As one of the culinary hubs of the world, new restaurants are popping up all the time in London. In this Top Five we’ve rounded up the freshest, quirkiest, and most delicious new restaurants that have opened in London over the past few months. Insta’s at the ready!
23-24 Henrietta Street
Nearest tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Square
Founded in 2017, London’s first all avocado casual dining concept arrived on our doorstep. Inspired by Californian style plates, this restaurant is open all day every day to provide a constant stream of avo love! All avocados are sourced ethically and sustainably, and their suppliers partner with growers and farmers all over the world to ensure produce all year round without undercutting the farmer. The menu includes everything from brunch dishes such as Beetroot Hummus with avocado, a variety of burgers with avo buns and smaller sharing plates like Green Shakshuka. Avobar even includes the key ingredient in their desserts, which star Avocado Ice Cream and Avo Cheesecake. Naughty but nice!
Image: The Handbook
Pergola Olympia London
Level Five Rooftop
Olympia Car Park
Opening 27th September 2018
Nearest tube: Kensington Olympia
Never before has the historic Olympia London had a venue built on its roof, until now! Olympia London welcomes this botanical slice of paradise that’s taken inspiration from the flagship concept, Pergola on the Roof, whilst mixing in a new floral feel. Designed to allow visitors to dine and drink whilst escaping the city, it offers seating for over 500 diners, 9 giant day beds, 3 self service restaurants including CLAW, which serves decadent seafood dishes. The décor mixes overgrown ivy with botanical planters and exposed brick with rustic furniture. Complimented with floor to ceiling glass walls, the venue will be open day and night over the weekend and evenings during the week. Sign us up!
3 Prince Edward Road
Nearest station: Hackney Wick
After working for several years as a Head Chef at Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant late last year, Tom Brown left to pursue this solo venture. At Cornerstone, small “adventurous” plates focus on a few hero ingredients with seafood at their heart. Whilst the Cornwall native rotates the plates frequently, the sample menu features pickled oysters, celery and horseradish and octopus cooked in cider, apple and lentil dressing. The delicious deserts include pear crumble with earl grey ice cream (baked to order) and chocolate mousse, peanuts, lime and stout. Cornerstone has already made it into The Good Food Guide 2019 and also as Best New Entry for London. Get yourselves down there quick!
Image: Red Farm NYC
9 Russel Street
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
(Soft opening stage)
Fresh out of New York City, Joe Ng and Ed Schoeneld’s Red Farm takes a new approach to dim sum as it opens up in London. Producing creations such as these “pacman” dumplings and pastrami spring rolls, we can already see these filling up the Instagram feeds! The interior is bright and airy creating a warm and NYC ambience in the restaurant. With various dishes on offer, this is the perfect new restaurant to try out with a group of friends to experience the wide number of creations on offer! We recommend you try the custard bao’s to finish the meal on a high.
Image: Anna Sulan Masing/Eat London
Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar
171 Holloway Road
Nearest tube: Caledonian Road
Restaurateur, Mandy Yin, has opened up the first dedicated Laksa bar in the U.K. Laksa’s are coconut milk broths which are rich in flavor and originate from Malaysia. Having founded Sambal Shiok in 2013 after street food trading, this site on Holloway Road has drawn queues down the road. The laksa’s are available with prawns, chicken or tofu with vegan broth. One to try if you fancy turning up the heat.
Will you be heading to any of these new restaurants this month? Let us know in the comments below!