The new decade will welcome some highly anticipated restaurants onto London’s already vibrant gastronomic scene. Here are some of the ones on our must-visit list.
Dominique Ansel Treehouse
When: 7 February
Where: 24 Floral Street, WC2E
What: Known for introducing the now-iconic cronut to London’s sweet tooth at his Belgravia Bakery, Ansel will now be broadening his repertoire to include a full restaurant. Pastry is still a main focus, however; but think pies, pâte à choux for cheese gougeres and puff pastry for a soup en croute over doughnut-croissant hybrids.
Where: 21 Berners Street, W1T
What: From screen to streets, Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chillia will be opening his own venture, Akoko. A refined take on West African cuisine, dishes will include smoked jollof rice, but also grilled aged beef suya with confit tomato, barbecued baby aubergine maafe and a smoked goat consommé.
Where: 9 Seymour Street, W1H
What: As one of the biggest names in the industry, the mere mention of Noma can cause a thrill of anticipation. That’s why former project manager for Norma Mexico Santiago Lastra is causing a stir with the opening of Kol in Fitzrovia. Mexican classics gloriously clash with British ingredients to create a menu that includes langoustine tacos with sea buckthorn and lamb tostada cured in gooseberries with walnut oil.
Noble Rot Soho
Where: 2 Greek Street, W1D
What: Noble Rot will be breathing new life into a stalwart of the London restaurant scene by taking over the historic Gay Hussar in Soho’s Greek Street. This will be the second location for the noted wine bar and eatery and co-founders Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew are promising a lot from their latest venture: “We’ll be creating a buzzing and atmospheric new restaurant that's at the forefront of London's culinary scene without losing sight of [the Gay Hussar’s] rackety and sometimes scandalous past. And the wine list will be the stuff of dreams…”
Where: Greycoat Place, SW1P
What: At this point, it’s pretty much Atul Kochhar’s London and we’re all just living in it. The wildly successful chef is opening his second London site in two years inside a former Westminster fire station. It will host 200 covers inside the 5000 square foot site and serve up the Indian cooking with British ingredients that have made Kochhar an institution.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Caring
Where: Catherine Street, WC2B
What: It is currently the restaurant with no name, but who cares? This new partnership is something to shout about. The Caprice Holdings Founder and stage impresario are joining up on the soon to be revamped Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s new restaurant. Few details have been announced but considering who’s involved, expect them to bring the drama.
When: TBC 2020
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M
What: More of a food phenomenon than a restaurant per se, London will finally be joining the likes of Tokyo, New York and Istanbul by having its very own Eataly food hall. It will occupy a 42,000 square foot space in Liverpool Street and, if previous iterations are anything to go by, have the very best of Italian cuisine on offer in the form of restaurants, food suppliers, gelaterias, deli counters and much more.
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