I’m finding it increasingly difficult to trust the hype on social media when it comes to which new restaurants in London are worth trying. Here are a few tried and tested favourites which have opened in the capital in the last few months, and are, in my opinion, deserving of your time and money.
The closure of Simon Rogan’s original Roganic pop-up was lamented by many… so it’s hardly a surprise that the new (permanent) Roganic in Marylebone is already a hit. The team features many of the original Roganic line-up, and the menu is blissfully fresh, seasonal and imaginative. Go for the £40 / five course weekday set lunch menu.
There is a new reason to visit Herne Hill. Llewelyn’s is the perfect neighbourhood eatery with a stellar team. Ex-general manager from Rochelle Canteen, Alcides Gauto runs the floor whilst pastry chef Ravinder Gill (St John) and head chef Warren Fleet (Anchor & Hope) work wonders in the small kitchen. The light contemporary dining room is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and Llewleyn’s evolving seasonal menu always delights.
This Hong Kong export arrived in London just before Christmas, finding a home in a spectacular restored and transformed church in London Bridge. The Cantonese menu is the creation of head chef Daren Liew… the dim sum is delicate and delicious but it was the succulent and decadent Peking Duck which won my heart.
Stoke Newington’s favourite Middle Eastern brunch spot has found a new home in Soho. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this friendly all-day dining spot has a range of tasty Jewish-inspired dishes. I love the tapas-style Jerusalem breakfast and the indulgent chocolate babka.
After nearly a decade at Gordon Ramsay’s three star flagship eatery on Royal Hospital Road it was time for Clare Smyth to open her own establishment, a platform to showcase her ideas and culinary skill. Unsurprisingly her solo restaurant, Core in Notting Hill is a hit served refined plates of irresistibly tasty food. It is expensive, but with food and service of this calibre it is worth the price-tag.
Joining the Old Street restaurants is Nuala, a modern British restaurant with a Gaelic twist from chef Niall Davidson. The spacious concrete dining room has an impressive central firepit and a cosy bar space downstairs. We chose a range of smaller flavour-filled dishes, but I was also rather jealous of the next door tables’ ‘Suckling Pig to Share’.
I was delighted when Kudu arrived in my neighbourhood in South East London. The kitchen and floor is run by a couple team (Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams) who have plenty of experience of London’s restaurant scene despite their young years. The menu draws on Patrick’s South African roots with a range of a seasonal dishes, featuring locally sourced and foraged food. We loved the brunch offering and need to return soon for dinner.
The newest outpost of Rochelle Canteen (in the more centrally located) Pall Mall, is just as good as the original. Expect hearty British classics, using the finest ingredients and served with a smile. After lunch here I left feeling full and very content.
This cute eatery opened up just before Christmas on Morning Lane in East London. It is the first restaurant from three lifelong friends, Johnnie, Luke and Toby, who all have a passion for showcasing the best British produce. We tried a selection of dishes to share, but I recommend visiting with an appetite and opting for the 7 course set menu, which at £28 is an absolute bargain.
A Mexican restaurant unlike any other. Located within the Park Lane Intercontinental this quirky and colourful restaurants showcases the signature dishes crafted by renowned Mexican Chef Martha Ortiz. A rare opportunity to taste authentic Mexican cuisine in London.
Stevie Parle’s cheap and cheerful pasta join Pastaio is Soho’s answer to Padella. Stop by for a satisfying bowl of homemade pasta in their colourful dining room. Queues may vary.
The Manor is Clapham has recently reopened as Sorella, a modern Italian eatery. Chef Robin Gill spent a considerable amount of time on the Amalfi coast, and the food here reflects the climate and character of this beautiful Italian regions. Start with the truffle arancini before relishing a bowl of comforting homemade pasta.
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