RESTAURANT LAUNCHES FOR 2016-2017

 

The best places coming to london this year

 

Want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s new in the London restaurant scene? Enjoy keeping one step ahead of friends and colleagues on where’s going to be the next must-try new place to eat?  The Sincura team have compiled our list of the hottest restaurants to launch in 2016-2017

 

 

Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine
In a nutshell: Burger joint goes permanent
Where is it?23-25 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP
Why should you care?
Lucky chip have had some hugely popular residencies but now they’re finally settling down in Dalston with a place that has a big focus on pairing their burgers with wine. But expect much more besides the burgers too.
When can you try it for yourself? January 22

Lucky Chip were one of the first wave of burger vans who showed Londoners just what a good burger actually was (it’s hard to remember now but a few short years ago in London a decent burger was almost unheard of). And now after stints at Netil Market and a number of successful residencies – they’re finally ready to go permanent with Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine in Dalston.

Obviously burgers will be one of the main attractions. So the usual suspects will be on the menu including the Cheeseburger (what it says), Kevin Bacon (with applewood smoked bacon), Royale with Cheese (adds tomato, onion and special sauce) and the El Chappo (bacon, jalapeno, blue cheese and aioli). All of these can also be upgraded to 50 day dry aged Galician beef if you want a really prime burger. Alongside those you’ll find the usual “Lucky Chips” – French fries triple cooked with cheese, garlic and fresh herbs or truffle and Gorgonzola.

And special wine-matched burgers of the month. They’ll be opening a magnum of wine each month to match to a “specially created burger in honour of the bottle.”

But also there’s more besides burgers. So they’ll have steak tartare as a smaller dish and  bigger plates added to the menu include 54 day aged Rib-eye Steak and peppercorn sauce and Chicken Parmigiana – plus more that’ll be announced in January.

And a tasting menu – in a burger joint. Which should highlight that this really isn’t any old burger joint. You can sit by the kitchen on their 10-seater bar for a weekly changing, multi course tasting menu paired with their wines. And this won’t just be about burger.

Not forgetting about the wine either. There’s going to be a big focus on the wine (the name should give that away), with 100 bottles chosen – with a focus on the New World, and California and Australia, “high caliber” wines from Europe and from further afield including Lebanon. And every Thursday at 7pm, they’ll open a cult wine, usually only sold by the bottle, and offer it by the glass at cost price. Plus expect vintage-bottled and decanted bourbons and ryes, and a small list of cocktails.

As for the look, we’re told it’ll be an American style steakhouse circa 1980s. There promises to be mahogany parquet floors and wood panelling on the two level dining room which seats 70. That’ll have booths around the room and a central sharing table plus big chandeliers and 80s artwork. And, of course, 80s music rounding things off.

 

Mr Bao
In a nutshell: Bao buns for Peckham
Where is it?
293 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UA
Why should you care?
 Peckham is getting its very own bao buns specialist with plenty of the pillowy buns on the menu alongside Taiwanese cocktails and weekend brunch too.
When can you try it for yourself? January 2016

Bao buns: soft, pillowy, wrapped around everything from pork belly to ice cream – what’s not to love? Now Peckham is getting a bao venue of its own, when Taiwanese restaurant Mr Bao opens this month on Rye Lane.

We’ve already seen some highlights from the menu, which sound very tempting indeed – their pork belly will be braised for 24 hours, then mixed with roasted peanuts and a home made hoisin sauce before being stuffed inside a steamed bun. Home made dumplings come with chive and prawns – while for dessert, Bao S’Mores with marshmallow and honeycomb ice cream sound like a fusion idea we could really get on board with.

The team – under ex military chef John Huang – are also promising a range of Taiwanese-inspired cocktails: one mixes lychee, vodka, green tea and elderflower, or there’s a heady sounding mix of Jinzu gin, namazake, apricot brandy, passion fruit and fresh lavender.

There’ll be a brunch menu on offer at weekends, featuring a bacon bao with maple syrup – along with some specialist aged teas flown in from Taiwan.

Founders Frank Yeung and Nick Birkett say they’re working hard to plug into the community and support local Peckham businesses: the run-down shop they’ve transformed into their restaurant had lain empty and neglected for more than a year. As part of that commitment, they’ve sourced much of their produce from local suppliers, along with specialist ingredients from Taipei – and they’ve created a stylish venue which retains many of the building’s original features.

“The entire east side of Rye Lane needs love”, they say – “but we are going to breathe new life into that area – and you’re going to see significant change.”

 

Hop
In a nutshell: Galvin opens a pub
Where is it?
35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
Why should you care?
 This sees Galvin’s Cafe a Vin converted into their new Galvin pub called Hop. Expect plenty of beers, snacks and premium hot dogs too.
When can you try it for yourself? End January 2016

he team behind much-loved London restaurants Galvin will launch HOP in Spitalfields market next January. Opening in place of Galvin Cafe a vin, Galvin’s HOP will swap wine for beer bringing fresh Pilsner Urquell Tank Beer (served in the same style as at Duck & Rice), a range of craft beers, wine on tap by OW Loeb and an entirely new menu featuring classic pub dishes as well as a range of premium hot dogs.

The menu at HOP will feature pub dishes cooked using a mixture of classic and modern techniques. The menu has been designed by Chris and Jeff Galvin and includes some great sounding dishes including:.
- Slow cooked beef cheeks in stour & caramelised carrots
- Galvin cured smoked salmon with soda bread
- Spatchcocked Cotswold chicken
- Rarebred sausage rolls
- Green clementine trifle

HOP will also feature a range of ‘Luxe Dogs’, a range of gourmet hot dogs available to eat in or take-away served with a range of Maille mustards..

