole 12oz Dover Sole simply grilled or baked in butter. The ‘botanical utopia’ interiors will feature original wood paneling, exclusively commissioned bespoke wallpaper by Adam Ellis, and artwork from acclaimed artist Kristjana S Williams, who creates works using intricate layers of watercolour, photographs, hand-cut paper, Victorian stencils and collage.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com
3 The Court, Soho
Soho’s newest members’ club, The Court, located in the former iconic venue Bag O’Nails, is reopening on 2 September after a summer break. The club, founded by young entrepreneur Harry Mead, redefines the private members’ experience with an exciting events programme, unique space and curated team of experts behind the food and beverage offerings. Members and guests can indulge in an extensive wine list and twists on well-loved cocktails with a menu created by award-winning drinks consultancy Mr Lyan Studio. When it comes to food, there’s a brand new menu, with breakfast served from the indulgently late time of 11am, with a menu of luscious starters, mains, sides and desserts during dinner. Members are encouraged to use The Court as a communal work and meeting space, dining destination or place to dance the night away.
9 Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5PH; thecourt.co.uk
4 Colours Hoxton
The team behind Queen of Hoxton and The Book Club is launching a brand new multi-arts bar and club, Colours Hoxton, on the former site of Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 13 September. Set to explode into Hoxton Square with a programme of wild and wonderful music, art and performance, Colours’ 300-capacity live space will host a stellar line up of gigs, live shows and club nights with residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents. Plus, the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight, from Queer Experimental Cinema to Neon Naked Life Drawing panels, hip hop yoga and Sober LGBTQ+ Mixers. Colours by name and colours by nature, the venue will boast a bespoke LED lighting installation called The Colour Trap, designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt. The interior will be designed by Mare Street Market’s outfitters, alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat, Fred Butler. Soft launch offer: 50% off on both food and drink on opening weekend from 12pm-7pm.
2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney N1 6NU; colourshoxton.co.uk
5 The Loyal Tavern, Bermondsey
The Loyal Tavern, a new restaurant and bar in Bermondsey, opens on Monday 16 September with a great soft launch offer running from 6-15 September where you can get 50% off your food bill at dinner time. Restaurateur Adam White and Chef Patron Tom Cenci, previously Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, have teamed up to launch the new restaurant on the former Village East site (a local favourite that we’re sad to see go), transforming the vibrant venue into a new neighbourhood restaurant and bar. Loyal Tavern will showcase inventive small plates, brought about by a love of local sustainable ingredients. The produce-led menu features simple yet flawless dishes of Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nut and truffle, and venison tartar with beef dripping. Daily specials include the likes of rib of retired dairy cow and gurnard with crab bisque, carrot and seaweed. Bar Manager Antonio Del Monte, previously of The Ned, part of the Soho House Group, has created a cocktail menu of seasonal botanicals in punch bowls alongside a selection of natural, new world, British and international wines carefully paired to match the dishes. During the soft launch, the restaurant will open Mon-Weds 6pm-11.30pm, Thurs 12pm-11.30pm, Sat 9am-1.30am and Sun 9am-11.30pm.
171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; loyaltavern.co.uk
6 Neat Burger, Regent Street
There’s fast food, and then there’s Formula One food. Racing driver Lewis Hamilton is one of a team of food revolutionaries, including Beyond Meat’s Tommaso Chiabra, backing one of London’s coolest new concepts, Neat Burger – the first plant-based sustainable burger chain of its kind. Opening on 2 September, Neat Burger promises to transform the way people see plant-based food by appealing to not only those who follow vegan diets, but also meat-eaters who want to eat delicious meat-free dishes that are more sustainable, healthier and ethical. Neat Burger will serve unique patties, specially created by their team of chefs in collaboration with Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat alternative, with a menu consisting of three core burgers – The Neat, The Cheese and The Chick’n. There’ll also be The Hot Dog, along with sides of skinny fries, sweet potato fries and tater tots. To drink, you can get your hands on Just Water, the eco-conscious brand launched by Jaden Smith, as well as ethical Lemonaid sodas and dairy-free, soft serve, coconut and soya-based milkshakes. The plan is to expand the concept globally with 14 franchises over the next 24 months.
