London’s Best Restaurant & Bar Openings: March 2020

This month’s new restaurant and bar launches from Le Cordon Bleu’s new restaurant, CORD, to a new branch of EL&N in St Pancras and New Yorker Angie Mar’s residency at New Street Grill

Lead image: Ayllu, Paddington Central

1 Louie, Seven Dials
Guillaume Glipa, a name synonymous with some of London’s best restaurants (Umu, Zuma, Coya, Chiltern Firehouse) debuts Louie this month, a joint venture with Laurent de Gourcuff. The restaurant is named in honour of two key figures in the history of New Orleans and France – Louis XIV and Louie Armstrong – invoking the soul of New Orleans, the sophistication of Paris, and the sass of a New Yorker – all set on London’s stage. Weekdays at Louie will start with lunch, while on the weekends service runs through brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks. Executive Head Chef Slade Rushing’s menu embraces classic French gastronomy, New Orleans revisited Creole dishes and New York culinary heritage, from Po-Boys to classical French fare. Signature dishes will include ‘deconstructed’ oysters Rockefeller, New Orleans style BBQ lobster and banana foster rum baba. The restaurant runs across two levels, with the brasserie-style ground floor featuring a curved oyster bar, and an opulent dining room featuring velvet pews on the first floor, as well as a roof terrace garden. As the evening grows darker, muted sounds of a jazz piano will lure you to the upper floors, where live jazz piano and DJ sets will keep you entertained late into the night. The entire soundscape will be provided by famed musical designer Malik Alary, mixing modern beats with traditional jazz.
13-15 West Street, Seven Dials WC2H 9NE; louie-london.com

2 CORD by Le Cordon Bleu, the City
Le Cordon Bleu, a world leader in culinary arts and hospitality management, launches CORD by Le Cordon Bleu, a new dining concept, this spring. The venue will be home to a fine dining restaurant, a café and an outpost to the London Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute. Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, the 90-cover restaurant will offer tasting menus, a daily a la carte and an accessible set lunch menu priced at £25pp. Ideal for lunches where time is limited, the set menu will be served within 90 minutes, coupled with a fine selection of wines by the glass. Hero dishes will include Heritage Tomato Carpaccio served with buratti, faille de brick, manchego and Lampung pepper; Smoked Rainbow Trout with fennel, pomegranate, apple and yuzu; Poached Dover Sole and lime presented with leek, rate potato, wild garlic and seaweed; and Anuria Milk-Fed Lamb from the Pyrenees with polenta, sea herbs and broad beans. CORD Café will be open for breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday, offering the finest French patisseries and viennoiseries all baked fresh on site daily, as well as gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups and artisan breads. The cafe officially opens on 24 March, and the restaurant on 30 March.
85 Fleet Street EC4Y 1AE; cordrestaurant.co.uk

3 Fallow at 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair
Fallow, the sustainability focused restaurant concept, will take over pop-up restaurant site 10 Heddon Street for a four-month residency from 10 March. Co-owned and operated by chefs Jack Croft, 27, and Will Murray, 26 – formerly of Dinner by Heston – and backed by James Robson, who founded Mews of Mayfair, the 40-cover site will showcase the culinary pair’s creative, pared-down small plate offering. The trio has already run a series of events including a sell-out two-week residency at Carousel, a guest collaboration with Adam Handling at the new Restaurant Adam Handling (Chelsea), and a two month pop-up at Crispin. A weekly changing menu of root-to-stem and nose-to-tail dishes will include dishes such as hen keema, pullet egg and kohlrabi; salmon, horseradish, bone marrow and parsley; leeks, hen of the wood and Parmesan; and dairy cow, smoked beetroot and ox tongue trencher. Desserts include the likes of Yorkshire rhubarb, white chocolate and yoghurt, and cheese, malt loaf cake, walnut and date puree. The restaurant aims to use the most sustainable produce and environmentally friendly methods available, and have committed to at least 50% of each menu being plant-based, using all parts of the animal and vegetable.
10 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BX; fallowrestaurant.com