The space is due to be entirely refurbished with a new semi-open kitchen installed as well as space being made for four large copper Pilsner Urquell tanks which will be positioned above the bar. Once open, the new kitchen will also serve as a development kitchen for all other Galvin restaurants.

 

Grain Store Bar and Cafe
In a nutshell: Healthy eating for Gatwick travellers
Where is it?
North Terminal, Gatwick Airport
Why should you care?
This sees Bruno Loubet and the Zetter bringing a new Grain Store to Gatwick, offering the same vegetable based cooking as well as some cocktails to imbibe before jetting off.
When can you try it for yourself? 
January 2016

An airport is never the best place to find some decent food, but things are getting better. Last year we had Heston opening at Heathrow and later this autumn, Bruno Loubet and the Zetter are coming to Gatwick with a new Grain Store.

As with the original, the menu leads with vegetables. It’ll have a new all-day menu that’s specifically geared to travellers (and served quickly as a result – meals served within 15 minutes) but they’ll still be keeping seasonality and sustainability at the forefront of things. Expect food to be sourced from local British producers plus a new breakfast menu that will only be available at the airport. We’ll add more on that menu here as soon as we get it.

Much like the Kings Cross Grain Store, there’s a separate bar if you fancy a quick cocktail before jetting off on your travels (or smoothies if it’s just too early).

And it’s also being designed by Russell Sage Studios. He designed the first Grain Store, as well as the revamped Quaglino’s and The Savoy Grill.


 

Inamo
In a nutshell: Interactive Asian cuisine
Where is it?
11-14 Hanover Place London, London WC2E 9JP
Why should you care?
As with the previous Soho restaurant, this will have the same interactive menu that lets you both order and rate the pan-Asian food right on the table itself.
When can you try it for yourself? January 2016

Bao buns: soft, pillowy, wrapped around everything from pork belly to ice cream – what’s not to love? Now Peckham is getting a bao venue of its own, when Taiwanese restaurant Mr Bao opens this month on Rye Lane.

We’ve already seen some highlights from the menu, which sound very tempting indeed – their pork belly will be braised for 24 hours, then mixed with roasted peanuts and a home made hoisin sauce before being stuffed inside a steamed bun. Home made dumplings come with chive and prawns – while for dessert, Bao S’Mores with marshmallow and honeycomb ice cream sound like a fusion idea we could really get on board with.

The team – under ex military chef John Huang – are also promising a range of Taiwanese-inspired cocktails: one mixes lychee, vodka, green tea and elderflower, or there’s a heady sounding mix of Jinzu gin, namazake, apricot brandy, passion fruit and fresh lavender.

There’ll be a brunch menu on offer at weekends, featuring a bacon bao with maple syrup – along with some specialist aged teas flown in from Taiwan.

Founders Frank Yeung and Nick Birkett say they’re working hard to plug into the community and support local Peckham businesses: the run-down shop they’ve transformed into their restaurant had lain empty and neglected for more than a year. As part of that commitment, they’ve sourced much of their produce from local suppliers, along with specialist ingredients from Taipei – and they’ve created a stylish venue which retains many of the building’s original features.

“The entire east side of Rye Lane needs love”, they say – “but we are going to breathe new life into that area – and you’re going to see significant change.”

 

100 Wardour Street
In a nutshell: D&D’s latest incarnation
Where is it? 100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN
Why should you care?
100 Wardour Street will be the third restaurant to open on this site by D&D. First it was Meza, then Carom and Floridita. The ground floor will be an all-day restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar while a further restaurant space downstairs will open in the evenings and feature live music performances and guest DJs.
When can you try it for yourself? January 2016

t’s all change on Wardour Street with today’s announcement that a new restaurant is taking over the site once occupied by the Marquee Club.

100 Wardour Street will be the third restaurant to open on this site by D&D. First it was Meza, then Carom and Floridita. The new restaurant will be known simply as 100 Wardour Street. It’ll take over the entire (enormous) space with room for more than 400 diners. The ground floor will be an all-day restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar while a further restaurant space downstairs will open in the evenings and feature live music performances and guest DJs.

As for food, we’re told the menu will be Modern European and Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. In charge of that will be Executive Chef Liam Smith-Laing, previously Head Chef at La Petite Maison in Istanbul.


 

Tonkotsu Notting Hill
In a nutshell: Ramen for west London
Where is it? 7 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE
Why should you care?
This is the latest Tonkotsu which will have the usual array of ramen, gyoza and more – plus a few dishes that you’ll only get at this branch.
When can you try it for yourself? February 1 (soft launch)

A new Tonkotsu is always good news and this latest sees them heading a little more west than usual, coming to Notting Hill, right around the corner from the Electric Cinema.

This Tonkotsu will also be a small departure from the rest, as they’re aiming for a counter-style ramen bar of the kind you’ll find in Tokyo. Inside they’ll have some old favourite ramen dishes as well as the Tonkotsu classics – homemade gyoza and chicken karaage – plus some new dishes that will be unique to the Notting Hill Tonkotsu.

And you’ll be able to try the new Tonkotsu beer that they’ve just started brewing and is available in all their restaurants. In conjunction with Melissa Cole and the guys at 40FT Brewery they’ve created matcha beer (which you can also get as a six-pack to take home from Selfridges Foodhall).


