From the The Ivy Asia launching in St Paul’s to Neil Rankin’s new plant-based burger joint, it’s an exciting month of restaurant openings in London
Lead image: Amazónico (photo © Lázaro Rosa-Violan Studio)
1 The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s
The Ivy Asia – a brand-new Asian concept restaurant and bar that will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in St Paul’s – is set to open on Monday 18 November. In true The Ivy style, the interiors are impressive, with a show-stopping fluorescent pink onyx floor, impressive panelled artwork and a pink-hued pagoda greeting you on arrival. The first-floor restaurant will be illuminated with green, semi-precious stone, set against an antique gold mirrored bar, luxurious Asian fabrics, brass top tables and large windows overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. The kitchen brigade will be run by Executive Chef Simon Gregory and Head Chef Deepak Kotian, with menus inspired by a number of Asian flavours and ingredients. Dishes include yellowtail sashimi with truffle, chilli and tosazu dressing and Wagyu beef tataki with pickled vegetables. An express lunch menu with bento boxes is perfect for City workers on the go. Open until 2.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the venue will come alive with a calendar of entertainment, music and DJs.
20 New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AG; theivyasia.com
2 TOKii, Marylebone
TOKii, housed within the newly opened The Prince Akatoki London hotel, launches officially on Wednesday 6 November, and will serve a vibrant main menu focused on sushi, sashimi, seafood and dishes from the Robata grill. TOKii’s colourful menu using fresh and international ingredients is designed to bring the best of Eastern and Western flavours, with Japan at the forefront. The dishes will be small, designed to be shared and beautifully presented. Highlights will include Scallop ceviche with orange, spring onions, chilli and sesame and Kinoko, mushrooms and crispy yuba from the Cold Dishes section, and Hot Dishes of Black cod with miso glaze and Ox cheek croquettes, panko and wasabi mayo. The Robata will serve grills including Japanese grade A5 wagyu beef with spicy ponzu and Lobster with shichimi and yuzu butter. There will also be a full menu of Nigiri, Sashimi and Sushi Roll options, mixed Skewers (meat, fish and vegetable), and fried Tempura. The nutritious Akatoki Breakfast will feature tamago omelette, miso soup, plain steamed rice, grilled salmon and vegetables, as well as a classic TOKii Breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and mushrooms.
The Prince Akatoki London, 50 Great Cumberland Place W1H 7FD; theprinceakatokilondon.com
3 IT London, Mayfair
Already a legendary name on the Ibiza scene for its fine dining, Balearic beats and social concept, IT is now coming to London. Launching on 10 November, the vibrant and contemporary new venue will serve a mix of gourmet Mediterranean dishes showcasing the authentic flavours of southern Italy, courtesy of Chef Gennaro Esposito from two Michelin-starred Torre del Saracino in Sorrento. Dishes includeg the chef’s signature Spaghetti al Pomodoro, made with IT’s homemade Vesuvio tomato sauce, his acclaimed Nocellara Olive Soup with Almond Fennel Purée and Scabbardfish in 80s Style, and a selection of IT’s speciality pizzas with their famously thin crusts. Music will be at the core of the experience, with a carefully curated soundtrack bringing the energy of Ibiza to Mayfair with smooth daytime beats and hypnotic evening grooves. Plus, the upper level’s separate space will offer all the exclusivity of a members’ club without the need for membership. Entrance will be by invitation only and a ban on photography will ensure guests’ absolute privacy. The London restaurant, located in a former Dover Street art gallery, follows hot on the heels of IT’s launch in Milan this April.
IT, 28-29 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4LX; @itlondon
4 The Ivy Victoria
The Ivy Victoria has announced that it will open its doors on Tuesday 12 November in the bustling business quarter at 66 Victoria Street. The all-day dining destination will be set across two floors with The Ivy’s signature striking interiors, and will also offer partially covered heated outdoor terrace seating. The restaurant will serve an all-encompassing menu, complete with modern British classics and internationally inspired dishes, from breakfast, elevenses, coffees and weekend brunches through to lunch, cocktails and dinner. Overseen by Head Chef Katie Burke, dishes will include roast pumpkin soup with truffle ricotta, pine nuts and crispy sage, truffled wild mushroom with potato rosti with creamed mushroom topped with a fried quail’s egg and grated truffle. Alongside, autumn specials such as, The Ivy vegetarian Shepard’s pie and malted banana ice cream with chocolate brownie, caramelised banana, candied pecans and cocoa nib tuile for those with a sweet tooth.
