The Most Significant Openings of 2018
It’s safe to say London’s dining scene is as impressive as ever, from award-winning Chinese cuisine to the ever-so-popular plant-based destinations to seasonal British dishes dressed up in fancy coats. There’s not a single week that goes by without an exciting new opening, whether it’s an acclaimed chef going solo or world-renowned restaurants making their way to the city. As the year is coming to a close, we’ve whittled down the most significant openings of 2018 – consider this your New Year’s bucket list…
What is it? A restaurant and bar by Ottolenghi
Why’s it unmissable? The restaurant revolves around vegetable-focused dishes and embraces fermented foods, while reducing waste where possible (vinegar is made with leftover wine and hasselback beetroots incorporate used coffee grinds).
Everything you need to know: Rovi
The Spread Eagle
What is it? London’s very first 100% vegan pub.
Why’s it unmissable? Club Mexicana is in charge of the food, bringing you standout street food bites and a – recently launched – brunch menu with burritos, huevos rancheros and Mexican fry-ups. And of course, drinks are vegan too.
Everything you need to know: The Spread Eagle
What is it? A three-storied destination with two restaurants, a bar and sweeping views of Green Park.
Why’s it unmissable? Hide is brought to you by renowned chef Ollie Dabbous, who previously helmed the kitchen at Michelin-starred Dabbous. Hide is just as impressive (if not more), with a £95-tasting menu that focuses on light preparations and UK’s most comprehensive wine list to match (70 pages, to be precise.).
Everything you need to know: Hide
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
What is it? The first London restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge.
Why’s it unmissable? Chef Kerridge gives British comfort food a fine-dining flair, so expect the fanciest fish and chips you’ll ever eat (perfectly crisp, paired with a more-ish Matson spiced sauce), pig’s cheek pie with clotted cream(!) mash, and dark chocolate pudding finished off with crystallised malt biscuit.
Everything you need to know: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
Helix and Iris
What is it? A modern British bar (Iris) and restaurant (Helix) at the top of the Gherkin
Why’s it unmissable? Seasonal British food and London-inspired cocktails taste so much better with the Gherkin’s 360-degree views – unless you’re scared of heights, that is.
Everything you need to know: Helix and Iris
What is it? A wild food restaurant in London Bridge.
Why’s it unmissable? Native uses nothing but foraged and seasonal ingredients, before dressing them up in an ever-changing, eight-course tasting menu.
Everything you need to know: Native
Fare Bar + Canteen
What is it? A multi-functional destination, home to a grab-and-go coffee area, restaurant, and cocktail and wine bar.
Why’s it unmissable? Brought to you by award-winning duo Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis (of Hackney’s highly celebrated wine bar), Fare Bar + Canteen is bang on trend with Middle Eastern-inspired sharing plates and cold brew coffee-spiked cocktails.
Everything you need to know: Fare Bar + Canteen
What is it? The first London branch of New York’s award-winning Chinese restaurant,
Why’s it unmissable? Red Farm is the brainchild of America’s much-loved restaurateur Ed Schoenfeld and chef Joe Ng, reimagining Chinese cuisine with playful, colourful-popping dim sum creations. Vegetable spring rolls are disguised as flowers, pork and crab soup dumplings come with candy-like straws, and Pac-Man shrimp dumplings are practically designed for Instagram.
Everything you need to know: RedFarm
Featured image: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill