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Recent London restaurant openings — August 2008


Archives for August 2008

Plane Food, Heathrow T5 - Recent London restaurant openings Plane Food, Heathrow T5

RECENTLY OPENED (July 2008)... School holidays are in full swing, which for many of us means airports. So if you're heading through T5 and the prospect of dining in one of the ubiquitous chains fills you with dread, then Plane Food – Gordon Ramsay's new venture – may be just the ticket. The slick, 60s-style space is comfortably removed from the concourse hubbub and offers salads, sandwiches, pasta and grills: think escalope of veal with caper butter and a lime parfait.

Jimmy's Food and Wine Tasting at Vinopolis, London Bridge - Recent London restaurant openings Jimmy's Food and Wine Tasting at Vinopolis, London Bridge

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... On 14 September, Jimmy Doherty will be at Vinopolis showcasing top British produce. Best known for his successful BBC2 series Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes, the man himself will be hosting two special two-hour tasting sessions. Food from Doherty's farm as well as Kelly's Turkeys of Essex and Cornerways Nursery of East Anglia will be paired with beer and wine by a Vinopolis wine expert.

Gaucho 02, North Greenwich - Recent London restaurant openings Gaucho 02, North Greenwich

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Ah, the 02. Once a white elephant that haunted many a government minister, its rebirth as a concert venue has been one of the most spectacular successes of recent times. What's more, this classy, well-organised site has spawned a host of quality restaurants and bars, including a stunning new Gaucho. Slinkier and sexier than its siblings, this Argentine steakhouse offers three floors for dining, drinking, wine tasting and private parties.

Free burgers for Batman characters at Gourmet Burger Kitchen - Recent London restaurant openings Free burgers for Batman characters at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... Holy guacamole! In honour of this summer's big blockbuster, The Dark Knight, branches of Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be giving a free burger to anyone dressed as a Batman character. Whether you fancy yourself as Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, or even the ultimate catchphrase-wielding sidekick Robin, grab that costume quickly - the offer expires on 31 August.

25% off on Saturdays at Bleeding Heart Bistro, Farringdon - Recent London restaurant openings 25% off on Saturdays at Bleeding Heart Bistro, Farringdon

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... For the first time in 25 years, Number Seven Bleeding Heart Yard is opening for lunch and dinner on Saturdays and to celebrate, it's offering Square Meal readers 25% off the food bill. This much-loved, romantic bistro serves rustic French cooking in a buzzy double-height dining room and on a lovely patio terrace. Valid until end of August, please quote Square Meal when booking.

The Pimm's Summer Experience - Recent London restaurant openings The Pimm's Summer Experience

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... According to a boffin over at Pimm's, the sound we most associate with summer is of lawnmowers cutting grass. Armed with this research, Pimm's is taking some top-voted tones on tour, transforming four public spaces (in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Leeds) into BBQs, parks and pub gardens against a backdrop of summer sounds, with plenty of Pimm's and lemonade on offer.

The Lawn at Fulham Palace, Fulham - Recent London restaurant openings The Lawn at Fulham Palace, Fulham

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Alfresco dining in London always carries a certain element of risk, but if you're going to take your chances, there are few better places to do it than at Oliver Peyton's new gaff, The Lawn at Fulham Palace. Quintessentially English, the seasonal menu offers the likes of chargrilled Cornish sardines, barbecued marinated chicken, watercress and red onion salad and Eton mess to finish.

Charity Dinner at The Cinnamon Club, Westminster - Recent London restaurant openings Charity Dinner at The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... For fans of modern Indian cuisine with an altruistic side, The Cinnamon Club's charity dinner on 29 September could be just the ticket. Diners can look forward to a Champagne reception, three-course dinner with matched wines and post-dinner auction, all in aid of the NSPCC. Places cost £100 each.

Viva Verdi, Southwark - Recent London restaurant openings Viva Verdi, Southwark

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Over 100 years since Verdi's death, this stylish Southwark newcomer celebrates his music alongside the food of Parma (where a number of his operas were composed). Visiting sopranos serenade evening diners with much-loved arias while friendly staff serve up pastas and traditional wooden platters of cured meats (hand-sliced by a 1940s Berkel, pictured left) or full-flavoured cheeses.