66 Victoria Street SW1E 6SQ; theivyvictoria.com
5 Simplicity Burger, Brick Lane
Acclaimed chef Neil Rankin launches Simplicity Burger, a plant-based burger restaurant, on 1 November. Rankin’s much-lauded previous ventures, Smokehouse, temper and Pitt Cue, all revolved heavily around meat, and the chef will be adopting the same high standards and meticulous approach to the provenance and preparation of ingredients to serve outstanding plant-based burgers in a diner-style setting on Brick Lane. Simplicity Burger was born out of a combination of Neil’s constant drive to challenge himself as a chef, as well as the obvious and urgent environmental need for us all to make changes to the way we prepare and consume food. Rankin has spent over eight months developing his unique take on the plant-based burger, and the resulting recipe – while something of a secret – uses a combination of techniques including dehydration and fermentation to create the restaurant’s patties. Simplicity Burger will use fresh, carefully sourced ingredients, with everything made on-site, and the vegetables will be ‘seconds’ provided by the renowned Natoora. The restaurant won’t use any single-use plastic and will use compostable plates.
202 Brick Lane E1 6SA; simplicityburger.london
6 The Laundry, Brixton
The Laundry, a new modern neighbourhood bistro and wine shop from award-winning hospitality entrepreneur Melanie Brown of The New Zealand Cellar at Pop Brixton, opens on Coldharbour Lane on Friday 1 November. The new venture occupies Walton Lodge, a striking Edwardian building, and will be open all day, everyday. Up-and-coming Australian talent Dylan Cashman, from Sydney institution Seans Panorama and Pilu at Freshwater, will be at the helm in the kitchen as Head Chef. The menu focuses on classical dishes and techniques and understated new world flair applied to top British produce. Plates include pink fir potatoes baked in salt pastry with garlic and rosemary, and herb cream; cured day-boat seabass with pickled strawberry, pepper, tarragon and sunflower seeds; and Hereford beef tartar with fermented chilli, prawn oil, egg yolk, bonito and triple-cooked beef fat potato chips. The Laundry also offers a concise selection of 50 wines on the main list, including eight served by the glass, representing the best from old and new world regions. Cosy banquettes and elegant counter seating providing options for solo diners and intimate dinners, and there’s also a south-facing Parisian-inspired alfresco terrace.
374 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8PL; thelaundrybrixton.com
7 Volta do Mar, Covent Garden
Volta do Mar, a celebration of Portuguese cuisine and its rich culinary influences from around the world, is set to open in Covent Garden on Monday 11 November. Founded by husband and wife team Simon Mullins (co-founder of the Salt Yard Group) and Isabel Almeida Da Silva (of Mirabelle and Delaunay), the restaurant aims to appeal to a demographic that is as broad and diverse as Portugal’s gastronomic history. Volta do Mar, which loosely translates as ‘return from the sea’, will serve a frequently changing menu of both sharing and large plates like Goan smoked chorizo served in a naan, Iberico pork vindalho, and a seafood rice served tableside. For lighter lunches or an evening snack, a selection of charcuterie and cheese will be exclusively sourced from one of Portugal’s oldest and most respected family run businesses, Manteigaria Silva, and traditional Portuguese pastelaria will be available for breakfast. Chef George Tannock, who was born and raised in Portugal, honing his skills at The Dorchester, The Fat Duck and Sexy Fish, will take the helm as head chef and work closely with Simon and Isabel to bring their collective passion and inspiration to fruition.
13-15 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7PS; voltadomar.co.uk
8 Boulevard, Soho
The Boulevard returns to Soho this month, opening its doors to the public for the first time in over 20 years, with an innovative new performance space and Art Deco-style restaurant and lounge bar. The restaurant, reached by crossing a two-floor glass bridge, opens from 8am to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in between. The menu has been designed by head chef, Greg Hillier, previously of The Commonwealth Club and The British Academy. Dishes have a conscious leaning towards plant-based cookery throughout, from traditional smashed chilli avocado on sourdough, to roasted curried baby cauliflower with black dhal, fresh coconut, crispy onions and lime, and sumac oregano chicken with burnt aubergine and Iranian green pistachio. Fawn James, Director of Soho Estates, is the driving force behind this development, and has put together a vibrant programme of art together with Artistic Director Rachel Edwards. The performance space features Europe’s most advanced revolving theatre – and there will also be pre-show fixed price menus inspired by the current production.
