Looking for a new restaurant or bar to try? Here’s our guide of new restaurants, bars to try this October…
Photo: Downstairs at Morito
1 Straits Kitchen at the Pan Pacific, City of London
London’s first outpost of the renowned Singaporean hotel group has arrived. The hotel’s all-day restaurant Straits Kitchen brings to the table some of Singapore’s most celebrated flavours and dishes and it does so with polish. Embracing heritage, signature dishes include the wok fired Singapore chili crab which is a dish to literally get stuck into, butter aged Buccleuch beef and teapot double boiled soup with galangal, wolfberries and chicken. Desserts – crafted by MasterChef: The Professionals judge Cherish Finden – combine classic pastry techniques with Singaporean-inspired flavours such as the kaffir lime pavlova for example. Start the meal off with a glass of champagne or one of the oriental-inspired cocktails, such as the Thai-inspired kaffir lime leaf infused vodka libation, and let the sommelier guide you through the 500 bottle- strong wine list.
Breakfast Monday to Friday 6.30am-10.30am, Saturday and Sunday 7am-11am; Lunch daily from 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner Monday to Friday 5.20pm-10pm; 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB; panpacific.com
2 Bar Crispin, Soho
The team behind Crispin in Spitalfields have opened new, tiny, wine bar and restaurant in Soho. The new bar carries through the same ethos as the Shoreditch venue; Head Chef Brendan Lee’s small plate menu uses locally sourced ingredients and independent producers and includes dishes such as anchovy and potato focaccia with salsa verde and black garlic ice-cream and dark chocolate tuile. For the wines, general manager and sommelier Alexandra Price (ex Annabel’s and Beaverbrook) has curated a selection of more than 150 natural drops for you to try.
Monday to Saturday, 8am-11pm; Sunday 1pm-6pm; 19 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PY; barcrispin.com
3 Luciano by Gino D’Acampo at ME London, Covent Garden
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo has opened his latest venture – an open plan 100-cover restaurant at West End’s ME London hotel named after his first born. Italian restaurant Luciano takes many of its cues from Gino’s son too – the dishes and atmosphere are based on the types of places Luciano (the son) likes to visit. D’Acampo and executive head chef Lorenzo Minini (ex Osteria San Lorenzo, StreetXO, C-London Cipriani) developed the menu which features a generous selection of Italian classic dishes spanning pasta, pizza, carpaccio and antipasti, as well as an extensive drinks list.
Sunday to Thursday 11.30am-10.30pm, Friday to Saturday 11.30am-11.30pm; 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA; lucianobyginodacampo.com
4 Downstairs at Morito, Shoreditch
Sam and Sam Clark, the team behind popular tapas joint Morito has opened up a new bar underneath their Hackney restaurant. The bar will still plate up sharing dishes inspired by the food from southern Spain, North Africa and eastern Mediterranean, and for drinks, will focus on cocktails. The stylish, yet still casual, interiors have been designed in collaboration with Studiomania to be reminiscent of a summer Mediterranean sunset with warm coppers and and delightful blues. Open Thursday to Saturday for regular service, Morito Music nights take place every Tuesday, celebrating local talent and curated by east London muso, Cripin Forster. There’s a special set menu for these nights at £30 per person.
Open Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30pm-11.30pm; Friday and Saturday 6pm-12am; 195 Hackney Road, E2 8JL; moritohackneyroad.co.uk
5 Meadow, Ealing
By the founders of the now closed but once popular brunch-spot Las Banderas, Meadow is a photo-ready restaurant serving up handmade pasta, authentic Italian plates, pretty cocktails and hardcore floral vibes. With a focus on seasonal produce, the joint serves up dishes by the likes of tenderstem broccoli tempura, bigoli with wild mushrooms, and pappardelle with a slow-cooked beef ragu.
Monday and Tuesday 5pm-11pm; Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-11pm; 5 The Green W5 5DA; meadowrestaurant.co.uk
6 Aspen and Meursault, Battersea
Founder of Diogenes the Dog Sunny Hodge (ex Margot in Covent Garden) has brought a low intervention wine bar, cafe and shop to Battersea. The neighbourhood bar serves up coffee and pastries in the morning, and then non-funky natural wine and small plates in the evening. Most of the wines are available by the glass and hail from expected and unexpected places such as the Baltics and Wales. Small plates include hummus and artichoke dip, bio camembert, burrata, and grilled spicy chorizo with focaccia. You can also pick up a bottle for home, along with artisan cheeses, charcuterie meats and homemade pickles.
Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30am-11pm; Sunday 10am-10pm; email the bar for reservations; 96 Westbridge Road, SW11 3PH
7 BiBi, Mayfair
Chef Chet Sharma has launched his debut restaurant, BiBi, named after the Urdu word for lady of the house – a term of endearment for maternal figures. The dishes reflect India’s culinary breadth as well the meals Chet’s grandmothers used to put on the table. The compact, stylish restaurant offers seasonal set menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a wider a la carte menu that offers a mix of traditional and modern Indian dishes. There’s also a cocktail list that puts an Indian twist on popular tipples such as the rose spritz with gin and Gujarat rose kombucha.
Tuesday to Thursday 5.30pm-10.30pm; Friday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; 42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6ZR; bibirestaurants.com
8 YOPO at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
Named after a plant found deep in the the Venezuelan jungle, all-day restaurant and bar YOPO brings Latin-American flavours to London. Inspired by his travels through the continent, Head Chef George Scott-Toft has created a small plates menu that incorporates indigenous Amazonian ingredients as well as traditional dishes. Good to note, there’s a minimum spend, a smart casual dress code, a brunch on Sunday and performances and music in the evenings.
Breakfast daily 8am-11am; lunch Wednesday to Saturday 12pm-3pm, Sunday 12dpm-6pm; Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6pm-10.30pm; 20 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG; themandrake.com