New Restaurant Openings in London – March 2012

Clockwise from top: Karpo, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Cinnamon Soho, Novikov (Italian restaurant)


17 Frith Street, Soho

The Peruvian dining scene has started to hit London, and this is the first one to touch down. Raw fish, Peruvian lime, chill, a grind of sea salt – and lots of Pisco Sours. This Soho newcomer is another fun addition to the “crawl” in W1.

The Jugged Hare

49 Chiswell Street, Moorgate

Tom and Ed Martin are increasing their empire at a startling pace, and their latest opens just a few doors down from their other gaff Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the Barbican. Posh gastropub with grills, roasts, and Herdwick lamb on the spit. 

La Bodega Negra

9 Old Compton Street, W1

Serge Becker has brought his own particular brand of Mexicana to London, described variously as a maestro and a “cultural engineer”. Tacos in the sharply designed bar upstairs, or slow roasted lamb with fiery salsa in the shadowy downstairs restaurant. Mexican just got sexed up.


50 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone

Bruno Barbieri arrives in Marylebone with a big reputation and a helluva lotta Michelin stars festooned on his CV. An Italian menu from the old school is what the Marylebone residents now have on their doorstep, with simply prepared fish dishes, Gorgonzola fondue and guinea fowl ravioli.

10 Greek Street

10 Greek Street, W1

Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali have already garnered much praise for their formula of simply cooked food with an excellent value wine list. A seat at the bustling bar and open kitchen is the best seat in the house.

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi

58 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon

Danish style arrives in London with the first restaurant from this successful sushi group. A beautifully designed room with chairs as stylish as any you’ll find  in a design museum. Nigiri, uramaki, chirashi, futomaki, hosomaki, and  – its all here in leafy Wimbledon.

Duke’s Brew & Que

33 Downham Road, Hackney

BBQ is on-trend and super hot right now, and the appetite isn’t waning anytime soon. The latest is in a Dalston pub where you can indulge those cravings for long smoked pulled pork, and huge smoky ribs.


50a Berkeley Street, Mayfair

Full of bling and plenty of razzle dazzle, this Mayfair newcomer from Russian Big Dog Arkady Novikov is a behemoth of a space housing two restaurants, an Asian and an Italian. Just bring your credit card. Or three.


39 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia

Ollie Dabbous is the darling of the the London food scene right now, with bookings already stretching into early summer. Hugely inventive dishes with a delicate touch have impressed, such as beef tartar with cigar oil, whisky and rye.


23 Euston Road, Kings Cross

Daniel Taylor has brought more Americana inspired cuisine to the London dining scene, this time in rejuvenated King’s Cross. Southern-fried quail  with celeriac slaw sums up the spirit of the menu.

Tom Aikens

43 Elystan Street, South Kensington

The L’enfant terrible of London kitchens has returned with a new concept for his re-born restaurant, inspired greatly by Danish design. Tea smoked salmon, jasmine infused shellfish consommé and burnt cucumber shows off ambitious flavour combinations. 

Mele E Pere

46 Brewer Street, Soho

Another Soho opening sees an ex-Wild Honey team running the show in a basement space. Ravioli of ricotta with walnut pesto and tagliatelle with beef cheek ragù is part of a concise menu, and hand chopped veal is just as you’d find it in Piemonte.

Cinnamon Soho

5 Kingly Street, Soho

The legend of the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen extends its reach to Soho, as Vivek Singh opens his third restaurant in the feverish atmosphere of Soho. A modern and fresh interpretation of Indian cuisine over two levels, the bar is set to be as big a draw as the restaurant.

Burger and Lobster

29 Clarges Street, Mayfair

The simplest menu in London has arrived on Mayfair, and takes the ooh and ahh of menu deliberation out of your hands with a simple question: Burger, lobster, or lobster roll? All at £20 a pop. Getting to the front of the queue will be your biggest achievement of the night. 

About Zeren Wilson

Zeren writes on restaurants and wine, having spent ten years in the wine trade, most recently as a wine supplier to many of London's top restaurants. You'll find him trawling the streets of London, hunting down the finest eating and drinking experiences London has to offer. He has his own restaurant review site,, and can also be found on Twitter.


Karachi Eats

Last night I tried out Wimbledon's newest sushi restaurant, Sticks n Sushi. Loved it; seriously loved it. The restaurant has only been open a few weeks, and it was easy to see how it has gotten such great reviews.

Mike Potter

Superb list Zeren! I've tried Cotidie during my London trip 2 months ago. Their fish dishes are exceptional! Looking forward to my next London trip on next year. Will definitely visit few of the restaurants in your list 🙂


GYMS KITCHEN is amazing! new restaurant opened up in leyton high road. promotes healthy eating and the prices are so low! one of my favourite restaurants i would advice it to you all


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