New restaurants may be popping up across the capital in their masses, but these ten upmarket eateries are the newbies to watch. The reservation lists may fill up weeks in advance and some of them may have a celeb clientele to get any A-list hunter breaking out in a sweat, but the dishes served in each are exquisite. Next time you’re in London, you’d be foolish not to check out one of these hot new haunts.
Visitors to the capital can now dine surrounded by London’s most iconic modern buildings at newly opened high-level restaurant, City Social. The floor to ceiling windows permit diners unparalleled views of the Gherkin and the Shard as they tuck into their artfully presented, exquisite tasting dishes. The menu is full of hearty, wholesome and perfectly executed a la carte options. Choose to start dinner with an appetizer of guinea fowl and truffle terrine, roasted French quail or a plate of violet artichoke with black truffle. Highland venison, Lake District steaks and Lincolnshire rabbit all feature amongst the delicious main course options and the superb cheese trolley complete with chutney selection is the perfect way to end a truly enjoyable dining experience atop London at City Social.
City Social, 24th Floor, 25 Old Broad Street, London, UK, +44 20 7877 7703
Situated within a beautiful red brick building in the affluent area of Marylebone, the Chiltern Firehouse is now both an elegant restaurant and a hotel. Since opening in the summer, the Chiltern Firehouse has become a favourite dining spot amongst the city’s elite. David Cameron, Simon Cowell, Lily Allen and Orlando Bloom are just a few of the big names to have dined there in recent months. The busy open kitchen and the relaxed brasserie atmosphere of the restaurant makes it an extremely attractive dining venue for socialites and groups of chatty friends. Despite its fame, the dishes are reasonably priced with a three course meal costing around £45 so long as you steer away from the top-end steaks. Reservations are an absolute must however, and aren’t overly easy to come by.
Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, UK, +44 20 7073 7676
Fera at Claridge’s
The finest farm fresh, organic ingredients are used in the delicious seasonal dishes found on Fera at Claridge’s ever-changing a la carte and seasonal menus. A Michelin-starred eatery, diners here can expect the utmost in impeccable service and exquisite cuisine regardless of what British dish they opt to sample on their visit. For an excellent value meal, reserve a table at lunchtime to take advantage of the fabulous set menu for just £30 per head. The featured dishes change constantly with the seasons but always include exciting concoctions such as salt cod tartare with chive mousse and skate with sea lettuce. The a la carte and seven course tasting menu both offer some incredibly tasty options too.
Fera at Claridge’s, 49 Brook St, London, UK, +44 20 7107 8888
Restaurant, Korean, $$$
Now with two London restaurants, one in Chelsea and another in Marble Arch, Kurobuta is fast becoming one of the most sought after restaurants in the capital. A Scott Hallsworth restaurant, a pristine level of service, quality and flavour is to be expected at all times at Kurobuta. The menu is creatively divided into quirkily named sub-sections such as Junk Food Japan, Something Crunchy, and Significant Others. At around £15 for a main course, Kurobuta remains reasonably priced despite its high acclaim and delicious flavour combinations. Try the tuna sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu, or the kombu roasted Chilean sea bass with spicy shiso ponzu to really awaken the taste buds.
Kurobuta, 251 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, UK, +44 20 3475 4158
Nestled in one of London’s most foodie-friendly districts, Lyle’s in Shoreditch offers diners nightly changing menus of innovative yet hearty dishes plus nights with special guest chefs and one-off dining events. Menus are seasonal and vary with each lunch and dinner sitting. For today’s choices have a look at Lyle’s website where you can expect to read about delicious sounding food pairings such as game broth with a burford brown egg, pumpkin, hazelnuts and black cabbage. Reservations are an absolute must and those too can be made on the website. For something a little fancier than Shoreditch’s usual street-style fare, Lyle’s is a fabulous East London choice.
Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, UK, +44 20 3011 5911
Housed within a former apothecary, East London’s Merchants Tavern makes for a great lunch, dinner and drinking spot seven days a week. This part of the city is known for bars and restaurants in quirky locations, but as common as it is nowadays to tuck into a delicious dish in a warehouse, underground speakeasy or even through a Smeg fridge – it still hasn’t lost its sense of appeal. Guests at Merchants Tavern can enjoy their food either at the bar, in the dining room or even at the kitchen counter. The food on offer is typical gastropub fare, including everything from toasted sandwiches and charcuterie boards to bespoke chef menus and seasonal British classics. The perfect venue for a spot of grub on a chilly winter’s day, the roaring log fire has diners warmed up in a flash.
Merchants Tavern, 36 Charlotte Road, London, UK, +44 20 7060 5335
The New Angel
Another Michelin-starred restaurant for Notting Hill, The New Angel serves an eclectic range of innovative European-inspired dishes to a sophisticated, flavour loving clientele. Located within a charming old Victorian pub, the restaurant is decorated simply yet elegantly making it an ideal destination for both intimate dinners and business lunches. Ravenous diners have the choice between a lunch menu, a tasting menu, a vegetarian tasting menu, a bar menu and an a la carte menu. All of the menus feature some divine dishes, but the star of the show has to be the seven course tasting menu complete with wine pairings. Perfect for those special occasions, a reservation is highly recommended.
The New Angel, 39 Chepstow Place, Notting Hill, London, UK, +44 20 7221 7620
Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
In a city that is said to house a restaurant of every world cuisine, it’s only fitting that alongside the abundance of Italian, French and British restaurants in London’s West End lies a rare Israeli treat. The Palomar serves an array of tempting dishes enjoyed in modern day Jerusalem. Located within a short stroll of both Soho and the theatre district, this restaurant is ideally situated for a pre or post show bite to eat. Take the opportunity to sample some hard to come by dishes such as challah bread, kubaneh, shakshukit and pork belly tagine.
The Palomar, 34 Rupert Street, London, UK, +44 20 7439 8777
The Typing Room
Making a piece of fine art with every dish they prepare, the chefs at The Typing Room certainly know how to prepare a plate. Housed within East London’s Town Hall Hotel, The Typing Room restaurant always seeks to use the freshest, most local British produce and ingredients in its creative twists on European classics. Guests can choose between a five and seven course tasting menu in which they will feast on an array of fantastic flavours such as celeriac and foie gras, duck with spiced mango, smoked venison with beetroot and homemade chutneys and cheeses.
The Typing Room, Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London, UK, +44 20 7871 0461
Meaning ‘sea urchin’ in Japanese, UNI is a truly innovative restaurant located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The menu here is an unusual and extremely exciting fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. Both a restaurant and a sushi bar, it is open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. A quirky cocktail menu features alongside the creative dishes as well as an extensive fine wine menu. For a three course dinner full of delicious new dishes, start with a hamachi sashimi salad or a sea bass and crispy yucca ceviche, follow with wagyu tataki or turbot tiradito before finishing the meal in style with a helping of caviar and a mojito with a dash of coconut and chili.
UNI,18a Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, UK, +44 20 7730 9267