The 25 best new restaurants of 2018

The 25 best new restaurants of 2018

Posted on 02 July 2018 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

The 25 best new restaurants of 2018

We’re halfway through the year and London’s dining scene has been anything but quiet. Here are our 25 favourite restaurant launches from the year so far to add to your to-do list

1 Brat, Shoreditch (above)

Why go: 2018’s most talked about opening is often packed to the rafters with celebs, fashionistas and generally cool people

Must order: The puffed-up naan bread slathered with oil, chives and intensely flavoured anchovies

64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ

2 Hide Above, Mayfair 

Why go: Ollie Dabbous’ mammoth opening features three floors, with this tasting-menu only outfit on the upper level

Must order: The breathtakingly subtle red mullet served in a bread and saffron sauce

85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB

3 Cornerstone, Hackney 

Why go: Former Outlaw’s at The Capital head chef Tom Brown serves up spectacular seafood at his debut restaurant

Must order: The warm, buttery crumpet topped with potted prawns

3 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX

4 Sabor, Mayfair 

Why go: The breakout star of Barrafina, Nieves Barragán Mohacho serves up elevated tapas and remixed Spanish staples

Must order: The bombas de chocolas, a trio of doughnuts dolloped with a sticky mess of chocolate and coffee sauces 

35 Heddon Street, W1B 4BS

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5 Roganic, Marylebone (above)

Why go: Dainty, but dynamic tasting menus are the draw at this resurrection of Simon Rogan’s much-lauded pop up

Must order: The seaweed custard with its savoury notes of caviar

5-7 Blandford Street, W1U 3DB

6 Scully, St James’s 

Why go: Ex-Nopi chef Ramael Scully takes diners on a culinary journey, using his melting-pot heritage as inspiration

Must order: The barbecued beef tendons topped with smoky oyster mayo

4 St James's Market, SW1Y 4AH

7 Evelyn’s Table, Soho 

Why go: In the cellar of Chinatown boozer The Blue Posts, you’ll find this chef’s counter turning out accomplished small plates with a southern European accent

Must order: The beautifully cooked hake, served with capers and olive oil-soaked croutons

28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ

8 Brigadiers, Monument 

Why go: JKS restaurants has taken on the City’s suits with this expansive, riotous Indian barbecue grill

Must order: The barbecue butter chicken wings, smeared with ghee and cashew cream

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR

9 Titu, Mayfair 

Why go: With only 15 seats, this unassuming gyoza bar is the definition of small but mighty, and prices aren’t bad for Mayfair either

Must order: The warmly spiced chicken and foie gras dumpling

1a Shepherd Street, W1J 7HJ

Sorella fresh baked bread on wooden board

10 Sorella, Clapham (above)

Why go: Robin Gill ditched his The Manor for this reinvention, which seduces diners with its excellent Italian fare

Must order: The sourdough bread served with a trio of melted parmesan, pressed olives and ricotta

148 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6BX

11 Kyseri, Fitzrovia 

Why go: Selin Kiazim of Oklava fame has repeated its success with this little slice of Turkish heaven right by Warren Street station

Must order: The dainty, but punchy lamb and loquat skewer

64 Grafton Way, W1T 5DN

12 Leroy, Shoreditch 

Why go: A 100-bin wine list and bistro-style food ticks all of the boxes at this newbie from the Ellory team

Must order: The lamb sweetbreads with morel mushrooms and a nettle and wild garlic sauce

18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU

13 St Leonard’s, Shoreditch 

Why go: Chefs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke (who are behind Brunswick House) cook using a log-fired hearth

Must order: The whole red mullet with cucumber, garlic and yoghurt

70 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QX

14 Greyhound Café, Fitzrovia 

Why go: This zany, style-conscious café doesn’t always get it right, but its winning moments make a visit worth it

Must order: The crispy pork knuckle served with a box of sticky rice

37 Berners Street, W1T 3NB

Daddy Bao interior bar seating area with diners

15 Daddy Bao, Tooting 

Why go: A buzzy atmosphere and great-value pillowy bao buns make this a truly exciting addition to Tooting’s restaurant scene

Must order: The slow-braised pork belly bao pepped up with house pickles, peanuts and coriander

113 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE

16 Lina Stores, Soho 

Why go: The legendary delicatessen now has its own pasta joint, tiny in size but big on flavour

Must order: The gamey veal ravioli, given added crunch via a smattering of breadcrumbs

51 Greek Street, W1D 4EH

17 Stem, Mayfair 

Why go: Chef Mark Jarvis’s third restaurant in as many years is a touch more high-end than his previous offerings, but succeeds with excellent main courses and slick service

Must order: The roast saddle of lamb with artichoke, courgette and basil

5 Princes Street, W1B 2LF

18 The Petersham, Covent Garden 

Why go: A sibling to the Richmond original, here is where you’ll find grown-up dishes being served in an elegant setting

Must order: The delightful fish stew of lobster, red gurnard and squid

27-31 King Street, WC2E 8JB

19 Wellbourne Brasserie, Shepherd’s Bush 

Why go: Found in the new White City Place complex, this brasserie is affordable and home to some remarkably good cooking

Must order: The magnificent escalope of Ibïama pork perked up with XO sauce

Unit 2 Westworks Building, 195 Wood Lane, W12 7FQ

Bryn Williams chef outside Somerset House London

20 Bryn Williams at Somerset House, Covent Garden (above)

Why go: In a dramatic Somerset House setting, Bryn Williams showcases the power of vegetables, placing them centre stage on the plate

Must order: The kale and pesto tagliatelle served with a mound of grated parmesan

Somerset Hosue, Strand, WC2R 1LA

21 Claw Carnaby, Soho 

Why go: This pop up gone permanent impresses with its plates of crabby goodness

Must order: The indulgent crab mac ‘n’ cheese

21 Kingly Street, W1B 5QA

22 Ham, West Hampstead 

Why go: This welcoming neighbourhood joint impresses with high-spec food and an intelligently composed wine list

Must order: The tenderly cooked aged beef served with a black sesame and soy sauce

238 West End Lane, NW6 1LG

23 Chokhi Dhani, Battersea 

Why go: A glamorous Indian export which comes complete with a 14-foot bronze elephant at its entrance

Must order: The aromatic seafood pilau wrapped in banana leaves

Unit 2, 2 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW11 8AW

24 Delamina, Marylebone 

Why go: Friendly staff and a family feel help this Mediterranean eatery to be a success

Must order: The beguilingly sweet and spicy whole poussin, glazed with ras-el-hanout and honey

56-58 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NX

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25 Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho (above)

Why go: Travel back in this with this glamorously reinvented piece of Soho history

Must order: The comforting French onion tart

29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP

Still hungry for more newcomers? Check out our lists of all the recent openingsand the restaurants launching soon.