The restaurant openings and foodie events we’re most excited about for the month ahead.
8 January: Claw Carnaby, Soho
Why we’re excited: After a successful run of pop ups at a variety of London haunts, street-food concept Claw has finally bagged itself a permanent site, in Kingly Street. Expect responsibly sourced British seafood dishes such as crab beignets with crab mayonnaise, pork-stuffed squid with kaffir lime, and fried chicken and caviar, washed down with in-house cocktails, beers and soft drinks.
9 January: Roganic, Marylebone
Why we’re excited: Simon Rogan’s Roganic pop up was a hit when it ran for two years in 2011, and now it’s back with this permanent venue in Marylebone. Bringing with it elements of the chef’s two Michelin-starred Cumbrian restaurant L’Enclume, Roganic will serve up a menu of carefully-sourced ingredients, with suppliers including Rogan’s own farm.
18 January: Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho
Why we’re excited: Kettner’s has been Soho royalty ever since it was opened by Napoleon III’s private chef in 1867. Now it has been bought by Soho House group, who have added 33 bedrooms above the Champagne bar and restaurant. Expect a repeat of the success of the group’s Dean Street Townhouse up the road.
20 January: Sorella, Clapham
Why we’re excited: Chef Robin Gill has closed The Manor to open up this new Italian concept on the same site. According to Gill, Sorella “hones in on all that I love about the Italian attitude to cooking and eating.” Look forward to truffle arancini, cuttlefish linguini, pappardelle with venison ragu, a frozen affogato with homemade coffee liquor, and a cherry-smoked Negroni.
25 January: Burns Night, various locations
Why we’re excited: The celebrations surrounding the birth of Scotland’s most famous poet always feel like the marker in the calendar when we can put the dark days of January behind us – not least because a bellyful of haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky will warm the chilliest of evenings. Take a look at our list of London’s best British restaurants for Burns supper inspiration.
For the inside track on what’s opening in January and beyond, check out our list of restaurants coming soon.
And for more dates for your diary, cast your eye over our What’s On page, full of upcoming foodie experiences.