6 Walker’s Court, Soho W1F 0BT; boulevardtheatre.co.uk
9 Silo, Hackney Wick
Silo, the world’s first zero-waste restaurant by award-winning chef Douglas McMaster, will join CRATE Brewery in its Hackney Wick home on 8 November. A zero-waste pioneer, Douglas’ innovative approach is threaded throughout the whole restaurant and its supply chains, from trading directly with farmers to composting any leftover scraps and continuing to ‘close the loop’ in the food production process. Silo will open its doors at 6pm for dinner which will see a continually changing menu of ten to fifteen dishes for guests to choose from, such as grilled fantail squid, white kimchi and Douglas fir; Jerusalem artichokes cooked on fire and served with Cashel Blue and ruby kraut; and blue potatoes, barbecued sea kale and caramelised whey. For something sweet, golden linseed ice-cream with fig leaf oil; and sea buckthorn, fresh cheese, grand fir and fermented caramel. On the weekends, Silo will open for brunch from 10am, with a menu featuring dishes such as the Silo porridge, made with freshly rolled oats and home-made crème fraîche, topped with seasonal fruit; coddled eggs, kimchi, black pudding and freshly baked sourdough, and to drink, a selection of fresh juices made using wonky fruit and veg.
The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick E9 5EN; silolondon.com
10 Stoney Street, Borough Market
On Friday 22 November, following the success of 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard, Alex Hely-Hutchinson will open Stoney Street at Borough Market. Open from breakfast through to dinner, Head Chef Henrietta Inman, previously of Leyton’s neighbourhood restaurant Yardarm, will focus on simple seasonal dishes with produce and provenance-led cooking. Choose from simple eat-in breakfasts such as slow-roasted tomato galette with tomato and chilli jam on fennel and coriander seed pastry, or grab a coffee and a freshly baked seasonal tart through a hatch in the window. For lunch, a selection of small plates and focaccia will be available, and for dinner, the menu will feature the likes of pollock with fennel, orange, olives and braised lentils; pappardelle with a sauce of wild mushroom, sorrel, tarragon, and egg yolk; and bavette with Swiss chard, Taleggio and slow roasted shallots. In the warmer months, bi-fold wooden doors will open onto the rear terrace.
2-3 Stoney Street, Borough Market SE1 9AA; @stoneystreet26
11 Borough Market Kitchen
Borough Market, London’s oldest food market, is launching a brand new seated dining space from in mid-November. The next stage in Borough Market’s evolution will see the arrival of The Borough Market Kitchen – a communal dining space serving up delicious hot and cold dishes from 20 stands, all prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from the market’s traders. Grab a seat at communal tables to enjoy street food from some of London’s best, including Singaporean street food from Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh, Iraqi food from JUMA Kitchen, San Sebastian pintxos from Mimo and Brindisa Kitchen’s much-loved Spanish classics. Plus, continuing Borough Market’s commitment to sustainability, The Borough Market Kitchen will be entirely single use plastic-free, with tables and seating constructed from recycled materials. More than 20 new traders will also open in an expanded produce zone, where you can shop the best fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and baked goods from expert traders.
8 Southwark Street, Borough SE1 1TL; boroughmarket.org.uk
12 Brother Marcus, Spitalfields
This November, Brother Marcus, the modern Eastern Mediterranean restaurant known for its sharing plates and pioneering brunch dishes, will open their third and largest site in the heart of Spitalfields Market. Founded by a trio of friends, Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos, Brother Marcus’ innovative menu champions quality produce sourced from the UK and the Eastern Med. In modern industrial surroundings designed by Finch Interiors, Brother Marcus Spitalfields will be an all-day space which seeks to continue the success of their restaurants in Angel and Balham. Those starting the day by staying for breakfast at Brother Marcus Spitalfields will find signature breakfast plates such as the Step Sister with sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters, avocado and spinach, kale, turmeric yoghurt and a poached egg, and the Brother Special with beetroot cured salmon, scrambled eggs with honey and sesame glazed tenderstem broccoli on toast. As the day progresses, a sharing menu will reflect the founders’ travels throughout the sun-soaked fields of Crete and the cities of the Eastern Med, with dishes including kefalotyri saganaki encrusted with seeds, and grilled pork sheftaliés, made with spiced pork mince wrapped in caul fat.
