North vs South: London’s Best New Openings
We all know there’s a little bit of sibling rivalry between the North and South ends of London, but in terms of food – the only thing that matters, really – we think both sides have it pretty good.
The Top 5 New Restaurants in North London
1. Inamo Camden
Inamo have taken the North by storm; Camden is their third location. It’s a pan-Asian restaurant serving everything from Japanese to Thai to Korean food, but it’s not just the fresh sushi and creative tapas that make Inamo special. The restaurant is also equipped with touch screen instant-order menus, which you can also use to rate your meal, play games, change the color of the digital table cloth, and more. The future truly is now.
Address: 265 Hampstead Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 7QX
Contact: 020 7484 0500
2. Juniper Tree
Juniper Tree in Belsize Park offers health-conscious, organic food that still reflects the essence of simple British cuisine. It’s contemporary, great for both mind and body, and embodies respect for nature and animals. It also puts to shame the stereotype that healthy food can’t be delicious. For dessert, don’t miss the Medjool date sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream.
Address: 72 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BJ
Contact: 020 3019 7303
3. Bar + Block
Bar + Block steakhouse, located at King’s Cross, is an all-day restaurant and bar. They specialize in steak, offering all the usual cuts, but also serve slow-cooked pork belly, beef short rib, grilled chicken and a selection of handmade burgers. Basically, this place is a meat lover’s dream.
Address: 26-30 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9AA
Contact: 0203 8898888
4. The Ivy St Johns Wood
The Ivy has several locations all over London, but we’re highlighting its St. John’s Wood site today – it brings something special to North London’s food scene. This place is classy but casual, stylish but accessible. It mimics the Parisian brasserie with its open-air, outward-facing chairs and tables. In this relaxing ambiance, you’ll peruse a menu full of comforting classics like eggs Benedict and shepherd’s pie.
Address: 120 St. John’s Wood High Street, London NW8 7SG
5. Voodoo Ray’s
Voodoo Ray’s have already made a name for themselves in London with their gigantic 22-inch New York-style pizzas. This is the pizza institution’s third outlet, in addition to its Boxpark branch and the original restaurant in Dalston. Pizza by the slice finally leaves East London!
Address: Camden Market, Unit 92/1 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
Contact: 020 7267 1093
The Top 5 New Restaurants in South London
Plot can be found in Tooting Broadway Market, and serves seasonal, British small plates using ingredients sourced from around the isles. It’s a family-owned business that supports its community by getting its meat and fish from local suppliers, and its take on classic dishes hits just the right notes.
Address: 70-72 Broadway Market Tooting High Street SW17 0RL
Jan brings flavours from the banks of the Caspian to Clapham. With Middle Eastern spices, dishes bursting with colour and bold flavours, and lavish decor, including a mirrored ceiling, Jan is both striking and unforgettable. Their special charcoal and wood-fired dishes will not disappoint.
Address: 78 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QL
Contact: 0207 525 9446
3. Timmy Green
Victoria’s Timmy Green is an Australian-style café with an all-day menu structured around prime grass-fed meats and small plates. Along with all the essential coffee drinks, they serve craft beer and cocktails. They do their own takes on the typical café
and brunch staples – like French toast made with coconut bread and an indulgent banana bread sandwich.
We would be remiss not to include a pizza place, and Croydon’s Bianco43 is one of the best. An authentic Italian pizzeria, Bianco43 offers an array of classics, from Neopolitan pizzas to pasta, steak and wines. Don’t skip dessert here; the homemade profiteroles will help you end your meal on a high note.
Address: 40 South End, Croydon London, CR0 1DP
Contact: 020 8858 2668
5. M RAW
M RAW in Victoria is a 100% gluten-free fine dining establishment. Gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s lacking any of the qualities that make for great food – on the contrary, M RAW’s menu experiments with texture, colour and flavour, with excellent results. Go for one of their sashimi sharing plates, or their Hot Earth Bowls packed with superfood grains and fresh veggies.
Address: 3 Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ
Contact: 020 3327 7776