 

Duende
In a nutshell: Tapas from the chef behind Bravas Tapas
Where is it? 16 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NJ
Why should you care?
When it opened, Bravas Tapas was adorned with many plaudits, even if it wasn’t in the most central of locations. But now the chef, Victor Garvey is opening this new tapas restaurant in Covent Garden.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

We (and a lot of other people) were big fans of Tower Bridge Spanish spot Bravas Tapas, so news that the restaurant’s co-founder Victor Garvey was opening his first solo venture, Duende, gladdens our hearts. Opening in February in Covent Garden the modern tapas restaurant sounds right up our street.

Dishes you’ll find on the menu include cured salmon rulada with crispy sweet potato, red onion escabeche and wasabi alioli, Iberico pork belly with piquillo pepper glaze and – one of the dishes folk raved about at Tapas Bravas – foie gras crema Catalana. To go with that will be an all-Spanish wine list, available by the glass and bottle.

As Victor explains: “The tapas I’ll be cooking are rooted in my Spanish parentage and childhood but influenced by my travels and experience of working in restaurants around the world.”

The dining room will have space for 26 diners and an open kitchen and will be open from lunch through till late.

 

Ours
In a nutshell: Tom Sellers in Kensington
Where is it? 264 Brompton Road, London SW3 2AS
Why should you care?
This is the next restaurant from Tom Sellers, who’s behind the very popular Restaurant Story. He’s joined up with Daniel Phippard for this restaurant which will have classic and contemporary influences.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

Big news today as Tom Sellers, best known for the hugely successful Restaurant Story, is opening a second restaurant in Kensington.

He’ll be overseeng the menus – promised to have classic and contemporary European influences – while Daniel Phippard will be taking the reins as Head Chef. He’s been Executive Chef of Ernik in Moscow and previously at Kensington Place in London – so something of a homecoming for him.

The restaurant itself is taking over the space from The Collection and it’ll be a 120-seat restaurant, with a bar and upper mezzanine. The design does sound interesting as it will apparently “feature a large and dramatic open interior space that will be punctuated by three enormous trees and ceiling heights up to 10 metres”.


 

Pitt Cue Co City
In a nutshell: Second restaurant for the Cue boys
Where is it? 1 Devonshire Square, London EC2M
Why should you care?
It’s been a long time since the first Pitt Cue Co but they’re finally looking to expand – and this time they’ll be taking bookings too.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

It looks like there’s still plenty of room for more barbecue in 2016. Pitt Cue Co were were one of the first street food traders to make a big splash when they opened their first restaurant – as one of the first real BBQ places in town – but we’ve been surprised that they haven’t expanded beyond that. Now things are changing as they’re getting ready to open a new restaurant in the City.

All we know so far about this one is that it’s in Devonshire Square, and they’ll be taking reservations here too. Otherwise expect BBQ and lots more specials besides.


 

Polpo Harvey Nichols
In a nutshell: Post shopping Venetian
Where is it? 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
Why should you care?
The latest Polpo is landing on the fifth floor of the Knightsbridge Harvey Nichols (as well as the Leeds store) and sees them bringing the usual menu of Venetian small plates and Campari cocktails.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

Russell Norman’s Polpo empire is expanding ever further. Not content with opening far south in Brighton, they’re going to launch in two Harvey Nichols stores – both London and Leeds.

Each restaurant will open in February – first will be Knightsbridge on the Fifth Floor and then later in the month the Fourth Floor of Harvey Nicks in Leeds. Both spaces will be redesigned in look of your usual Polpo – or as they put it “will reflect the gloriously faded elegance of La Serenissima and the renowned charm of the humble bacaro.”

Expect similar dishes to the other Polpos – so a selection of Veneto inspired small dishes. Those will include:
- Snacks inc. fried olives, zucchini arancini and fig & prosciutto crostini (from £3).
- Cod cheeks with lentils & salsa verde
- Pizzetta with spicy pork and pickled peppers,
- Deep fried polenta-crusted meatballs,
- Sliced flank steak with porcini
- Flourless chocolate & hazelnut cake,
- Blackberry panna cotta

And of course expect plenty of Campari and negronis to wash down the food – or just to help you recover from shopping.

 

Chucs
In a nutshell: Cafe and menswear in Westbourne Grove
Where is it? 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
Why should you care?
This is the second Chucs, following the one that opened in Dover Street (and AA Gill raved about). As well as menswear upstairs, there will be a “healthy Italian” cafe – with favourites from the Mayfair branch putting in an appearance.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

When Chucs swimwear opened a cafe of the same name over on Dover Street, AA Gill popped in and reviewed it, describing it as “not just a little Italianish caff in Mayfair; it’s an enormous amount of fantasy and wishful thinking made real in miniature”. Now the Mayfair spot is opening a second place in Westbourne Grove in February.

The restaurant will take over the ground floor of the building in Notting Hill with the company’s menswear collection upstairs. There’ll also be an Italian Effe coffee bar, as well as an outside garden terrace.

The menu won’t be quite the same as Mayfair – they’re intending it to be Italian but healthy. So for breakfast there’ll be matcha egg white protein pancakes and (their word) cogurt which is apparently fresh coconut flesh blended with banana, served with quinoa and berries. For lunch, Notting Hill folk can tease their Tabbuleh Salad or baked tomatoes and order a guilt-free raw coconut tart with chocolate mousse for dessert.

If you are after heartier fare then the restaurant is planning to feature some of the Mayfair menu including beef fillet carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan, Chicken Milanese and Organic salmon Paillard with tiramisu and zabaglione for dessert.


