best new restaurants in london
London is arguably (definitely) the best restaurant city in the world right now, but with so many new openings each week, keeping up to date with the best new restaurants in London is a full time job. Which is why we’re here of course. Make sure you’re always in the know with our guide to the best new restaurant openings in London and you’ll be leading your mates and dates around the coolest new places around town in no time. Our guide is constantly updated with our curated selection of only the best new restaurant openings you need to know about, so you can always be sure that this little lot will be well worth checking out.
Updated: 11th November 2019
Amazonico, the glitzy rainforest-themed restaurant in Madrid, has landed on Berkeley Square, Mayfair. The Madrid site is popular with celebs and ‘grammers thanks to its foliage-covered ceilings, lashings of gold and all-around OTT interiors (so it should fit right in with neighbours Sexy Fish and Annabel’s). As well as loads of live plants, the London outpost will also have nightly jazz performances in the restaurant and resident DJs in the Peruvian sushi bar. The food loosely follows the tropical theme, mixing Brazilian, Asian and Mediterranean influences for dishes like churrascaria, aguachile, sushi, Kobe beef and American steaks. The kitchen is huge, with several charcoal grills cooking big slabs of meat fish, veg, and even pineapples for one of the signature desserts.
10 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6AA
2. Daffodil Mulligan
Richard Corrigan has opened a new restaurant Daffodil Mulligan where modern Irish restaurant Nuala used to be just off Old Street. The new joint keeps that Irish connection – not only is it named after the daughter of legendary Irish street seller Biddy Mulligan but Richard Corrigan has drafted in a host of Irish talent for the team, including founder of Kings Place John Nugent and Tony Gibney, from the pub Gibney’s of Malahide, with the man himself working the fire pit. The 60-cover restaurant will include a 10-seater oyster bar and a basement saloon bar which will have live music nights. Food wise there’ll be seafood and steaks on the grill, as well as an insanely good sounding mash with bone marrow crumb.
70-74 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ
He’s spent time at Louie Louie and running his own residency at Borough wines in Kensal Rise and now Israeli chef Oded Oren is opening his first restaurant in Dalston this autumn. The menu will feature dishes like ox cheek and hummus – which Jay Rayner praised as ‘verging on genius’ in his review of Oded’s Louie Louie residency – plus a Jerusalem mixed grill with tahini and turmeric pickled mango; monkfish ‘chraime’ and hand rolled cous cous; chargrilled hake kebabs and sheep’s yoghurt; and freekeh- smoked green wheat with Westcombe dairy ricotta and fresh herbs.
Oded Oren’s weekend brunch includes the likes of chopped liver with crisp onions; ‘Sabich,’ sweet aubergines, egg and salad in a pita; and ‘Ful mudammes’, slow cooked British fava beans, tahini and pita: and challah French toast with seasonal compote. Zeren Wilson of bittenandwritten.com is taking charge of the wine list.
Opened November 2019
89 Shacklewell Lane London E8 2EB
4. Le Comptoir Robuchon
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon closed last year after the passing of Joël Robuchon but now two new Robuchon sites are opening in Mayfair. The first is Le Comptoir Robuchon on Clarges Street, headed up by Jeremy Page (Executive chef from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris) in the kitchen, and the second is Le Deli Robuchon on Piccadilly, which is opening later in the month.
The menu at Le Comptoir will have two parts – La Saison (modern seasonal dishes) and Les Eternels (Robuchon classics) – meaning there’ll be dishes like scallop with potates and sage, Iberico pluma with padron peppers, native lobster with romesco sauce, stuffed quail with foie gras and that famous mashed potato on offer. Le Deli will be more casual, offering pastries, porridge, sandwiches like jambon beurre, salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards, with a selection of products available to buy too.
Opened November 2019 (deli opens later this month)
6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE
5. Tonkotsu Shoreditch
Tonkotsu has just opened in a brand new building on New Inn Yard in Shoreditch and this site features a massive light installation made from 1,600 recycled bamboo Tonkotsu chopsticks. All the signature ramen, including the Tonkotsu, the Chilli Chicken and the Mushroom Miso, will be present and correct, as will gyoza, chicken kara-age and new sides like squid & prawn popcorn and padron pepper & okura tempura with matcha salt. And if you get down there before 31st October, you can score any ramen or hiyashi bowl for just a fiver!
Opened October 2019
New Inn Yard, 1 Anning Street, London, EC2A 3LQ
Kolamba is a new Sri Lankan restaurant, run by Eroshan and Aushi Meewella, will showcase family recipes and Sri Lankan home cooking from their childhood in Colombo. The menu will feature a mix of small and large plates, all designed to brought to the table at once for sharing, including dishes like kalu pol pork curry, black pepper prawn fry, yellow monkfish curry, beetroot curry, seeni sambol, hoppers, pol roti coconut flatbreads and turmeric rice. You’ll be able to pair all that with Sri Lankan booze like Lion Lager, Colombo 7 Gin, and Rockland Ceylon Arrack.
Opened October 2019
21 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B 5QA
ARMA, a new grab and go concept centred around Middle Eastern shawarma, has opened up on Dean Street in Soho, taking over the old Oliver Maki site. With bright modern interiors painted blue and orange, ARMA has a counter on the ground floor where you can choose from the likes of beef and chicken shawarma with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickled red onions, pickled cucumbers, fresh herb dressing and garlic sauce, wrapped in a traditional flatbread. Alternatively, each will be available as a salad bowl, served with tabbouleh, tahini dressing, and sumac. The falafel will be made fresh in house every day and will also be available wrapped in traditional flatbread or as a salad bowl with tabbouleh, pickled turnips, fresh parsley, mint, and garlic sauce. Although it’s primarily a grab and go kind of place there are plenty of seats in the upstairs room for people that want to eat in.
Opened October 2019
33 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4PW
8. Seabird at The Hoxton, Southwark
Hot on the heels of the hotel and ground floor restaurant, Albie’s, opening last week, the real jewel in the crown of The Hoxton, Southwark is officially open today. The 14th floor rooftop restaurant, Seabird, has an incredible outdoor terrace with epic London views plus a beautiful indoor dining room and bar, which is being headed up by none other than New York’s Maison Premiere. One of our favourite NYC spots (and on the World’s 50 Best Bars list), founders Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka have created London’s largest oyster menu alongside Maison Premiere-inspired towers of shellfish, a massive crudo selection, and much more. Cocktails are of course on point too, with both classics and brand new London creations from one of the best bar teams around. Add this one right at the top of your hit list. Bookings are now live via Sevenrooms.com
32-40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8PB