Your Weekly Guide: New to Bookatable – 23 May 2014

We’re always bringing new restaurants into the Bookatable fold, and we’ve got some corkers for you this week! As well as favourite restaurants in Manchester and Edinburgh, we introduce a trio of London restaurants, including a chef trained under Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, and a Clerkenwell dining spot from the team behind the mighty Hawksmoor restaurants.

1. Canvas Book Canvas



An innovative from a talented young chef who has rubbed shoulders with Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, Canvas allows diners to create their own bespoke menus from 2 to 3 courses to a 10-course, sommelier wine-matched feast. Award-winning chef-artiste Michael Riemenschneider says of Marylebone that it is a ‘small village in a big city’, so the Canvas restaurant is an accordingly intimate and exclusive space. 

2. Foxlow Book Foxlow



A trendy neighbourhood restaurant from the universally-adored Hawksmoor group, Foxlow is all about the definitive flavours of charcoal grilling and slow smoking. A 2-floored carnivore’s haven lined with cool white tiles, the Foxlow restaurant in Clerkenwell will have you salivating over slow-cooked maple and chilli bacon rib, while a ‘ribwich’ lunchtime special takes its name from a snack that has Homer drooling in The Simpsons. 

3. Chaophraya Book Chaophraya



One of 6 UK restaurants from the celebrated Chaophraya group, with venues in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, Chaophraya Edinburgh is a stunning rooftop restaurant overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Its panoramic vistas and chic interior design make it the perfect setting for innovative Asian cuisine, with a diverse menu offering an unusual satay fondue and a spicy jungle fish curry.

4. Room Book Room



A modern restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of the Manchester metropolis on King’s Street, Room’s 2 AA Rosette-awarded menu exudes creativity with dishes like a ‘which came first?’ collection of crispy chicken wing, chicken pate, chicken leg and quails egg, and a ‘three little pigs’ trio of pork. With a chic, retro interior, Room whips up a lively evening vibe for a range of funky cocktails.

5. Elena’s L’Etoile Book Elena’s L’Etoile


Elena's L'Etoile

Rounding off today’s guide is a classic French bistro on Charlotte Street that spans 3 centuries. With a name translating to ‘Elena’s Star’, this timeless London restaurant is lined with signed photographs of the stars of British film, and offers a menu of classical French dishes like a sumptuous pan roasted duck breast with potato dauphinoise, buttered savoy cabbage, roasted root vegetables and thyme jus.  

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