2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1 6DW; brothermarcus.co.uk
13 Cahoots, Soho
Cahoots, the 1940s cocktail bar set in an overground train station, opens a second venue in Soho on 7 November. Unlike the much-loved original Cahoots, which opened in 2015 and is solely subterranean, the new venue spans two-storeys and has been cleverly converted into two distinct spaces: The Ticket Hall and The Control Room. The ground floor Ticket Hall has an old-school ticket window, repurposed station kiosk bar and a tobacconist and grocery store at the rear. Hearty 40s fodder will be served throughout the day from 12pm, from British classics like pie, mash and liquor to American dishes like chicken and waffles. The Control Room, hidden below The Ticket Hall, is accessible only to those in the know via a derelict mineshaft. Live cogs, gages and switchboards set the scene for an edgier, immersive underground experience, where live entertainment, musical quiz nights and cocktail masterclasses will take place. The cocktail menu will be highly experimental, incorporating fermentation, preservation and forgotten ration ingredients. Both The Ticket Hall and Control Room will serve a selection of top-notch nibbles like black pudding sausage rolls and mini scotch egg poppers after 5pm.
5 Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5PF; cahoots-london.com
14 Seoul Bird, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
Judy Joo, the world-renowned Korean American chef, will open Seoul Bird, her new restaurant specialising in crispy, double fried, Korean-style chicken at the end of November. In the heart of Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Seoul Bird’s menu will emphasise the bold flavours and considered cooking that Judy is known for. Having teamed up with long-time friend and collaborator, chef Andrew Hales to create the menu inspired by Judy’s Korean-American heritage, guests will find their take on ‘Korean Seoul Food’. Made to Judy’s secret recipe, the Korean Fried Chicks are brined for 24 hours before being double fried for extra crunch, and served with an Asian slaw of red cabbage, daikon, onion and carrot, tossed in a citrus soy dressing. Under a neon red sign and hanging pendant lamps, visitors can take their pick from whole thighs, whole wings or tenders, as well as sauces such as spicy Korean BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, and sweet soy ginger.
Food Hall, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; @seoulbirduk
15 Taproom by Brixton Village
Opening on on Friday 1 November, Taproom by Brixton Village will be serving up a host of beers from south London breweries, including Brixton Brewery, The Kernal, Gypsy Hill, Brick Packham Pils, Nirvana, Canopy and Orbit. Following in the footsteps of the first venue, Taproom by Bethnal Green, the Taproom by Brixton Village is set to be the new go-to destination for a catch up with colleagues, pub quiz with friends and a really good beer. Beer tasting flights will offer you the chance to sample four Taproom beers before committing to a full pint, and there’s also a range of premium cocktails on tap to choose from, including Paloma and Aperol Spritz. A selection of bar snacks will be available, with a ‘pies and pickles’ menu coming soon.
43-44 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PR; wearetaproom.co.uk
16 Mthr at The Collective Canary Wharf
Championing globally inspired dishes with unparalleled views of the London skyline, Mthr is the brand-new restaurant and lounge concept at the world’s largest co-living space, The Collective Canary Wharf. Mthr, situated on the 20th floor, will be open to the public as well as members. Executive Head Chef Arnaud Delannay has developed a menu with innovative sharing dishes to emphasise a ‘collective’ dining experience that brings people together around the table. Featuring an array of ever-changing seasonal salads, meats, and fish, the menu provides diners with a variety of new options on a daily basis, from snacks and small plates to larger plates and family-style sharing dishes. Highlights include NY Steak (Shorthorn 8oz ribeye with caramelised onion, grape mustard aioli and fries), Peterhead cod with chorizo and white bean stew, and a sharing dish of baked whole sea bream with harissa, blackened asparagus with fennel and orange salad. For breakfast, Mthr features a Market Table where guests can serve themselves from a selection of breakfast favourites, as well as an a la carte and a grab-and-go café.