4 Princes Street, off Regent Street W1B 2LE; neat-burger.com
7 Terra Terra, Finchley Road
The Ghost Group is debuting the first of many casual dining concepts on 3 September 2019. Set across two floors, Terra Terra will be an experiential neighbourhood destination, to be enjoyed any time of the day, from baked pastries, fresh juices and espressos in the morning, to late-night signature cocktails, hand-cut pasta and market-driven specials. Inspired by the rural simplicity of Italian cooking, Terra Terra will create simple dishes using the purest Italian and seasonal British produce. Start with a choice of chichetti’s, followed by a flavoured selection of small plates featuring beef carpaccio with crispy parmesan and tuna crudo served with smoked aubergine and stracciatella, followed by larger dishes of bigoli pasta served with aglio, olio, peperoncino & clams, or fennel sausage, roasted peppers & chilli oil pizzette. Colourful salads and panino are also available to grab and go throughout the day.
120 Finchley Road, West Hampstead NW3 5JB; terraterra.co.uk
8 The Adam & Eve, Fitzrovia
The Adam & Eve has had a refurb and is now open with a vibrant new look and lively outdoor spaces. There are two outdoor seated areas at the front and back of the venue, and even indoors the interiors are inspired by the Garden of Eden, with rich green and teal interiors, elegant gold metal pendant lighting, colourful botanical prints, and comfortable leather seating. The Tree of Life hot-desking space has free WIFI and plugs galore, so if you’re looking for a space to work away from home set yourself up here with freshly brewed coffee on tap and plenty of light. Food-wise, The Adam & Eve offers up brunch, lunch and dinner, with Head Chef Tony Sweeny’s specials including British hake with spiced lentils and cucumber & chilli salsa, honeyed goat’s cheese, beetroot and walnut salad and traditional Sundays roasts, as well as a vegan reinterpretation of his famous fish and chips recipe and with all the trimmings, as well as the pub’s hugely popular battered sausage, chips, mushy peas and curry sauce. The pub also has six HD Screens showing every Rugby World Cup match.
77A Wells Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3QQ; adamandevew1.co.uk
9 Forza Wine, Peckham
Peckham does good rooftops. From Frank’s Cafe to the Bussey Building, there are plenty of spots to admire the city skyline from on high. And now there’s one more – Forza Wine – an outdoor drinking terrace on the fifth floor of Market, the new workspace on Rye Lane from Italian restaurant team Forza Win. Opening on Tuesday 10 September, the terrace – a good spot to enjoy the last of the summer wine – offers guests a choice of 36 bottles of wine, with extra options on tap, as well as Italian snacks and small plates. And while we’re sure the terrace will be lovely for approximately three days before autumn sets in, there is indoor space too! Open 12pm-1am (midnight Sundays) serving lunch and dinner.
Floor 5, 133a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; forzawine.com
10 Julie’s Restaurant, Holland Park
Julie’s Restaurant is set to reopen on 10 September following an extensive refurbishment in celebration of its 50th year. A neighbourhood restaurant with an international profile, Julie’s first opened in W11 in November 1969 with famed interior-designer Julie Hodgess at the helm, and quickly earned a reputation for hosting celebrities like Kate Moss, Diana Princess of Wales, Sir Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. The property’s owners Tim and Cathy Herring took over the running of the Restaurant in 1972, and now Julie will once-again be responsible for the distinctive interiors with key characteristics like the stained-glass windows, Gothic wood carvings and honeycomb of small eating areas and alcoves retained. Michelin-starred Shay Cooper, previously of The Goring, has been appointed as chef patron and will serve a menu of modern British cuisine, with dishes including Glazed Ox Cheek and Aged Sirloin of Beef. Joining Shay in his brigade as chef de partie will be Tim and Cathy’s grandson, Ralph Herring, introducing a new generation to this legendary establishment.
135 Portland Road, Holland Park W11 4LW; juliesrestaurant.com
11 LIV, Belgravia
LIV restaurant in Belgravia is delivering a fresh approach to all-day dining. Now open in one of London’s most stylish neighbourhoods, LIV is offering early birds the chance to dine for half price with its 50% discount soft launch offer running from 2-6 September. Executive Chef Damien Monley has created a menu of vibrant breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, alongside artisanal coffee and fresh, cold-pressed juices at a dedicated stand-up drinks bar downstairs. Dishes range from a light breakfast of slow-cooked chai-spiced oats with amaranth, bananas, pecans, seeds, yoghurt and palm sugar, to a heartier king prawn omelette with basil, Asian slaw, sweet soy, ginger shallot and sriracha, as well as a Thai coconut-poached chicken salad and meltingly tender 17-hour Wagyu brisket. Kids can also graze off their own menu. LIV is Damien’s first foray into the British market, after his success with several high-profile food and drink business in Australia, including the influential all-day Flat White Cafe in Sydney’s upmarket Woollahra. The interiors feature crisp white, neutrals, plenty of fresh flowers, wicker and linen, alongside a contemporary art collection featuring artists such as Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. Dinner service will be added later this year.