Ruinart and the City, locations across London - Recent London restaurant openings Ruinart and the City, locations across London

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... If the current state of the weather is getting you down, what better way to cheer yourself up than with a glass of lovely bubbly? Seven of the swankiest spots around town are serving the supremely summery Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, just the thing for convincing yourself that the sun may eventually come out. The participating venues are: Blakes, Daylesford Organic, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Geales, Roka, Zuma and The Ritz.

Oyster Shucking at Le Pont de la Tour - Recent London restaurant openings Oyster Shucking at Le Pont de la Tour

FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2008)... Question: what has September got that May, June, July and August don't? Answer: an 'r' in the month. Yes folks, oyster season is nearly upon us and to celebrate, riverside favourite Le Pont de la Tour will be offering oyster shucking demonstrations. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while being shown how it's done, then indulge in the shucked specimens and plenty of lovely crustacea.

Go Chinese as the Beijing Olympics close - Recent London restaurant openings Go Chinese as the Beijing Olympics close

DATE FOR THE DIARY (August 2008)... With Team GB doing rip-roaringly well in the medals table and London 2012 seeming like a reality, many of us have been gripped by Olympics fever. Sadly, Sunday's closing ceremony is just around the corner, so why not get in the spirit of Beijing by celebrating one of China's greatest gifts to the capital – its cuisine. Check out Square Meal's roundup of the best Chinese restaurants across town.

Buddha Bar, Victoria Embankment - Recent London restaurant openings Buddha Bar, Victoria Embankment

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Brush off those glad rags as chic Parisian outfit, Buddha Bar, has transported its glamour to London in a two-storey site just below Waterloo Bridge. Amber-hued lighting, mahogany furniture & luxurious gold & red fabrics create a sexy backdrop for exotic cocktails & top-name DJs. The dining room is presided over by a huge statue of Buddha & serves up pan-Asian plates including grilled sea bass with tamarind sauce. There's a sushi bar & several private rooms, too.

Murano, Mayfair - Recent London restaurant openings Murano, Mayfair

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Since leaving The Connaught last year Angela Hartnett has been a busy lady. She’s just opened her new Italian, Murano, in Mayfair where the finely wrought food goes hand in hand with swish surrounds. Then in late September she’ll oversee another Gordon Ramsay Holdings project, the York & Albany, a less formal Italian restaurant with rooms in Primrose Hill.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell - Recent London restaurant openings The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Ever get the feeling that many of the capital's eateries are dishing out grub we could knock up at home, if only we could be bothered? Well there's no risk of this at kiwi chef Anna Hansen's new gaff, The Modern Pantry. The co-founder of The Providores is once again championing funky fusion cooking: slow-cooked octopus with lemon and parsley or miso-marinated onglet with cassava chips, say.

Baozi Inn, Soho - Recent London restaurant openings Baozi Inn, Soho

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... If you believe that small is beautiful, then Chinatown newcomer Baozi Inn might just float your boat. From the team behind Bar Shu, it combines tight surrounds with a compact menu of Beijing and Chengdu street snacks and miniscule prices to boot. There are noodles, salads and dumplings, not forgetting the baozi themselves - steamed buns filled with chive, radish or pork, at £1.20 a pop.

Fiesta la Calla at Camino, King's Cross - Recent London restaurant openings Fiesta la Calla at Camino, King's Cross

DATE FOR THE DIARY (August 2008)... We're not-so-reliably informed that there'll be sunshine on Saturday, so what better way to celebrate than with free alfresco entertainment courtesy of tapas bar Camino? It will be hosting a ‘fiesta en la calla’ – that's street party to you and me – in its courtyard, with live music from the acclaimed Marcina Arnold Trio. Later on, the party will move into the bar, with DJs spinning Latin tunes until 1am.

Mint Leaf Lounge, Bank - Recent London restaurant openings Mint Leaf Lounge, Bank

RECENTLY OPENED (August 2008)... Why did Mint Leaf choose Bank for the site of its second restaurant? According to an insider, regular guests kept asking when the modern Indian was going to open in the City. The constant questioning worked, and fans of the Haymarket original will be pleased to hear that Mint Leaf Lounge recently opened offering a similar combination of refined food, slick surroundings and a large mezzanine-level Champagne bar.

Delve inside earlier archives for July 2008 or browse through newer archives for September 2008.