This week sees a slew of exciting new restaurant openings, from Clapham to Hackney via Victoria and Soho. For flavour-packed casual dining, there are culinary offerings spanning Hawaii to Japan; closer to home, Tom Simmons flies the flag for Welsh cuisine. As for high-end treats, take your pick from Michelin-style tasting menus in Fulham, or a gastropub 2.0 situated slap-bang in the centre of town. We’ll see you there.
Ahi Poké, Victoria
When: Opens on soft launch Monday 17 July with 50% off the total bill (Monday only)
What: Unless you can’t (or won’t) eat raw fish, there’s literally nothing not to like about this second branch of what will surely become a widespread chain of Hawaiian poké restaurants. These sushi-topped raw bowls are bang on-trend nutritionally, and their sourcing and packaging are also environmentally responsible. Flavours are startling, the vibe is chilled and prices are reasonable. Lunch? Sorted.
Where: Nova Victoria, Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ
When: Opens Monday 17 July
What: The folks behind this Mediterranean and Levantine small-plates restaurant on Broadway Market are old hands at pulling in – and pleasing – the crowds, having run Gallipoli and El Ganso for years. Within Tuyo’s hip, light-filled, canalside space, highlights from the open kitchen include harissa-crusted lamb rump with pisto and black olive couscous, and burnished chicken thigh with honey-poached apricots, pistachios and sumac yoghurt.
Where: 129A Prichard's Road, E2 9AP
When: Opens Tuesday 18 July
What: For serious fine dining, head to this Fulham newcomer, where Michelin-feted chef Gonzalo Luzarraga proffers a global interpretation of traditional haute cuisine via his six-course signature tasting menu. Dishes include the likes of sea urchin with bagna cauda, quail egg and fermented milk, and monkfish with capers, courgette and cucumber; the big-hitting wine list, meanwhile, includes one-off bottles sourced from top vineyards.
Where: 227 New Kings Road, SW6 4RD
When: Opens Wednesday 19 July
What: Clapham’s gastronomic scene just keeps getting better and better, and this all-day neighbourhood restaurant is the latest draw. Chef Jake Boyce, formerly of Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas, is behind the stoves here, serving up Modern European dishes given their stamp of individuality via flavours from the Indian Ocean: think baby octopus with curry-leaf paste and charred green mango.
Where: 21 The Pavement, SW4 OHY
Tom Simmons, Tower Bridge
When: Opens Thursday 20 July
What: You might recognise his name from MasterChef: The Professionals – the chef behind this eponymous debut was a runner-up on the show. As well as this TV appearance, Simmons’ CV includes time at Plum + Spilt Milk and Tom’s Kitchen; the decadence and finesse of those menus is carried through to this one, the difference being that inspiration for dishes here comes from the chef’s Welsh roots.
Where: One Tower Bridge, 2 Still Walk, SE1 2LP
The Wigmore at The Langham, Marylebone
When: Opens Thursday 20 July
What: This luxurious gastropub within The Langham hotel is the work of the best of the best: design guru Martin Brudnizki masterminded its tavern-style look; Le Gavroche’s Michel Roux Jr created the hearty menu; and the place will be run by same team as Artesian bar, consistently voted one of the best bars in the world. Not your average luxury hotel offering, then – we can’t wait.
Where: 13 Langham Place, Upper Regent Street, W1B 1JA
Looking for more of the brightest, shiniest restaurants opening in London? Take a look at our complete list of London’s latest openings, or explore our list of London restaurants and bars coming soon.
This article was published 17 July 2017