18 Holbein Place, Belgravia SW1W 8NL; livrestaurant.co.uk
12 Luigi’s Bar, Shoreditch
Jim Fisher, founder of Italian café and all day eatery Spelzini, launches Luigi’s Bar in Shoreditch on 26 September. Inspired by Jim’s Italian heritage and the conviviality of Mediterranean dining culture, Luigi’s will focus on spuntini, antipasti, and trammezzini, alongside contemporary aperitivi and wines made with native Italian grapes. Luigi’s will bring the heart and soul of Liguria to Shoreditch, with a cocktail menu influenced by classic Italian aperitivi featuring a cherry shrub negroni, a clementine Aperol shrub and a truffle and olive frozen martini. A dedicated vermouth menu showcases Jim’s favourite vermouths, which can be paired with tonic or served traditionally over ice. The extensive Italian wine list features an ever-changing range of styles, regions and indigenous grapes, and Jim will uncork a more unusual bottle daily to serve by the glass. Antipasti and spuntini includes craft salumi such as bresaola and mortadella, burrata drizzled with chilli oil, Gorgonzola with figs, and salty Calabrian anchovies, as well as trammezzini – small Piedmontese sandwiches – filled with Olasagasti tuna and caperberries, and Coppa and pecorino. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm.
154-158 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU; spelzini.co.uk
13 Yard Sale Pizza, Hackney
Five years after launching in Clapton, Yard Sale Pizza is heading to Hackney Road to open its fifth shop this September. Yard Sale’s pizzas are all handmade from double fermented dough in either 12” or super-size 18” and stone baked for perfect bubbly crusts. Signature pizzas include the Holy Pepperoni with pepperoni, Napoli piccante and crumbled Nduja sausage, the TSB with tender stem broccoli, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil, and the vegan Herb Your Enthusiasm with grilled artichokes, olives, red onion, and salsa verde, as well as the cheese and Marmite garlic bread. The two-floor space will be Yard Sale’s biggest opening yet, with a delivery area reaching into Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Hoxton, and London Fields for those who just can’t bear to venture outside. It will also be offering a brand-new special calzone menu available Monday to Friday lunchtimes only, featuring vegan, vegetarian and meat calzone options. Opening on Monday 30 September with a soft launch offer running the week before (details TBC).
184 Hackney Road E2 7QL; yardsalepizza.com
14 The Bolingbroke, Battersea
The Bolingbroke in Battersea has had a magnificent makeover and is celebrating with a relaunch party on the evening of Thursday 12 September (RSVP to email@example.com to join in the fun). The bright, airy new look features a plethora of paper lanterns lighting up the atrium ceiling in the dining room, among a flurry of leaf-print pictures, while the bar area maintains a more traditional look, with petrol blue walls and warm, mustard-coloured drapes. Named in honour of Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke – the brilliant politician and reckless rake, who spent the early and final years of his life in Battersea – The Bolingbroke’s emphasis is on top British food and traditional pub values, championing some of the best small producers the British Isles has to offer.
174 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 6RE; thebolingbroke.com
15 Bank House Wine Bar and Kitchen, Chislehurst
Husband and wife team Stuart and Cecilia Gillies open Bank House Wine Bar and Kitchen in their home town of Chislehurst, on 6 September. The independent bar and kitchen will specialise in serving a weekly-changing menu of modern European plates alongside a dynamic wine list. Stuart was previously CEO of the Gordon Ramsay Group, while Cecilia has worked with restaurants like Quo Vadis and Marco Pierre White’s Criterion. Head Chef Bobby Brown, previously of Bread Street Kitchen and The Kentish Hare, will use artisan produce and locally sourced ingredients to create a menu featuring grilled scallops with black butter and garlic, crab salad, and Fried Buttermilk chicken with Habanero and lime salsa. Housed in a former brownstone Victorian bank on Chislehurst High Street, the site has been restored in its entirety and converted into a space spanning two floors. The ground floor bar and dining area features a showpiece hardwood and aged copper-top bar running the length of the downstairs wall. Upstairs, a cosy cocktail bar with sash windows, contemporary fireplace and exposed oak beams serves a short menu of wines, Champagnes and mixed drinks based around seasonal flavours.
