10 Best New Openings in Soho
Every three months we take it upon ourselves to round up our favourite openings in the beating heart of London.
From full meat joints over an open flame through to the poshest crisps you could possibly imagine, we’ve listed 10 of the best openings over the last three months. As always these are in no particular order, just our thoughts on the latest and greatest and an overarching suggestion to go visit all of them.
Kricket is a fresh faced Indian restaurant on Denman street. From the same minds behind its Brixton namesake, this new central London restaurant is serving a modern take on traditional Indian small plates from their intimate Soho home. If you’re feeling the need, be sure to head downstairs and sample some truly unique takes on classic cocktails.
2. Bonnie Gull
After the success of Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia, founders Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy decided to expand. Their new Bonnie Gull site in Soho is staying true to its roots and dishing up fresh, sustainable and authentically British seafood. The menu changes daily (based on the catch) but there are some dishes that will be fairly regular – don’t miss out on the ‘Squid Toast’.
Ohhhhhh Temper. This place, from Neil Rankin, has live-fire cooking and a menu that reads like one of those M&S food-porn ads with tempering, chopping, grilling and sprinkling going off left, right and centre. With dishes such as leg shawarma and smoked whole rib being supplied by UK-based independents, there’s nothing not to love.
Address: 25 Broadwick St.
Contact: 020 3879 3834
HipChips is a crisp and dip eatery in Soho – yes, you read that right, crisps and dips. The only setback of this place is the inability to order to your door on a slightly slow Sunday evening – movie nights would never be the same again.
Address: 49 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HL
Contact: 0203 875 3756
Swift is a cocktail lover’s paradise. To say the brains behind this are a dream team may seem a little farfetched but hear us out. The founders have already built an impressive reputation in London; Weil and Stimpson are the brains behind Oriole and Nightjar, and Johansson and Hiddleston are bartenders at Milk & Honey. Forget January blues, at least for a few drinks, and get yourself down to this place.
Address: 12 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TQ
Contact: 020 7437 7820
Café culture is a big deal in East Asia, and at Kova, you can experience it without having to book a plane ticket to Japan. Whether dropping in for your morning latte or trying something sweet from the cake counter, Kova’s delicate, creamy treats will not disappoint.
Following its success in New York, Sakagura restaurant and sake bar has brought a burst of Japanese flavours to Heddon Street. Featuring extravagant varieties of sushi, skewers and bento boxes, Sakagura immerses guests in the best of Japan and is not one to miss.
Disrepute is Soho’s latest members club and drinking den and stands where the infamous Kingly Club used to (frequented by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in the ’60s). The cocktail list has been expertly created, with story-like descriptions for each drink. Membership isn’t impossible to acquire, so you don’t need to be a celeb to get on the list (but you’ll without a doubt feel like one).
Address: 4 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PE
Contact: 020 7594 2505
Specializing in tacos, Corazón’s take on homemade Mexican comfort food is a delicious addition to Soho’s food scene. This place offers an authentic and casual dining experience. If you’ve never tried Mexican food before, this is the place to start.
Address: 9 Poland St, London W1F 8QR
Contact: 0203 813 1430
Roberto Castro, the brains behind Tapas Brindisa, brings us the second Lobos venture following the success of their Borough Market site. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Dive in for some hearty lunchtime fuel and those seeking something a little more lively come evening.
Address: 48 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SF
Contact: 020 3019 5082