Want to know which dining spots are worth booking this month? From swanky dim sum joints to rustic Italian trattorias, we’ve searched the A to Z to bring you six of London’s best new restaurants to put on this month’s must-visit list…
Another quirky haunt to add to Peckham’s burgeoning dining scene, Aside is a hidden neighbourhood gem set on a residential street on the former community space site of Peckham Settlement. By day, it serves as a coffee shop serving up Old Spike Roastery beans, and by night, it transforms into a cocktail-bar-cum-restaurant where you tuck into sharing plates of monkfish, green tomato and fennel and pigeon, blackberries and onion. All produce is locally sourced and menus change daily. Hungry brunchers can hole up for steak and eggs, heirloom tomatoes and full English breakfasts, and Sundays offer a simple-yet-tasty roast option, with three cuts of roast meats served with Yorkshire puddings, dripping roasted potatoes and seasonal veg.
Aside, 56 Goldsmith Road, Peckham, SE15 5TF
Having just undergone a seriously glam makeover, Brixton’s trendy dim sum and cocktail shack, Courtesan, now has a glitzy new look, serving up dainty dim sum parcels and boozy cocktail infusions in plush surroundings. The décor is seriously cool – upstairs the dim sum and tea parlour are decked out in sumptuous green velvet booths with dimly-lit silk lanterns suspended from the ceiling – whilst downstairs descends into a den of neon lights, dark woods and prints of vintage erotica. This comes with the firm ‘date night’ stamp of approval. The majority of the menu is modern Chinese, but there are some welcome surprises like tortelli al vapore – a nod to the owners’ Italian heritage (with an Asian twist), and jerk chicken parcels in rice – paying homage to its Brixton roots. There will also be live music and monthly open house jam sessions, to add to the ambience.
69 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU
This summer saw the iconic grounds of Battersea Power Station brought vividly back to life with a glut of cool new bars, restaurants and swanky shopping outlets. There seems to be a new opening popping up every week at this riverside gem, not that we’re complaining, especially as the newest is Francesco Mazzei’s hotly anticipated Italian eatery, Fiume, which specialises in traditional rustic Italian fare, inspired by Francesco’s Mezzogiorno homeland. Set on the bank of the Thames, you’ll be treated to dinner with a view, alongside sharing plates of cicchetti and antipasti – saffron and mozzarella supplì di riso and octopus with cannellini beans and freshly-made breads; handmade pastas such as burrata tortelli with hazelnuts and sage; lamb ragout fettucine and cacio e pepe style pasta; while ‘secondi’ dishes come in the form of beef tagliata and classic aubergine parmigiana, with Italian-style brunches served on the weekends.
Fiume, Unit 24, Circus West, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW11 8EZ; opening 17th November
Having worked with likes of Pierre Koffmann, Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton, as well as heading up Searcys and Sixtyone Restaurant in Marylebone, you know to expect good things from chef Arnaud Stevens. Not least his latest venture – and first sole project – Plate; an all-day dining spot and artisanal bakery in the heart of Shoreditch. Located in the ultra-hip M by Montcalm Hotel, Plate’s menu is designed to share, with small plates, snack-sized bites and larger sharing platters, so diners can mix and match to suit their mood. Each dish comes brimming with flavours from around the world, so look forward to the likes of cucumber gazpacho, Greek yoghurt, cardamom spiced crumb; breast of Herdwick lamb with a madras-spiced yoghurt, beetroot hummus and lamb shoulder samosas; and 'pig on toast' with pear, walnuts and grapes. Heartier appetites can opt for more substantial plates like Dingley Dell pork rack served with orange, honey and a gribiche sauce. And for those wanting to take a slice of the action home, there’s also an artisanal bakery on the first floor, where you can stock up on pastries, homemade breads (rumour has it there’s a Marmite bread on the menu), coffees and sweet treats.
M By Montcalm, 5157 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1V 1JH
Part of Drake & Morgan’s ever-expanding empire of slick bars and restaurants, The Allegory is a chic new food and drink haunt forming part of London’s buzzing ‘Unisquare Mile’. A day-to-night venue with plush-meets-urban interiors – there are plenty of industrial touches including steel mesh lighting, exposed ceiling pipes and graffiti artwork on the walls. Food is served throughout the day – think seabass with braised fennel, spinach and chorizo; beef and ale pie with mash; and hand-cut 21 day-aged steaks – and cocktails and wine flow freely by night. There’s an outdoor terrace for soaking up the rays, and sharing platters come with a choice of wine flight, for those who can’t make their minds.
1A Principal Place, Worship Street, Hoxton, EC2A 2BA
From Tuscany to Tel Aviv, London’s eclectic food scene has it all. But when your palate is craving something simpler, there’s nothing better than tucking into a sizzling steak or whole roasted chicken, to satisfy your food fix. So for those who love a pie and mash – with a posh twist, naturally – head over to The Lampery, who pride themselves on their wholesome British fare. Inspired by authentic British cuisine and locally-sourced seasonal produce, hearty dishes on the menu include The Lampery Pye, a new twist on a classic, made with slow braised beef cheek and prunes; Cumbrian back bacon chop with fried duck egg and triple cooked chips, a refined version of the family favourite; and a whole herb-fed roast chicken for two, served with tarragon mash and maple crispy chicken skin. Carnivores can tuck into cuts of sirloin and chateaubriand, each cooked over fire on the kitchen’s custom-made grill, and for those wanting a healthy option, plates of seared Scottish salmon with dressed crab and pickled samphire or Cornish mackerel ceviche with scorched grapefruit, pickled cucumber, horseradish and fennel feature as lighter menu choices.
1 Seething Lane, Tower Bridge, EC3N 4AX
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