Hugh Stanley’s debut restaurant has opened in Chelsea, comprising a large outside courtyard and bar, restaurant, orangery-style dining area and private dining room. Set back from the King’s Road, guests enter through a floral archway flanked by olive trees and tiered shrub planting into the flagstone courtyard area. Inspired by the English country garden, the courtyard has been designed to create a sophisticated place for guests to come eat, drink and relax. The courtyard is able to sit 60 people, has festoon lighting overhead and is surrounded by potted plants. Under the leadership of head chef Olivia Burt – who was a finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals last year – the menu focuses on seasonal produce showcasing the best of British ingredients. Dishes include the likes of sourdough crumpet with Cornish crab and potted shrimps; crispy prawns served with sriracha emulsion; and roasted halibut with summer courgettes and lemon verbena.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NT
Seoul Bird, Shepherd’s Bush
Korean-American chef Judy Joo has opened the doors of Seoul Bird, a new restaurant specialising in Korean-style chicken. Originally scheduled to open in April, the dishes served at Seoul Bird are made to Judy’s secret recipe: the Korean fried chicks are brined for 24 hours before being double-fried for extra crunch, and served with an Asian slaw of red cabbage, daikon, onion and carrot, tossed in a citrus soy dressing. Under a neon red sign and hanging pendant lamps, visitors can take their pick from whole thighs, whole wings or tenders, accompanied by sauces such as spicy Korean BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, and sweet soy ginger. The restaurant also offers ‘Seoul Bowls’ – freshly steamed rice or cauliflower rice piled with crunchy fresh vegetables and pickled daikon. These can then be finished with the likes of soy grilled chicken thighs, ginger marinated portobello mushrooms or crispy Korean fried chicken.
Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GE
Six By Nico, Fitzrovia
Renowned Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone was all set to open his first London restaurant at the end of March. Insteaf Six by Nico opened at the end of July, serving a new six-course tasting menu every six weeks. Nico and his team will present an elevated cooking experience at an accessible price point: the six courses will come in at £35pp, with wine pairings for an extra £33pp. Menus are a fiercely guarded secret until shortly before they launch and inspiration can come from anywhere – at Nico’s Glasgow restaurant, have included ‘Childhood’, ‘Guilty Pleasures’, ‘Catalonia’ and ‘Thai Street Food’. First up at the new place is ‘The Chippie’ – expect ‘Scampi’ (monkfish cheek with wild garlic emulsion, gribiche, peas and beurre blanc) and ‘Deep Fried Mars Bar’ (chocolate mousse with blood orange sorbet and cocoa nibs).
33-41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR
Supa Ya Ramen, Hackney
Before Supa Ya Ramen opens the doors to its first permanent restaurant, it is returning to its supper club roots. As of last week, the intimate Supa Ya Ramen shop on Hackney Road is hosting small bubble bookings for between six and eight people to enjoy a private dinner. For £25 a head (plus corkage for BYOB), guests can enjoy a set menu featuring a meat or vegetarian ramen and sharing plates. Bookings are available Wednesday to Sunday each week – make them via Instagram. In the next few weeks, Supa Ya Ramen will make its outdoor tables available for walk-ins, as well as setting up a click-and-collect service for hot food.
276 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 7SJ
The team behind Salon and Levan have just launched Larry's in Peckham. Taking cues from the corner bars, diners and cafes of New York, Larry's is open all day, kicking off with coffee and pastries, serving deli-style sandwiches for lunch and offering a concise menu of sharing plates for dinner. Larry’s is named for 70s dance music pioneer and DJ Larry Levan, and will stay open late into the night, playing music from its vintage sound system while guests settle in for dinner. Evening dishes are inspired by NYC’s diverse dinner scene: think devilled crab, brown crab mayo, pickled fennel and bruschetta; clams with cabbage and XO chilli sauce; and pig’s head ragù with pappardelle and Szechuan pepper.
12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL
Wildflower by Adrian Martin opened for a handful of services before lockdown – and is now back properly. Making the most of top-quality produce from his home country, the restaurant marks the Irish celebrity chef’s London debut. With 30 covers having been reduced to just ten amid the current regulations and safety measures, Wildflower is an intimate, charming space, offering a seasonally driven tasting menu. The regular and vegan eight-course tasting menus are £60 per person or £110 per person including a paired wine flight. Championing simplicity over complexity, the dishes allow just one or two ingredients to sing: think onion and bacon bread; scallop and alexander root with Jerusalem artichoke velouté; and hay-baked celeriac with hazelnut and barley. From 25th July a simplified lunch menu will also be available for £36 per person, featuring uncomplicated Irish fare like quail, celeriac, lentils and roast cod; and wild mushrooms with Irish bread and butter.
Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
Tavolino, London Bridge
Tavolino’s kitchen is headed up by Louis Korovilas, godson of Giorgio Locatelli and formerly head chef of Bancone. On the south bank of the Thames, Tavolino is split across two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows and comes with a 70-seater outdoor terrace with views of the City and Tower of London. Tavolino serves simple dishes cooked with produce from across Italy and the UK. Guests can order the likes of Tuscan fennel salami, lardo and parmesan bombolini and zucchini fritti. Each morning, Louis and his team will make their own pasta from scratch for dishes including silk handkerchief pasta sheets with walnut butter and Burford Brown yolk; tagliatelle, spicy ’nduja and pork ragu; and tomato, basil and Barilotto cheese made with buffalo milk in Salerno.
2 More London Riverside, London Bridge, SE1 2DB
Attawa is a new restaurant offering dishes from the Punjab region of Northern India. With a menu designed by Arbinder Duggal, who grew up in Punjab and was a semi-finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals 2019, Attawa offers a modern take on Punjabi home cooking, with a mix of comforting family recipes and modern interpretations. Ravinder and Amar Madhray are the husband and wife team behind Attawa. The pair were ready to launch Attawa as a fully-fledged restaurant in Dalston in March 2020, just before lockdown threw their plans aside. Not wanting to compromise the menu they worked so hard to create, the pair – plus Arbinder – have spent the last few weeks completely redesigning the menu. We love the sound of the pindhi chole, chickpeas slow cooked in chana masala.
6 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2JP