The foodie events, culinary celebrations and restaurant openings we’re most excited about for the month ahead
1 October: Michelin stars announced, Waterloo
Why we’re excited: Whatever your view of the continued relevance of the world’s most famous restaurant accolades, chefs still care a hell of a lot about them. We’re expecting to see some very anxious famous faces before the new stars for the 2019 Great Britain and Ireland guide are announced on Monday afternoon at the BFI Imax. We’ll be live tweeting from the event – follow us on @squaremeal to keep up to speed with who’s up and who’s down.
1 October: Zela, Aldwych
Why we’re excited: This glamorous Japanese-Mediterranean joint is a sibling to the flagship Zela in Ibiza and has some seriously famous backing, boasting Cristiano Ronaldo, Enrique Iglesias and Rafael Nadal as partners. The space includes a sushi counter and a cocktail bar which runs the length of the restaurant and the newcomer is open all day, offering Japanese offering Japanese breakfasts and night-time DJs.
2 October: Kym’s, City
Why we’re excited: This is the second London restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong, following his much-praised A.Wong in Pimlico. Set over two floors, Kym’s will offer all-day dining based on interpretations of classic Chinese dishes. The restaurant also features a standalone bar and a private dining room. No time for lunch? There are takeaway options for those in a hurry.
3 October: Two Lights, Shoreditch
Why we’re excited: The team behind The Clove Club is launching this east London newcomer, with a kitchen headed up by Clove Club’s current head chef Chase Lovecky and named after Two Lights Park in his home state of Maine. Expect modern American cuisine along the lines of Hereford beef tartare with togarashi or lemon sole with charred tomatoes and seaweed.
4-6 October: Singapore Supper Club, various locations
Why we’re excited: A combined effort by D&D London and the Singapore Tourist Board will see Angler, Avenue and Bluebird mixologists from the World’s Best 50 Best Bars in Singapore will be guests at each venue, while some of the city’s best-known DJs from the Phat Cat Collective will play sets at each restaurant. Tickets start from £48 per person.
6 October: Caractère, Notting Hill
Why we’re excited: This is the debut restaurant from Emily Roux, daughter of Michel Roux Jr and a scion of Britain’s most famous chef dynasty. Caractère is run in partnership with Emily’s husband, Diego Ferrari, who is currently head chef at Roux flagship Le Gavroche, so you can expect some pretty accomplished cooking combining Italian and French influences.
13-14 October: Camden Town Brewery Tank Party, Kentish Town
Why we’re excited: Camden Town Brewery’s annual free event offers the chance to buy pints of fresh, unfiltered versions of Camden’s famous Hells Lager and Pale Ale straight from the brewery’s 120 hectolitre outdoor tanks. There will also be street food stalls from the likes of Deeney’s, Butchies and Happy Endings, as well as arts, crafts, live music and activities for kids.
15 October: Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year award, South Kensington
Why we’re excited: SquareMeal is very proud to have partnered with Champagne Ayala to launch a Chef of the Year award to celebrate the huge contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry. The winner will be announced at a lunch for the shortlisted chefs at Daphne’s on 15 October; our online poll has now closed, but you can see the full shortlist here.
23 October: Berenjak, Soho
Why we’re excited: This candle-lit Iranian restaurant is inspired by the hole-in-the-wall kebab houses found in the Iranian capital of Tehran. With backing from JKS Restaurants (Gymkhana et al), Berenjak is spearheaded by founder and chef Kian Samyani, who draws on his Iranian heritage to produce dishes from a flaming tandoor, a mangal barbecue and a doner rotisserie.
26 October: Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
Why we’re excited: Coal Drops Yard is the latest phase to open in the re-generation of King’s Cross and promises to offer a restaurant bonanza. Tom Dixon’s Coal Office has already opened; the end of the month will see it joined by three new projects from the Hart brothers – The Drop wine bar, taco joint Casa Pastor and a fourth Barrafina – as well as vermouth specialist Vermuteria from Arbutus chef Anthony Demetre, and Hicce , the first solo project from former Murano head chef Pip Lacey.
30 October: J Sheekey Guest Chefs, Covent Garden
Why we’re excited: J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is hosting a series of dinners with guest chefs to celebrate its tenth anniversary. On 30 October, it’s the turn of actor and chef Lisa Faulkner. £50 buys you a three-course dinner (drinks and service charge are extra) of potted shrimps and Melba toast, ‘posh fish pie’ and chocolate and coconut torte with crème fraiche.
For the inside track on what’s opening in September and beyond, check out our list of restaurants coming soon.
And for more dates for your diary, cast your eye over our What’s On page, full of upcoming foodie experiences.