London’s Best New Restaurants

When I returned to London, after travelling the world for 5 months, there were a lot of new restaurants to catch up on. After weeks of feasting I’ve tried and tested many of the city’s top new eateries… Here’s my pick of the bunch, and which dish not to miss at each.

Padella Pasta

Padella Pasta

This Borough Market newbie is the little sister of neighbourhood Italian, Trullo in Islington. Pop in for a reasonably priced plate of pasta and a slice of seasonal tart.

Don’t miss: Pici cacio e pepe (hand-rolled noodle-like pasta with cheese and pepper).

Best for: Quick lunchtime sustenance, post Borough market shopping.

Anglo

Anglo

This elegant dining room in Farringdon is receiving five star reviews from every food critic who steps inside. Chef Mark Jarvis presents an understated seasonal menu that showcases his flair and confidence in the kitchen.

Don’t miss: British strawberries with lemon thyme and burnt meringue.

Best for: Quiet lunches with grown up family members.

Hoppers

Hoppers

I’ve never been to Sri Lanka but I’m keen to visit after tasting the vibrant cuisine at Hoppers. Located in the heart of Soho, there is always a queue so head there on a weekday lunch for a shorter wait.

Don’t miss: Egg Hopper (pancake) with Lamb Kari.

Best for: Pre-show dinner.

Morito Hackney

Morito Hackney

A more spacious branch of the popular original on Exmouth Market, serving moreish cuisine from Southern Spain to North Africa. Arrive hungry and order as many tapas plates as you can fit in.

Don’t miss: Crispy aubergine, whipped feta and date molasses.

Best for: Gathering up all your friends and ordering everything.

The Woodford
The Woodford

It may be nearly in Essex but it’s only a few stops further than East London on the central line. Chef Ben Murphy presents beautiful plates of food, and many predict a star for this stunning restaurant.

Don’t miss: The reasonably priced set lunch.

Best for: A special meal worth the journey to E18.

Kricket
Kricket

Located at the top of Pop Brixton’s temporary structure is the unassuming tiny Indian eatery, Kricket. Offering small plates of Southern Indian food with big flavours, I have already been back twice.

Don’t miss: Keralan Fried Chicken with curry leaf mayonnaise.

Best for: Friday night feast nights with anyone.

Banh Banh
Banh Banh

Vietnam has come to Peckham with this family-run, cosy restaurant. Minimalist modern decor and a brief but tasty menu has already made this new eatery a no-fuss, neighbourhood favourite.

Don’t miss: Beef in betel leaves.

Best for: Quiet and casual date nights.

Frenchie

Frenchie

The Parisian favourite comes to Covent Garden bringing classic French dishes and charismatic waiters. Sit at the bar to chat to staff about their favourite dishes.

Don’t miss: Seasonal specials.

Best for: Celebratory meals.

The Barbary

The Barbary

The new venue from the highly successful Palomar team, The Barbary (hidden in Neal’s Yard) offers small plates inspired by Berber flavours. There are only 24 seats round an intimate bar, so arrive early to avoid a lengthy wait.

Don’t miss: Pata Negra neck.

Best for: Catch up with your closest friends.

Gunpowder

Gunpowder

A petite but powerful modern Indian restaurant tucked round an unsuspecting corner of Spitalfields. This home-style restaurant has no reservations and is always busy with locals in the know.

Don’t miss: Sigree grilled mustard broccoli and venison doughnuts.

Best for: Indulgent work lunches.

Somsaa
Somsaa

This stylish new Thai restaurant aims to present London with an authentic taste of Thailand, and the dishes are unrecognisable compared to your average takeaway. After a successful stint at Climpson’s Arches the Thai team continue to thrill diners with confronting flavours and memorable recipes.

Don’t miss: Whole Deep Fried Seabass with roasted rice and Isaan herbs.

Best for: Dinner with a group of friends.

Oldroyd

Oldroyd

Fantastic food in a no fuss eatery in Islington. Tom Oldroyd is a genius in the kitchen creating dishes that are seasonally inspired and inventively thoughtful.

Don’t miss: Spinach and ricotta malfatti with broad beans and crispy sage.

Best for: Intimate lunches and dinners.

Primeur

Primeur

A renovated garage is now the home to Primeur, one of North London’s most exciting new restaurants. The delicious menu changes daily to reflect the produce available and guests sit round communal tables.

Don’t miss: Whatever the waiter recommends that day.

Best for: Weekend meals with your favourite people.

Santo Remedio

Santo Remedio

The most authentic Mexican yet to come to London. A colourful joint in the centre of Shoreditch serving up vibrant food and great cocktails.

Don’t miss: Guacamole and Elote.

Best for: Feasting with friends.

Ellory
Ellory

Both the space and the plates at Ellory scream contemporary cool. Normally full of Hackney hipsters, this modern restaurant serves stylish seasonal dishes that wow.

Don’t miss: Matching wines with your meal.

Best for: Lovely summer lunches with friends and family.

Shosharu
Sosharu

Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant, inspired by the izakaya eateries of Japan. Make sure you save space for cocktails in the underground 7 Tales bar downstairs.

Don’t miss: Tempura, almost as good as the real thing in Tokyo.

Best for: Business lunches and date nights.

Good Egg

The Good Egg

My new favourite breakfast stop, despite the fact that it’s a trek over to Stoke Newington. A Jewish style cafe/deli that is open all day but particularly busy for brunch.

