Fare Bar & Canteen
This month saw the launch of Fare Bar & Canteen, the newest venture from award-winning duo Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde. An all-day bar and restaurant, this is a multifunctionalspace split across two floors that offers a grab-and- go coffee area, a buzzy ground-floor cocktail and wine bar (which serves cracking cocktails on tap), and an atmospheric, plant-laden subterranean restaurant serving a selection of modern, seasonal dishes. Th is contemporary space is looked after by head chef Thomas Raymond, previously of Ellory, who serves up the likes of beef kofta from the robata grill (a must-try); beef shin ragu with polenta; whole plaice with curry butter (perfect with a glass of orange wine); and a moreish cylindra beetroot, served with cashel blue cheese and citrus. As per Sager + Wilde, expect anextensive 250 bin wine list of low intervention bottles from boutique winemakers, plus a number of homemade spirits – we seriously recommend ending your meal with a sip of mescal.
11 Old Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 9HL
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden
Following the success of its UK launch atop the Heron Tower in 2012, Sushisamba has opened its second London site on the Opera Terrace of Covent Gardens famous Market Building. Known for its blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture cuisine, the interiors have been inspired by the lush wildlife found in these three countries. Paying homage to the East Opera Terrace͛s heritage– it was originally occupied by glasshouses from which exotic plants were sold–the restaurants lounge and bar features a living ceiling, topped with South American and Japanese plants. Crowned by a glass roof, the restaurant runs along the entire east side of the market, allowing for beautiful views across the piazza–we imagine the open-air terrace will come into its own in the summer. Back in the dining room, a theatre-style open kitchen and Robata grill take centre stage. Across both this and the open sushi bar, Sushisambas menus showcase modern takes on traditional dishes such as moqueca mista, a traditional Brazilian stew of shrimp, squid and sea bass with coconut and lime; Peruvian-inspired tuna ceviche with pomegranate leche de tigre maiz morado, wasabi pea and basil; and sushi and sashimi, including the brand's trademarked Samba Roll El Topo with salmon, jalapeño, shiso leaf, fresh melted mozzarella and crispy onion–a must-try.
The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
A new addition to Mayfairs dining scene, Gridiron is a modern live-fire grill, created between leading British chefs Richard H.Turner (Pitt Cue, Hawksmoor, Foxlow) and Colin McSherry (The Clove Club, The Fat Duck, Murano). The restaurant combines Turners expertise inopen-flame cooking and ethical sourcing with McSherrys fine-dining experience to create something rather unique to Mayfair. For the best seats in the house, look to the long, marble countertop which has views straight into the kitchen, where the team gives seasonal meat, native fish and vegetables equal attention. Fire-cooked specialities include wood-roasted scallops with bone marrow XO; smoked eel with braised shin of highland beef;and a sh-baked turnip mimosa. Award-winning drinks experts, brothers Max and Noel Venning of Dalston bar Three Sheets, have created a list of re-imagined cocktail classics using unexpected ingredients to complement the menu. Expect the likes of a 'Bloody Mary' with vodka, mustard, butter, stock and tomato; and a 'White Russian' with vodka, coffee, miso and milk.
Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB
Brasserie of Light
Brasserie of Light is the newest destination restaurant and bar from Caprice Holdings (the group behind The Ivy, 34 Mayfair and Sexy Fish) – and its set to open this week. Located in Selfridges Oxford Street department store, the brasserie features the capital's largest-scale artwork by Damien Hirst – a 24ft crystal encrusted statue of a pegasus with a 30ft wingspan –alongside all-day dining in a chic, art deco setting. When it comes to the menu, expect an eclectic mix of classic British and internationally-inspired dishes: think scallops with red peppers, roasted fennel and capers; followed by lobster spaghetti. Weekend brunch and champagne afternoon teas will also be on offer. See you there.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB; from 22nd November
Hicce (pronounced ee-che) is Pip Lacey's first solo culinary venture following her role as head chef at Angela Hartnetts Michelin-starred Murano. The 80-cover restaurant can be found on the top floor of lifestyle store Wolf & Badger in the new Coal Drops Yard development in King's Cross. The daily-changing, all-day menu includes dishes created from a wood-fired fuel source–from grilling to steaming and smoking. From homemade rye bread with seasonal cheese, cured meats and pickles; to fish, meat and hot sticks cooked over specialist holm oak charcoal, Great British Menu alumni Lacey uses traditional techniques tocreate dishes inspired by her travels and commitment to the very best produce – expect to sample the likes of tuna prosciutto, spring onion, lemon creme fraiche; monkfish, jerusalem artichoke, trompettes; and pecan, chilli and chocolate tart, served with ricotta ice cream. Private dining andal fresco seating are set to follow in the spring.
Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4DQ
Berenjak, named for the handfuls of crunchy toasted rice eaten as a snack at funfairs in Iran, takes inspiration from classic hole-in-the-wall kabab houses that line the streets of Tehran, as well as from founder and chef Kian Samyanis childhood spent gathering around the dining table with his Iranian family. Part of the same family as Trishna, Bubbledogs, Bao, Xu, Gymkhana, Hoppers, Lyle's and Brigadiers, you know what to expect –a bold take on traditional world dishes, served in super-stylish surroundings. Drawingon his heritage to evoke the style of a rustic Persian kabab house, at BerenjakSamyani reinterprets signature dishes using seasonal British produce: think kashk e bademjoon (blackened aubergine with whey, walnuts and dried mint) and a daily-changing kuku (a fragrant omelette of seasonal herbs and eggs, served with whipped Westcombe ricotta). Whether perched around the kitchen counter or gathered at one of the communal tables, guests can take their pick from traditional kababs hot from the tanoor – wed go for guinea fowl legs stewed with saffron, onion, potatoes and barberries. At the bar, traditional sharbats (sparkling, yoghurt-based drinks) will be given an elegant makeover with house araks and sabzi.
27 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5AL
Market Halls Victoria
Following the huge success of its Fulham debut, Market Halls has transform ed the arcaded bays of Victorias Terminus Place into a sustainable new destination for locals, workers, commuters and visitors to the city. Within, the team has brought in some of the capitals most-loved restaurants to create an even larger food hall that focuses on bringing people together. The choice of eateries is almost overwhelming: first up there are London favourites BaoziInn, Montys Deli, Flank, Squirrel and Kerbisher & Malt, plus exciting new offerings from some of the capitals biggest hitters– think KoyaKo by Koya, Gopals Corner by Roti King, Super Tacos from Breddos, Nonna Tonda from Fat Tonys and Bunshop from The Marksman.To celebrate the launch, the team is offering SL VIPs 2-for-1 drinks at both Market Halls Victoria and Market Halls Fulham. Sign up to become a SL VIP here (SheerLuxeVIP.com).
191 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5NE
Sticks'n'Sushi has opened its eighth UK restaurant, this time in Chelsea. The Danish group's largest site to date, this modern three-storey space on the King's Road can seat 220 guests across a variety of counter seating, low banquettes, large booths and communal table. The kitchen is visible from many sections of the restaurant, creating a sense of theatre. Skewers, sushi and sashimi can be ordered a la carte as individual pieces, or as menus composed by the kitchen team. These range in size, from Mixed Emotions, a mix of sticks, nigiri and maki perfect for one, to the Four Meal Drive, an abundance of nigiri and maki that will comfortably feed four. It's not all meat and sushi: both vegetarians and vegans are well looked after–just keep an eye out for the Green Card section of the menu. Downstairs, The Kings Room is a 26 -seat restaurant-within-a-restaurant private dining room, equipped with its own kitchen, cocktail bar and dedicated team – perfect for parties. 113-115
King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4NT