 

Patty & Bun Soho
In a nutshell: French Cafe comes to Covent Garden
Where is it? 16 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Why should you care?
This sees the very popular French neighbourhood restaurant Frenchie open a second venue in London with a French/British twist to many of the dishes – all with British sourced ingredients.
When can you try it for yourself? February 2016

A lot of folk were pretty sad to hear of the demise of Soho stalwart The Stockpot. But when you hear that Patty & Bun is taking over the site, that might slightly mollify you. It’s also not that much of a surprise – this will be the second Stockpot site they’ve taken over – if you recall that was what used to be in their first spot on James Street.

 

magpie
In a nutshell: Pidgin goes central with trolleys.
Where is it?
TBC Central London
Why should you care?
This is the next restaurant from the people behind Hackney’s Pidgin and this time their aiming for the centre of Town with a restaurant that will have all the food and drink delivered by trolleys.
When can you try it for yourself?
Early 2016

They’ve had big success with Pidgin ever since it opened, with some great reviews too, so much so that James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy – together with Pidgin’s Head Chef Elizabeth Allen – are already looking to open a second restaurant called Magpie.

The actual location is still under wraps, but we know this restaurant will be in “central London”. As for the restaurant itself, it’s a big shift from Pidgin’s set menu – this time they’ll be serving everything from trollies. So they’ll have around 30 dishes on the menu, each from £3 to £12 and you’ll be able to pick what you want as they’re wheeled around the room – having as much or as little as you want and in whatever order you want too.

It’s all being influenced by traditional dim sum restaurants (and a little by Yo Sushi too). As for the food by Elizabeth Allen, we can expect British small plates and more including:
- Warm pizza dough with brown butter butter
- Chicken heart popcorn with hot sauce
- Koji-grilled corn
- Mussels with miso and beef dripping toast
- Duck rillettes with sourdough and nukazuke pickles.

Even the wine and cocktails will get the trolley treatment. Pre-mixed cocktails doing the rounds (including Pidgin’s barrel-aged negroni) and the wine list by Pidgin’s Margot Tyson will be an extended version of Pidgin’s with around 10 white and 10 red wines all available by the glass, carafe, bottle.

The Lighterman
In a nutshell: Huge King’s Cross bar and restaurant.
Where is it?
3 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH
Why should you care?
This is a large three storey bar and restaurant from Cubitt House, taking pride of place on Granary Square, King’s Cross, overlooking the canal.
When can you try it for yourself? Early 2016

You may have seen news that Cubitt House (the people behind Percy & Founders) were planning to open the Lighterman at King’s Cross – and now we have some confirmed news about that 2016 opening.

First off – it’s a HUGE building – you can see it at the front of the pic above, taking pride of place on Granary Square. It’ll be a three floored building designed by Stanton Williams, who are behind lots of projects all over the UK, including the nearby King’s Cross Square and who are revamping the front of the Royal Opera House too. Expect lots of different areas, from bars to restaurants to private dining – and panoramic views from the top floor. They’ll also have some canal-side alfresco dining.

As for the food, it’s being looked after by the group’s Executive Chef Diego Cardoso (previously at Murano) – but it’s early days so no sign of a menu yet. All we know is that there is a wood fired grill and a pizza oven – but we’ll add more details as soon as we get them.


 

Sourced Marylebone
In a nutshell: Ramen for Old Street
Where is it?
The Bower, Old Street
Why should you care?
This will be the third Bone Daddies in London, and will be a combo of bar counter and 60 seats. As with the others, it will be a no reservations place. Expect lots of the usual Bone Daddies favourites.
When can you try it for yourself? Early 2016

One of the best things about St Pancras station is definitely Sourced Market which has fuelled many of Hot Dinners’ trips from that station. And now we hear that following a successful Crowdcube campaign, it’s going to be opening two new shops in Marylebone and Victoria next year.

The stores will stock more than 100 small artisan food and drink suppliers from across the country including Crosstown Doughnuts, Beavertown Brewery, Dalston Chillies and The Pressery.

There’ll also be a bakery selling artisan bread and pastries plus a rotating guest baker for cakes, a juice bar for freshly made juices and smoothies and a deli with locally produced charcuterie from Cobble Lane and cheese from Wildes Cheese. A selection of platters and small plates to eat in will also be on offer.

In their Kitchen Deli you can eat in or take away from a daily changing menu incorporating a full salad bar, hot counter and free range Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. It’s good news for office workers nearby, as they’ll be looking to set up deliveries too.

What’s a first for Marylebone will be the bottle shop in the basement. “We’ll have an expanded range of craft beer showcasing the best of London’s craft brewers as well as a selection from the rest of the UK and further afield,” says Ben. “As well as bottles we will have eight kegs on tap available to fill growlers to take away and sample on site and we will be running regular “meet the brewer” evenings.

 

Swingers
In a nutshell: Crazy golf in The City
Where is it? Brown’s Buildings – between St Mary Axe and Bury Street, London EC3A 4AF
Why should you care?
This was a big hit in its Shoreditch incarnation and now it’ll be back permanently in the City. Expect crazy golf, cocktails and street food all in one.
When can you try it for yourself? April 2016

A huge hit when it opened for a brief time in Shoreditch, Swingers is on its way back so it’s time to brush up on your crazy golf skills.

This time it’s even bigger than before, taking up a huge space between Bank and Liverpool Street and we can only wonder how they managed to get such a big area of prime real estate. They’re certainly focused on making the best of the space though, as the new Swingers has:
- TWO new 9 hole crazy golf courses
- Three street vendors including PIzza Pilgrims (with pizzas exclusive to Swingers). Patty&Bun who have a “new concept” on the way and a third as-yet unnamed partner.
- Four cocktails bars plus a gin terrace on their two storey club house – plus there’s a big partnership with Freixenet, so expect lots of fizz too.
  - A pivate room – the President’s Committee Room which overlooks the course

There’s no charge to get in so you can just swing by (excuse the pun) to check things out before playing a game.


 

Margot
In a nutshell: Paulo De Tarso’s latest
Where is it? Brown’s Buildings – between St Mary Axe and Bury Street, London EC3A 4AF
Why should you care?
Paulo De Tarso is best known as the Maitre d’ looking after Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental now he’s opening his own place, teaming up with Nicolas Jaouën, who’s currently general manager of Mayfair’s La Petite Maison for this rustic Italian restaurant.
When can you try it for yourself? April 2016

Many people know Paulo De Tarso best as the masterly Maitre d’ looking after Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental – one of our personal favourite restaurants in town (that’s him from his Twitter feed above). And now he’s opening his own place, teaming up with Nicolas Jaouën, who’s currently general manager of Mayfair’s La Petite Maison. So expectations on great service will be through the roof on this one.

LIttle else is known about the place yet – except that the 100 seater restaurant will “celebrate the glamour and rustic charm of Italian food, wine, and design”. As soon as we get a look at what’s on the menu, we’ll let you know.

 

Bone Daddies - Old Street
In a nutshell: Ramen for Old Street
Where is it?
The Bower, Old Street
Why should you care?
This will be the third Bone Daddies in London, and will be a combo of bar counter and 60 seats. As with the others, it will be a no reservations place. Expect lots of the usual Bone Daddies favourites.
When can you try it for yourself?
Early 2016

This will be the third Bone Daddies in London, and will be a combo of bar counter and 60 seats. As with the others, it will be a no reservations place. Expect lots of the usual Bone Daddies favourites – all manner of ramen (Tonkotsu, Tantanmen, Kimchee, Spicy Miso), snacks & sides (fried chicken, sashimi, soft shell crab, cock scratchings) and booze (frozen yuzu margaritas and more).

Plus there will be some exclusive new dishes and cocktails – they’re currently working on “dressed-up Kushikatsu” which is skewered, breaded and fried meats and fish with assorted sauces


 

Strut and Cluck
n a nutshell: Turkey restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it?
Shoreditch, location TBC
Why should you care?
This restaurant originally came to life as a pop-up and now a permanent turkey-based restaurant is on the way. Sandwiches, drumsticks, pulled turkey – basically turkey every which way.
When can you try it for yourself?
Spring 2016

The founders of upcoming Shoreditch restaurant Strut & Cluck couldn’t have picked a better time to talk about their new place. In the run up to both Thanksgiving and Christmas, anywhere focusing on turkey is going to be of interest.

Inspired by owners Amir and Limor Chen’s Eastern Mediterranean home cooking, you’ll find dishes like:

  • Josper-Grilled Turkey Drumstick with roasted vegetables & herbs, tahini, pomegranate molasses and schug (pictured)
  • Slow-Roast Turkey Thigh with caramelised red onions and sweet potatoes
  • Turkey Sandwich Reinvented – grilled sourdough with hand-pulled turkey, pickled onion mayo, pickled eggs and feta-stuffed peppers
  • Lettuce cups of hand-pulled turkey, Asian greens, pomegranate, roasted almonds, tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce, topped with labneh

There’ll also be desserts like Levant Milk Pudding with raspberry and rosewater treacle and pistachios

Although the restaurant isn’t opening until 2016, Strut & Cluck is going to be having a pop-up at Shoreditch House for Thanksgiving 2015, with a selection of dishes available to members from 25-28 November.


 

Draft House Old Street
In a nutshell: Texan BBQ, music & bourbon in Brixton
Where is it? The Bower, Old Street
Why should you care?
This latest Draft House is split across two floors and they say it’ll have a “utilitarian aesthetic” and is inspired by the “British brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican.” Expect all your usual Draft house favourites.
When can you try it for yourself? Spring 2016

The rejuvenation of the Old Street area is bringing with it more eating and drinking options to the area, Ceviche has already landed while Bone Daddies and Honest Burgers are on the way. And the next to land there is the latest from Charlie McVeigh’s Draft House.

It’s going to open in the new development The Bower, just off City Road. It’ll be split across two floors and they say it’ll have a “utilitarian aesthetic” and is inspired by the “British brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican.” The ground floor will apparently be a good spot for events with “high ceilings, modular industrial style furniture and raw, unpolished concrete.” And upstairs will be going for a cosier feel, with banquette seating, wooden tables, and leather, suede and tweed chairs.

As usual, expect a whole host of craft beers on offer and it’ll also have three 500L copper tanks for Pilsner Urquell (which seems to be popping up all over the place at the moment). And on the menu expect their foot long scratchings and other Draft House dishes including Pig & Hay Chorizo Scotch Egg, A Pound of Buffalo Wings, Wandle-Battered Fish & Chips, The Poke Supreme hamburger and The Monster Dog. There are beer pairings throughout and there will also be optic cocktails from Max Chater at Bump Caves.