20th floor, The Collective, 20 Crossharbour Plaza, Crossharbour E14 9YF; mthrlondon.com
17 Sam’s Riverside, Hammersmith
Sam’s Riverside by restaurateur Sam Harrison, General Manager for Rick Stein’s operations in Padstow before launching Harrison’s in Balham, will officially launch on 4 November. Overlooking the Thames, with impressive views of Hammersmith Bridge, the 70-seat restaurant, set within the redeveloped Riverside Studios, will offer a large selection of oysters and seafood, alongside a modern European menu with a focus on Anglo-French dishes. The open kitchen is overseen by Head Chef Harvey Trollope – who worked with Marco Pierre White as Head Chef at Wheelers of St James and Chef John Williams as Premier Sous Chef The Ritz before launching a series of pop-ups as Harvey’s British Eatery – in collaboration with Culinary Director Rowley Leigh, who launched Kensington Place in 1987 and Le Café Anglais in 2007. Menu highlights include grilled octopus with pimento potatoes and saffron aioli, beef tartare with quail egg and dripping toast, and pappardelle rabbit ragù. You can also grab the likes of Parmesan churros and whelks with aioli in the bar. From January 2020, Sam’s Riverside will also be open for breakfast, brunch and Sunday supper.
1 Crisp Walk, Hammersmith, London W6 9DN (additional entrance via the Riverside Studios); samsriverside.co.uk
18 Chucs, Belgravia
Chucs will launch its latest venture, a flagship restaurant and café on Belgravia’s Eccleston Street, on Monday 18 November. The newest addition to the Chucs Restaurant & Cafe Collection, which already boasts sites in Mayfair, Notting Hill, Hyde Park and Kensington, the Belgravia venue will be open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and even takeaways. Noteable additions to the Chucs Team include General Manager Alex Robertson, previously of Hakkasan and Corbin & King, as well as Head Chef Alessandro Piludu from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Westland Place. The breakfast menu will feature favourites including indulgent Eggs Benedict, Smashed Avocado on Sourdough and House Granola with Pomegranate and Yoghurt. Come lunchtime, Chucs Classics, such as Bigoli Cacio e Pepe, the Chopped Cobb Salad and Chicken Milanese with Amalfi Lemon will take centre stage, as well as a number of takeaway dishes. Come evening, you can stop by for a leisurely aperitivo with cicchetti like Wild Boar Panelle and Truffle Arrancini. The dinner menu features new dishes such Truffle & Lovage Risotto, Spaghetti alla Chittara with Anchovy & Barolo, and Dover Sole and Dedham Vale Bone in ribeye for two. The site will also feature a wraparound terrace for coffee, cocktails and cicchetti during the sunnier months.
25 Eccleston Street, Belgravia SW1W 9NP; chucsrestaurants.com
19 SW7, South Kensington
Opening on 1 November, SW7 in South Kensington will offer a brasserie and bar-style dining experience in a sophisticated yet relaxed environment. The menu will showcase the best of British cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts. Head Chef Javier Rodrigo Alviz has worked in some of the city’s most iconic hotel restaurants, including the Waldorf Hilton and Claridge’s, before joining Adam Handling’s team at Frog restaurant in Covent Garden to learn the latest culinary techniques. At SW7 he has fused fresh Mediterranean flavours with classic British cuisine, with dishes such as burrata with Marzanino tomatoes, Kalamata olives, pine nuts and basil to start, and mains of grilled chicken Paillard with aged parmesan, truffles and shiitake mushrooms; herb and pine nut crusted lamb rack with dauphinoise potatoes; and wild sea bass with confit fennel and miso glaze. The elegant restaurant interiors draw inspiration from William Morris wallpaper designs, while the refined feature bar will serve a range of signature cocktails inspired by William Morris designs, including the fresh Kensington Gardens with Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur and apple juice, alongside a comprehensive range of spirits, wine and champagne.
