OPENS LATE SPRING 2019
Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw will head up a seafood-led restaurant at The Goring, which will offer a slightly more casual experience than the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Dining Room.
As is typical of Outlaw’s work, the restaurant will focus on Cornish produce. It will boast views over The Goring’s garden and will be housed in an ornate orangery, with design overseen by Russel Sage. More details to follow.
Nathan Outlaw at The Goring
OPENS SPRING 2019
US-based burger chain, Wahlburgers, has decided to locate its first London site in bustling Covent Garden. As the name might suggest, the brains behind the operation are famous actors (and crotch grabbers) the Wahlberg brothers, who already have 22 restaurants across the pond. The usual roster of burgers, shakes and sides is present and correct here, with options including bacon cheeseburgers, mac & cheese, crispy haddock sandwiches, and onion rings. The chain also has its own eponymous reality television show, which has aired Stateside for eight seasons. Wahlburgers isn’t the only US import to choose Covent Garden for its London debut either, with New York dim sum spot RedFarm due to open in the area in summer 2018.
Wahlburgers Covent Garden
OPENS SPRING 2019
Renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel is set to open a second bakery in the capital, following the launch of his London debut in Belgravia in 2016. Ansel, who is known for inventing the doughnut/croissant hybrid the ‘cronut’, is yet to confirm the site’s exact address, but he has revealed that it will be in Covent Garden.
The bakery will offer existing sweet treats found at Ansel’s other sites across the globe, while there will also be some new additions which will be exclusive to the Covent Garden location.
Dominique Ansel Bakery Covent Garden
OPENS EARLY 2019
Irish chef Robin Gill has already made a name for himself with his restaurants including Sorella and Counter Culture (both in Clapham), but now he’s planning his biggest project to date. Darby’s will open at the Nine Elms development in Battersea, on the tenth floor of Embassy Gardens, a retail/residential development neighbouring the new U.S. Embassy.
The restaurant will sit beneath the SkyPool, an outdoor swimming pool suspended 35 metres in the air between two residential towers. From the menu, you can expect Irish-influenced dishes with a focus on open-fire cooking, while guests will also be able to take away baked goods from the on-site bakery.
OPENS EARLY MAY 2019
This terrace bar and grill is part of the Barrafina site at Coal Drops Yard, which is one of a handful of openings by the Harts Group at the development (see also Casa Pastor and wine bar The Drop).
The partially covered space seats around 100 guests, and takes reservations as well as walk-in diners. The kitchen serves up a menu of snacks, alongside main dishes of meats and seafood which are cooked by guests on their own table-top grills.
Endo Kazutoshi, the former executive sushi chef for the Zuma group, is planning to open a self-named restaurant in Soho later this year, and he will also debut a more high-end offering this summer. Endo at Rotunda is housed at the top of the former Television Centre in White City and Kazutoshi has stated his ambition for the 15-seat restaurant to win a Michelin star. Needless to say, the offering will be vastly different to Ichibuns, the Japanese burger restaurant in Soho that Kazutoshi is director of.
Endo at Rotunda
OPENS LATE MARCH 2019
The kitchen at this two-floor Iranian restaurant is headed up by ex-Noma and Greenhosue chef Leonardo Pereira, with counter dining on the ground floor and a more formal space upstairs.
The menu here majors in Iranian cuisine made using British produce, kicking off with snacks such as hay-infused yoghurt with freshly-baked flatbreads and pickled vegetables. More substantial dishes meanwhile, see the likes of goat leg with grilled onions, buttermilk and coriander, and raw scallops with Iranian caviar.
OPENS EARLY 2019
Chef duo Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer are the men behind this Notting Hill restaurant, their third partnership following Brunswick House in Vauxhall and St Leonard’s in Shoreditch.
Orasay is named after an island found off the west coast of Scotland, spelled Orosay. The menu is inspired by the Outer Hebridean region surrounding the island, and focuses heavily on seafood. You can expect to tuck into the likes of scallops, oysters, crabs and lobster, while some produce (vegetables, honey, etc.) comes from the business’ own organic farm in West Sussex, which is also Boxer’s family home.