4 Wulf & Lamb, Marylebone
Wulf & Lamb, which has been at the forefront of the plant-based casual dining scene since opening in Chelsea in 2017, opened a second branch on Chiltern Street, Marylebone, in late February. The new 90-cover location offers full table service, outdoor seating and a bar with cocktail menu. As well as their popular vegan dishes like chilli-non-carne, the Wulf Burger and cauliflower steak, Head Chef Konstantinos Kotidis has created a number of exciting new dishes, including Glazed Miso Aubergine, Bao, Artichoke Pesto Linguine and Crème Brûlée. Founded by Rosanna von Zweigbergk and Philip Ryan, Wulf & Lamb opened on Pavilion Road three years ago to satisfy the craving for vegan or plant-based comfort food without compromising on quality. The restaurant was shortlisted for the brand-new vegan and vegetarian category in the Hardens 2019 Restaurant Awards, alongside Vanilla Black and Gauthier Soho. Open 7.30am-10.30pm seven days a week.
66 Chiltern Street, Marylebone W1U 4EJ; wulfandlamb.com

5 Gibney’s London, Old Street
Gibney’s of Malahide, which opened in Dublin more than 80 years ago in 1937, is launching its first international site, opening in London on Thursday 12 March. The pub, run by Tony Gibney and his sons, will open in the basement of fellow Irishman Richard Corrigan’s critically acclaimed restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan, complete with a menu of bar snacks designed by Corrigan. Gibney’s London will open daily offering guests an authentic Irish pub experience with Tony’s son, Cormac Gibney, heading up the bar. Eight draft beers will be available including the family’s very own brew, Gibney’s Stout, available only at Gibney’s London and at the Dublin site. The bar will showcase a range of Irish spirits and liqueurs, including a collection of 120+ Irish whiskies. The concise cocktail list will feature an Irish spirit in every drink. The bar snacks menu features dishes such as Durrus cheese toastie with burnt onion and pickled onion chutney, Mangalitza Black Pudding Sando served with an apple and cucumber pickle, and Rock and Native Oysters from Britain and Ireland. There will be live music in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday, comedy nights every Wednesday and live sporting events throughout the year.
70-74 City Road EC1Y 2BJ; gibneyslondon.com

6 Home House, Marylebone
Home House, one of London’s most exclusive private members’ clubs, has re-invented its original Palace Of Pleasure with a complete revamp of the House 21 interiors by Russell Sage Studios, a new late-night dining offer, and the introduction of a ‘daytime to playtime’ concept. Created in 1773 by the notorious Elizabeth, Countess of Home, as a sophisticated setting for entertainment, Home House has welcomed a wealth of aristocracy and artistic visionaries over the centuries. Stretching across three Georgian town houses at 19, 20 and 21 Portman Square, the house fuses 18th century splendour with 21st century style, creating a vibrant melting pot where members dine, do business and play. Russell Sage’s dramatic redesign sees House 21 re-invented in homage to the club’s rich and playful history. Highlights of the transformation include the House Bar – which draws on the liberation and self-indulgence that comes with uninhibited travel, championing British craftsmanship with fabrics, artwork and dressings inspired by historic embassies around the world –  and the House Lounge. The luxurious House Lounge features sumptuous furnishings and rich tones, evolves from a relaxed spot for a morning meeting or afternoon aperitif, to an evening spot with dance floor and DJ. The late-night dining menu, served from 11.30am till midnight, features dishes like Dexter beef bavette with Marmite hollandaise, shellfish and Berkswell croquettes, and monkfish kiev with curried coleslaw.
19, 20 & 21 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H; homehouse.co.uk

