The best new restaurants in London
What is it: A casual destination restaurant from chef James Cochran.
Why go: For dazzling food in a super-chilled space.
What is it: A twenty-first century kebab joint in Islington.
Why go: For a kebab that you won’t regret the following day.
What is it: An Italian pasta bar in Covent Garden.
Why go: For an £8 plate of ‘silk handkerchiefs’ in a rich, chunky walnut butter.
What is it: A branch of the tapas restaurant at Coal Drops Yard.
Why go: To snack on Spanish delights like salt-baked prawns and crispy croquetas.
What is it: A boho-chic Persian joint in Soho from the group behind Bao and Hoppers.
Why go: The chargrilled poussin: practically perfect in every way.
What is it: A new branch of the chophouse in Shoreditch.
Why go: For a great-value plate of tender, caramelised chops.
What is it: A swanky Indian grill spot from the team behind Hoppers.
Why go: Chilli chicken lettuce cups. Ox cheek mini samosa. Sigh.
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What is it: The first permanent eatery from the street food supremos.
Why go: Awesome beef burgers. Meaty bites. Stellar service.
What is it: A smart Japanese restaurant in Mayfair.
Why go: For sashimi and salads you’ll dream about for days.
What is it: A head-turning coffee bar and restaurant in Spitalfields.
Why go: To order one of everything without anyone judging you.
What is it: The fine-dining restaurant at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel.
Why go: For Lego people you can spread on your bread.
What is it: The flagship London branch of a dumpling chain.
Why go: For wontons in black vinegar and chilli oil. But do get the prawn and pork pancake too.
What is it: A Shoreditch pizza and pasta restaurant with OTT interiors.
Why go: To say you’ve been. Oh, and for pasta carbonara served out of a parmesan wheel.
What is it: A second outing for the Indian small-plates restaurant.
Why go: For the duck leg. And parsnip crisps. Oh, and the duck leg.
What is it: A King’s Cross small-plates restaurant from Murano-trained chef Pip Lacey.
Why go: Chorizo and cauliflower. Squid and apple. Crème caramel.
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What is it: A classy Cantonese restaurant in Mayfair.
Why go: For the best Cantonese duck (that is, no pancakes) in town.
What is it: An all-day bakery, restaurant and bar in Newington Green.
Why go: For just-baked bread and bucketloads of ambiance.
What is it: A modern Thai restaurant serving Bangkok-inspired food.
Why go: The rice and curry salad: like no ‘salad’ you’ve ever had before.
What is it: A Filipino small plate joint in Hoxton.
Why go: To pop your kinilaw cherry.
What is it: A swish Indian restaurant in a Chelsea townhouse.
Why go: For stone bass and sago pud, plus a curry-load of charm.
What is it: A Clerkenwell restaurant in a former linoleum warehouse.
Why go: For the cheddar and sauerkraut croquettes, or the croissant bread-and-butter pud. Or both.
What is it: A larger SE1 incarnation of the celebrated wild food restaurant.
Why go: For the wild meat. Whatever shape it comes in, it’ll blow you away.
What is it: A sibling of the Peruvian fusion restaurant, this time in Shoreditch.
Why go: Because it’s time you tried Peruvian kimchi for yourself.
What is it: A neighbourhood restaurant in Hackney serving modern izakaya-style food.
Why go: Records in the corner. Service with a smile. Drinking food to die for.
What is it: A Fiztrovia small plates restaurant from celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
Why go: For the squid and lardo skewer. It rocks.
What is it: A street food stall-turned-permanent north London laksa bar.
Why go: The laksa, duh. Get ‘The Standard’: it doesn’t need pimping.
What is it: A smart Sichuan restaurant in Stratford.
Why go: The jellyfish. Black vinegar, garlic and just enough crunch.
What is it: A stylish modern European restaurant with a raw bar and wood-fired oven.
Why go: For a leek to convert the most ardent of allium-loathers.
What is it: A younger sibling to the Clove Club, with creative small plates.
Why go: For roast artichoke with a sunflower seed and miso dip. Retro heaven.
Venue says A Shoreditch small plates, modern-American restaurant by Chase Lovecky and the team behind The Clove Club.
What is it: A British-French dining room above an iconic Old Soho boozer.
Why go: For the calf’s brains: a hyper-rich hit of offal.
What is it: The Soho outpost of famed Istanbul restaurant Yeni Lokanta.
Why go: Snazzy salad. Bread pudding fritters. And everything in between.
What is it: An all-day Fitzrovia dining room with South American influences.
Why go: For DIY tacos you won’t want to share.
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