Oh, summer. Filled with beautiful blue skies, tropical temperatures, and a cornucopia of new restaurants opening every day. Okay, so two of those might have been a lie, but the restaurant thing is true, and here's the proof...
From life as a food stall in Dublin to a brick & mortar in Brussels, and now with a second location in London, it’s safe to say these alternative fish & chips are catching some attention. With a foundation of environmentally sustainable practices, it's putting out inventive flavours like lemon & fennel panko crust with lemon basil sauce and seaweed chips.
What happens when you take three ex-Brindisa food geeks, give them a cave-like venue, and free reign to cook what they want? Plate after plate of meat, cheese, and and seafood incl. ribeye steak with pan-fried foie gras, cazon en adobo (marinated and fried dogfish), and all the chorizo you could ask for. That’s what happens.
It feels a bit like these guys can’t do wrong. The second outpost of the little sister of Hawksmoor, this neighborhood restaurant is pared back and simple, allowing the food and gentle smiles of its staff to win people over. Five pepper squid; short rib with kimchi; huge brunches filled with fried chicken, eggs, and croissants, the menu reads like food porn and disappears quickly when placed in front of you. Easy and just what you want.
Way more then just a cinema, this is pretty much the ultimate date spot. With a cafe for quick bites and casual pancakes, the restaurant on the first floor is designed by Martin Brudnizki (Soho House & The Ivy) and has a menu filled with dishes like slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with pomegranate. Also -- there’s a members-only roof terrace coming soon.
Cleaned up, but without losing its old-school charm, this recently relaunched pub has some serious heavyweight food cred going on. It's owned by two best friends and joint head chefs who served some time at St John and Fifteen, the food is fantastic, and is accompanied by a solid selection of beer and an easy wine list, making it still very much a pub.
Already an institution in NYC when it comes to brunch, late-night eats, and everything in between, HC has finally opened its first international outpost in London. With a menu filled with something between molecular gastronomy, comfort food, and haute cuisine, it’s playful, but good.
After picking up a Michelin star for the original site, these guys are expanding and going strong. Expect similar small plates as the other sites, but hopefully with shorter queues across the board. Just like the first Barrafina, there are only 28 bar stools, but they also kept the idea of a private room downstairs for parties of eight or more.
If you’re sick of trekking down to Clapham for the perfect eats at The Dairy and The Manor, the same crew is expanding to Bethnal Green. On the road of good eats -- AKA the aptly named Paradise Row where Mission, Craft Cocktail Co, and more already feel at home -- you can get some farm-to-table traditional British fare while watching the chefs do their thing in an open kitchen.
After he built a reputation as the executive chef for the Polpo Group, it’s about time Tom Oldroyd opened his own place. With a small cafe downstairs and a bistro upstairs, this spot has a menu that’s somewhere between the regional Italian we know him for and the British produce we know everyone else for, giving inspiration to dishes like peach & cow curd panzanella, and smoked pork belly & pea croquettas w/ truffle mayo.
With five different flavours of meatballs, plus four different sauces, you’ll find dozens of combos, incl. Wagyu balls w/ pesto sauce, or the chicken balls, laced with thyme & Dijon with the romesco sauce.
It’s a simple concept -- it serves eggs, and in virtually every style you can think of, from the basics (on toast, in a full English), to buns (w/ pork belly, fried chicken, etc.), to plates (w/ ribeye & jalapeño fries, w/ polenta & mushroom ragu...). The list goes on and it’s pretty damn good.
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1. Hook Camden Town63-65 Parkway, London
2. Lobos14 Borough High st, London
3. Foxlow71-73 Church St, London
4. Picturehouse Central20-24 Shaftesbury Ave, London
5. Marksman Public House254 Hackney Rd, London
6. Hotel Chantelle23 Orchard St, London
7. Barrafina43 Drury Ln, London
8. Paradise Garage254 Paradise Row, London
9. Oldroyd344 Upper St, London
10. Balls & Company58 Greek Street, London
11. Egg Break30 Uxbridge St, London
Started as a market stall in Dublin, Hook is one of the more interesting chippies in London. Not only does it have old-fashioned fish & chips with seven different flavour combos (and two different crusts), it also features an eco-friendly business plan (recycling, sustainable fish, and biodegradable cutlery).
This tapas spot offers plate after plate of meat, cheese, and and seafood from three ex-Brindisa food geeks. Go for the ribeye steak with pan-fried foie gras, cazon en adobo (marinated and fried dogfish), and all the chorizo you could ask for.
From the team behind Hawksmoor is the second outpost of Foxlow, this time in Stoke Newington. The local spot is simple and comforting, with favorites like the five pepper squid and short rib with kimchi, plus huge brunches filled with fried chicken, eggs, and croissants.
Picturehouse Central is pretty much the ultimate date spot. On the first floor of this movie theater you will find a restaurant designed by Martin Brudnizki (of Soho House and The Ivy), and a menu filled with dishes like slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with pomegranate.
While this old school pub was given a makeover, it still has all the same charm. Owned by two best friends and joint head chefs who served some time at St John and Fifteen, the food is fantastic and is paired with a solid beer selection and casual wine list.
The London incarnation of an NYC institution, Hotel Chantelle offers brunch, late-night eats, and everything in between.
Since the original location earned itself a Michelin star, the Drury Lane location of this modern Spanish concept has been going strong -- just with shorter queues to get in. Just like the original, there are only 28 bar stools, plus the private dining room downstairs for parties of eight or more.
Set in a railway arch, Paradise Garage is run by inked-up staff who make pretty much everything in-house. This place doesn’t just feel ultra-hip, it’s also one of the best restaurants in town. The third spot from Robin Gill (of The Manor and The Dairy), this is the kind of restaurant that you’ll want to keep for yourself. Enjoy farm-to-table British fare while watching the chefs work in the open kitchen.
Helmed by chef Tom Oldyord of Polpo Group fame, Oldroyd has a menu that is somewhere between the regional Italian we know this chef for and the British produce we know everyone else for. Come by for dishes like peach & cow curd panzanella, and smoked pork belly & pea croquettas w/ truffle mayo.
It's all about the balls at Balls & Company. With five different flavors of meatballs, plus four different sauces, you’ll find dozens of combos, like Wagyu balls with pesto sauce.
Egg Break is simple: it serves eggs, in virtually any style or form you can think of. From the basics (on toast, in a full English), to buns (w/ pork belly, fried chicken, etc.), to plates (w/ ribeye & jalapeño fries, w/ polenta & mushroom ragu...).