11 High Street, Chislehurst BR7 5AF; bankhousechislehurst.com
16 Mama London, Hackney
Mama Shelter open the doors to its new hotel and restaurant, Mama London, on 2 September. Mama Shelter’s first London opening brings their unique brand of generous and affordable hospitality to Hackney, with 100 cover restaurant serving Mama’s classics and new dishes around communal dining tables, home-cooked French staples like croque monsieur alongside the likes of whole grilled seabass, hake ceviche, 35-day Hereford ribeye, aubergine parmigiana and a classic pie, mash & liquor. At weekends, Mama’s signature Sunday Spread brunch will provide a self-serve feast alongside live music sets. The restaurant will also feature an island bar and outdoor courtyard with retractable glass roof. The tongue-in-cheek design features vintage lamps and a twist on the English lace doily, paired with dark wooden interiors, pops of colourful macramé and Liberty prints. The chalkboard ceilings are adorned with graffiti by graphic designer and artist Beniloys, while table football and a giant in-built Twister board provide further entertainment. There will also be Japanese-style karaoke rooms, decked out with pinball machines, retro video games and classic 50s-style microphones.
437 Hackney Road E2 8PP; mamashelter.com
17 KERB, Seven Dials
Street food pioneers KERB opens the doors to its first-ever permanent home following the transformation of the historic Thomas Neal’s Warehouse in Seven Dials on 7 September. Occupying 24,000 sq ft, Seven Dials Market is the new all-day destination packed with 25 independent food businesses all with roots in the city’s streets and markets, alongside a bar and bookshop that support KERB’s dedication to all things tasty in London. The market is divided into two distinct areas; Cucumber Alley, an indoor lane of specialist London producers, and Banana Warehouse, home to an array of renowned street food traders and brand-new restaurants (the 19th century warehouse was used to store cucumbers and bananas). It marks KERB’s first permanent home since it began driving change in the capital’s food industry in 2012, and features traders such as Strozapretti, the new pasta restaurant from the team that founded Franco Manca, Venezuelan fried chicken experts El Pollote, Nanban ramen, the award-winning vegan Club Mexicana, and London’s favourite Jewish deli, Monty’s Deli.
Seven Dials Market, Earlham Street WC2H 9LX; sevendialsmarket.com
18 Darling House, Waterloo
Darling House, opening on 5 September, is a new experiential house-party-style bar unlike any you’ve seen before. Located above Hello Darling, the Waterloo restaurant that opened in May, is an eccentric two-story residence featuring six madcap rooms crammed with artwork and oddities. It’s a space where you can hang out as if it were your own place – without having to deal with the hungover clean up the day after. Sip cocktails in the bathtub, dance on the kitchen island, bounce on the beds or hang out in the big top-themed living room. Masterminded by Darling & Edge – the theatrical set designers who have dressed some of London’s most unusual supper clubs, from Gingerline’s Grand Expedition to the bar at Alice’s Adventures Underground – Darling Houses is their exciting new playground. Enter through a secret entrance disguised within a painting on the wall, and walk into a labyrinthine of lavishly decorated rooms, from the Sicilian lemon grove landing to the enchanting butterfly-covered library. A mixologist will serve inventive cocktails from a little cupboard on the landing and, upstairs, a brass doorbell opens a hidden cupboard to reveal a magnum of Prosecco. Burlesque in the bedroom, magic in the library and singing with a queen in the bathtub can be arranged. Open Thurs-Sat 5-12pm with a capacity of 60.
131 Waterloo Road SE1 8UR; hellodarling.com
19 The Wellington, Mayfair
The Wellington Club, aka ‘The Welly’, launches on 19 September on Jermyn Street in Mayfair, and the restaurant at the ‘unintentionally famous’ members’ club – one of the first to open in the UK – will be available to book from 20 September. The restaurant kitchen is headed up by Brett Duarte, formerly the executive chef of Gaucho Group, serving up a menu of Modern Europe with dishes such as crispy ox cheeks, hand-dived Orkney scallops and Cornish Dover sole, as well as vegetarian friendly acorn squash ravioli with sage, parmesan, hazelnuts and black truffle. Damien Hirst himself – who happens to be mates with the owner – has been roped in to kit out the interiors with a shark spray-painted onto the wall, his spangly Disco Skull and more.
