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RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... A second branch of cheap and cheerful Vietnamese street-food cafe, Pho, has opened just behind Oxford Circus. Serving up big bowls of noodle soup with beef, chicken or prawns, it's a great place for a quick bite at lunchtime or post-shopping spree in the evening.
RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... Named after the 19th-century art & antiques depository that onced stood on the site, The Pantechnicon Rooms is a sophisticated spot offering buzzy street-level drinking as well as upmarket dining on the floor above, much like popular sibling The Thomas Cubitt. Think oysters, caviar & grilled lobster with warm potato salad & charred limes, or duck breast with bacon rosti & blackberry sauce.
RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... Hot on the heels of opening both The Empress of India and The Prince Arthur in Hackney last year, brothers Tom and Ed Martin have forged ahead with this venture on the corner of Sloane Square. Named in honour of adventuring naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, this casually elegant dining room and bar is serving seasonal British food with a French accent, such as lemon sole meuniere with Jersey royals.
RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... It’s not always easy to find good tapas in London, but now there’s another option to add to the list. Tendido Cuatro in Parson's Green comes from the same stable as popular Spanish joints Cambio de Tercio & Tendido Cero, and serves up top-notch tapas (including great ham) in lively surroundings.
RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... Anyone who has never had the delight of eating a breakfast of huevos rancheros (an egg dish with corn tortillas, spicy salsa and re-fried beans) should hotfoot it down to Mexican newcomer Santo. Located at the north end of Portobello Road, it’s a laid-back, trendy joint, and as well as serving weekend brunches, there are rib-eye steak burritos, quesadillas and larger plates such as pork ribs cooked in salsa verde with Mexican-style rice, refried beans and tortillas. Staff couldn’t be friendlier and there are punchy cocktails including kiwi-fruit mojitos.
RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... This Soho newcomer is the brainchild of none other than Gary (brother of Alan) Yau. It looks like the knack for creating popular restaurants may run in the family, as it boasts smooth-lined design (with an abundance of orchids to brighten things up) and a compact but appealing menu that features the likes of apple sake salmon or Chilean sea bass with yuzu from the robata grill, alongside a selection of sushi, soup and salads. For drinks there are Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Osaka Spring (Wyborowa vodka, ginger, pineapple, and ginger ale) as well as a selection of sake and shochu.