From authentic Anatolian flavours of Turkey to the world’s first Nigerian tapas, these are the best new restaurants in London for February 2020
By Abbie Schofield
Baraka – named after the old wooden homes used for socialising in Turkey – will use ancient recipes alongside new interpretations to bring authentic Anatolian flavours to diners in Broadgate. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, dishes include hand-rolled pastry filled with warm feta cheese and herbs, charcoal-grilled meats and home-made baklava with rose and Turkish delight ice cream.
1 Finsbury Ave, Broadgate, EC2M 2PF; barakarestaurant.co.uk
Anglo @ Trade
Mark Jarvis’ restaurant Anglo has begun its residency at TRADE, the members’ club for the hospitality industry, with a tasting menu by head chef Anthony Raffo. TRADE has opened its doors for the first time so a small number of non-members can try the menu, which features fermented mushrooms, black truffle risotto and venison with junipers.
23 Frith Street, W1D 4RR; tradesoho.co.uk
Tropical meets brutalist in this new Sri Lankan venture from Charith Priyadarshana, who is merging British ingredients with the flavours of Colombo and rustic interiors. The menu of small plates includes curry leaf hoppers and slow roasted pork cheek with tamarind.
61 Rupert Street, W1D 7PW; paradisesoho.com
Brother-sister duo Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick are behind the world’s first Nigerian tapas pop-up that will open the doors to its permanent restaurant in Tottenham this month. Going by the slogan ‘chop (Nigerian pidgin for eat), chat, chill’, Chuku’s will be serving up authentic Nigerian dishes with a twist, with small plates such as jollof quinoa and vegan eba and egusi on the menu.
274 High Road, N15 4AJ; chukuslondon.co.uk
Italian restaurant and delicatessen Lina Stores has expanded to King’s Cross and its fantastic brunch menu is not to be missed. Until 11am, sample delights such as bomboloni (Nutella filled doughnuts) and our personal favourite, polenta with roasted mushrooms and Parmigiano. Plus, the mint green and marble decor is seriously Instagrammable.
20 Stable Street, N1C 4DR; linastores.co.uk
Hoppers is opening its third and largest London site with a menu featuring old classics alongside new exclusive dishes like black pepper curry leaf prawn skewers. Hoppers King’s Cross will have beautiful new interiors inspired by the Sri Lankan coast, whilst the cuisine will stay true to the family-style feasting the lively restaurant is known for.
Unit 3, Building 4, Pancras Square, NIC 4AG; hopperslondon.com
Outside of Italy, when it comes to pizza it doesn’t get much better than Zia Lucia. Renowned for its slow-fermented doughs and high-quality fresh toppings, the independent pizzeria’s fourth site has opened in Aldgate East, complete with a huge handcrafted pizza oven from Naples.
12A Piazza Walk, E1 8ZH; zialucia.com
Prairie Fire BBQ
The first US city to open a barbecue joint in the 1900s, Kansas City is well known for its smoked meats and rich, sticky sauces. Inspired by all things American, Prairie Fire will be serving authentic Kansas-style barbecued meats from smoked briskets to juicy burgers, alongside tangy slaws, fries, crispy onion wings, plus veggie options like crispy jackfruit wings.
Arches 88/89, Wood Lane Arches, W12 7LH; prairiefirebbq.com
With Filipino food yet to become a huge trend in London, popular supperclub Sarap is ahead of the curve by opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Brixton Village. Its signature dish is Lechon Liempo, slow-roasted pork belly stuffed with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chilli, coconut vinegar and soy sauce, and served with liver sauce, spiced coconut vinegar and atchara pickle.
14D Market Row, SW9 8LB; saraplondon.com
Elegant new beauty and wellbeing destination Linnaean is a cafe, spa and apothecary all in one. The floral-decked Nine Elms restaurant is neighbourhood in feel but with a forward-thinking, international menu that focuses on plant-based dishes – we recommend the celeriac panzerotti with cashews, mushrooms and a black truffle cream.
Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, SW11 7AX; linnaean.co.uk
Spitalfields industrial-style wine bar, Bottles has opened a sister site with a very different look. The Chelsea Bottles is light and airy, serving Italian small plates to accompany its impressive wine selection. The food menu includes black cod, espresso-glazed ribeye steak and Sicilian chorizo hot dog.
100 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AD; bottleswine.bar
The second branch of Pastaio has opened in Westfield, serving up freshly-cooked doughy delights and prosecco slushies to hungry shoppers. As well as new dishes, there will be a plant-based menu featuring dishes such as vegan cacio e pepe.
Westfield White City, W12 7GF; pastaio.co.uk
Bar and Block
This new all-day steakhouse serves everything from flavourful ribeye to indulgent chateaubriand, but it’s far from a one trick pony. Dishes on the new winter menu include wild-caught Canadian scallops served with truffle mash, grilled salmon fillet, plus plenty of vegetarian options to please your whole party.
St Nicholas Way, SM1 1AT; barandblock.co.uk
Contemporary Greek restaurant The Athenian is opening a new London Bridge site at the end of the month. Inspired by a traditional Hellenic market stall, the menu includes build your own gyros and souvlaki, crispy halloumi fries, croquettes, Greek salad and an array of dips from cool tzatziki to their signature Athenian sauce.
“Informal, fun, but with a real focus on quality” is how co-founders Helen Hall, Luke West-Whylie and Ben McVeigh would describe their latest venture. Neighbourhood wine shop, bar and kitchen Peckham Cellars will be offering a casual dining experience with delicious seasonal dishes from Cornish brill to onglet and a warming, family-style Sunday roast.
125 Queen’s Rd, SE15 2ND; peckhamcellars.co.uk
Hawaiin poké specialists Island Poké have launched a new morning menu featuring scrumptious breakfast bowls full of nutrition, from satisfying oats to energising açai. Staying true to its Hawaiin roots, tropical flavours like mango, coconut and agave feature heavily in the bright and vibrant dishes.
Unit 2F, Southbank Place, SE1 7NW; islandpoke.com