91 Jermyn Street, St James’s SW1Y 6JB; thewellington.club
20 The Betterment by Jason Atherton at The Biltmore Mayfair
Chef and Restaurateur Jason Atherton of The Social Company opens of The Betterment at The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts, on 19 September. The launch is a grand return to the area for Atherton, who rose to prominence launching Maze on Grosvenor Square in 2005 and marks the opening of Europe’s first hotel within the LXR Hotels & Resorts collection. The head chef is Paul Walsh, who launched and led Jason Atherton’s City Social for five years and achieved the restaurant’s Michelin-starred status within seven months of its opening. The menu features beautifully presented dishes of wood-fired fish and meats, fresh seafood, signature salads and inventive side dishes. The restaurant has a rustic open grill, partially hidden behind frosted glass but exposed in a way that brings the kitchen into the dining room and adds a sense of theatre to the space. Dishes are roasted over the embers and designed to share, including the likes of roast chicken, trompettes with Albufera sauce, and native lobster with a white port bisque. A fabulously indulgent breakfast menu is also available, with dishes such as Scottish lobster scrambled eggs, lobster bisque and truffle, and a signature The Betterment full English breakfast. There’s a wonderfully illustrated children’s menu, too.
44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP; thebiltmoremayfair.com
21 Hideaway at Chelsea Barracks, Belgravia
Hideaway, the celebrated pop-up by Ollie Dabbous’ HIDE restaurant, has reopened at Chelsea Barracks, London’s most anticipated new development. Open from 9am until late Monday to Sunday, Hideaway at Chelsea Barracks is a luxurious and contemporary space nestled within the prestigious new neighbourhood in Belgravia. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening drinks and nibbles, the succinct menu includes Ibaiama sauscisson, H. Forman & Son smoked salmon with basil crème fraiche, and the signature Croque Monsieur with optional black truffle. Freshly baked options include buckwheat pain au chocolat, cherry blossom kougelhopf, and camomile pastel de nata. There’s also specialty coffee and a fine selection of wines. The pop-up marks the second collaboration between the Michelin-starred chef and Chelsea Barracks, following the sell-out Chelsea Barracks Kitchen that operated during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Inspired by the outdoor world, the interiors bring together natural, earthy materials such as wood and hessian with prairie-style planting of tall grasses and culinary herbs, connecting diners with nature. There’s also an outside lounge area with café seating.
1 Garrison Square, Belgravia SW1W 8BG; hideawayatchelseabarracks.com
22 Pampushka, Soho
Pampushka is the latest innovative pop-up restaurant to take up residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho. Launching on 19 September 2019, Pampushka will bring the flavours of Ukrainian cooking to London with vibrancy and fresh flair. The first of its kind, Pampushka is the creation of an Anglo-Ukrainian family who are passionate to show London some of Ukraine’s most loved dishes. The team, made up of Maksym Shpachynskyi, his wife Elisha Shpachynska and their brother-in-law, Rob Neale, have created an enticing menu featuring seasonal soups, stews in clay pots and delicious dumplings, alongside tempting desserts. Highlights include Pirozhki, a stuffed bread filled with bacon jam, and Ukrainian dumplings (Verenyky), in flavours including sardine and tomato, wild mushroom with garlic and tarragon, and black pudding and caramelised apple.
21 Pulteney Street, Soho W1F 9NG; pampushka.com
23 Crudo, Fitzrovia
Crudo, London’s first fast-casual Cevicheria, opens on 19 September, with a soft launch offer of 50% off from 19-25 September. The casual dining and grab-and-go concept brings the vibrant flavours of Latin American ceviche – a popular seafood dish originally hailing from Peru – to busy Londoners. Choose from a menu of three signature ceviche bowls: the ‘Clasico’ (quinoa topped with seabass marinated in a classic leche de tigre sauce and topped with sweet potato, Andean chilli, Peruvian toasted corn and plantain chips); the Nikkei; and a vegan bowl featuring chickpeas. Alongside their signature bowls, the menu will allow you to build your own ceviche bowl allowing you to choose your base (rice, lettuce or quinoa), your protein, your ‘leche de tigre’ sauce and your toppings. There will also be a sides menu with traditional Latin American snack foods including a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Crudo’s Venezuelan-born founders, Carlos Socorro and Maria Yanez, were inspired by their time in Miami where they were surrounded by diverse South American cultures.
