As one of the foodie-est capitals in the world, it’s almost impossible to keep up with London’s ever-changing gastronomy scene. From quirky pop-ups and brunch hot-spots to fancy junk food and Scandi-inspired menus, following the latest food phenomenon can be an impossible task. So we’ve created this list of ten recently-opened restaurants that are worth a visit, to take some of the hassle away.
Inspired by Cantonese and Hong Kong street food, this (mainly fowl-related) menu is an informal and affordable way to try traditional roasted meats.
Combining classic cooking techniques and a lot of love, you can enjoy a slice of Asia in the heart of Brixton with the added novelty of Formica tables and vinyl floor tiles.
Middle Eastern cuisine has taken off in a big way over the past few years and Bala Baya is embracing this new foray into the wonderful, fragrant world of Israeli cuisine.
For a thoroughly authentic experience that celebrates ingredients such as beef shoulder, burnt salmon, tahini and freekah – not to mention the reasonably priced meal deals, head to this Southwark restaurant soon.
A Parisian favourite with models and designers, London has long sought the presence of its own Ferdi.
Opening in Mayfair, the bistro serves easy-dining food like their famous Mac Ferdi Cheeseburger and a delectable cocktail list. It’s a tiny space, so turn up early for walk-in seating at lunchtime – this one’s going to be popular.
If comfort food is what you’re craving in these cold winter months, but you don’t want the guilt of breaking your New Year healthy-eating regime, this Clerkenwell restaurant’s for you.
Dishes are sugar and gluten free, yet truly filling and satisfying.
When it comes to brunch, no-one does it like the Aussies.
This latest addition to the ‘Green’ chain is conveniently based in Victoria and boasts all the essential accoutrements for lazy weekend dining. With healthy quirks at every turn, the menu boasts avo (avocado) and eggs done almost every way, fruit smoothies and essentially, great strong coffee.
A Soho sister restaurant of the existing Brixton branch, this modern Indian establishment blends classic flavours with contemporary innovation.
Not to be missed by anyone seeking a new side to their favourite curry – and be sure to order one of the Indian-inspired cocktails packing a powerful punch.
In answer to world-famous New York-based deli, Katz’s, this Jewish, London equivalent is too good to miss on your next venture to South London.
Making their own salt beef and pastrami, this wonderfully affordable (generously portioned) lunch spot has a lively buzz and is perfect to catch up with meat-loving friends.
For classic British fare, proudly sourced from local producers, head to Tooting Broadway Market.
With dishes like chicken and ham hock terrine and freshly caught cod, plus British beer and wine on the menu, not only can you enjoy some of the delicious flavours that’ll stir a little patriotism, but you’re supporting your local, too.
Imagine a townhouse entirely dedicated to eating and drinking – not just one floor, but six storeys of gastronomic pleasure.
Hosting up to 300 people, from lobby to loft, there are delicious adventures to be found through the length and breadth of this Georgian building. So whether it’s light bites, special drinks or formal sit-down dining you’re after, chances are Six Storeys has it.
Caspian-inspired restaurant Jan celebrates the variety of flavours found in this region, including seabream and harissa, lamb with pomegranate and chickpeas and cardamom and rosemary broth.
If you’re new to Turkish-Iranian cuisine, this is the perfect introduction and with the colourful décor and a view of the wood ovens, you’ll be enthralled from start to finish.
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