Want to know which dining spots we’re raving about this month? From pinchos-style sharing plates to Palestinian street food, here’s our edit of London’s hottest new restaurants, guaranteed to satisfy your food fix this month…
Starting out from humble beginnings – Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh began with a bustling stall in Maltby Street Market, dishing up classic plates of Burmese street food – but decided to take their Burmese cuisine to the next level, launching a permanent site in the trendy hotspot of London Fields. The menu comes brimming with plenty of regional specialities, but the talented twosome have put their own contemporary twist to their flavoursome Burmese fare. Lahpet’s signature dish is a Tea Leaf salad, which comes packed with umami-packed pickled tea leaves, with other notable menu highlights including the likes of Hake Masala – Burmese masala, lemongrass rosti, spring onion, lime; Tofu Nway – Shan tofu soup, pea shoots, rice noodles, sweet soya; Coconut Noodles with Chicken – Chicken thigh, fresh egg noodles, shallots, egg, crispy noodles; and mohinga, Burma’s national dish of fish broth and rice vermicelli heaped with crispy split-pea fritters, roast chilli and coriander.
5 Helmsley Place, London Fields E8 3SB
Salt + Pickle
With a name like Salt + Pickle, it’s not hard to guess that this restaurant-cum-deli serves up a sweet selection of foods in pickled, cured, smoked and preserved form, to give a tangy twist to café-style dining. A modern space with bright pops of colour, this serene setting plays host to all kinds of wondrous, cured delights. Everything is cured, smoked and pickled in-house, and the menu boasts an array of treacle-cured salmon, homemade pastrami, addictively moreish smoked cheeses and tasty pickles. All produce is sourced from small, local suppliers, and to wash it all down, there’s a bar with a number of craft beers and small-batch wine labels to slowly work your way through. Depending on how many pickles you eat…
67 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 1TS
Following on from the success of their bustling Soho spot, Suvalki is set to open their second outpost on Brick Lane, specialising in the same rustic Greek cuisine. Interiors are the brainchild of the team behind Sketch and Dishoom, and will draw on the inspiration and architecture of modern Athens – so expect pared back aesthetics with warm, earthy blues and accents of grey marble, alongside rustic wooden chairs, marble tabletops, long banquettes and decorative mosaic flooring. Food is designed to be ‘down-to-earth’, with succulent grilled meat skewers cooked up on josper and robata grills, served either on the stick or packed into a fluffy pitta, alongside small plates of wild boar sausage with smoked aubergine, spicy king prawn with rose aioli, and Gloucester Old Spot Pork served with grated tomato, tzatziki and red onion. You’ll also find sharing mezze boards loaded with smoked eel in in balsamic and parsley breadcrumbs, sage-smoked siglino with vanilla beans and baby spinach, as well as classic hearty Greek dishes of Moussaka, Grilled Lamb Chops and Greek Salads with fresh Tzatziki. Choose from a superlative selection of Greek wine and craft beers sourced from Greek microbreweries.
161 Brick Lane, Shoreditch E1 6SB
Middle Eastern food is having a bit of a moment on the London food scene, but there are few and far between when it comes to traditional Palestinian fare. So as Soho’s first, dedicated Palestinian joint, the bar has been set high for newly launched Tabun Kitchen, which specialises in authentic, nourishing home cooking from the heart of Jerusalem. But judging from the rave reviews, this Middle Eastern hotspot has covered all bases, dishing up hearty soul food cooked up in modern clay ovens. Mezze, naturally, features heavily – think smoked aubergine, creamy hummus and crispy Jerusalem falafel – followed by larger dishes of Musakhan Chicken, slow-cooked lamb Makloubeh and a selection of Palestinian ‘pizzas’ topped with spinach and pine nuts; lam, tahini kofta; and Akkawi Cheese and Za’atar. The Shakshuka Manaeesh is a particular highlight – flatbread topped with shakshuka sauce, akkawi cheese, olives and an egg.
77 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 8TH
It’s official: Broadway Market has another achingly cool bistro to add to its belt, and this one comes with Ricardo Pimental, ex- Salt Yard chef, at the helm. The concept? Mediterranean and Levantine-inspired dishes, served up “pinchos” style, on small plates and designed to share. The restaurant is set at the end of Broadway Market overlooking the canal, so food comes with a fantastic view. The open-plan kitchen adds to the ambience, and the whitewashed walls scattered with neon fittings make this all the more hipster and so very east London. But it’s the food that makes Tuyo really stand out from the crowd. Each dish is an absolute work of art, with colours and flavours bursting at the seams. Choose from the likes of prawn and padron peppers, served on skewers with Sicilian cherry tomato and lilliput capers salad; Ox Tail Croquetas with mushroom alioli and pickled cucumber; and spiced lamb tagine served atop roasted sweet potatoes, Greek yoghurt, marsala apricots and prunes. Be sure to try the char-grilled artichokes, which come served with soya beans, black quinoa and a scattering of feta cheese and parmesan. Absolutely divine.
129A Pritchard’s Road, Broadway Market, London Fields E2 9AP