 

Clare Smyth
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay stalwart goes it alone
Where is it? Location TBC
Why should you care?
Clare Smyth has been responsible for keeping Gordon Ramsay’s main restaurant at its three star level and now she’s opening her own restaurant.
When can you try it for yourself? Autumn 2016

Clare Smyth, currently Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is to open her own restaurant, with Ramsay’s backing. Smyth has been with the restaurant on Royal Hospital Road – one of just three in the country currently with three Michelin stars – for 11 years. Her place will be taken by Matt Abe who has been Head Chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road for the past two years.

Of the move Ramsay said of Smyth: “She is undoubtedly one of the greatest chefs to have graced my kitchen and has now become the most prominent female chef of our generation. It’s the right time for her to take this next step and I am thrilled to be supporting her new venture.” It’s an obvious step for Smyth who relaunched Restaurant Gordon Ramsay two years ago, taking a stake in the business. Last year she became the first woman in 14 years to achieve a perfect score in the Good Food Guide.

“Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has been a big part of my life,” she said in a statement issued today. “I have a great fondness for the restaurant and the team, it has formed me into the chef that I am today and I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me. I also remain ambitious and want to build on my success. The natural way to do that is by opening my own restaurant and, with Gordon’s blessing and support, I am excited to embark on this new chapter.”

 

StreetXo
In a nutshell: Three Michelin starred Spanish chef comes to London
Where is it? 15 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair
Why should you care?
This is the first London restaurant from David Muñoz, chef and creator of Madrid’s three Michelin starred DiverXo. He’s bringing over his street-food inspired restaurant from Madrid and plans to oversee it at least twice a week.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016 (TBC)

We’ve already been drooling over Ash Mair’s menu for his Regent Street spot Bilbao Berria – now there’s another interesting Spanish opening planned for this Summer. David Muñoz, chef and creator of Madrid’s three Michelin starred DiverXo is bringing his street-food inspired spot StreetXo to London. The London branch – the first time Muñoz has opened somewhere outside Spain will open in Mayfair in June 2014.

It’s a return of sorts for the chef who worked here at Nobu and Hakkasaan among others before going back to Spain to open his own restaurant.

The London StreetXo will be open 14 hours each day. The dining room will have a central open-kitchen with chefs front and centre, interacting directly with diners. In an interview with Spanish website Gastroactitud Muñoz talks about “A large U-shaped bar with two kitchen islands within”. There’ll also be a large cocktail bar. And it’s not a straight out name over the door franchise with Muñoz promising to be in London at least two days a week.

As for the food, the menu will change often, featuring 12-14 dishes. But we rather like the sound of the trolley that’ll be wheeled through the restaurant serving one-off creations. Looking at the menu in Madrid, where the restaurant is situated in the department store El Cortes Ingles, dishes range from around 8 to 14 euros.

 

Boom Buger
In a nutshell: Jamaican burgers in Brixton
Where is it?
1 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PA
Why should you care?
 South London fans of the Portobello Road burger restaurant will soon have one opening on their doorstep. Expect burgers, plantain fries and some dishes exclusive to Brixton.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

South London fans of the Portobello Road burger restaurant will soon have one opening on their doorstep. The Jamaican-inspired burger company has signed the deal on a site in Brixton, 12 months after first opening in West London.

At Boom Burger Brixton, right next to foodie hub Brixton Market, you’ll be able to eat in or takeaway and there’s going to be a large outdoor seated area.

While the new restaurant will obviously feature the dishes that have proved so popular in Portobello like plantain fries, the Jerk (chicken) Burger, the Boom Burger with bacon jam, Jerk Wings and Stamp & Go salt fish fritters, it’ll also have some new dishes exclusive to Brixton.


 

Pierre Condou
In a nutshell: Restaurant from the man behind the Paramount and Century
Where is it? West End TBC
Why should you care?
Little is known about this new restaurant from the man behind the Paramount except for its big focus on outdoor eating – with 30-40 seats inside and with a large courtyard for a further 100. There will apparently be “a low down and dirty cocktail bar vibe with a strong wine list and premium world beers”.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

No one wrote any bloody blurb for this one.

 

Mere
In a nutshell: Monica Galetti comes to Fitzrovia
Where is it? Charlotte Street
Why should you care?
Recently best known for MasterChef, the ex Le Gavroche chef is opening her own place on Charlotte Street.
When can you try it for yourself? Autumn 2016

She’s currently best known as a MasterChef Professionals judge and before that, Monica Galetti was the senior sous chef at Le Gavroche, where she’d been for 2 years. Speculation was rife as to her next move, and now it’s been revealed that she’s opening her own restaurant called Mere in Fitzrovia.
The Caterer has the first details – and what we know from that is:
It’s a two level affair, with a ground floor bar for 25 and a basement restaurant for 75 more
The bar will have cocktails and snacks, with a more traditional restaurant downstairs – with a seasonal menu
The name comes from a combination of the French word for Mother and the Samoan word for Mary, Galetti’s mother.

 

Viajante
In a nutshell: Nuno Mendes flagship returns
Where is it? Metropolitan Wharf
Why should you care?
Once a mainstay of the Town Hall Hotel, the main restaurant for Nuno Mendes (now best known for Chiltern Firehouse) is being financed by crowdfunding and will see him returning to the intricate dinners that he’s best known for.
When can you try it for yourself? Autumn 2016

He’s one of London’s most well-known chefs thanks to Chiltern Firehouse, but most of us really mourn the loss of Nuno Mendes’ main restaurant VIajante, which used to be at the Town Hall in Bethnal Green. As Mendes himself says “Viajante was a very special project for myself and the team, a project that we were all incredibly proud of and extremely sad to have to end. We all believed that the restaurant was going from strength to strength at the time of closing and ever since I have been committed to launching it one day.”

