Spring has sprung folks! Along with a host of sprouting new openings across the capital. But it is not just temperatures rising this April, as competition is getting hot with lots of new meat (and Bao’s!) looking to shake up the London foodie scene!
23-24 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ
If its Boa buns you like, then it is Boa buns you will get in the newly opened Soho spot, Bun House. Inspired by 1960s Hong Kong, Bun House pays homage to the eras Tea Rooms ( with a sneaky Tea Room speakeasy hidden beneath the restaurant) and the Chinese cities sensational street stalls. Unlike the open Taiwanese-style buns you’ll find at one of our favourites Bao Fitzrovia, Cantonese bao are closed and packed with pig, lamb, chicken, fish and veg options. So line your stomach with some Soho boa snacks then retreat to the Tea Room downstairs for a craft beer from Hong Kong or their inspired cocktails.
13 Philpot Lane, The City, East London, EC3M 1DE
Known for their champion chops, and the show stopping Sunday roast, Blacklock has landed with a bang in The City, fittingly located in the site of a former medieval meat market next to Monument. With similar underground, low lit vibes as the Soho residence, Blacklock City is serving up Soho favourites (skinny’ beef sirloin, pork rib/loin/belly, lamb t-bone), along with new additions like pork tomahawk, and bone-in sirloin. But get ready for a full feed in the city, as Blacklock City have introduced starters including lamb ribs, coal-roasted scallops, and pigs head toast with gravy. With an Old Fashioned in one hand, and a lamb T-bone in the other, I know it will be struggle to get me back to the office after a trip to Blacklock City!
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP
London’s newest sky high dinning is located in Novotel Hotel Canary Wharf over three floors, for a unique panoramic dining experience! But it’s not just the views that make this place worth a visit, the foods at bokan lives up to the sky line restaurants high standards (sorry I couldn’t help it!). Expect smaller dishes of creamy pugliese burrata with Altemaire’s signature homemade focaccia bread; squid with classic ratatouille or fresh sea bass carpaccio with zesty lime. We also love the mixed variety of mains on offer such as Scottish salmon with wasabi green bean salad or meaty slow-smoked Blythburgh pork belly. But if it is just drinks, snacks and views you are after, reach the 38th floor for Dockland-inspired cocktails with sharing charcuterie and cheese. We can already sense that this is going to be a particularly popular summer spot for Canary Wharf.
125 Mortlake High Street, Barnes, London SW14 8SN
Celebrity chef Rick Steins has launched his newest restaurant in upscale London suburbia. Barnes offers a international seafood menu along with beautiful views of the Thames. Once the home of Depot Brassiare, the regenerated Victoria courtyard hosts Barnes’ high ceilings residence complete with conservatory and doggy friendly outside area. Stein’s menu offers an array of new twists on international flavours such as the salt and pepper prawns, a classic cod and chips, and the Singapore chilli crab. But if we can recommend anything, it has to be the smashed liquorice meringue and a salted peanut butter & chocolate cheesecake! It is certainly worth the trip for this tasty desert alone!
8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ
Another Nova newbie, Rail House Cafe is paving the way as one of our favourites in the Victoria development. The massive space has seating for over 300 diners split over private rooms, a bar and terrace; very different to the Café’s older sister’s Riding House Cafe & East Village. But the restaurant maintains its cool and chilled vibes, and high quality food that the entire group is best known for. The menu takes modern dishes, giving them a unique spin, while keeping everything healthy and delicious! As true brunch believers ourselves, we cannot help but mention the insta-friendly brunch offerings at Rail House Cafe such as Green tea waffles and the Burgerdict & a delicious-looking burger and eggs Benedict combination. And with eight kinds of juice or smoothies to choose from, we might have to ditch our usual brunch haunts for Rail House Cafe!