35 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7EA; eatcrudo.com
24 YO! Kitchen at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush
Famed for introducing the Japanese kaitzen conveyer belt to the UK when they first opened 22 years ago, YO! launches YO! Kitchen, its first full-service restaurant, on 16 September. The new concept from the sushi and fresh Japanese food favourite will focus on ‘kyoyu’ (that’s Japanese for sharing). Inspired by the markets and backstreets of Tokyo, the Izakaya-style restaurant will have long shared tables and 40 new dishes, including contemporary spins on Japanese classics such as Katsu Curry Arancini and Sashimi Pizza, a tortilla base topped with seared tuna, tomato, coriander, jalapeno, dressed with mayo and a katsu sauce, Lamb Cutlets with spicy miso and pickle and robata Sirloin Steak with black pepper sauce and lotus root crisps, as well as YO! favourites such as Korean Fried Chicken and Crunchy California Rolls.
Unit 2106, Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; YOsushi.com
25 Calici, Belsize Village
A new Italian restaurant, bringing the best of traditional, regional Italian food into the 21st century, opens its doors in Belsize Park on 20 September. Tapping into the casual dining scene, Calici, which means wine glass in Italian, will offer a laid-back dinner location coupled with a sleek wine bar for those who just want to enjoy an evening ‘bicchiere di vino’. Co-Founder Andrea Casasola, ex-operational manager at Individual Restaurants Company (Piccolino, Gino de Campo), has partnered with a wine importing and distribution company True Terroir Ltd to create this Venetian-style restaurant with a 200-strong wine list – 70 of which you can order by the glass. The dishes will be inspired by recipes handed down from generation to generation. The menu, created by Head Chef Enzo Bucema, will include classic regional small plates such as charcoal-grilled octopus, rolled sea bass fillet, and charcoal-grilled Tyrrhenian tuna, as well as pasta dishes such as linguine with slow-cooked Dorset rabbit, and papardelle with Tuscan fennel sausage and wild mushroom sauce.
29 Belsize Lane, Belsize Village NW3 5AS; calici.co.uk
26 The Builders Arms, Chelsea
One of Chelsea’s favourite locals since 1999, The Builders Arms on Britten Street, has reopened following a refurbishment. The local landmark has been transformed into an elegant yet eccentric space while retaining its original charm. The interior features pineapple lights and bright, patterned wallpaper, as well as the original striking artwork from award-winning artist Paul Karslake. A new menu of modern pub food features a mix of classic and inventive dishes, alongside an array of cask ales and carefully sourced wines. The all-day menu features signature plates like crispy pig’s head with piccalilli; salt baked tiger prawns with garlic butter and organic squash; and Hereford onglet steak with girolles and watercress. There are also sharing platters for grazing, nibbling and sharing, as well as Saturday brunches of crab butter smothered crumpets with spinach and poached eggs, and Sunday roasts. House cocktails include a Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, Bordeaux Cask-Aged Negroni, and a classic Aperol Spritz.
13 Britten Street, Chelsea SW3 3TY; thebuildersarmschelsea.co.uk
27 1947 LONDON, Fitzrovia
1947 LONDON, an exciting new venture from the founders of the Chai Thali restaurant group, opens on 16 September. In the kitchen, chef Krishna Negi, protege of Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia, has created a menu which nods to recipes that evolved out of the movement of peoples and cultures during the 1947 Partition. Short and easy to navigate, the menu adds dishes from a Tandoor oven and Robata grill for theatrical cooking in view of diners. Negi first made his name when he launched Tangawizi in Richmond in 2004. Recognised at the time as ground-breaking for its innovative menus it became a regular haunt for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and it was from here that George Clooney was famously turned away for lack of an available table. From Tangawizi, Negi went on to work under Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia to perfect his skills and give harness to a raw talent on his way to becoming the accomplished chef he is today. The menu features Nano Plates of Beetroot Masala Uthappams and Avocado Bombay Bhel, Small Plates of Wild Mushroom Tikki & Chickpea Masala and Crispy Cheese Kebabs, and Sharing Bowls of Punjabi Lamb Masala and 1947 Dhaaba Murg, as well as Briyanis & Rice, Breads and Desserts. Artisan interior designer Tammara Mattingly and paper artist Karen Navalta’s sustainable interiors shimmer and sparkle creating a magical hideaway from London’s grey streets.