The simple interiors see lime-washed walls and antique French oak, while a 60-bin wine list features Euro-leaning bottles available both by the glass and carafe.
OPENS 28 FEBRUARY 2019
Following his appointment as executive chef of the Belmond Cadogan in 2018, Adam Handling is now launching a restaurant at the hotel. He’s appointed fellow chef Adam Simmonds (who started his career at Le Gavroche and previously ran Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House) to oversee the day-to-day running of the restaurant, which boasts its own entrance on 21 Pont Street.
The menu is yet to be revealed, but it is set to feature some of Handling’s most-loved dishes, meaning you can probably expect his famous savoury cheese and truffle doughnuts to make an appearance. Alongside the à la carte, guests can choose to dine from a multi-course tasting menu, or visit during the day to enjoy a tailored lunchtime offering.
Adam Handling Chelsea
OPENS APRIL 2019
Three-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta (who owns an eponymous restaurant on the Costa Blanca) is set to open a premium paella restaurant in Oxford Street’s Plaza Building. The new two-floor project is backed by London-based Spanish group Ibérica, which has seven restaurants around the UK.
Arros QD will focus on rice, a product that does not currently have much presence in high end gastronomy. Although the site will be high end, Arros QD will not be aiming for the same accolades as Dacosta’s Spanish flagship.
OPENS LATE 2020
This upcoming restaurant and bar, which will be housed inside the Newfoundland development in Canary Wharf, is the fourth location for the M Restaurants group. Scheduled to open in late 2020, the site will be the brand’s flagship location, and will feature a restaurant and grill, as well as a wine store and tasting room, cocktail bar and garden, a member’s lounge and a private dining room. The 10,000 square foot space will occupy the first floor of the 60-storey Newfoundland building, which will also house hundreds of luxury apartments.
M Canary Wharf
OPENS MARCH 2019
This sequel to the original Bun House on Soho’s Greek Street finds its home just a few minutes away in bustling Chinatown.
A two-floor space, the basement at Bun House features a small number of round tables providing seating for just 18 guests overall, while the significantly larger space upstairs is designed for snacking and drinking.
The menu is largely the same as the one at the original site, and includes the char siu pork belly “Pig Bun,” the cumin-spiced lamb, and the popular sweet custard bun as a dessert option. However, there are two new additions to grace the menu: beef brisket, and a soft, brioche-style sweet pineapple bun.
This site also boasts a small hatch inside the restaurant, which serves up traditional street food snacks, including curried fish balls and traditional rice noodle rolls. Drinks meanwhile, see craft beers from Hong Kong, and a range of tea-based cocktails.
Bun House Chinatown
OPENS 21 FEBRUARY 2019
This new site from French restaurant group Big Mamma is found on the corner of Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, in the space which formerly housed Red’s True BBQ.
Gloria is split over two floors and seats around 150 diners. The interiors are inspired by the Italian island of Capri in the 1970s. More details coming soon.
OPENS APRIL 2019
Found on the seventh floor of the Manhattan Loft Gardens skyscraper in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and part of The Stratford hotel, Allegra is a modern European restaurant headed up by chef Patrick Powell (who previously held the position of head chef at Chiltern Firehouse.)
The restaurant features doors which open out onto one of the hotel’s sky gardens. Here, you’ll find outdoor seating among the growing herbs and vegetables, which are then made use of in the restaurant kitchen.
Allegra at The Stratford
OPENS EARLY 2019
With its memorable name and menu of breakfast/brunch fayre, Eggslut has proved popular in the US, operating a handful of sites across California, as well as one in Vegas and an international outpost in Lebanon.
Its first London site will debut at an as-yet-undisclosed location in early 2019, with more set to follow later in the year. Eggslut will whip up its signature dishes, including the Slut: potato purée served in a glass jar and topped with a coddled egg, as well as grey salt and chives, and paired with slices of baguette. The restaurant won’t just offer breakfast dishes though, with all-day options including the Fairfax: a warm brioche bun stuffed with soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and sriracha mayonnaise.
