2015's exciting new openings


Posted on 20 January 2015 • Written By Dominic Rowntree

2015's exciting new openings

Will Lander new restaurant Portland 2015 is already off to a flying start with some stellar restaurant launches from the likes of Portland (pictured right), Jinjuu and Sky Garden. And that’s only just the beginning: there’s plenty more to come. Here’s all you need to know about some of the capital’s most exciting new openings in the first quarter of this year.

Duck & Rice
Where: The old Endurance pub in Soho W1
What: Latest venture from Alan Yau (Babaji and Park Chinois) who this time is doing a Chinese gastropub. There’ll be a bar downstairs and a dining room upstairs.
When: Late January

West Thirty Six
Where: Golborne Road W10
What: New restaurant from the team behind Beach Blanket Babylon. Set across four floors, it’s going to be an all-day hangout.
When: Late January 2015

BlixenBig Fernand Fitzrovia Percy Street restaurant French burgers London
Where: Old Spitalfields Market E1
What: Clive Watson and Justin Gilbert are opening this informal European brasserie. The ground floor dining room and bar will have an open kitchen and even a garden. The crumbed ox tongue salad sounds great,
When: 9 February 2015

Bo Drake
Where: Soho W1
What: East-Asian BBQ food from an ex-Roka chef. Think smoked pork belly with chanterelles, spring onion, peanuts and noodles. 
When: Early February 2015

Big Fernand (pictured above right)
Where: Fitzrovia W1
What: Their burgers, or ‘hamburgés’ are already popular in France so they’ve brought them to the UK. And it’s not just beef, expect lamb, chicken, veal and veggie versions too.
When: March 2015

Where: Mayfair W1
What: David Muñoz (pictured bottom right) of three Michelin starred DiverXO in Madrid, is bringing his Spanish street food concept to London. Sit at the counter overlooking the open kitchen and expect plenty of interaction with the chefs.
When: March 2015

Where: Soho W1
What: Steamed buns from the team behind the popular market stall in London Fields backed by the Sethi family (Gymkhana, Trishna, Bubbledogs, Lyle’s).
When: Spring 2015
Berber and Q 
Where: Haggerston E8
What: Middle Eastern/North African cooking in some railway arches in Haggerston. The owners are front of house Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding) and chef Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi)
When: Spring 2015

Bocca di Lupo Cambridge Circus
Where: Shaftesbury Avenue WC2 
What: Second restaurant from the chaps (Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo) behind the ever-popular Bocca di Lupo in Soho. Set across two floors, the restaurant will cover 4000sq.ft. 
When: Spring 2015

Yauatcha Broadgate 
Where: Broadgate Circle EC2 
What: Second Yauatcha from the Hakkasan group behind the original one in Soho. Expect more of the same with some brilliant dim sum and like cheung fun and shui mai, as well as plenty of Chinese favourites.
When: Spring 2015