Now that day has come and it’s getting ready to return via the modern miracle of crowdfunding.

The new restaurant is planned to be in a waterfront location at Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping, in a restored Victorian Warehouse (quite near to Tobacco Dock). Other than that, we know that a tasting menu will be at the heart of it – it’ll be the only thing available at dinner for around £120 – £140 a head (inc drinks) – and that he’ll be inviting chefs from around the world to cook there.

As for the restaurant itself, the plan has been designed by David Collins studio for a restaurant that will seat 66. That includes a chef’s table for 12 people and another private room for 16. There will also be an open kitchen just like the original Viajante. There’s a plan to open a bar in the lobby of the building – at this stage it’s not clear if that’ll be there for opening.  Of course, it’s all pending a successful crowdfund of £1.75 mil, but we expect that to be no problem at all.


 

Come Fry With ME
n a nutshell: Chip based restaurant
Where is it?
Covent Garden – address TBC
Why should you care?
Come Fry with Me is a restaurant devoted to the chip and is touring festivals and markets over the summer before opening up a permanent place in Covent Garden. In keeping with its name it’ll have a 1960s air travel themed decor and fries arriving on a ‘fry carousel’ conveyor belt.
When can you try it for yourself? Winter 2015/2016

The trend for single ingredient-led restaurants continues with the news that one devoted to the chip is heading our way. Come Fry with Me is going to be touring festivals and markets over the summer before opening up a permanent place in Covent Garden. In keeping with its name it’ll have a 1960s air travel themed decor and fries arriving on a ‘fry carousel’ conveyor belt.

“Crisps come in different shapes, sizes and a crazy number of flavours too,” explains founder Tiffany Plant, “so why does the fry get left to a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar? Fries are delicious with Marmite, rosemary, steak….”

After much research, Tiffany has come up with three types of fries – all triple cooked. There’ll be skinny, gastro or skin-on and you can have those Flavoured, Topped or in a Butty.

The menu will feature Truffle & Parmesan (duck fat gastro fries, tossed in truffle and Parmesan), Marmite skinny fries, Naked and Battered (gastro fries coated in Guinness batter), Curry gastro fries with mango chutney, and there’ll even be a dessert of sorts with the Cinnamon Sweet Potato fries served with vanilla icing, chocolate or peanut butter dip

Topped fries will include Steak & Stilton, Chilli con carne with sour cream, and Greek, with feta, oregano and lemon.


 

Fatty Crab
In a nutshell: American crab restaurant comes to town
Where is it? TBC
Why should you care?
There are three Fatty Crabs – one in New York’s West Village, one in Hong Kong and one in the US Virgin Isles. They’re the older, not necessarily wiser, sibling restaurant to the popular Williamsburg barbecue spot Fatty Cue. “Fatty Crab, in all its non-fusion, food-focused glory, is a bone-gnawing, crab-leg-sucking kind of place,” said New York magazine when it reviewed it.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016 (TBC)

News of yet another big US opening hit the Twittersphere this week when it was revealed that Fatty Crab – the Malaysian inspired seafood joint from the folks behind Fatty Cue – was planning to open here in London. According to US trade paper Crains, the company has signed a deal with Philadelphia-based restaurant mogul Stephen Starr to open eight Fatty Crabs across the States and one in London.

As Frains explains, Starr Restaurants will operate the restaurants on a day to day basis while the Fatty Crew company will work on developing menus which “focus on local and seasonal ingredients”.

So why should you be excited? Right now there are three Fatty Crabs – one in New York’s West Village, one in Hong Kong and one in the US Virgin Isles. They’re the older, not necessarily wiser, sibling restaurant to the popular Williamsburg barbecue spot Fatty Cue. “Fatty Crab, in all its non-fusion, food-focused glory, is a bone-gnawing, crab-leg-sucking kind of place,” said New York magazine when it reviewed it.

Menu-wise, expect the likes of steamed buns, tempura and rice bowls, plus Fatty’s Specialities such as the Fatty Duck or Chilli Crab (which has sauce of such legendary awesomeness that the dish includes large slabs of toast to soak it up) or Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork. Menus change from location to location though, so no-one knows exactly what might turn up on the London one.

 

Soho House - City Hotel
In a nutshell: Soho House do a bank job.
Where is it?
Poultry, EC1
Why should you care?
The old Midland Bank on Poultry, where Goldfinger was once filmed, is becoming a new hotel with restaurants and bars (including one in the vault and one on the roof) planned. This is from the people behind Soho House. A second London Cecconi’s has been rumoured for the building as one of eight new restaurants.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

The blurb is the word.

 

 

Barbecoa Piccadilly
In a nutshell: Jamie Oliver BBQ expansion
Where is it?
194 – 196 Piccadilly, London W1J 9D
Why should you care?
Jamie Oliver’s BBQ restaurant Barbecoa has been one of his biggest restaurant hits, so it’s not surprising to see it get a second venue. It’ll be a lot bigger than the original with space for 300 over two floors, a bar area and open kitchen.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

Five years after the opening of Barbecoa in One New Change, Jamie Oliver is set to follow it with a second restaurant in St James.

The chef has agreed a lease with The Crown Estate at Princes House. The building was originally built to house the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1883  (see – you learn something newevery day at Hot Dinners).

