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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.