7 Goods Way, King’s Cross
Goods Way, a new multi-venue hub in King’s Cross, opened on 5 March. The venue houses Lafayette, a new live music venue by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett (who opened Omeara in London Bridge three years ago), Sweetwater, a vibrant New Orleans-inspired bar, and The Courtyard, which plays host to five eclectic food outlets – Breddos Tacos, Duck Truck, Sushi On Jones, Temple of Seitan and Pomelo. New York’s hugely respected Sushi On Jones is causing quite a stir. Having caused much fuss in NY’s NoHo district, with its clean dishes and quality fish, Sushi On Jones is launching its first UK venue at Goods Way, offering an affordable omakase with highly skilled chefs guiding visitors, from novices to aficionados, through sushi at its best. Vegan fast-food favourites Temple of Seitan offers plant-based ‘fried chicken’ and more, while Pomelo serves unique British tapas like crab thermidor croquettes, Breddos Tacos offers up tacos, tostadas and other Mexican fare, and Duck Truck does exactly what it says on the tin, serving crispy duck wraps, confit duck leg and more.
11 Goods Way, King’s Cross N1C; goodsway.co.uk

8 TAVLA, Shoreditch
TAVLA launched inside Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, on 1 March. TAVLA, which means backgammon in Turkish, will have socialising at its core, with backgammon boards on every table and a rotating roster of vinyl DJs playing every Thursday and Friday. Drinks include updated classics and barrel-aged cocktails, as well as traditional Turkish coffee and tea. House Classics will be given a playful twist including TAVLA’s take on the Bloody Mary, the Bloody Meryem (Ketel One Vodka, Casamigos Mezcal, lemon, tomato juice, Turkish spices and nigella & sumac salt) and the Düshesh (Villa Ascenti Gin, Belsazar Riesling, lime sherbet, cardamom bitters, lemon sorbet, lemon thyme and bubbles). TAVLA will also serve a menu of traditional bar snacks that have been reimagined with a Levantine twist by Fez Ozalgan, Head Chef of the hotel’s in-house restaurant, BARBOUN. Dishes like merguez scotch egg with zhoug yoghurt, and rose harrisa cashews, almonds and peanuts, have been devised to pair perfectly with the cocktails. Flatbreads include the likes of The Codfather (whipped cod roe, black olives, burnt leek) and AbraKEBABra (pulled lamb, spicy tomato, garlic yoghurt).
97 Leonard Circus, Shoreditch EC2A 3HS; tavla.london

Restaurants Celebrating Their First Birthday

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Ayllu, Paddington Basin
Ayllu, a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant in Paddington Central, is due to open this month. The new Peruvian concept is built around the traditions of the Ayllu community of the Inca Empire, who lived together, worked the land together and shared their belongings and mealtimes like one large family. Much like the Incan civilisation, Ayllu is about coming together and taking the time to share great food and innovative cocktails with loved ones. The menu dishes combining traditional Peruvian flavours and Japanese influences, like sea bream croquetas seasoned with white miso paste, chives, red chillies and ginger; chicken anticucho with aji amarillo and mirin; and King Fish tiradito on a white soy sauce with yuzu. And to drink? The king of Peruvian cocktails, of course – the Pisco Sour. With rich, dark green walls, elaborate décor and plush banquette seating, Ayllu is a cosy hideaway for those in-the-know.
25 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6EY; ayllu.co.uk

10 Steven Edwards at Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond
Steven Edwards at Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond, opened on 5 March. This is Edwards’ first permanent venture in London, where he will continue to champion classic British cooking with a modern flair, something that has become synonymous with his work at his critically acclaimed restaurant etch., in Hove, following his win on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013. Breaking from the tasting menus he’s become known for, Steven Edwards at Bingham Riverhouse is an accessible yet refined dining experience, His innovative a la carte menu, served from Monday to Saturday, features starters of raw Porthilly oysters with beetroot and horseradish, a succulent pig’s cheek with a black pudding terrine, smoked celeriac and loveage, and mushroom risotto with winter truffles and sea herbs. Main courses include roast guinea hen with cauliflower cheese and nasturtium, skrei cod with potato and chargrilled leek, and a kale doughnut with broccoli puree and gherkin. On Sundays, you can indulge in a five-course tasting menu – the ‘Sunday Experience’ – where dishes include cured sea trout with pickled onions and dill, salt baked pork rump with pickled pumpkin and Granny Smith apple, and to finish, a poached Williams pear with pistachio and coriander ice cream.
61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 6UT; seriverhouse.com

