LONDON’S HOTTEST RESTAURANT OPENINGS FOR SUMMER 2018
London has no shortage of high quality restaurants, but there are always new offerings coming to the table. If you have exhausted the well-established eateries on previous visits or are just keen to dine at the next big thing in its opening weeks, here are the hottest places for summer 2018:
A group of three chefs who met while working at La Gavroche are opening up a new venture in Covent Garden. This hastiness of cooks (yes, that is the collective noun for chefs), founded the ever-popular Le Bab and are continuing in the kebab tradition with Maison Bab.
While the charcoal-grilled onglet and green peppercorn mayo is enough to make your mouth water, it will be a seat at the hidden chef’s table that is set to be the hottest ticket in town. Able to accommodate just ten people at a time, it is sure to be an exclusive club for those who enjoy fine dining.
Vegans and cocktail lovers will not be left out at Maison Bab, as the menu is set to feature slow-grill celeriac with carrot puree and crispy onions, as well as alcoholic concoctions to accompany it all.
When new bakery Custard opens to the public, it will be more than a loaf you get served. From the team behind Gunpowder, latest new venture will bring the atmosphere and flavours of a Kolkata coffee house to Tower Bridge.
Expect Goan pork sausage rolls and Bombay sandwiches, as well as Narangi custard tarts, almond cherry and ghee cakes, and pistachio meringues. The coffee will come from artisan roasters Ozone and the onsite wine bar will add an extra dimension to this out-of-the-ordinary bakery.
Before Custard is officially launched, a second Gunpowder site will open in the same building as the bakery. It looks like One Tower Bridge will be the place to be for all the subtle and delicious Indian flavours from the end of this summer.
Foodie fans of the new BBC Two programme Million Dollar Menu may remember a young duo from the first episode of the series. Ruth Hansom and Emily Lambert secured investment from Atul Kochhar to open their Epoch restaurant, which is now coming to Mayfair.
Despite just being in their early twenties, the chef and sommelier have gained a deep understanding in their respective areas and learnt the concepts of high-end customer service. They are definitely two talents to watch out for in the future and you will be glad you booked a table in their first months of opening.
The idea behind Epoch is to bring dishes made from exclusively British ingredients to the fore. Innovative solutions to widely accepted imported items, such as substituting dehydrated horseradish for peppercorns, have been sought.
Andrew Wong may have gained his first Michelin star for his eponymous restaurant last year, but he’s not sitting back and letting the accolades roll in. Instead, he’s opening up a new eatery in the Bloomberg Arcade, which is set to be named Kym’s.
The moniker harks back to the restaurant his parents launched in Pimlico in 1985, which may be why the chef has said it will be comfortable, relaxed and casual. Despite the informal vibe, there is no doubt that the food will be outstanding, with classic Chinese dishes reinvented for the modern diner.
Expect a mouthwatering selection of small dishes, including Yunnanese lemongrass salad and slow-poached soy chicken, as well as sharing platters of crispy duck with all the trimmings. Guests won’t want to leave without trying the Chinatown pineapple bun, which will be paired with custard.
Chiringuitos are fairly ubiquitous in Spanish beach destinations, but generally less plentiful in London. All that is about to change, however, as a new restaurant has set up inside a former public toilet in Bethnal Green.
As well as the tapas plates and bar snacks you would expect to find on the beaches of Spain, Peruvian chef Marco Padilla has given the menu a Latin American slant. Indulge in roast belly pork with a pisco and beer sauce or fish tacos with yuca chips.
The venue’s roof terrace is likely to help set Chiringuito apart from its rivals to become a popular place for a drink on a summer’s evening. Generous gin and tonics, Spanish wines and cava will vie for attention with the extensive cocktail list.
Guests staying at the Royal Garden Hotel do not have to venture far to discover one of the summer’s most exciting openings, as Zuaya has just established itself on Kensington High Street. You will feel like you have been transported to a foreign and exotic land with this rainforest-inspired fusion restaurant.
Incorporating flavours from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Peru, this ultra-chic modern eatery serves up dishes and drinks that are a riot of colour. Expect to see ceviche, quinoa and tacos served in ways you have never experienced before.
From Thursday to Saturday, evening meals will be accompanied by music specially selected by live DJs to add to the ambience. It is set to be a new vibe for the High Street, but one the staff at the hotel are particularly excited to try.
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