Want to know which dining spots are worth booking this month? From trail-blazing Mexican test kitchens to Nordic-Asian-African mash-ups, we’ve searched the streets to bring you seven of London’s hottest new restaurants to put on this month’s must-visit list…
Bombay Bustle, Mayfair
Mayfair’s hottest new food haunt – from the brains behind Michelin-starred Jamavar – takes inspiration from the bustling streets of Mumbai. Paying homage to the city’s rich culinary landscape, tiered tiffin boxes come filled with all kinds of aromatic Indian infusions. From misal pav topped with potato salli to Kolhapuri-spiced spit-roasted chicken, spice lovers will be treated to an array of traditional home-cooked classics in the most exotic of surroundings. Like the cuisine, interiors are styled on Mumbai’s famed railway, with the first-class carriages in mind. The restaurant is split into two levels, each decked out in pastel pinks, green leather booths, timber-panelled ceilings and glamorous Art Deco touches for the ultimate in romantic ambience.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA
Taking inspiration from Nordic, Asian and West African cuisines, Ikoyi is the first of its kind in London, bringing something a little different to the capital’s colourful dining scene. Interiors are pared-back and simple, with soft pale woods and beautiful handcrafted ceramics, whist the dishes – each lovingly prepared using fresh British produce – are artfully presented on hand-crafted earthenware and dressed up with a heavy hit of West African spice. Drool-inducing dishes include everything from Iberico pork served with hibiscus and rose yaji, to turkey oysters and bread sauce, alongside sharing plates of cola-marinated Wagyu beef, gola pepper and sorrel pickles; garden egg and wild spinach efo; and jollof rice with smoked bone marrow – all flavour sensations and most likely ones you’ve never experienced before.
1 St. James’s Market, Mayfair, SW1Y 4AH
Londrino, London Bridge
A chef with serious credentials, Leandro Carreira – previously of Nuno Mendes’ now-closed Viajante, Koya and Lyle’s fame – has just launched his very first restaurant, Londrino – a swish new wine bar-cum-restaurant specialising in modern Portuguese cuisine. Londrino means Londoner in Portuguese, so the menu will focus on Portuguese traditions with a quirky London twist. Dishes change weekly and might include the likes of clams Bulhão Pato clams with coriander, octopus with red pepper miso; fermented potato with egg yolk and mustard; and Maronesa beef and mackerel with savoy cabbage and smoked seaweed butter. For afters there’s a regional Portuguese cheese trolley as well as grilled brioche with sour caramel and hazelnuts and requeijão with lemon curd, malt and vanilla waffle, and for those wanting a light bite, a wine bar with communal and counter seating will serve up delicious regional wines and small plates. Tempted much?
36 Snowfields Yard, London Bridge, SE1 3QQ
Old Street’s answer to Padella, this East London haunt specialises in Italian delicacies with the likes of octopus orecchiette, watercress pesto trofie, wild boar parpadelle and burrata and langoustine ravioli on the menu. Pizzas will be served up too – we’ve got our eye on the ‘3-Way’, with truffle, smoked pancetta, grilled radicchio, fontina and fresh datterini tomato. Delicious.
80 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ
Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
Adding yet another outpost to its London collection, The Ivy’s latest offering is nestled in Granary Square in the heart of King’s Cross. An all-day dining hotspot serving up modern British cuisine in signature Ivy surroundings – think exposed brickwork, cut-glass chandeliers and cosy velvet banquettes – it’s the perfect place to curl up with a cocktail or two. Go from brunch to dinner with classic dishes of eggs benedict, steak tartare and moules frites alongside spiced dishes of aromatic duck curry, seared yellowfin tuna salad and shrimp burger with avocado, rocoto chilli mayonnaise and thick cut chips. Weekend brunches are available until 4pm, accompanied by Champagne, wine or cocktails, with DJs spinning on the decks throughout the day.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB
Wahaca Test Kitchen, Shoreditch
Mexican street food at its finest, we’re big fans of Wahaca’s spicy taco creations. But if, like us, you’ve already worked your way through the menu three times over, you’ll be pleased to discover an array of novel dishes at their dedicated new test kitchen in Shoreditch. A hub of culinary creativity, food fans will get the chance to try out exclusive new dishes before they’re released at Wahaca restaurants all over the UK. Look forward to flavoursome plates of blackened cauliflower tacos with cashew nut mole; tamarind-glazed pork ribs with smoky salsa; and sharing market boards of whole roast sea bream with al ajillo butter and kohlrabi slaw; and slow-cooked beef shin with ancho mole and salsa tatemada.
140 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4SD
Yen, The Strand
Bringing a taste of Asian-Parisian chic to the heart of London is Yen – a Japanese soba joint specialising in noodles, barbecued meats, sushi and tempura. In keeping with its flagship restaurant, located in St Germain de Pres in Paris, this London outpost has Hiyama Hiroki at the helm – a Head Chef with a Michelin-starred background, including the 3-Michelin starred Ristorante Da Vittorio in Italy. He’ll be joined by Head Sushi Chef Akinori Yasuda, who has over 20 years’ experience working in some of the top sushi restaurants in Japan and London. Soba will be served cold with a variety of dips, grilled meats or tempuras, or in hot soup with a selection of toppings, alongside decadent mains of oyster and courgette flower tempura and Wagyu steak with ponzu sauce.
190 Strand, 5 Arundel Street, WC2R 3DX