11 Six by Nico London, Fitzrovia
Nico Simeone opens his first London restaurant on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street on 31 March. Inspired by his Scottish-Italian heritage, Nico will deliver his take on the classic British fish and chip shop, with a nostalgic six-course tasting menu called ‘The Chippie’, for just £35. Nico’s Italian background combined with his upbringing in Glasgow meant his childhood was centred around good food and at the core of that was his family’s chip shop, owned by his grandparents and passed down through two generations. Items on the menu will be creatively re-imagined with a contemporary twist, from an amuse bouche of Filo Cannelloni filled with taramasalata, keta caviar and crème fraiche, to a potato croquette coated in vinegar powder served with a Parmesan espuma drizzled with curry oil, and a Scrabster Monkfish cheek on a bed of wild garlic emulsion, gribiche, peas and beurre blanc (Nico’s take on the traditional scampi), followed by ‘Steak Pie’ with shredded Speyside beef shin, burnt onion ketchup, mushroom duxelle and ‘meaty salsa’. The main event is a fish supper of Shetland cod atop confit fennel, samphire beer emulsion and pickled mussels and, for dessert, it’s a deep fried Mars Bar, of curse, with caramelia, chocolate mousse, blood orange sorbet and cocoa nib. Vegetarian alternatives are also available and wine pairings will be available for an additional £33 per person.
33-41 Charlotte Street W1T 1RR; sixbynico.co.uk

12 Cha Cha x Sister Jane, Notting Hill
Cha Cha x Sister Jane, a restaurant and bar offering bold Latin American flavours and music to match – plus the chance to shop – will open in Notting Hill at the end of March. Following the success of its previous home in Maida Vale, the multi-story restaurant and roof terrace is poised to become the local haunt for London’s sun-seekers and moonlight dancers. The impressive, four-story corner building on Golborne Road will event include a showroom and studio for vintage-inspired clothing label Sister Jane, where guests are invited to meander through the myriad rooms, drink in hand. The menu, developed by Head Chef Kai Rykowski (ex Chiltern Firehouse), will feature Mediterranean cuisine with a Latino twist. Breakfasters can look forward to cheese and truffle toasties, French toast with vanilla custard and rhubarb pistachio, and acai bowls. From 11am until midnight, an all-day menu features sharing plates of sea bass ceviche, tempura squid with wasabi mayo and lime, and oysters with green tomatillo and jalapeño mint gazpacho, as well as mains hot from the robata grill including a half lobster tail, duck breast and octopus. The rooftop bar – the only one in Notting Hill with spectacular views across the rooftops – will offer cocktails and bar snacks late into the evenings.
36 Golborne Road, Notting Hill W10 5PR; wearechacha.com

13 Club Mexicana, Soho
Club Mexicana, the home of Mexican-Californian inspired street food that ripped up the vegan rulebook, is opening the doors to its very first permanent restaurant on 23 March. Five years on from their humble street food beginnings, following a successful Hackney residency and the launch of London’s first 100% vegan pub, The Spread Eagle, founder Meriel Armitage and her team are beginning a new chapter in Carnaby’s Kingly Court. Inspired by the rowdy street side taquerias of Los Angeles and Mexico City, Club Mexicana Soho will dedicate itself to a concise menu of expertly-made tacos and small plates, designed to be enjoyed with margarita in hand. The taqueria’s menu will feature cult favourites such as the beer battered Tofish Taco and the Cheezeburger Taco loaded up with ‘beef’ burger, red pepper queso, dill pickle and annatto mayo, as well as burritos like the MFC (Mexican fried chick’n, mustard mayo, pickled cabbage and hot jalapeños), nachos and tostadas. New to the menu is the Queso Flameado (essentially a Mexican fondue of gooey melted vegan cheese topped with spicy ‘chorizo’).
Kingly Court, Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5PW; clubmexicana.com

