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London’s culinary star is on the rise. From eateries that celebrate the UK’s verdant and bountiful countryside and restaurants featuring bright and innovative takes on South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, to world class sushi and a bevy of Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants dotting the map, there has likely never been a more exciting time to dine out in England’s capital city. Each month this list will offer a curated selection of new and exciting restaurants, chef collaborations, pop-ups, and other culinary happenings that are adding extra sparkle to London’s dining scene. Check back often to update your own list of “must try” spots.
In June, chef Anthony Demetre (Arbutus) opened this contemporary European restaurant in the Sofitel London St. James. Helmed by chef Simon Woodrow, the kitchen combines traditional French technique with the best produce and ingredients from the English countryside. The menu includes dishes like roast saddle of rabbit, slow cooked cottage pie, and piattoni beans, as well as burrata with trumpet zucchini, nasturtium, and dukkah. A classic English custard tart is dressed up with sultanas, pine nuts, and salted butter.
The two-level dining room, meanwhile, is equally bold with double height ceilings, and a gorgeous black and white marble floor made from 17,000 hand-laid tiles. 8 Pall Mall; 44-20/7968-2900.
Chef Marc Birchall’s two Michelin-starred, modern British restaurant was just named “National Restaurant of the Year” at Restaurant Magazine’s Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. The restaurant gained its accolades for Birchall’s cooking and focus on working with local suppliers—including produce harvested from the five-acre Moor Hall site.
Menu highlights include oysters with cured ham, buttermilk, and dill, Scottish langoustine with radish and purslane, and Berkshire deer with elderberry, beets, and kale. Located in West Lancashire, Moor Hall is well outside of this column’s typical London-focused borders. But it is well worth the trip. Prescott Road; 44-16/9557-2511.
This two-in-one bar by Monica Berg and Alex Kratena opened in early June. On one side Elementary serves up seasonal cocktails, coffee, and snacks in a sunny, all-day space. On the other, Tayer offers sophisticated drinks and bar food by London’s wildly successful pop-up restaurant TāTā Eatery, which serves Chinese-Portguese fusion cuisine. Along with inventive cocktails, expect dishes like cauliflower with candied walnuts and smoked yogurt, burrata and pickled seaweed flatbread, and an Iberian pork katsu sandwich that helped put TāTā Eatery on the map. 152 Old St.
Chef Quique Dacosta brings his passion for paella and wood-fired cooking to this newly-opened restaurant. A large, wood-fired stove serves as the restaurant’s heart, turning out contemporary Mediterranean dishes cooked a la llama (to the flame).
Iberian pork skewers with mojo verde sauce are joined by marinated Scottish skate wing with sweet chili miso and both traditional (think: wood-fired paella) and innovative (think wood pigeon breast, wild mushroom, and rosemary) takes on classic Spanish rice dishes. 64 Eastcastle St; 44-20/3883-3525.
Starting in July, fondue fans will be able to get their fix at this Swiss-inspired restaurant in Soho. The menu, curated by head chef Aarik Persaud, is packed with dishes like lobster and roasted fennel tart, potato rosti with comte, fried onions, and green apple, and three different 2-person fondue options—vegetable, meat, or seafood. Raclette, meanwhile, is served with heritage tomatoes and fig vinegar, spice-rubbed asparagus, or a selection of charcuterie. 18-20 Rupert St; 44-20/3995-7500.