July has been a great month for London. The weather has been fantastic, and a whole host of new restaurants have opened (hopefully all with air conditioning). From hand-rolled pasta to Peruvian nibbles, the SquareMeal team has been kept busy enjoying new dishes all around the capital and we’ve picked our four favourite new spots that are definitely worth trying. Browse our shortened reviews below, then click through to read more on each and book a table.
Andina, Notting Hill (top)
Our verdict: Martin Morales, founder of the Ceviche batch of Peruvian restaurants, looks to have conquered smart west London with this latest outpost of Andina. This branch is a lively, colourful spot serving up some irresistible cooking, with options ranging from dainty small plates of plant-based fare to gusty meat and fish dishes. Don’t forget to check out the next door bakery, Panaderia, either.
Our menu pick: The sea bass ceviche swimming in Morales’ signature, zingy tiger-milk marinade.
Where: 157 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
Bancone, Covent Garden
Our verdict: Bancone is a pasta specialist, as becomes apparent before you even enter thanks to the kitchen team hand-rolling dough in the front window, while the staff zip between tables serving plates of house-made pasta that fill the room with Mediterranean aromas. With a regularly changing menu, we’d recommend ordering three small plates to share plus a pasta dish each.
Our menu pick: The pillowy potato gnocchi slathered in sage butter.
Where: 39 William IV Street, WC2N 4DD
Hide Ground, Mayfair
Our verdict: The latest venture of wunderkind chef Ollie Dabbous certainly lives up to its name. Though spread over three separate floors, Hide aims to cater for all, with Hide Ground being the accessible, slightly more affordable all-day British restaurant. What really takes centre stage, however, is the swirling oak staircase that connects all three floors.
Our menu pick: A main of barbecued ibérico pork, heightened with slices of peach.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
Laurent at Café Royal, Soho
Our verdict: The latest restaurant to join the culinary line-up at Hotel Café Royal is headed by acclaimed French chef Laurent Tourondel. His glamourous art-deco space on the hotel’s first floor is warm and welcoming thanks to cosy booths and soft-lighting, and the restaurant’s extensive menu showcases Tourondel’s international larder, from grilled octopus with ‘nduja to wasabi tuna tartare.
Our menu pick: An order of the yellow-tail topped sushi roll with guacamole and a kick of feisty jalapeño.
Where: Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY