With our restaurant specialists going out to eat at all the latest openings, they’re a great source of inspiration for your next dinner out. Here are the 10 places that they think should be at the top of everybody’s must-try list right now.
13 Philpot Lane, the City
After two years of serving stacks of rare-breed chops to an adoring crowd in Soho, Blacklock has trotted over to the Square Mile. The menu is aimed squarely at carnivores and features a few new additions, including a whole roast chicken smothered in house sauce and a sizzling maple bacon chop, and the cocktail trolley returns with old fashioned, negroni and boozy lemonade for just £5. On the site of a medieval meat market, the room is bigger than the original and time-strapped City workers will be pleased to hear that it takes bookings too.
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea
The first-floor restaurant in the iconic Michelin building is one of the greatest dining spaces in London, especially in summer months when sunlight streams through the stained glass windows into the lofty space. Claude Bosi has taken over the Conran-designed space and we think he’ll be the first chef to bring a Michelin star to a building that has such strong connection to the hallowed guide book. Not one for following trends, the Lyon-born chef doesn’t serve a tasting menu and has brought back a 1970s favourite – the carvery trolley. Daily lunchtime selections include beef rib, rotisserie chicken, pork belly and lamb. Also pictured top
380 Old Street, Shoreditch
Holding its position at number 26 on this year’s World’s 50 Best list, the Shoreditch taste-maker is now the highest ranking restaurant in the UK, having pipped The Ledbury to the title by one position. The Clove Club embodies everything that’s brilliant about London at the moment – Isaac McHale’s cooking is cutting edge without being confusing; the dining room is relaxed yet energetic and cool yet elegant; and the staff evidently love what they do. If you still haven’t got around to dining here, make it your summer mission.
88 St John Street, Clerkenwell
It goes without saying that the second restaurant from the Clove Club team is destined for big things. This time around, they’ve pointed their creativity towards Italy and the cooking brings a contemporary edge to mamma’s recipes. From the small bar at the front, the restaurant flows through to a minimalist dining room with a semi-open kitchen, before reaching an airy conservatory with a private dining room that could have been lifted from a Tuscan villa and a beautiful terrace. This place rocketed into our top five and is an essential dining experience right now.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, the City
Anne-Sophie Pic is the latest Parisian chef to be wooed by London and her brasserie at the brand new Four Seasons hotel in Trinity Square is every bit as classy, refined and luxurious as its epic surroundings. The menu concentrates on familiar bistro classics but there’s a touch of magic to every dish which lifts it high above the standard brasserie fare. Anne-Sophie learnt everything she knows from her late father and has maintained his legacy at the three-Michelin-starred family restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France. We predict her new venture is also destined for the stars.
74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
No MasterChef fan will be surprised to hear that judge Monica Galletti doesn’t put a foot wrong at her new opening in Fitzrovia. A stickler for detail, every element of the service is note-perfect – from the warm welcome and elegant setting to the meticulously plated food and well-considered wine list curated by husband David. Famously the ex-sous chef at Le Gavroche, she shines a light on French cooking, but there’s also a global spin with exotic ingredients and touches of her Samoan-Kiwi heritage. It’s an exciting menu that is conservative one minute and audacious the next.
The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, Victoria
The story behind the second outing from the popular Brixton neighbourhood restaurant Naughty Piglets goes that Andrew Lloyd Webber was so impressed with dinner at the original that he personally invited the team to run the in-house dining spot at his revamped St. James Theatre – now known as The Other Palace. They’ve taken over the first floor and transported the small plates and natural wine philosophy to Victoria seamlessly – the head chef Joe Knowlden previously worked at the Clove Club so has some serious cooking know-how.
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, Barnes
After years of saying he would never open a restaurant in the capital, the Cornish chef had a change of heart and Rick Stein, Barnes opened just in time for the spring sunshine – which can be soaked up on the flower-filled terrace. Of course, the restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood in London and anyone who’s dined at his Padstow flagship will recognise a few dishes on the menu, including his signature Dover sole à la meunière. This place is ideal for a long weekend lunch with a chilled bottle of Picpoul de Pinet or two.
25 Broadwick Street, Soho
There’s no end of takeaway burrito bars popping up across London with heaps of shredded pork, spoonfuls of refried beans and mounds of guacamole, but there’s only one place to head if you want Mexican flavours with a much bigger dose of flair. Temper has taken the taco to new levels – try the soy-cured beef with a Korean twist to see what we mean – and the chargrilled meats are easily the best in town. Grilled in huge slabs before being diced and shredded, the rare-breed beef, smoked goat and spring lamb are piled on flatbreads and scattered with fresh herbs, fiery chillies and a myriad of zingy sauces. We guarantee this’ll become an instant favourite.
2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria
Any Jason Atherton opening deserves a lot of attention, especially when he steps into new ground like he has here with his first ever Italian restaurant, at Victoria’s new Nova complex. We were lucky enough to attend the opening party with the man himself and are happy to report that the whole operation is in safe hands. Chef Paul Hood has moved across from Michelin-starred Social Eating House and his modern take on Italian classics would impress even the most hardened traditionalist. It is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – contact us to secure a table.
Last updated on 11 April 2017