With somewhere new to eat springing up every week around the capital, it can be difficult to know which restaurants are worth a visit. So we’ve done the work for you! We bring you the best new restaurants in London, which are sure to satisfy. From cool brunch spots to fine dining venues and everything in between, we bring you the best new restaurant openings for 2019…
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen
The latest culinary addition to London’s West End is Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, a neighbourhood restaurant and bar serving contemporary Mediterranean and Japanese small plates. On the menu you’ll find dishes like salmon carpaccio with chilli avocado, yellowtail sashimi with spicy yuzu soy, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder gyros with chilli fries. Interiors are vibrant yet minimalist: think white-washed exposed brickwork, Italian glazed porcelain tiles and a garden filled with plants, olive trees and Japanese sago palms.
Caravan Restaurants are opening a new restaurant in Chelsea: VARDO, housed within a cylindrical, three-storey stone and glass pavilion in Duke of York Square. The restaurant will be based around a ‘no boundaries’ concept, inspired by the vardo wagons used by Romani travellers during the 19th century, which would travel the globe collecting produce and flavours along the way. Food will be made using low and slow cooking techniques, with dishes expected on the menu including charred aubergine with saffron buttermilk dressing; green baked eggs with lentil, pine nut and kale ragu; and lamb cutlets with green harissa and tahini. VARDO will join the popular Caravan collection, which currently has locations in King’s Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, Fitzrovia and the City, alongside its own coffee roastery.
Cult chicken and waffle spot Sweet Chick is making its way from Manhattan to London this autumn, taking over the Carluccio’s site on Market Place just off Oxford Street. Think American comfort food done well: alongside their staple dish they’ll be serving ‘shrimp and grits’ (scallions with poached egg and cheddar grits), chicken wings, mac and cheese, maple glazed bacon and the like. Wellness fever may be sweeping the nation – but there’s still a place for downright indulgence.
The world’s first zero-waste restaurant, headed up by Douglas McMaster, is opening a second branch in London’s Hackney Wick following the success of its original Brighton location. From trading directly with farmers to composting leftover scraps in the kitchen’s own compost machine, Silo’s continuing aim is to ‘close the loop’ in the food production process. After opening this September, the restaurant will be serving a daily dinner menu of 10-15 dishes, such as smoked violet carrots with egg yolks; and Jerusalem artichokes cooked on fire with stilton sauce and pickles. On weekends, Silo will be open for brunch too, serving everything from porridge to kimchi to on-site brewed kombucha. Housed on the upper floor of The White Building, the quirky space will feature interiors designed by Nina Woodcraft – who is known for her commitment to sustainable design – alongside material conservationist Seetal Solanki.
Notting Hill is brimming with great restaurants – but there’s always space for one more. Suzi Tros is a new Greek-inspired bistro from Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou, the husband and wife duo behind west London favourite Mazi. Named after a character in Greek film I Parisiana, Suzi Tros translates as ‘Suzi, you eat’, which is reflected in the warm, fun feel of the restaurant. Located just down the road from its sister restaurant in the heart of Hillgate Village, Suzi Tros offers a selection of small plates, taking inspiration from the small eateries of Christina’s hometown of Thessaloniki. Think prawn tartare, smoked aubergine with tahini, grilled calamari, and meatballs with tzatziki, washed down with Greek wines and beers.
Michelin-starred Valencian chef Quique Dacosta has just opened his first restaurant outside of Spain in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia. Known for his unique style of cooking, Quique has a number of restaurants around Spain including the eponymous Quique Dacosta Restaurant, which has held three Michelin stars since 2013. His London restaurant is focused around rice, which is integral to his cooking – he’s even written a book about it, Arroces Contemporáneos. An entire part of the menu is dedicated to rice, with a mix of traditional paella and more contemporary dishes, like ‘chapas’ – Smoked Welsh duck breast with morel, black trompettes and porcini aioli. This can be enjoyed alongside a selection of meat, vegetable and fish mains, all cooked in Quique’s creative style and using the best of British produce.
Gold, Notting Hill
The ever-trendy Notting Hill recently welcomed a new neighbourhood bar and restaurant Gold, just opened on the site of Portobello Gold. Designed to reflect the bohemian spirit of the area, Gold is set across four floors, with stripped back interiors exposing the shell of the building and a garden room filled with pretty trees and greenery. It’s headed up by ex-River Cafe chef Theo Hill, with drinks from Scout’s Matt Whiley and Rich Woods.
No. Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea
Old Chelsea favourite Cheyne Walk Brasserie has re-opened as No Fifty Cheyne following a nine-month makeover – and you should definitely go. It draws in classic Chelsea crowds: on a recent Wednesday evening the venue was buzzing with well-dressed couples and young, glamorous groups of friends. Stepping inside feels like arriving at a private country house, a feeling which is reinforced by the charming staff. Despite the luxurious interiors – glass chandeliers, high ceilings, statement flowers and the like – the restaurant has an intimate, cosy feel. The big open grill in the middle of the room is a nice touch, and the aroma of the sizzling meat and fish dishes is hard to resist. Order something from there, and you won’t be disappointed.
Saying that, everything we tried was delicious. Jason Atherton protégé Iain Smith (previously Social Eating House) heads up the kitchen, which offers a menu of seasonal British dishes. The lamb rump, served with pistachio pesto and celeriac, is cooked to perfection, and don’t leave without trying the hot chocolate fondant. Afterwards, head upstairs for a nightcap at the chic cocktail bar, which looks out over the River Thames and pretty Cheyne gardens. Go with family, go with your other half, go with friends – No. Fifty Cheyne is a crowd pleaser.
A.O.K. Kitchen & Bakery, Marylebone
With its opulent interiors and trendy sugar-free menu, A.O.K. Bakery fits right in amid ever-chic Marylebone. The setting is built for Instagram: think mother of pearl floors, h velvet seating, flower ceiling and silk wallpaper – but it’s not all about appearance, and luckily the food is really good too. Open all day, the space comprises of a restaurant, bakery and bar, with a menu inspired by the sun-soaked shores of California. Everything is free from refined sugar, but this certainly doesn’t mean all boring salads – they describe their food as “comfort food with a healthy approach.” Brunch offerings include pancakes with maple syrup and berries, sweet potato and feta frittatas and breakfast tacos, alongside baked treats like savoury muffins and gluten-free pastries. For dinner, there are a number of meat, fish and pasta dishes to choose from, including gnocchi with aubergine, lamb chops with vegetable fricassee, and grilled chicken with pak choi and Medjool dates.
Bob Bob Cité, City
We’ve been waiting patiently for over a year, but the new branch of Soho institution Bob Bob Ricard has finally opened. The much-anticipated new outpost can be found in the Leadenhall Building (also known as the Cheesegrater), suspended above a 30-meter high open-air atrium. Fizz fans, fear not: Bob Bob Cité features their signature ‘press for champagne buttons’, alongside glamorous interiors from London-based design studio BradyWilliams and a new menu from Michelin-starred chef Eric Chavot.
Following the success of their three Clapham neighbourhood restaurants, The Dairy, Sorella and Counter Culture, Robin and Sarah Gill have opened a new eatery in Nine Elms’ Embassy Gardens. Oyster bar, bakery and grill Darby’s follows the same produce-led, seasonal style Robin is known for, with a nod towards his jazz musician father, Earl ‘Darby’ Gill, who spent time touring America during the 50s and 60s. Robin describes Darby’s as paying homage to the bars of Manhattan: “somewhere for life to be lived to the fullest, with oysters on ice, pints of black, freshly made bread, and the best ingredients we have at our fingertips in Britain and Ireland.” Count us in…
No. 5 Social, Mayfair
Jason Atherton’s French bistro Little Social has re-opened as No.5 Social, with chef Kostas Papathanasiou and restauranteur Nils Cassignol at the helm. Drawing from Papathanasiou’s wealth of experience, the ever-changing menu will feature seasonal British produce, with dishes such as roasted Herdwick lamb chop and cannon fillet, halibut with celeriac truffle emulsion, and a chocolate fondant served with blackcurrant sorbet. Led by Rosendale Design, the interiors have also been given a fresh makeover: dark wood interiors have made way for a much brighter space, with a neutral colour palette base alongside pale pinks and stylish duck egg blue fabric.