61 Gloucester Road, South Kensington SW7 4PE; @sw7restaurant
20 Daffodil Mulligan, Old Street
Chef Richard Corrigan is set to open his third London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan on 8 November in Old Street. Working alongside John Nugent (Green & Fortune) and Tony Gibney (Gibney’s of Malahide), the Irish trio, who have over a century of hospitality experience collectively, have taken over the site previously known as Nuala in July 2019. The 60-cover restaurant will include a 10-seater oyster bar and a basement saloon bar, which will play host to a series of live music nights. The hearty, ever-changing menu will feature produce from Corrigan’s country estate in Ireland and will focus on seafood. The bar will serve a selection of craft beers and spirits and will focus on smaller Irish distilleries and producers – many of which will be available exclusively. Named after the daughter of Biddy Mulligan – a legendary Dublin street seller – Daffodil Mulligan hopes to showcase her Irish spirit and hospitality in London’s East End.
70-74 City Road, Old Street EC1Y 2BJ; @CorrigansFood
21 The Grill at the Dorchester, Mayfair
Mid-November will see Tom Booton unveil his own interpretation of a modern-day British grill at The Grill at The Dorchester. Marking a significant move for the landmark luxury hotel, Booton, aged 26, will be The Grill at The Dorchester’s youngest ever head chef, and will be heading up an elite team of youthful and talented kitchen staff with Adam Nevin joining Booton as sous chef. The Grill at The Dorchester will be relaunching with a host of incredible new additions including an entirely fresh menu – set to hero British produce and showcase Booton’s unique creativity, alongside a statement Pudding Bar, which will provide six front-row seats to watch the chef’s at play. Booton, an Acorn Award 2019 winner, which recognises 30 of the industry’s brightest stars under 30, was previously Head Chef at Alyn Williams at the Westbury in Mayfair. The Grill at The Dorchester will officially open from 12 November.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; dorchestercollection.com
22 Ugly Butterfly, Chelsea
Adam Handling has collaborated with a number of charitable organisations to launch Ugly Butterfly, a sustainable casual restaurant in Chelsea. Opening on 13 November, the venue aims to demonstrate that zero-waste can be luxurious by creating beautiful dishes from ingredients that are usually thrown out, most of which will come from Adam Handling Chelsea. Ugly Butterfly has been brought to life by award-winning chef and restaurateur Adam Handling, Cadogan (the family business that owns and manages part of Chelsea and has been busy transforming the King’s Road), Quintessentially Foundation (the grant-giving arm of Quintessentially Group) and The Felix Project, a charity that collects surplus food from food industry suppliers. Open for walk-ins from lunch until late evening, Wednesday to Sunday, Ugly Butterfly will offer a menu of snacks and small plates, such as de-boned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar, cheese doughnuts made with leftovers from the cheeseboard, lobster shell soup and retired dairy cow tartare, alongside a by-the-glass champagne list. The interiors have been created using up-cycled and re-utilised materials throughout.
55 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4ND; uglybutterfly.co.uk
23 Le Comptoir Robuchon, Mayfair
Joël Robuchon’s legacy to continue with two new sites launching this November: Le Comptoir Robuchon and Le Deli Robuchon. Robuchon, the most decorated chef in the history of the Michelin Guide, pioneered the ‘cuisine moderne’ style of cooking, placing emphasis on a handful of ingredients where flavour was paramount. At the age of 50 he retired from the kitchen, allowing him the freedom to travel and garner new influences. His time in Japan proved to be highly influential on his cooking style, and he credited it with a heightened awareness of texture in his dishes. Opening on 1 November, Le Comptoir Robuchon will focus on Robuchon’s simple, light, small-plates style. The kitchen will be led by Executive Chef Jeremy Page, who worked closely with Robuchon for over a decade at the original L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris. The menu, designed for sharing, will be composed of two parts: La Saison (seasonal dishes) and Les Eternels, a collection of Robuchon’s beloved classics such as Le Homard (native lobster and romesco sauce) and La Caille (quail, foie gras and truffle). Le Deli Robuchon on Piccadilly, opening late November, will offer a casual yet sophisticated all-day dining space for breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks.
