From Korean fried chicken to a mind-blowing tasting menu, these are the best new restaurants in London to try now
By Abbie Schofield
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by London’s ever-changing restaurant scene. Equally, it’s easy to go to the same restaurant every Friday and not try anything new. That’s where we come in. The team at Absolutely London has the low down on the city’s new openings, menus and foodie events, so you can read about the hottest culinary spots in town. Updated every month, our list of the best new restaurants in London is the ultimate guide to eating out in the capital.
The Best New Restaurants in London This Month
Stevie Parle, the chef behind Pastaio, and British designer Tom Dixon have opened Joy on Portobello Docks. The space includes a bar, fresh produce shop The Goods Shed, bee hives producing honey to purchase and pop-up restaurant Flora, all in a beautiful al fresco setting. The seasonal menu features dishes such as clams cooked with butter and fresh peas, and red prawns with burned lemon and marjoram.
Portobello Docks, W10 5BU; joyatportobello.co.uk
This new delivery-only pizza brand is putting a twist on the classic pizza base by using ancient grains which have more nutritional value. Delicious flavour combinations like spiced lamb, labneh, rose harissa and pickled chilli use high quality ingredients, and you can also add your own toppings, from vegan ‘sheese’ to fennel salami. There are sweet pizzas too, topped with the likes of fig, mascarpone and wild mountain honey pizza. If you live in their delivery zones (parts of central and south London), you’re in for a treat.
World-renowned Korean-American chef Judy Joo’s new restaurant specialises in Korean fried chicken. Her signature burger combines a toasted potato bun with golden crispy chicken and a soy and gochujang glaze, topped with Kewpie mayo, onion and lettuce. It’s KFC, but not as you know it.
Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GF; seoul-bird.co.uk
Turnips, Borough Market stallholders for 30+ years, have launched a restaurant with chef Tomas Lidakevicius. Serving delicious small plates that celebrate vegetables, like sweet potato & lentil croquettes and sweet ’n’ sour cauliflower, meat eaters will love it too.
43 Borough Market, SE1 9AH; turnipsboroughmarket.com
Two Michelin-starred restaurant Kitchen Table isn’t physically open, but the team has launched an at-home experience, delivering elaborate tasting menus to London homes. Samples dishes include hand-dived Orkney Island scallops with toasted hazelnut and herb butter and burrata from Puglia accompanied by fresh English cherries and wild fig leaf oil.
Jay Morjaria, known for running London’s first vegetarian cookery school and appearing on Million Pound Menu, is hosting a semi-permanent residency at Dalston cocktail bar, Untitled. Opening 3rd September on Thursdays-Saturdays, Jae will serve inventive twists on anju, Korean bites similar to tapas that are usually served with alcohol. Pair Untitled’s quirky cocktails with the likes of grilled padrón peppers with whipped feta and shin cup seasoning, and kimchi with devilled eggs and crispy shallots.
Opening in a upcycled shipping container in Camden’s Buck Street Market, Wildflower is an intimate fine dining experience boasting a tasting menu inspired by chef Adrian Martin’s Irish heritage. Each dish is based on locally-sourced produce and foraged ingredients and all food waste from the restaurant is composted and used to generate electricity for the entire market.
Buck Street Market, NW1 8QP; wildflowerrestaurant.co.uk
With popular sites in Highbury and Crouch End already, Family-run cafe Beam is venturing west. Known for locally-sourced, hearty breakfast and brunch dishes, Beam’s new restaurant on Westbourne Grove (opening in September) will serve everything from Turkish eggs to gluten-free buttermilk pancakes.
103 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW; cafebeam.co.uk
Six By Nico
With a new six-course tasting menu every six weeks, Fitzrovia’s latest restaurant is
revolutionising the dining experience. The opening menu, entitled ‘The Chippie’, was
based on Nico Simeone’s Scottish-Italian heritage with dishes such as steak pie, fish
supper, and yes, even a deep-fried Mars bar. This month it’s all about ‘Childhood’ with classic British dishes sure to set you in a nostalgic spin.
33-41 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR; sixbynico.co.uk
From the team behind popular neighbourhood spot Levan comes Larry’s, a day-to-night eatery inspired by the delis, diners and cafés of New York City. The menu is an American dream; expect everything from fresh pastries and coffee in the morning to meatball-stuffed focaccia for lunch, while dinner sees an array of top-notch sharing plates and a lengthy wine list.
Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL; larryspeckham.co.uk
The Ram Quarter sees the opening of a new innovative restaurant hoping to bring a Michelin-style menu to Wandsworth. London Stock combines fine British dining with Asian cooking techniques, and highlights from the seven-course tasting menus include wild seabass and broccoli purée, pickled turnips and dried shiso, and the malt and miso soufflé with stout ice cream.
2 Bubbling Well Square, SW18 1UQ; londonstockrestaurant.co.uk
Please note that due to recent developments with COVID-19, some restaurant openings have been pushed back. Check individual restaurant’s webpages for further information.
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