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Three new restaurants we can't wait to try

By Megan Carnegie Brown

Ready, steady, EAT!

Macellaio RC

If you like your steak with a side of macho theatrics, the new Macellaio RC will be just the ticket. Following the Exmouth Market and South Kensington outposts, Roberto Costa has added a new string to his surf 'n' turf bow. The Union Street joint has a raised ‘stage’ for in-house butchery, for diners to watch chefs preparing steaks, carpaccios and tartares to order. And for the less carnivorous, there’s a Ligurian bakery serving traditional breads, vegetable tarts, fresh pasta and pastries. Nifty knife tricks and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods? Consider us wooed.  

Dirty Bones Shoreditch

Dirty Bones is bringing its winsome combo of American dude food and punchy cocktails to Shoreditch – except this time, it's doing a weekday breakfast menu. Who needs a sad bowl of cereal when you can have matcha custard French toast or bourbon-poached pear and banola? In-keeping with the Shoreditch vibe, you can team that with a turmeric latte. Another fun new addition: the ‘Dirty Sunday’ roast, comprising brisket and ox cheek; spiced buttermilk fried chicken or beet and Portobello melt, served with homemade gravy and all the trimmings. Hey, autumn’s not looking so bad after all.

Mercato Metropolitano

Don’t get your knickers in a twist if you missed the chance to go to Italy this summer. A sprawling disused paper factory in Elephant & Castle has been transformed into an artisanal Italian food market – so you can drift about pretending you’ve escaped to Turin or Milan. Burrata, focaccia, gnocchi, Neopolitan pizza, handmade tortellini, house-roasted coffee and genuine article Italian gelato – all under one roof, for your sampling pleasure. Don’t let your stomach capacity stop you, though, they also sell all manner of produce straight from The Boot itself. Buon appetito!

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