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.

  • Bala Baya

    229 Union St, London SE1

    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.

  • Lyle’s

    56 Shoreditch High Street, E1

    Chef James Lowe is behind this Shoreditch eatery, whose pared-back, white-tiled dining room is set in an old tea factory. His tasting menus showcase the best seasonal produce, from spring’s first wild garlic to autumnal venison and grouse. Vegetarian menus are equally creative, while ‘guest series’ dinners see exciting global talents jetting in to join Lowe in the kitchen.

  • Apres Food Co

    72 St John St, London EC1

    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.

  • Timmy Green

    29 Bressenden Pl, London SW1E

    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.

  • Kricket

    12 Denman St, Soho, London W1

    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.

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