Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2012: Best new restaurant

Best New Restaurant category: for the stand-out new openings that help define the year

Grand brasseries, cutting-edge gastronomy, even a neighbourhood joint that exceeds expectations. But who will prove to be first among equals?

Best new restaurant

  • © The Delaunay

    WINNER: The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB (020 7499 8558)

    Taking inspiration from Europe’s ‘grand cafés’, this glam all-day brasserie is the younger sibling of The Wolseley, and has a similar put-your-glad-rags-on, special-occasion feel. The menu celebrates the heritage dishes of Central Europe, including tarte flambée (a pizza-like flatbread from Alsace, savoury with smoked bacon, sweet with soft shallots) and a golden Wiener schnitzel of veal beaten thin, crisply fried. Desserts include strudels and a sensational Sachertorte. Refreshingly, you’re treated with equal decorum whether you’re a big spender or just popping in for Welsh rarebit or hot chocolate. A real treat.
    Around £120 for two. br>
    Read The Delaunay review

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  • © Michael Franke

    RUNNER UP: Bistro Union

    40 Abbeville Rd, SW4 9NG

    British-leaning and grazing-friendly – from potted meats to small plates of seasonal greens, this is local hero and chef-proprietor Adam Byatt (also of Trinity in SW4) at his casual best.
    Around £80 for two. br>
    Read Bistro Union review

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  • © Ming Tang Evans

    RUNNER UP: Brasserie Zédel

    20 Sherwood St, W1F 7ED

    Another excellent ‘grand brasserie’ from Corbin and King of Rex Restaurants (The Wolseley, The Delaunay). In spite of the imposing art deco setting (a former hotel ballroom), prices are supremely reasonable.
    Around £55 for two. br>
    Read Brasserie Zédel review

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  • Scott Wishart

    RUNNER UP: Dabbous

    39 Whitfield St, W1T 2SF

    Chef Ollie Dabbous has wowed both critics and the public with his gossamer-light haute cuisine: tiny plates of ‘lovely – but what is it?’ dishes that always impress and surprise. No wonder it’s so hard to snag a table.
    Around £130 for two. br>
    Read Dabbous review

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