As we reach the end of January, we also reach the end of 99% of the wildly overblown New Year's resolutions that people naively make -- so, celebrating that fact, here are the 13 best new restaurants you can go and break them at.
The City Not content to just open one restaurant, the folks at the Walkie Talkie building went and opened three at once. The Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill sits pretty on the 37th floor with an all-day menu filled with seasonal surf & turf, while down on the 36th floor, Darwin Brasserie, looks at a bit of a more traditional theme with seasonal “home grown ingredients” presented with laid-back charm. And the best bit? It’s all connected a to the highest rooftop garden in London, which is open as a bookable public space.
The City It would appear that Martin Williams, former Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants, doesn’t believe in doing things by halves. M isn’t just a restaurant or a bar: it’s in fact two restaurants (M Raw and M Grill), a wine bar, a cocktail bar, plus event space and even a “secret den” with pool & video games. There's even an in-house butchery with a gloriously large window, so you can see the meat being hung, aged, and sliced up.
Carnaby Street Judy Joo has had some laughably great careers. After dominating the financial markets at both Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch, she then went on to become a chef, working at world-class restaurants like The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, and Maze. Jinjuu will be her first solo restaurant, with one floor devoted to anju (that's Korean for "drinking food") and another predominantly serving sharing platters & Korean/American fusion (including an entire Korean fried chicken).
Clerkenwell With the departure of Giant Robot comes a Brooklyn-inspired space filled with cocktails, all the grills, and a pretty fantastic-sounding brunch. Nutella French toast, pumpkin waffles, eggs in every way imaginable, and a damn fine whiskey selection. Cancel whatever you had on this weekend.
Putney Providing a startling contrast to the various shades of gray skies outside, El Patrón is bright, colorful, and brings the heat. It boasts over 60 types of tequila, a menu full of Mexican street food (from tacos to burritos), and a house band and DJs on the weekends.
West End Sushi, sashimi, robata grill, and fantastic cocktails are what you can expect here from this St. James spot. The slick, dark design is matched by dishes like scallops tartare with wasabi ponzu, and miso & yuzu mustard marinated pork belly. The cocktail list has been crafted by the team at Brixton’s Shrub & Shutter, so you know zero corners have been cut for these creations.
Ealing We're always in favour of more beer being made in London, especially when it’s being made by the crew of The Gun in Docklands and in a historic pub that serves over 100 wines, and you can also get a three-course feast in the ballpark of £35. With the brewmaster on hand for questions, tutorials, and pairings, this is set to be a serious hop-haven.
Tower Hill Somewhere between Japanese and Peruvian is Amaru, the second venture from the Bravas Tapas team with a partnership with Bal Thind, who was the original investor in Hakkasan and Yauatcha. With fresh and local ingredients, you can grab everything from sushi to ceviche, with avocado, truffles, and mango all making tasty appearances.
Soho Jan Lee is finally opening up his East Asian BBQ joint in Soho next month. Combining his experiences working at Roka with a youth spent along the Scottish borders, his breed of food will include fatty tuna w/ avocado & jalapeño, and Loch Ryan oysters with apple & kimchi.
Shoreditch Martin Morales is expanding his Peruvian mini-empire by bringing a second edition of his original hit to Shoreditch in March. Expect a slightly larger affair with a dedicated ceviche bar, plus a rotisserie and a side bar, especially for the drinking and snacking crowd.
Dalston The great Tonkotsu invasion is spreading to a fourth outpost opening a Dalston, and is filled with all the ramen, gyoza, and katsu you could possible want. The big difference here, aside from a couple site-specific dishes, is a longer cocktail list with potentially the ability (license depending) to just grab a drink.
Putney The Brew team have opened a number of great restos around South London (Wimbledon, Clapham, Battersea), but what makes this latest addition so welcome (apart from the delicious chorizo/king prawn Hellfire Pizza) is the fact that it has a heated outdoor cinema.
Mayfair From the humble roots of the caffeine-fueled Climpson’s Arch, Chef Tomas Parry has moved on up in the world. After winning Chef of the Year at the Young British Foodie's Awards last year, Parry has teamed up with a solid team of peeps (the co-founder of All Star Lanes, an ex-Pitt Cue Co. sous, and a major actor to name a few) to bring something easy to settle into, with lots of red leather (it is named after an infamous 18th century courtesan, after all), and award-winning dishes like grilled sea bass; cider, apples & cavolo nero; ox cheek; potato & sprout tops; and mackerel escabeche.
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