The Hot List: London’s Best New Openings
Need to know which newly opened restaurants are the hottest in town, right now? Let us help. We update this list every week so you know exactly where to go when you need an on-trend table.
Consider it your personal hot list.
Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
The two new restaurants from Petersham Nurseries are The Petersham and La Goccia and they’re right in the heart of bustling Covent Garden. They’re decked out in the signature PN style which means lots of florals, a few chandeliers and an all round sense of casual-glamour.
Everything you need to know: Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
Ollie Dabbous has teamed up with Hedonism Wines to open a massive venue with two restaurants and a wine bar with a 70-page wine list. Oh and there’s a car lift that will take you and your very rich pals straight up to the first-floor restaurant. As you do.
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Tomos Parry’s Basque barbecue inspired restaurant sits above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch (also on this list) and it’s about as smoking hot as it gets right now. Instagram is awash with pictures of grilled turbot grilled slowly and served with an emulsion made from the gelatinous cooking juices. The menu is focused mainly on seafood, sourced from Cornwall and cooked over fire. Londoners are going gaga for it.
Fay Maschler gave it 4 stars in The Evening Standard and we think she’s on the money, although we disagree with her opinion on the spider crab and cabbage salad. Fay described it as ‘one of those blind dates that don’t lead to wedded bliss, or even a second date…’ but we thought it one of the best dishes on the menu.
Everything you need to know: BRAT
Henry Harris (formerly of now-closed Racine) is reopening pub kitchens and doing a very good job of it. Most recent is The Coach, and we can barely scroll through Instagram without seeing a dish of brains (yes) or a fillet of beef with foie gras. So yeah, this is rich, comforting, life-affirming food. Giles Coren loved it too, writing in The Times (paywall) that dishes are familiar ‘but less polished, rougher edged, revealing a genuine French family kitchen style. And all the rarer and more interesting for it.’
Everything you need to know: The Coach
The food is looking spectacular at Sabor, and now their upstairs asador is open in addition to the bar and restaurant. It was always going to be spectacular – Nieves Barragan and her business partner José Etura are ex-Barrafina. Truth be told, this is pretty similar to Barrafina although the menu is more wide-ranging in terms of regional styles. We adored the lardo with anchovies and Galician steak.
Everything you need to know: Sabor
Nuala is a modern take on the Irish bar and restaurant and we’ve heard nothing but praise since it opened. The chef (Niall Davidson) is ex-Chiltern Firehouse and the sommelier (Honey Spencer) has worked at Noma. The combination of this dream team, the giant fire pit, and large cuts of meat and fish for sharing are drawing in the food and drink obsessives like the easiest catch in the river. Fay Maschler loved the atmosphere as much as she did the food, describing Nuala as having ‘a warm heart.‘
Everything you need to know: Nuala
Smoking Goat Shoreditch
This second branch of Thai favourite Smoking Goat is more specialised than the first, serving the kind of food Thai people like to eat while drinking. It’s going down a storm. Londoners are scrabbling for a spot at the table here, gobbling down skewered meats, fish sauce-laced wings and other regional specialities. Chef and restaurateur Ben Chapman (also of Kiln) is seemingly unstoppable right now and one of the most influential people in the London restaurant industry.
Everything you need to know: Smoking Goat
Featured image: Petersham Nurseries