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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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1. Sky Garden20 Fenchurch St, London
2. M60 Threadneedle St, London
3. Jinjuu15 Kingly St, London
4. Fourteenth Colonie45 Clerkenwell Rd, London
5. El Patrón141 Upper Richmond Rd, London
6. Murakami63-66 St Martin's Ln, London
7. Ealing Park Tavern222 South Ealing Rd, London
8. AmaruIvory House, St Katharine Docks, London
9. Bó Drake6 Greek St, London
10. Ceviche Old St2 Baldwin St, London
11. Tonkotsu Mare Street382 Mare St, London
12. Brew Putney162-164 Lower Richmond Rd, London
13. Kitty Fisher's10 Shepherd Market, London
Sky Garden is London's highest public garden, offering outstanding views of the city and three unique restaurants -- Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, Darwin Brasserie, and Sky Pod Bar.
M isn’t just a restaurant or a bar: it’s in fact two restaurants (Raw and Grill), a wine bar, a cocktail bar, plus an event space and even a “secret den” (whatever the hell that means). They did not go for subtle here with dark, moody interiors, a meat display room, and lots of metal.
Jinjuu is the first solo restaurant of Judy Joo, with one floor devoted to anju (that's Korean for drinking food) and another for sharing platters and and Korean/American mashups like a whole Korean fried chicken.
FC is a Brooklyn-inspired space filled with cocktails, all the grills, and a pretty epic-sounding brunch. It doles out Nutella French toast, pumpkin waffles, eggs in every way imaginable, craft beers, and a damn fine whiskey selection. You can't go wrong.
El Patrón is bright, colorful, and really brings the heat. With over 60 types of tequila, a menu full of Mexican street food, and a house band and DJs on the weekends, you are sure to be thinking you can totally speak español by the time you leave.
Sushi, sashimi, robata grill, and awesome cocktails are what you can expect here from this West End number. With a swank design and dishes like scallops tartare with wasabi ponzu, sea bass with a ginger sauce, and miso & yuzu mustard marinated pork belly kushiyaki, this spot is set to have you eating till you’re rolling out the door.
This Ealing pub is run by the crew from The Gun and it serves more than 100 wines (in addition to a bounty of beers), and you can get a three-course feast in the ballpark of £35. And with the brewmaster on hand for questions, tutorials, and pairings, this is a beer lover's dream.
Somewhere between Japanese and Peruvian is Amaru. With mega-fresh and local ingredients you can grab everything from sushi to ceviche, with avocado, truffles, and mango all making of tasty appearances. And with solid take-away options, plus a little izakaya-inspired dining space, you can indulge and pat yourself on the back for being kind of healthy.
This East Asian Soho BBQ joint and bar features plates with an emphasis on sharing, like fatty tuna with avocado and jalapeño remold, Loch Ryan oysters with apple & kimchi mignonette, and kimchi & potato pancakes.
This, the second Ceviche location, is a slightly larger affair than the first, with a dedicated ceviche bar plus a rotisserie and a side bar for the drinking and snacking crowd.
The fourth outpost in the Tonkotsu empire, the Mare St spot is filled with all the ramen, gyoza, and katsu you could possible want. The big difference from the other locations, aside from a couple site-specific dishes, is a longer cocktail list.
The Brew team have opened a number of great restos around South London (Wimbledon, Clapham, Battersea), but what makes the Putney addition so welcome (apart from the delicious chorizo/king prawn Hellfire Pizza) is the fact that it has a heated outdoor cinema.
This Mayfair eatery features lots of red leather, award-winning dishes (like grilled sea bass, ox cheek, potato and sprout tops, and mackerel escabeche), plus an open kitchen perfect for chef-watching. This unpretentious spot offers delicious dining, candlelight, and lovely wine options to choose from.