Don’t miss: Shakshuka – baked eggs with tomato and peppers, preserved lemon yoghurt, sumac and a challah roll.

Best for: Long weekend brunches with friends.

The Ninth
The Ninth

The sophisticated first solo venture from brilliant chef Jun Tanaka. The menu features French inspired dishes that taste irresistibly good.

Don’t miss: Pain Perdu with vanilla ice-cream.

Best for: Weekday lazy lunches with mum.

Rok
Rok Smokehouse

A Nordic eatery championing the trend for smoked meat and pickled vegetables. Particularly reasonable at lunchtime.

Don’t miss: Nduja scotch egg.

Best for: Foodie friends meet up.

Marksman
Marksman Public House

Most of my Sundays are spent at Columbia Road Flower Market so I am more than delighted to have a delicious new lunch place to stop off at, laden with blooms. A relaxed Victorian pub serving wholesome British dishes. Have a look upstairs too at the wonderfully-light redesigned contemporary dining room.

Don’t miss: Brown butter and honey tart.

Best for: Long Sunday lunches.

Black Axe Mangal

Black Axe Mangal

A posh Turkish kebab parlour with psychedelic decor and seriously tasty food. They have just started serving weekend brunch.

Don’t miss: the Reuben sandwich.

Best for: Weekend gorging with friends.

Blog post coming soon… the best new cocktail bars in London.

Eleven restaurant, Lisbon

There aren’t many fine dining options in Lisbon, where the traditional bars and bistros seem to be more popular for dinner outings. For businessmen looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket and special Eleven Restaurant is the ideal choice. Located within the business district, but surrounded by lush green hills, the views from every table are stunning.

Eleven Restaurant

The grand restaurant is modern inside, with crispy white clothed tables and plenty of natural daylight. Chef Joachim Koerper presents contemporary Portuguese food using the finest seasonal produce.

Eleven Restaurant

After a glass of a local, deliciously dry Almeida Garrett sparkling wine we were offered an array of freshly baked bread, of which the tomato focaccia was my favourite.

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The chef prepared a menu of summery favourites for us, a beautifully fresh and delicate cold cucumber soup to start, which felt surprisingly healthy for a Michelin starred meal.

Eleven RestaurantEleven Restaurant

The main courses were works of art. Varieties of beetroot was an explosion on the plate of purees, pickles and slices of the vibrant vegetable. Thanks to careful seasoning the sweetness of the beetroot came through paired with sprigs of fresh herbs. My dish was an immaculate cute of extravagant pork with polenta and a rich and salty jus that I found irresistibly tasty.

Eleven Restaurant

The dessert was beautiful, a light and refreshing combination of different textures and exotic fruit flavours. The crumbled biscuit base added some much needed texture to the fruity sorbets and mousses.

Eleven Restaurant

It was lovely to finish a haute cuisine menu without feeling too full to move. After a quick espresso coffee we were up and out ready to continue exploring the streets of Lisbon. I can see now why the city’s businessmen love this restaurant so much.

More information about Eleven Restaurant and book a table here.

Secrets of Sweden

I have visited every Nordic capital city and have found each destination completely enchanting. Most recently I flew to Stockholm for the second time to discover more of Sweden, a beautiful country with exceptional cuisine, unique local designers and beguiling wilderness. I wanted to share a few of my favourite secrets of this city with you…

gastrologik

Food

Swedish cuisine is becoming more and more popular internationally; I’ve spotted several fika and pickling restaurants popping up in London recently. Though these imitations are often delicious, the most authentic dishes are still found in Sweden. On the 24th June, Swedes celebrate Midsummer Day with a feast including, of course, the famous traditional dish of pickled herring and potatoes, a dish I tried in a few restaurants. For an extra special occasion I recommend heading to Gastrologik for an imaginative meal made from the finest local and seasonal ingredients. This pioneering restaurant was opened in 2011 by the talented chefs, Jacob Holmstrom and Anton Bjuhr. In their kitchen they aim to make the most of Nordic ingredients by presenting food that is both stunning and delicious.

Ett Hem, Stockholm

Hotel

Ett Hem is a different kind of hotel, in fact it is the most beautiful home you could ever wish to step foot in. This fairytale, boutique hotel has flourished under the interior expertise of Ilse Crawford. Indulgently luxurious but with plenty of character and charm, Ett Hem ensures guests feel totally at ease and relaxed wherever they are, whatever they are doing. With just 12 rooms you will always feel special staying at Ett Hem. Enjoy the perfectly designed bedrooms, or the communal downstairs spaces where guests are invited to eat freshly baked cake in the kitchen, peruse the books in the library or borrow a bike from the courtyard.

Stutterheim, Stockholm

Design

The ‘Scandi-look’ is much admired by hip Londoners and the streets of Stockholm are filled with blonde beauties modelling minimalist style with graceful ease. There are plenty of Swedish highstreet designers to spend your pocket money on, COS is the shop that immediately comes to mind. Head to the edgier districts like Sodermalm, to discover brands like Stutterheim, who make classic raincoats in a range of colours. Be bold and pick a ‘dusty pink’ or ‘Stockholm yellow’, or simply stick to the Scandi uniform of black or charcoal. Striking and trendy, they will make you crave the wet weather like never before.

Once you are satisfied that you have covered the city, head out to the lesser-known areas of Sweden to discover the original hipsters who are quietly creating amazing things that you will be thrilled to discover.

Learn more about hipster Sweden here.

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