6 Clarges Street W1J 8AE & 82 Piccadilly W1J 8JA; robuchonlondon.co.uk
24 Ember Yard, Soho
Following the successful relaunch of Covent Garden’s iconic Opera Tavern, Urban Pubs and Bars, which acquired Salt Yard Group last year, are relaunching Soho’s critically acclaimed Ember Yard. Ember Yard opened back in 2013 and was instantly talk of the town for its wood-fire grilling and barbecuing methods associated with the Basque region in Spain. Opening in mid-November with a new look and feel, the menu will focus on the top-quality Spanish and Italian-inspired dishes that it first became known for. Born in Italy, newly appointed Ember Yard Head Chef Christian Parisi has created an exciting new menu of tapas and larger sharing plates cooked over the Josper grill. Dishes will include Membrillo glazed pork ribs with spring onion, hazelnuts and smoked chilli jam; grass-fed rib-eye with chicken jus; and smoked confit sea trout with mussel sauce and mushroom tapenade. Downstairs in the basement, the brand-new Ember Bar will host DJs playing laid back beats on Friday and Saturday nights. Soft launch offer: 50% off food from 4-6 & 11-13 November.
60 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 8SU; saltyardgroup.co.uk
25 Amazónico, Mayfair
Amazónico, a Madrid favourite with celebrities and socialites, will be opening its doors in Mayfair on 9 November. Launched in partnership with D.Ream International, the restaurant group behind Coya, Zuma and Nusr-et, the restaurant promises to take guests on a sensory journey along the Amazon River, inspired by the region’s cultural diversity and gastronomic heritage. Amazónico will offer a distinctive culinary experience, from traditional Brazilian dishes and cachaça cocktails, to Peruvian sushi, paired with an immersive, jungle-esque interior design featuring luscious live plants. The menu has been curated by husband and wife team Sandro Silva and Marta Seco – two of Madrid’s best-known restauranteurs. Designed by internationally renowned artist Lázaro Rosa-Violan, the venue has been carefully curated to take its guests on a trip down the Amazon from source to sea, featuring plenty of natural and raw materials. As dusk turns to dark, the lounge and striking bar adorned with model peacocks will emanate energetic ‘elec-tropical’ sounds and Latin American tunes from the resident DJ programme.
10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair W1J 6BR; amazonicorestaurant.com
26 14 Hills, Aldgate
14 Hills is the latest restaurant from D&D London that will be situated on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street. Launching on 11 November, the nature-themed all-day restaurant will be open from breakfast until dinner, with a modern British menu that also offers Saturday brunches, Sunday roasts and a fast-serve deli counter. Executive Chef Thomas Piat, whose previous experience includes Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, has created dishes such as beef tartare with Black Angus fillet, pickles and game chips, Scottish langoustines split and grilled with garlic and parsley, and Alba truffle (a 63º rare breed egg with mushroom ragout and shaved white truffle). The restaurant sits one floor below the building’s popular roof garden, which opened earlier this year, but since the restaurant itself will be filled with real trees and plants, there’s no need to venture into the chilly outdoors for your nature fix.
14th floor, 120 Fenchurch Street EC3M 5BA; 14hills.co.uk
27 FOLIE, Soho
FOLIE a new restaurant and bar on Golden Square, where Soho meets Mayfair, is set to open on 11 November. Rediscover the dining culture of the Riviera, from Marseille to Portofino, through St Tropez and Nice via Executive Head Chef Christophe Marleix’s Mediterranean-inspired menu. The humble recipes of the coastal coves of south of France and Italy will be refined and elevated. Starters such as sea bream crudo with citrus and avocado are followed by mains of Provençal braised beef with confit potatoes, or Megrim sole with Menton lemon. Sharing platters invite friends and family to feast on a whole confit lamb shoulder and basil baby potatoes; or a whole sea bass grilled in a charcoal oven served with a ratatouille. The menu will source and champion seasonal ingredients from small-scale UK farmers, with fish from day boats in Cornwall and Devon. The bar team will specialise in the great classic cocktails, shaking and stirring martinis, sazeracs, and negronis, and FOLIE’s opulent and elegant surroundings, designed by Studio KO, will resurrect the sensuality and glamour of the 1960s and 70s.
