Top 7 Upcoming Restaurant Sensations in London
London is a fantastic destination for a city break, its culturally diverse, has many impressive famous landmarks and is the home to some of Britain's most influential people. However when it comes to food, Britain isn't as famous as its European cousins such as France or Italy, nonetheless there are a fair few established restaurants in London that serve some very fine food, which will even have Gordon Ramsey singing pleasantries. But what about those new and upcoming restaurants, can the same be said about them? Well here's a collection of the top 10 recently opened London restaurants that have been generating a lot of serious buzz among customers and critics alike.
Polpetto is the successor to the ever so popular Italian tapas bar, Polpo. It can be found on Dean Street and is housed just above the French House bar. The interior will welcome you with an ancient Tuscan theme, with red blotches on an off white wall and ceilings that are coated with polished tin. The food is superb, everything from the cicheti starters to the osso bucco and crostini, however don't expect large portions, as you'll be paying more for the quality and presentation. Meals cost anywhere between £30 and £40, including a glass of wine.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Described by many as being one of the best places to eat out in London, the new Hawksmoor in the basement of the old Covent Garden brewery on Langley Street is a fantastic cocktail bar and British steakhouse. The Hawksmoor is considered better than the original one in Spitalfields, which is no easy feat considering the original Hawksmoor has been winning the hearts of many steak fans since 2006. Steaks range between £20 for a 400g D-Rump and £30 for a 300g fillet; you can even opt for a little surf and turf by adding half a lobster to your plate for £15.
Ladbroke Grove on the Portobello Dock is the home to the Dock Kitchen, a restaurant which has been set up by Stevie Parle and Joseph Trivelli, the entrepreneurs who have been running the Moveable Restaurant project. The restaurant itself has been designed by Tom Dixon, leading to an tastefully sweet modern design with slate counters, bare brick walls, warm wood supports and large tables. The menu consists strongly of seafood dishes, however meats such as mullet and rabbit are also available. The restaurant also serves an interesting range of teas, such as those from Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Living up to the hype, Dinner is chef Heston Blumenthal's attempt to modernise and revive the traditional British meal, and he's succeeding. The interior is contemporary and incredibly elegant with floor to ceiling glass walls which divide parts of the restaurant and ivory painted walls. The restaurant also has a private dining room and the Chef's table, the private dining area can host up to ten people, which is antique orientated, while the Chef's table offers the rare insight for up to six people to see the workings of the kitchen while the brigade explain every step.
The legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann has been providing Britain with excellent French cuisine for the past 35 years. His next step includes introducing the Koffmann menu to the Berkeley restaurant in Knightsbridge. The menu has many of his signature dishes such as braised pig's trotter with morels, scallops with squid ink and pistachio souffle with pistachio ice cream. Main meal prices range from £22 for the pan-fried skate with shellfish broth to £54 for the Scottish rib of beef on the bone with Bearnaise sauce.
Sister restaurant to the Bar Boulud in New York, London's Bar Boulud has brought to Britain a great version of the French inspired bistro and wine bar that has been loved by Americans since 1998. The restaurant has an open kitchen and the dining area boasts deep burgundy and stained oak surroundings. There are also two private dining rooms available for those looking for something a little more personal. And as Bar Boulud is also a wine bar, it has a very impressive wine cellar, inclusive of vintage wines and a large selection of bottled beers and draughts. You can enjoy a meal for anything between £10 and £30, however if you're really feeling like a big spender, you can always opt for the Beluga Caviar which costs £325 for 30 grams.
British Jamie Oliver and America's Adam Perry Lang have brought together their knowledge of traditional cooking techniques from across the globe to create the Barbecoa restaurant in New Change Passage. The restaurant's menu is all about cooking quality food with a variety of techniques to achieve an earthly taste. The meat in the restaurant is incredibly fresh, as it's all bought from the butchery that's underneath. Main meals cost anywhere from £16 to £65.
MONEY & COSTS