Siren at The Goring, Belgravia
A favourite with the royal family, The Goring has opened its first new restaurant since 1910, with famed Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw at the helm. Inspired by the Goring family’s Cornish ties, Siren offers a more casual alternative to its previous Michelin-starred dining room. Daily specials reflect the freshest fish available from Cornwall each day, which could be anything from lobster to monkfish, alongside a list of set mains, which includes red mullet with devilled shrimp butter, herbed and battered turbot, and crab risotto.
First thing’s first: this restaurant is not a tribute to Donald Trump. While its name is taken from the US abbreviation meaning President of the United States, this is to celebrate the culture and history of America, as opposed to its current politics and president. “It’s about the nation, representing the nation with food,” says head chef Pablo Peñalosa, formerly of MNKY HSE.
A stylish spot restaurant near Vauxhall Bridge, POTUS is found within the Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment, a swanky riverside hotel which opened at the end of last year – just a short walk up the river from the new American embassy at Nine Elms. The menu features a selection of indulgent American dishes with a sophisticated twist: think truffle mac & cheese, cajun chicken with sweet potato purée, and spiced lobster broth with sea bream and scallops. Unlike many American restaurants, portions won’t leave you overly full – they’re perfectly sized, which is particularly handy if you’re in the market for a cheeky dessert (we recommend the New York baked cheesecake). Enjoy alongside your pick of cocktails, which are inspired by previous American presidents, including the JFK & Mary and the Teddy Smash “Hat Club”, a tribute to Roosevelt’s love for Mojitos. With its friendly atmosphere, chic decor and delicious food, POTUS is a welcome addition to London’s Embankment.
Created by childhood friends Pooja Nayak and Assela Goenka and named after a small town in the Indian state of Tamin Nadu, Ooty offers a new take on Indian dining aimed at its Marylebone clientele. Head chef Manmeet Singh Bali began his career wit the Taj group of hotels in southern India, before rising to head chef at Michelin-starred Rasoi and later Vineet Bhatia London. His carefully curated menu showcases traditional ingredients in refined, innovative dishes: think Goan chicken cafreal with cucumber rolls, crab fry with coconut crab relish and fennel paneer with samphire and chenna fritters. They’ve also recently announced the launch of a second venue, Ooty Station, a more casual cafe-style spot located just next door to the restaurant.
Orasay, Notting Hill
Following the success of their 2018 ventures, culinary duo Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have launched a new restaurant: Orasay, in Notting Hill. The intimate 50-seat dining room serves up a Scottish-inspired menu, with a strong emphasis on seafood. In true Jackson and Andrew style, dishes are presented artfully, using ingredients straight from their organic farm in West Sussex.
Lucky Cat, Mayfair
Inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo, Lucky Cat is the latest venture from Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. Located in London’s Grosvenor Square, it’s being described as an “Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge”, with a name taken from Asian culture, believed to be a symbol of good luck and fortune. Heading up the chef line-up alongside mentor Gordon Ramsay will be Executive Chef Ben Orpwood, who has extensive experience in the realm of high-end Asian cuisine, having previously worked at both glitzy Sexy Fish and Knightsbridge hotspot Zuma. Design studio AfroditiKrassa, who have worked on the likes of Dishoom, are behind the restaurant’s concept and interiors, which take diners on an experiential journey from the moment they arrive.
Dishes include the likes of seared otoro with house soy and baby kale, and orkney scallop with yuzu and sweetcorn hot sauce, alongside an eclectic cocktail menu, lots of Japanese gin and over 40 premium sakes. Lucky Cat replaces Maze, the much-loved Gordon Ramsay restaurant which closed on 2 February after 14 years in business. Opened in 2005, the Mayfair restaurant held a Michelin star between 2006 and 2015 under the stewardship of Jason Atherton, who was executive chef there until 2010.
Davies & Brook, Mayfair
Chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara, the duo behind iconic New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park, are bringing their culinary finesse to London with a new restaurant, set to open at Claridge’s this autumn. Although details of the menu remain secret, Eleven Madison Park’s former chef de cuisine Dmitri Magi will act as executive chef at the new restaurant, which has been described by Claridge’s as ‘a fine dining restaurant without pretense that embraces the heritage of its location with a contemporary sensibility.’ Named after the hotel’s Mayfair location at the intersection of Davies Street and Brook Street, the new project will replace Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred restaurant Fera at Claridge’s, which closed at the end of last year.