37 Golden Square, Soho W1F 9LB; folie.london
28 Peckham Cellars, Peckham
Peckham Cellars is a new neighbourhood kitchen, wine bar and shop launching on Queens Road on 19 November. Open for dinner during the week and also for lunches at the weekend, Peckham Cellars is the result of three Peckham locals, all experienced in hospitality, coming together to create a vibe that feels ‘like your coolest friend’s dinner party’. In the kitchen will be Helen Hall (previously of Ottolenghi’s Rovi and Skye Gyngell’s Spring), along with Head Chef Jay Claus (who worked at Soho restaurant and private members’ club Quo Vadis, as well as Morito and Bao), and Luke West-Whylie (of Marcella in Deptford and The Jones Family Project), who will be front of house. The wine list will be driven by Ben McVeigh, who was the Head Sommelier at 28-50 Fetter Lane, championing lesser-known regions and hosting winemaker takeover evenings. The menu will be mostly British and Mediterranean, with efforts being made to work with local suppliers, including Flock and Herd and London Smoke and Cure.
125 Queens Road, Peckham SE15 2ND; peckhamcellars.co.uk
29 Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen, Bethnal Green
Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell, founders of BBQ Dreamz, will open Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen in Bethnal Green on 7 November. The duo’s latest creation brings together a host of Filipino favourites in a buzzing, vibrant space, with South Asian cocktails and beers, as well as a weekly Sunday kamayan, a traditional communal feast. It is the first permanent site from Lee and Sinead, who won My Million Pound Menu with BBQ Dreamz, their Filipino street food truck, earlier this year. The pair have been praised for bringing Filipino food into the spotlight, with signature dishes such as satay duck heart skewers, cooked over charcoal and topped with chicharrón; and Lechon Kawali, a crispy chunk of pork belly, marinated with vinegar and star anise for 24 hours, before deep frying. Classics will be rotated with new additions, including La Paz Batchoi, a noodle broth with pork and liver, garnished with peanuts and spring onions, and Adobo chicken, which is poached in a traditional soy sauce, garlic and bay stew before being crumbed and fried. Soft launch offer: 50% off food from 7-13 November, opening fully for dinner on 14 November and for lunch on 18 November.
460 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green E2 9EG; @bbqdreamz
30 Lina Stores, King’s Cross
Lina Stores will open in King’s Cross on Friday 15 November, marking 75 years since the Italian delicatessen first opened in Soho. Housed within a Victorian transit shed behind Granary Square, the new location will see the deli and restaurant come under one roof for the first time. Housed within King’s Cross’ last remaining heritage building, Lina Stores will feature an open counter kitchen, booths and long banquette seating illuminated by the glow of the same opaline globe lights that first lit the Soho deli 75 years ago. The simple and traditional menu will focus on fresh pasta and include signature dishes from Brewer and Greek street alongside exciting new dishes. Antipasti will include a range of salumi and formaggi, such as lamb prosciutto, and pasta dishes will include Crab, Scallop and Prawn Rondini, and Pappardelle with Ox Tail Ragu and Provolone Piccante. A pared back selection of secondi will include whole roasted Branzino with lemon, capers and olive dressing and overnight beef cheeks in Barolo, ceps and polenta. The deli at Lina Stores King’s Cross will be stocked with the very best Italian pantry essentials: salumi, cheeses, antipasti and fresh pasta to eat in or take away.
20-21 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4DR; linastores.co.uk
31 Cowcross Yards, Farringdon
Nestled between Cowcross Street, Britton Street and St John Street near Farringdon Station, Cowcross Yards is London’s newest hotspot to eat, drink and escape. A historic landmark, the yard was once the place where cattle crossed on their way to Smithfield Market. History, food and culture are at the core of Cowcross Yards’ philosophy, where a series of seasonal foodie pop-ups, called YUM @ Cowcross Yards, will offer tasty twists on British favourites, kicking off with The Feast of Fall, opening on Thursday 7 November. Tantalising the senses, the fully edible garden will be set up as a mini harvest allotment, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Guests to the free event will be served chocolate soil and other sweet treats, disguised as seasonal produce and served in a terracotta pot by a gardener (open 12pm-4pm). Plus, every Thursday, a street food market called Urban Food Fest will be chock full of flavours, tastes and smells. Cowcross Yards will also feature an unmissable mural from London’s hottest street art collective, Graffiti Kings, featuring six larger-than-life Insta-worthy cows.
Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6DR; cowcrossyards.co.uk