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From a Mexican vegan street food eatery to a delicatessen offering gourmet food-to-go, these are the best new restaurants in London for March 2020
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
Vegan street food pioneer Club Mexicana will open its first permanent restaurant this month, serving vibrant Cali-Mexican flavours. Think plant-based tacos, nachos and tostadas, and the return of classic favourites like the beer-battered Tofish Taco. Margaritas at the ready.
Kingly Court, W1B 5PW; clubmexicana.com
A southwest London favourite, Megan’s has ventured up north with a new site in Islington. The dog-friendly restaurant and brunch specialists will be serving their epic breakfasts with all the trimmings until 5pm, when a Mediterranean-inspired evening menu takes centre stage.
6 Esther Anne Place, N1 1WL; megans.co.uk
New traiteur and delicatessen Colette has a luxurious array of take-home produce on offer, from charcuterie to artisan cheeses, plus sweet treats by patisserie experts Ladurée. Also available to take home are gourmet dishes like classic confit cod with garlic, lemon and capers, and smoked chestnut and butternut squash risotto.
315 Fulham Road, SW10 9QH; colette.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
A cevicheria, fish boutique and wine and sake cellar has opened in Clapham Old Town, serving Nikkei cuisine (made with Peruvian ingredients and Japanese techniques). Other than ceviche dishes, the menu includes à la carte options like roasted duck leg in a yuzu glaze – plus guests can purchase their own fish to take home and cook.
22 The Pavement, SW4 0HY; stclairuk.com
Following on from Oklava Shoreditch, this new all-day bakery is inspired by chef Selin Kiazim’s Turkish heritage, with Black Sea region wines sourced by co-owner Laura Christie. We can’t wait to try the smoked bacon and medjool date butter toastie.
64 Grafton Way, W1T 5DP; oklava.co.uk
Not strictly a restaurant opening, but Fiume Uncorked, a wine and dinner series at Francesco Mazzei’s Battersea restaurant, has begun. On 25 March, Vagabond’s Ben Gubbins will be taking over the bar, pairing each Mediterranean course with an independent Italian wine.
Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BN; fiume-restaurant.co.uk
Start your weekend right with Bourbon’s new Levantine brunch, featuring classic favourites with Mediterranean twists like the flat-iron steak with charred ezme and sucuk yumurta, baked eggs with spicy sausage. For an extra treat (or hangover cure), order the Bloody Meryem, the Shoreditch restaurant’s take on the Bloody Mary with vodka, mezcal, Turkish spices, nigella and sumac salt.
61-67 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU; barboun.com
Four Hundred Rabbits are collaborating with Korean street food aficionados On The Bab to create London’s first Korean pizza. Launching on 6 March, the sourdough pizza will be topped with bulgogi beef, onion, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions and chopped chilli, served with kimchi coleslaw.
Various locations, 400rabbits.co.uk
French-style restaurant Maison François will open this spring, with a focus on simplicity and seasonality, and a menu of brasserie classics as well as wood-fired meats and fish. Plus, downstairs there’s Frank’s, Maison François’ ‘rebellious’ sibling wine bar with its own dedicated chef.
36 Duke Street, SW1Y 6DF; maisonfrancois.london
Joe Fox (previously head chef of Petersham Nurseries) is taking charge of the kitchen at Townsend, the new restaurant at Whitechapel Gallery. The modern British dining destination hopes to become a neighbourhood staple as well as a spot for gallery visitors, serving seasonal dishes with original style.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX; whitechapelgallery.org
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
There’s a new chef at Bingham Riverhouse; the restaurant has collaborated with Masterchef winner Steven Edwards, who will be taking over the Richmond restaurant this spring. Mains on the sample à la carte menu include salt-baked pork rump with pickled pumpkin, kale doughnut with broccoli purée and butter-roasted brill with Jerusalem artichoke.
61-63 Petersham Road, TW10 6UT; stevenedwards.binghamriverhouse.com
A sustainability-focused concept restaurant will open for four months at pop-up site 10 Heddon Street. Co-owned by Jack Croft and Will Murray, formerly of Dinner by Heston, the menu will focus on ‘root to stem’ and ‘nose to tail’ dishes.
10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX; fallowrestaurant.com
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