33 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1RR; 1947london.com
September food news
Carluccio’s Mushroom Wonderland, Covent Garden
Carluccio’s is celebrating mushroom season with a mushroom wonderland at the Covent Garden site featuring toadstool seating, an impressive mushroom archway and a fab fungi throne for that Insta moment. Whether you prefer them in sauces, sautéed on toast or with a comforting risotto, the strengths and subtleties of mushrooms have been championed in Italian cooking for centuries. From September through to November, Carluccio’s will be celebrating the mushroom season with a special range of artisan deli products, pop-up markets and a specials menu enriched by treasures from the Antonio Carluccio’s book, The Quiet Hunt, such as Truffle Lasagne and a fungi-inspired dessert, Bosco Incantato. Plus, if you buy two main courses from the mushroom menu, you’ll get a free bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal when you sign-up online and redeem your voucher beforehand here.
2a Garrick Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9BH; carluccios.com
Yann Couvreur Residency at Claridge’s, Mayfair
Yann Couvreur, the world famous Parisian pâtissier, is opening his first store outside of France at the end of this year. Ahead of the Mayfair launch, Couvreur will be joining the pastry team at Claridge’s hotel for a week-long residency from 4-11 September. Taking over Claridge’s hallowed pastry kitchen, he will develop five signature pastries – his famous Paris Brest, a Dark Chocolate and Tonka Bean Éclair, a Fig & Walnut tart and more. All priced at £7, these will be available exclusively for Elevenses in the Foyer (from 11am-12pm), served from the Claridge’s trolley, or alternatively wrapped up ready to take-away. Claridge’s famed Afternoon Tea (served every day from 2.45pm to 5.30pm) will also see Couvreur’s influence, with the addition of a selection of pastries throughout the residency.
Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HR; claridges.co.uk
Carnaby Eats, Soho
Carnaby Eats is a month-long celebration of all things food and drink in Carnaby, where food-lovers will be spoiled for choice with special dishes, cocktails, cookbook launches and masterclasses. Plus, eco-warriors can follow the Blue Turtle trail of ocean-friendly restaurants, part of a brand new sustainability scheme aiming to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Carnaby. Highlights include a special Carnaby Eats tasting menu at Ugly Dumpling (8-29 September) and free Mini Mixology taster classes at Jakata bar (8-15 September), a free Pisco Sour masterclass from Señor Ceviche (18 September), plus 50% off on Mondays at The Rum Kitchen if you book quoting ‘Blue Turtle’.
Soho W1; carnaby.co.uk
POLPO celebrates 10 years in Soho
On Monday 30 September, award-winning Venetian restaurant POLPO will be celebrating 10 years in Soho with a party and a cichèti feast at their original Beak Street location. Founders Russell Norman and Richard Beatty have invited an impressive roster of top chefs Angela Hartnett, Francesco Mazzei, Florence Knight, Stevie Parle and Rachel Roddy to join them for one night only, each contributing a dish to the feast. Their dishes will also feature on the specials board in turn at POLPO Beak Street for the five weeks leading up to the party. The celebrations will kick off at 5.30pm, with partygoers invited to enjoy Spritzes, Negronis, Bellinis and cichèti all night long at the bar, before following the neon red arrow downstairs for a live DJ set in the Campari Room. You can also buy tickets for a celebratory long-table dinner featuring the star dishes, kicking off at 7.30pm (£50pp).
41 Beak Street, Soho W1F 9SB; polpo.co.uk
Salt Yard Group Croqueta Challenge 2019
The annual Salt Yard Group Croqueta Challenge returns this month, with local heats taking place at various SYG restaurants in central London. The local heats, which take place at Dehesa on 3 September, Ember Yard on 10 September, Opera Tavern on 17 September and Salt Yard on 24 September (all from 6.30pm to 8.30pm) will be voted by the public, who will be responsible for blind tasting and scoring five croquetas (one from each team). The two teams with the highest scores will then go through to the final, taking place at Ember Yard on Tuesday 1 October, with the winner being crowned Croqueta Challenge Champion 2019. The grand final judges, key players from the industry, are yet to be announced. Restaurants taking part in this year’s challenge include The Cleveland Arms, Breddos, Bubbledogs, Rambla, Galvin, The Guinea Grill and Scully’s. The winner will have their very own croqueta added to the Salt Yard Group’s menus for two weeks. Tickets are £25 per heat and £35 to attend the grand final and include five croquetas and a gin and tonic.