Oliver’s restaurant will be in what’s described as “an iconic new space” in the building on the ground and basement floors. It’ll also be pretty big with room for more than 300 guests (more than a third bigger than the St Paul’s restaurant) over two floors, a bar area and open kitchen.


 

Pharmacy 2
In a nutshell: Damien Hirst’s restaurant returns
Where is it? Newport St, London SE11 6AJ
Why should you care?
One of the biggest restaurants of the 90s – albeit for a very short time – is returning as Damien Hirst is working to bring Pharmacy restaurant to his gallery space in his Newport Street gallery.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

If you were around in London back in the 1990s you’ll definitely remember Pharmacy. It was an ultra concept (or conceit) restaurant which was opened in Notting Hill by Damien Hirst and Matthew Freud among others. Hirst’s pill pictures were on the walls, celebrities were at the tables and for a brief period it was theplace to be seen at. But it closed in 2003 with the previous owners lambasting the current ones for having run down the concept. “What happened was it became a very, very shit restaurant.” said Freud.

Well now Hirst is having another go at the London restaurant scene. His new Vauxhall art space – the Newport Street Gallery has just opened, and there are plans to open Pharmacy 2 there next year. Apparently the restaurant will open in 2016 and work as a canteen for visitors during the day as well as opening in the evening after the gallery closes.

Hirst also part owns a restaurant in Ilfracombe, The Quay, which doesn’t seem to be doing too badly. Perhaps this second Pharmacy will fare better than the first one.

 

Sosharu
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton does Japanese
Where is it? Turnmill Building, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP
Why should you care?
The next restaurant from the unstoppable Jason Atherton. This time the theme is Japanese with Teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi on the menu plus “an innovative izakaya”.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

There’s no sign of London’s most prolific restaurateur slowing down as Jason Atherton has at least one more restaurant planned this year (other than Social Wine and possibly something at Bow Street Magistrates Court). His next is Sosharu on Clerkenwell Road, taking over the large corner space on the ground floor of the Turnmill Building (about a minute walk from Farringdon station).

As usual, little is known at this early stage other than it’ll apparently be “a social Japanese dining experience serving teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi, combined with an innovative izakaya.”


 

Shaun Rankin at Flemings
In a nutshell: Mayfair hotel gets a Jersey feel.
Where is it?
7-12 Half Moon Street Mayfair London W1J 7BH
Why should you care?
Focusing on the Michelin starred chef’s Jersey heritage, the restaurant will offer a modern British menu. The dining room will have room for 80 diners while there’ll be a substantial 40 seat bar too, along with a Chef’s Table and two private dining rooms.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin has unveiled plans to open a restaurant at the Flemings Mayfair hotel. The new restaurant is part of a £14 million refurbishment at the hotel which has been privately owned by the same family for over 40 years. Maybe they’ve been looking across town at the similarly privately-owned Goring and thinking they’d like a piece of that action.

Rankin’s restaurant (who will continue to run Ormer in Jersey) will focus on the chef’s Jersey heritage, the restaurant will offer a modern British menu. The dining room will have room for 80 diners while there’ll be a substantial 40 seat bar too, along with a Chef’s Table and two private dining rooms. You can take a look at the designs of the restaurant above.

Overseeing the plans is new General Manager, Henrik Muehle and he’s got loads of experience when it comes to working in posh hotels with big chefs. Not only did he help launch St. James’s Hotel & Club Mayfair with Michelin‐starred chef William Drabble, he also worked at The Capital Hotel with Eric Chavot.


 

Nobu Hotel
In a nutshell: Nobu gets into the hotel business
Where is it?
10-50 Willow Street, EC2
Why should you care?
This new development from Nobu will have 143 bedrooms and a massive 5 metre high basement restaurant. The design, by industrial designer turned architect Ron Arad, looks frankly astonishing, with a sort of metal exoskeleton protruding out on one side.
When can you try it for yourself? 2016

Exciting news for East Londoners from trade title Property Week which is reporting that Nobu are in the early stages of planning a new hotel/restaurant development in Shoreditch.

A plan has just been submitted to Hackney Council for the building of a new hotel at 10-50 Willow Street, EC2. There would be 143 bedrooms and a massive 5 metre high basement restaurant. The design, by industrial designer turned architect Ron Arad, looks frankly astonishing, with a sort of metal exoskeleton protruding out on one side.

In the planning application it states that “The application team are working with NOBU, a premier luxury brand who have recently extended their portfolio to include NOBU hotels and residences and intend to develop their first hotel experience in Europe at 10-50 Willow Street.” We’ll bring you more news as we have it.

 

New Ruth Rogers
In a nutshell: River Café 2, this time in Mayfair
Where is it?
20 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3DL
Why should you care?
This will be the first new restaurant for River Cafe owner Ruth Rogers since the opening of the Hammersmith favourite. It’ll be in the revamped Gagosian Gallery, serve Italian food and will have an open kitchen on the ground floor, similar to the original.
When can you try it for yourself? 2017

Ruth Rogers, of River Cafe fame, is opening a new restaurant in Mayfair. The new restaurant (the first since The River Cafe opened in 1987) will be run by River Cafe chefs Sian Owen and Joseph Trivelli and managers Vashti Armit and Charles Pullan. All we know so far is that it’ll serve Italian food and will have an open kitchen on the ground floor, similar to the original.

The restaurant will open in 2017 in a new building below the new Gagosian gallery at 20 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3DL which is being developed by Ruth’s architect husband Sir Richard Rogers’ company.