OPENS EARLY 2019
Part of Chinatown’s Newport Place development, Modern Shanghai is a noodle and dumpling restaurant which already boasts a site in the Philippines. Simple, yet chic interiors see wood panelling, grey marbled tables and gold finished furnishings, while diners can spot chefs preparing fresh dumplings and noodles thanks to a window display at the front of the restaurant.
On the menu, you can expect to find the brand’s signature xiao long bao, alongside other dishes such as roast duck noodles, wun tun noodles and a selection of grilled dishes, served tapas-style.
OPENS FEBRUARY 2019
As part of the major rejuvenation of Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, restaurateur Sam Harrison is set to launch Sam’s Riverside, a British brasserie-style restaurant and bar. Harrison has a proven track record in the trade, having previously owned Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick and Harrison’s in Balham before selling them to the Foxlow group in 2015. He plans to open this 90-seat all-day restaurant early in 2019, in a venue that will also feature an outdoor space capable of seating 40 – as well as a private dining room for up to 16 guests. The menu will take diners through from breakfast to dinner, while they enjoy views of the Thames via large windows that will let in plenty of natural daylight. Watch this space for more details.
OPENS JANUARY 2019
This Ibiza hotspot has made its way over to the capital, unsurprisingly settling in at a former art gallery in Mayfair. The kitchen here is headed up by two Michelin-starred chef Gennaro Esposito, who combines Southern Italian flavours with fine-dining techniques. Dishes you might find on the menu include olive soup with pan-fried cod, alongside spaghetti Pomodoro and thin and crispy pizzas.
You can also expect some Ibiza party vibes, courtesy of a pumping soundtrack and an Italian-inspired brunch, featuring pasta and live DJs. Looking for something more exclusive? It also boasts a private dining room, complete with a dramatic glass ceiling.
OPENS FEBRUARY 2019
If you trace Taiwanese restaurant royalty Din Tai Fung back to its roots, you’ll find it was doing the one-item menu trick decades before London caught on. This xiao long bao specialist came from humble beginnings, but nearly four decades on it is an industry byword for superlative steamed soup-filled dumplings. Founded by default in Taipei in 1980 (the owners needed to make ends meet on the premises of their cooking oil business when it threatened to fold), it became so successful that it has since branched out, and now boasts branches across Asia, some with Michelin stars to their name, plus much-lauded venues in Australia, the US and Dubai. This Centre Point site is set to be the brand's second London location, following a yet-to-open flagship restaurant in Covent Garden. You can expect a menu featuring Din Tai Fung classics such as steamed chilli-crab and pork buns, or steamed chicken soup, as well as those incredible dumplings – and near hysteria from its cult fan base.
Din Tai Fung at Centre Point
The owners of this small vegetarian chain have served plant-based, vegetarian cuisine to hungry Londoners for almost 30 years. The Gate's menu offers veggie takes on global dishes ranging from Mexican tortillas via truffled mushroom risotto to Thai green curry. Intense flavours abound: citrusy ponzu offsets the richness of the miso-glazed aubergine, while smoky paprika sauce (spooned straight from the pan) adds some zest to shakshuka. The dining rooms blend sharp, minimalist design with lots of light and a bustling, open feel, service is “excellent” throughout, and the wine list includes a host of competitively priced biodynamic and organic bottles. Even hardened carnivores are impressed by The Gate’s all-round appeal: it offers “vegetarian food that will please the most discerning meat lovers”, says one fan.
The Gate St John's Wood
Caprice Holdings is finally set to re-brand the Mayfair Garden site it purchased a few years ago. Caprice Café, a casual spin-off of the existing Le Caprice restaurant in St James’s, will debut on the site in 2019. The spin-off format has already worked successfully for sister restaurant The Ivy, which became a ‘collection’ of cafés and brasseries in 2014.