14 Bar El Rincon, King’s Cross
Bar El Rincón, a new wine and tapas bar at Varnishers Yard, King’s Cross, opened on 4 March. Meaning ‘bar on the corner’ in Spanish, Bar El Rincón is a one-year pop up from Camino, situated next door to their sherry and tapas Bar Pepito and opposite Camino Kings Cross. The intimate space has comfortable banquette seating, exposed brickwork and earthy tones. Bar El Rincón has a small but perfectly curated selection of drinks, with a white, red and rosé wine from indigenous Spanish grape varieties, as well as a sparkling and a sangría, all available only on tap to dramatically reduce waste. Similarly, there is a choice of two Estrella draught beers alongside a couple of cocktails. Camino Executive Chef Nacho del Campo has overseen the tapas and created new specials exclusive to Bar El Rincón, including a vegan superfood salad of roasted patty pan pumpkin, mixed sprouts, kale and tabbouleh with pumpkin seeds and lemon zest. Also available are Camino classics including Arroz negro (black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and aliolli), Croquetas de jamón, Gambas Ajillo, Ibérico meatballs and cheese and spinach cake, alongside charcuteria and cheese. During the warmer months, there will be additional seating in the courtyard, turning Varnishers Yard into a Spanish Quarter. Open 5pm until midnight, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Regent Quarter, Varnishers Yard N1 9FD; camino.uk.com

15 EL&N, St Pancras Station
EL&N, one of London’s most Instagramable cafes, opens its newest cafe at St Pancras International Station on Friday 20 March. The first self service concept from EL&N will offer grab-and-go menu items, alongside its colourful coffees, pink croissants, delicious coconut and guava cakes and pretty pancake stacks, and a growing retail line that includes sustainable coffee keep cups, life-long bottles and hoodies. The cafe, known for its pretty pink floral walls and statement neon signage, will be trading in its flowers for something more befitting of the iconic St Pancras, which welcomes travellers from across the globe. The details are being kept under wraps, but you can rest assured it’ll be Insta-friendly!
Euston Road, King’s Cross N1C 4QP; elnlondon.co.uk

16 Hankies, Haymarket
Following in the footsteps of its successful Shaftesbury Avenue and Marble Arch venues, Hankies now has a third home, this time in Haymarket. The spacious restaurant, with room for 250 diners, is divided into separate areas, each with a defined character to maintain a sense of intimacy. It also has one of the longest bars in London. Habnkies has become known for its simple, fresh and aromatic north Indian creations, based on traditional street food recipes and served tapas-style. Small plates include Fruits de Mer popcorn (crispy rice puffs with snow crab, shrimps and sago seeds), and Crispy Guinea Fowl with chilli salt, ash peppers, sweet drizzle and herb mayonnaise. From the tandoor come the likes of Skewers of Tiger Prawns with chives and garlic, and Chilli Lamb Chops marinated in Kashmiri chillies and honey, while other main courses include Ani’s Butter Chicken and the signature roomali roti, a thin flatbread folded into ‘hankies’. Hankies Haymarket will also offer two and three course pre-theatre menus for £12.50 and £15.50 per head, respectively, as well as Sunday brunches and a DJ in residence from Thursday through Saturday.
Hankies Haymarket, 4 Suffolk Place SW1Y 4HX; hankies.london

