Your Mum’s Kitchen
After a tip from singer-songwriter Tom Rosenthal, Jay Rayner visited Korean restaurant Your Mum’s Kitchen near London’s Finchley Road tube station. At the “utterly delightful bare-bones café,” as Rayner describes it, he had seafood pajeon, stir-fried squid, kimchi and chicken wings that were “double fried to form a shatteringly crisp shell, then drenched in a sweet and fiery gochujang-based glaze.” The star turn was the yukgaejang, “a spicy beef soup with solid pieces of meat and cabbage in its endlessly sustaining depths.” The restaurant can be found in the basement of a Korean grocery store.
Address: 17 Goldhurst Terrace, South Hampstead, London NW6 3HX
The sharing-plate restaurant in Fitzrovia is the second of Selin Kiazim, with more of a focus on baking than her other modern Turkish Cypriot Oklava restaurant in Shoreditch. Lamb crackling buns, potato fritters, and grilled cheese sandwiches have all made their way onto the menu. Food critic Jimi Famurewa, in his latest review, praises the instagram-famous Black Sea cheese pide and the signature Oklava bread, “a gorgeously warm medley of squidgy olive muffins and fragrant, sesame-seeded sourdough alongside a salted medjool date butter that was like the spreadable quintessence of a hot cross bun.”
Address: 64 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5DP
William Sitwell from The Telegraph visited Amazonico in Mayfair, a newly opened restaurant and bar that makes neighbouring flashy, fashiony Sexy Fish “look like a parochial chip shop.” He emphasises to walk past the large, swanky bar to the rainforest that is the actual restaurant, where you can “feel intimate, comfortable and in acoustic heaven.” The guacamole and raw prawns suited his taste as much as the chocolate fondant and “refreshing grilled pineapple.” But the star was the skirt steak marinated in chimichurri, which Sitwell admits he is obsessed with: “when it’s great, it’s worth an airline ticket and tons of carbon emissions.” We’re slightly perturbed by this statement, but we also get that nothing beats a pure local experience.
Address: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR
A second plant-based restaurant from Wulf & Lamb has opened its doors in Marylebone, and we’re especially excited about new dish Artichoke Pesto Pasta – linguine pine nut pesto with tarragon and hazelnut dressing topped with parmesan and chili flakes. Classics such as The Wulf Burger and Wulf Pie will still feature, with some other novel dishes such as zucchini tempura and smashed cucumber.
Where? 66 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 4EJ
London’s newest indoor rooftop restaurant is also a greenhouse with over 2,500 plant variations. Upon the 14th floor, a bar and restaurant area filled with plants, with 180-degree views of the city, is bound to leave an impression on you. The cocktails are the stars, with concoctions such as Butter Crunch – Bulleit Rye whiskey fat washed with peanut butter, homemade cacao nibs syrup and black walnut bitter. At Sax and the City brunch, you can enjoy dishes like hanger steak and risotto with Jerusalem artichoke and saffron arborio rice.
Where? 14th floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5BA
A new breakfast café concept from restaurant group Bao is in the making, and it’s all you ever dreamed of for a novel, soul-warming breakfast experience. Taiwan’s oldest restaurant, Bolero, is the inspiration behind many of the breakfast dishes available the whole day. Japan’s kissatens, tea-drinking shops, are the other big influence over how the food looks and tastes like. Think savoury pancakes filled with bacon, egg and spring onion, pork pie Baozi, and a steamed cookie filled with chocolate. Of course, Bao’s traditional steamed buns will be on offer as well.
Where? 4 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
When? Spring 2020
Parisian hospitality school Le Cordon Bleu is opening Cord, its first London restaurant, to celebrate its 125th birthday. The all-in-one concept includes not just a fine-dining restaurant, but also a cooking school, café and event space. Bond with your work colleagues over a corporate team-building short course or partake in short courses that specialise in food and wine pairing, worldwide cuisine and patisserie. The 17th-century Paris-inspired café is open for breakfast and lunch and specialises in French patisseries and viennoiseries baked daily on-site. We can’t wait to try the Anuria milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees with polenta, sea herbs and broad beans that is one of many choices of the dinner tasting menu at The Cord restaurant.
Where? 85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE
When? Spring 2020
Other new restaurants to bless us with their food are Eggslut, with its second London restaurant opening in Fitzrovia. It will be the US import’s tenth global location. The restaurant started life as an LA food truck in 2011 and is still serving its popular brioche bun sandwiches filled with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon. Red Dog Saloon in Soho is also reopening after a fire forced it to put the business on hold. Now a more ‘refined’ barbecue concept, it will offer dishes such as fried catfish with tartare sauce, Nashville-style fried oysters, and the ’10 Year Burger’ with marrow butter glaze and pancetta.
There are plenty of pizzerias in London, but we have high expectations for Laboratorio Pizza on Great Portland Street. The restaurant is run by Neapolitan-born chef and pizzaiolo Ivan Simeoli, who trained up under Massimo Bottura at the Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, and opened his first pizzeria on Brick Lane two years ago. Look forward to deep-fried Pizza Fritta topped with Cicoli (pork crackling).
Where? 19 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1BZ
When? Spring 2020
Red Dog Saloon
Where? 20 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PY
When? 19th March 2020
Where? 10 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6PQ
When? 16th March 2020