This article is written by our guest writer Zeren Wilson from bittenandwritten.com.
London has been fizzing with new openings in the last year, a relentless white heat of activity that shows no signs of slowing down. The pace is being cranked up across all levels, from high-end dining to casual venues – the appetite is still there and London is all the better for it. Here’s a selection of a few new openings that have caught my interest, and a couple of others just around the corner…
Arise the Slider. The Slider infiltration across London gathers pace with a large chunk of the menu at this new opening dedicated to these cutesy little burgers. In one of the most atmospheric dining rooms in London, site of the old Quality Chop House which dates back to the 1870’s, the meatball is put on an altar and worshipped. Beef and Ricotta, Greek Lamb, Pork, Chicken, or a vegetarian Courgette ball. Choose to have them on their own, or encased snugly in mini semi-brioche buns from the nearby Nadell Patisserie.
Roti Chai is all about Gujarati inspired street snacks. Where else can you find Chicken Lollipops? Keralan spiced chicken wings deviously manipulated to look like meat on a stick. Here you can find fluffy Dhokla, a popular Indian dish of chickpea flour, alongside Hakka Chilli Paneer, and Indo-Chinese speciality from Kolkata. The newest “burger” on the London scene is the Bun Kebab, a spicy lamb patty, popping with roasted spices, a lick of sweet tamarind on the side. Gloriously messy.
Antidote is a new wine bar and restaurant tucked behind Carnaby Street, soon to be launching the upstairs restaurant in September. Wines are some of the most interesting you’ll find in London, with the biodynamic philosophy driving the selection. The menu delivers solid, classic French brasserie. Carefully sourced charcuterie, terrines, and well kept cheeses are on offer in the bar downstairs. Smoked eel is paired with marinated Heritage tomatoes, Potato terrine and Artichokes Barigoule offers a taste of Provence. Beef is from The Bucchleuch Estate, Bavette, Sirloin, Côte de Boeuf, it’s all here.
Julian Biggs on Dean Street
Ex-Mark Hix Head Chef Julian Biggs is close to opening his own restaurant venture on the old Zilli Green site on Dean Street W1. Restaurant name, menu style and vibe is still under wraps and very much hush hush, but we understand wines will focus on biodynamic/natural producers, and the menu will be concise and frequently changing. Due September.
Wolfgang Puck is set to launch his high end steak restaurant as part of the Dorchester Collection, one of the biggest openings of the year. Expect steak of every description, including Wagyu beef. Likely to be a place for a bit of celebrity spotting. Due September.
Bread Street Kitchen
In the burgeoning space of One New Change behind St Paul’s cathedral, Gordon Ramsay Holdings will be attempting to bring some positive vibes to the company after a shaky couple of years. A Raw Bar serving plenty of shellfish will be a prominent feature, alongside marinated and pickled fish. A wood-burning oven and grill will also feature, as well as their own salamis and charcuterie. Due October.
The Hawksmoor boys are pushing onwards with a new site, with a Hawksmoor book almost ready to be unveiled. They’ve got the same designers in who designed their Covent Garden site, so we expect to see a beautiful looking space that will make you want to linger over your steak and Martini.