17 Deli Cat & Sons, Northbank
Deli Cat & Sons has its sights set on becoming London’s ultimate Deli, delivering an all-day breakfast menu, alongside a self-service deli for eating in or taking away. Hospitality trailblazers The Initiative, which is behind the likes of Cha Cha at Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair, The French Corner at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle, and Shaman no/low alcohol bar at Leman Locke, Aldgate, is now setting up shop within the co-working space at the brand new Locke at Broken Wharf hotel. The new opening will be home to a multi-chef residency and an ever evolving deli menu by Executive Head Chef Paloma Metayer. Menu highlights include daytime dishes of Scotch egg with polenta and mushrooms, and Stilton Croque Monsieur and salad; evening dishes of fried halloumi with broccoli cream and watercress, Gravlaz salmon with whipped dill cream and vierge sauce; as well as takeaway dishes from cinnamon buns to mushroom and cheese toasties.
Broken Wharf House, 2 Broken Wharf, Queenhithe EC4V 3DT; lockeliving.com

18 Red Dog, Soho
Red Dog Soho re-opens on 19 March with an entirely new concept celebrating Austin barbecue, American craft beers and whiskey. The original site closed at the end of last year following a fire, but from the ashes… The new 40 cover restaurant will feature relaxed seating, saloon-inspired interiors and a new menu designed by owner Tom Brooke himself. Dishes will include refined versions of Texan barbecue classics such as smoked USDA beef brisket with mustard barbecue and pickled chilli, and St Louis pork ribs with Carolina barbecue and 10-spice dry rub, as well as fried oysters Nashville style, soft shell crab with green tomato vinaigrette and Morcilla sausage. Vegetarian options such as roasted aubergine parmigiana will also be available. Devotees of the original Red Dog burger will be able to try an even more indulgent version – the 10 Year Burger, which incorporates marrow butter glaze and pancetta into the 30-day dry aged beef patty mix. All of the meat has been sourced from one of the best organic butchers in the country, which also supplies iconic venues such as Claridges and The Dorchester.
20 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 0PY; reddogsaloon.co.uk

19 Q, Shoreditch 
McQueen in Shoreditch is evolving into a new experiential club-cum-casino called Q. Due to open this month, Q is a stylish pool and ‘fun casino’ offering both American and English-style pool, and various ‘fun casino’ tables such as Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. Expect showgirls, in-house European trick shot professionals and UK pool champions, as well as world-class DJs every night. The brainchild of designer and entrepreneur Dezzi McCausland, the all-day venue is set over two floors, with a ground-floor pool lounge and restaurant, plus a boutique club downstairs with a can-only bar and ‘fun casino’ games available. There will also be a Steve McQueen-inspired VIP room at the back. Live sport will be shown on LCD screens throughout each room, and there are projectors and large screens for presentations. A forward-thinking drinks offering, developed by The London Bartenders Collective, includes a pool-themed cocktail list, an on-trend list of spirit and tonic serves, a selection of beers and ciders on tap and in bottle, as well as a separate list of canned beers, ciders and cocktails. McCausland opened Soho’s legendary Kingly Club in the early 2000s and has hosted A-list events for the likes of Tom Cruise, Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen. He’s also behind venues such as Kyashi and Kingly Club St Martin’s Lane, earning him the title ‘The Club King’.
55-61 Tabernacle Street EC2A 4AA; mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk

20 Angie Mar Residency @ New Street Grill
For one week only, Angie Mar, Owner and Executive Chef of The Beatrice Inn – one of the most coveted dining spots in New York City – is taking over the kitchen of New Street Grill. Running from 9-14 March, Mar’s residency will showcase her cool, unconventional approach to cooking via a limited-edition menu inspired by dishes served at The Beatrice Inn. New Street Grill specialises in superior cuts of meat and fish, and The Beatrice Inn is a traditional chophouse, so this joint venture is a must for meat lovers, featuring big, bold cuts of meat, paired with delicate, fragrant herbs and fruit. Highlights include roast duck flambé with cherry jus and fingerlings Lyonnaise; poutine with duck egg, brown gravy and rosemary; and bone marrow and bourbon crème brulée. Bringing the best of New York City to London, this is a must for foodies watching their air miles.
16 New Street, Liverpool Street EC2M 4TR; newstreetgrill.co.uk



 

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