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Five new restaurant openings we’re super jazzed about

From Korean-Mexican fusion to José Pizarro’s double whammy at the RA

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Leonie Cooper
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The Water House Project 

Following a supper club at his Bethnal Green flat and a residency on Mare Street, chef Gabriel Waterhouse is finally launching his first permanent restaurant, The Water House Project. It’ll offer a monthly-changing nine-course menu in a dinner party-style setting with chefs and staff knocking about with diners in a friendly fashion from their ‘borderless’ kitchen. The launch menu will include a pork-belly doughnut with plum chutney. Highly buff.

1 Corbridge Cres, E2 9DS. Opens Sep 2.

Korean Dinner Party

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The US travel ban means there’s no jetting off to Los Angeles right now, but Korean Dinner Party is doing its best to bring a little bit of its gastronomic flair to London. The menu fuses the flavours of LA’s Koreatown with the city’s vibey Mexican food heritage, and features bacon mochi, pork neck al pastor tacos and cheesy corn dogs. Cocktails include the Yakult Royale with champagne. Tipsiness and probiotic bacteria for gut health: what’s not to like?

Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, W1B 5PW. Open now.

José Pizarro 

Spanish chef José Pizarro is such a kitchen king that he’s not just opening one new restaurant, but two. Both are within the refined grounds of the Royal Academy, with the swankier of the pair, which serves up jamón ibérico and strawberry gazpacho, known as simply José Pizarro at the RA. Slightly more casj is Poster Bar by José, with its offering of sharing small plates and an informal Spanish café vibe. So, take your mates to Poster Bar and your dates to José Pizarro. Easy.

Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET. Opens Aug 11.

The Seafood Bar

Amsterdam’s The Seafood Bar opened in 2012 and has been a highlight of the city’s dining scene ever since. Owners the de Visscher family are now bringing their sustainable seafood and fish parlour to a 1730 Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Soho for what’ll be their first opening outside of Holland. Bring on the shrimp.

77 Dean St, W1D 3SH. Open Aug 15. 

Sucre

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One of Buenos Aires’ most respected chefs, Fernando Trocca, has just flung open the doors of his first London restaurant. An outpost of the Argentinian spot of the same name, Sucre melds Latin American open-fire cookery with international influences. Think aged cheddar and onion empanadas as well as monkfish tail with XO sauce and black beans cooked over charcoal. Check out the downstairs cocktail bar Abajo for the most inventive highball menu in town.

47 Great Marlborough St, W1F 7JP. Open now.

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