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RECENTLY OPENED (June 2008)... He launched high-profile Corbin & King joint, St Alban, but now head chef Francesco Mazzei has gone it alone, and he’s just opened L'Anima near Liverpool Street station. The good-looking, modern Italian is open from breakfast to dinner, has a separate bar area and private dining room, and signature dishes include fish stew with fregola (Sardinian couscous).
The Luxe is the latest project from Smiths of Smithfield owner and MasterChef presenter John Torode, which is due to open in late autumn. Like the site’s predecessor, Spitz, there’ll be live music, while the ground-floor will house an all-day café with a large alfresco area backing on to Spitalfields Market. On the first floor, a smarter dining room will specialise in poultry – expect rotisserie chicken and lots of game. 109 Commercial Street, E1.
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RECENTLY OPENED (May 2008)... Slimming down in time for summer? Check out Saf, a new health-conscious eatery in Shoreditch. The menu is entirely vegan and most of the dishes are raw ensuring that diners get the maximum nutritional value from their food. The organic wine & drinks list follows the same clean-living ethos
RECENTLY OPENED (April 2008)... He left his post as chef/director of Caprice Holdings at the end of last year, but Mark Hix hasn’t hung up his apron. He’s just opened Hix Oyster & Chop House around the corner from Farringdon tube station.
Sir Terence Conran may have stepped down as chairman of Conran Restaurants, but he certainly hasn’t lost interest in the restaurant world. His architecture and design company, Conran Design, is in the throes of renovating a Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch. Due to open next spring, The Boundary Project will house a rooftop bar and grill, a café, bakery and foodstore, 17 rooms and a restaurant and bar called The Boundary. Chef Ian Wood, who launched Islington’s Almeida, is tipped to be heading up the kitchen, so chances are there’ll be a French spin to the menu. 2-4 Boundary Street, E2.
Opening on St John’s Square in Clerkenwell this summer is The Modern Pantry, a multi-purpose site comprising café, wine bar and take-away on the ground floor and a smarter restaurant upstairs. The launch is being backed by D&D London (née Conran Restaurants), but the woman in the spotlight is Anna Hansen, previously of The Providores. She tells us she’ll be cooking up a similar style of fusion food, including a signature dish of sugar-cured prawn omelette. 47-48 St John’s Square, EC1.
May sees the launch of The Stoned Pony, a quirky Shoreditch bar set over two floors. The man behind the operation is Gerry Calabrese, son of drinks guru Salvatore Calabrese, so expect top-notch cocktails, plus a rather quirky option to order a ‘cocktail jar’ for the table – you help yourself to refills and the idea is to drink them out of teacups (a bit like a Mad Hatter’s tea party). The food offering will reflect the East End location with fish and chips and pie and mash, and there will be a dance floor downstairs to work it all off on. 104-108 Curtain Road, EC2.
Gloucester Road’s Green Door Steakhouse now has a City sibling, housed in a former banking hall on Cornhill. Naturally, beef takes centre stage with an appealing selection of steaks, though there’s also a large bar with lighter options including steak sandwiches and oysters. 33 Cornhill, EC3, 020 7929 1378.
Spicing up the St Paul’s back streets, new lounge bar Mustard comes decked out in plenty of cowhide, and serves up gourmet burgers, sarnies and steaks at lunch, sharing platters in the evening and a range of classic and contemporary cocktails. Our favourite? The Mustard Chill – a heady mix of vodka, strawberry, mint and chilli. 2 Old Change Court, Peter’s Hill, EC4, 020 7236 5318.
Two new branches of wine bar chain Corney & Barrow are opening in July. The first (Unit 3, 25 Fenchurch Avenue, EC3) will be traditional in style with opulent furnishings and classic decor. The second (12 New Street Square, EC4) will mirror the funky, contemporary look that has proved such a success at the chain’s slinky Broadgate outpost.