OPENS FEBRUARY 2019
This is the debut restaurant from chef Aida Khan, who hopes to disrupt the long-held stereotype of Pakistani food as been made up of stodgy curries with no vegetables. Found in the White City Place development, Shola is all about honouring traditional Pakistani cooking with no shortcuts involved, so expect spices to be roasted and ground on-site, and masalas made from scratch.
Dishes you’ll find on the menu include the Tamatar Kee Chutney, which sees smashed tomatoes mixed with fragrant curry leaves, roasted onion and coriander seeds. Elsewhere, you can chow down on charcoal-grilled beef kebabs or chicken hara masala, which is marinated overnight in a fresh herb and yoghurt base.
Round off your meal with desserts such as a semolina and flour cookie, glazed andsprinkled with freshly chopped pistachios. Image credit: Sam Lane
This Chiswick boozer has been given a new lease of life by chef Henry Harris (The Hero of Maida, The Three Cranes). A double-fronted entrance gives on to a large brass bar, while floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with light.
Expect a daily changing Mediterranean menu with Sicilian influences, as well as a hearty Sunday roast. To drink, a carefully curated wine list sits alongside beers from local breweries. You can enjoy your sips in the courtyard, complete with a retractable cover, or enjoy a more intimate affair in one of the venue’s two private dining rooms.
The Crown Chiswick
OPENS FOR PRIVATE EVENTS IN DECEMBER 2018. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM JANUARY 2019
Models aren’t exactly known for having big appetites, but the team behind this restaurant started out catering for fashion shoots. Catering company Tart London has opened its debut at the Eccleston Yards development with an all-day offering that focuses on seasonal menus, which champion healthy dishes.The menu changes regularly, but you might find the likes of beef shin ragu with turnip mash or wild mushroom and tarragon pie, while desserts could include honey and pistachio cake with brandy cream, and plum crumble cake.
Wild by Tart
OPENS 25 MARCH 2019
Bob Bob Ricard is known and loved by Londoners – and for good reason. Who doesn’t love the idea of having a secret button to press for delivery of Champagne by the glass? It’s both glamorous and fun, and the food, a mix of modern European and Russian, as befits its clientele, is pretty good too. We're delighted to hear that Leonid Shutov (pictured), the brains behind the restaurant, is opening Cityside in the Leadenhall Building. The kitchen will be overseen by Eric Chavot, formerly of Brasserie Chavot, and the menu will feature signature Bob Bob dishes with added twists. The new establishment is on the third floor and has room for 180 in the main restaurant, plus a smattering of private rooms to boot. Plenty of scope there for getting a party started.
Bob Bob Cité
OPENS SUMMER 2019
Folie is the first solo project from Guillaume Depoix, the former operations manager of the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch, who has teamed up with Parisian restaurateur Thierry Costes, of the super-glamorous Café Costes and Hôtel Costes.
It’s a contemporary take on a Parisian brasserie, with an all-day menu of simple and unfussy French and Mediterranean food.
One third of the wines here are organic, with most hailing from France. A selection of cocktails is also available, while the food and drink menus will take guests through from early breakfasts to late-night tipples.
OPENS SPRING 2019
Darling is the first solo venture from Charlotte Wilde, co-founder of the popular Sager + Wilde wine bar and restaurant. Located in Dalston, the space comprises a wine bar, kitchen and an events and production space. Once inside the grade II listed building, you’ll find sea-coloured tiles and marble tables illuminated by candlelight. The food offering delivers a small, seasonal à la carte of modern European dishes, while bar snacks are served alongside a range of cocktails that offer twists on classic sips such as Negronis and an Old Fashioned. The wine list meanwhile features 100 regularly changing bottles at accessible prices, arguably best enjoyed on the suntrap terrace which runs down one side of the building.
Borough Market favourite Roast is launching a second, more casual site in late 2018. Open all day, Roast Kitchen will be set across two floors and plans to offer the brand’s signature British roast dinners, alongside new additions. The kitchen will be headed by chef Paul Shearing, who has previously worked at the likes of Odette’s and One Aldwych hotel. More details to follow.
This Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant has added another London site, following on from its Soho branch and others across Europe in Milan, Rome and Ibiza. Finding itself in the plush One Tower Bridge development, the restaurant places emphasis on using sustainable produce and is the first in London to secure a ‘friends of the sea’ status. On the menu, there’s the likes of ceviche, tiraditos and sushi rolls, while drinks are covered by caipirinhas and smoothies.
Temakinho Tower Bridge
OPENS 19 FEBRUARY 2019
This fine-dining restaurant is the first solo project from chef Carlo Scotto, who counts Murano’s Angela Hartnett as his mentor. The minimalist, chic space is split across two floors, with a tasting menu served in the first-floor Xier and a more accessible and casual offering, XR, in the ground-floor space.
Dishes you’ll find in XR include the likes of yellowfin tuna tartar served with aubergine caviar, garden salad and taro chips, or hanger steak with pickled walnuts and shallots. Upstairs in Xier, you’ll find a ten-course tasting menu which features dishes such as Obsiblue prawns served with wild fennel, wasabi caviar and fresh raspberry, alongside other plates including rose-cured salmon with foie gras and burnt figs.
Despite its pubby name, this neighbourhood joint is all about the food, and serves up a menu of Italian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. A few minutes’ walk from Battersea Park, The Oak SW11 consists of a ground-floor dining room and counter bar for walk-ins, while there’s also a relaxed lounge area and a mezzanine-level dining room which takes bookings.
Early risers can tuck into a breakfast menu ranging from pancakes topped with crispy pancetta and maple syrup, to a Tuscan take on the full English, which consists of Tuscan Parmesan sausage, pancetta, burrata, poached egg, roasted daterinos, basil and sourdough. Later in the day, diners can tuck into pizzas and a selection of small plates such as grilled octopus with Romero peppers, or polenta chips with Gorgonzola fonduta.
Desserts see a polenta cake served with blood orange sorbet, and a classic tiramisu, while a Euro-focused wine list is found alongside Champagnes and classic Italian cocktails, including Negronis and Martinis.
The Oak SW11
If you told us ten years ago that an internet meme could lead to a string of international restaurants, we probably wouldn’t have believed you. Nevertheless, this is exactly what ‘salt bae’ chef Nusret Gökçe has done, opening his latest site at The Park Tower hotel in Knightsbridge. The Turkish cook, who achieved internet fame when videos of his meat seasoning technique went viral, oversees a menu that includes signature dishes such as roasted asado short-rib, and Nusr-Et meat spaghetti.Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find tartare selections and some light salads, while there’s a cocktail menu to help wash everything down. If the critic’s reviews of his other locations (including Dubai, Miami and New York) are to be believed, you might be better off sticking to the drinks.
OPENS SPRING 2019
The Balans brand’s hallmarks include a cosmopolitan vibe, a please-all menu and an all-day offering. Drop by for a full English, a mid-morning snack or a casual dinner along the lines of roast chicken with shiitake mushrooms, or Cornish crab linguine – the world is your larder here. If you’ve got room for dessert, you’ll be ordering from the likes of chocolate brownie cheesecake or warm doughnuts with fudge sauce and Chantilly cream.
The drinks selection is just as wide-ranging as the food, from Martinis, Margaritas and house mixes, to a clutch of affordable, globe-trotting wines. With its decent prices, relaxed atmosphere and undemanding comfort food, Balans is in possession of a strong formula which is seeing it gradually spread across the capital.
Balans Soho Society Ealing
OPENS EARLY 2019
The second site in the Soho area for JinLi finds its home in the Newport Place development and offers Sichuan cuisine in a traditional setting, featuring wooden panels and tableware imported from China.
The menu includes a mix of traditional and contemporary fare, including sliced pork and sizzling rice crust, alongside newer creations such as fragrant rabbit, which is a nod to the popular Chengdu street-food of spicy Sichuan-marinated rabbit.