Want to know which dining spots are worth booking this month? From Japanese mash-ups to zero-waste feasts, here’s our edit of London’s hottest new restaurants…
As the sister restaurant to Peckham’s acclaimed Italian favourite, Artusi, you know to expect big things from Deptford’s latest restaurant. With a similar food philosophy to its sibling venue, Marcella will showcase the diverse flavours of the Med through simple, traditional cooking techniques. Look forward to large sharing plates of slow roast Old Spot pork shoulder and delicious homemade pastas like casarecce with courgette, chilli and mint. There’s also a lively bar downstairs where you can order an Amaro cocktail – an Italian liquor made from herbs, roots, flowers and spices; apparently, this has been dubbed the new Aperol Spritz. You heard it here first.
165A Deptford High Street, Deptford SE8 3NU
A rebellious addition to Soho’s illustrious dining scene, Flavour Bastard promises to take food lovers on a sensorial journey, combining vibrant ingredients from around the world. Founded by restaurateur Vic Singh and Pratap Chahal, Founder of That Hungry Chef, the menu comprises small plates, designed to be shared amongst friends or doubled up as large plates for hungrier diners. Tuck into miso and mango glazed aubergine with peanut crumble; clouds of curds with gram confetti, mint relish and guindilla chilli; bastard steak tartare with tamarind, chilli and garlic; and tandoori fried chicken. Dessert lovers should sample Mayan-spiced milk chocolate and brownie mousse with bitter chocolate aero and lavender ice cream, or quinoa and cucumber pudding scented with vetiver, summer berries and pistachio, served alongside an impressive range of wines, cocktails, Chinese rice wine and Japanese sake.
63-64 Frith St, Soho W1D 3JW
Boasting an impressive line-up of Japanese restaurant greats, Cubé has an all-star team of chefs and managers coming from Nobu, Sake no Hana, Kouzu, Tokimeite, Kanada-Ya and Eat Tokyo, so you know you’re in more than safe hands at this Asian Mayfair hangout. Traditional Japanese dishes with a European twist will be served in the ground floor dining room – think Shigureni (flavourful braised beef); udon with black olive and truffle pesto; Mentai Rencon cheese and agedashi tofu with watercress and truffle; as well as a selection of sushi and omakase. Downstairs, the lower-ground Kakurega bar (meaning hideaway) serves seven Japanese cocktails, rare examples of Sake, Japanese whisky and a selection of fine wines.
4 Blenheim Street. Mayfair W1S 1LB
Mixologist master Ryan Chetiyawardana and the brains behind Dandelyan – recently voted the world’s best cocktail bar – is partnering with Doug McMaster of Brighton's pioneering zero-waste restaurant Silo, as well as LVMH and Dr Arielle Johnson (former resident food scientist at Noma, now at MIT Media Lab) to launch one of the most exciting drinks-led dining experiences on the London food scene. Setting up camp at the former White Lyan cocktail venue, Cub will offer a creative menu of sustainable, seasonal produce with a focus on zero-waste. Expect an evening of culinary theatrics in a sultry setting, with decadent dishes on the menu including tomato brined in sea water, with seaweed and sea herbs; smoked rye amazake with belvedere vodka and rhubarb; compost smoked carrot, buffalo curds and whey; and sea buckthorn, douglas fir and brown butter.
153 Hoxton Street, Hoxton N1 6PJ
Award-winning Japanese fare is coming to Farringdon by way of acclaimed Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth’s – of Nobu and Kurobuta fame – latest foodie venture. This three-month pan-Asian pop-up will showcase a menu of Asian-inspired classics, each plate bursting with flavour and infused with Hallsworth's innovative, signature flair. Transport the taste buds on a whistle-stop tour of Asia, stopping everywhere from Thailand and Malaysia to South Korea and Japan, sampling an array of sumptuous, flavoursome creations. Star plates include a hot short rib rending; miso-yaki foie gras croissant with star anise jus; chilli crab with avocado wonton ‘bombs’; and tea-smoked lamb chops with a spicy Korean miso. Drinks will come with an Asian twist – naturally – so expect a collection of fresh, zingy and quirky concoctions to complement each dish.
91 Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6BH