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.