Here’s a roundup of my five favourite new openings in London this year
Dark and compact, the atmosphere definitely has more of a wine bar feel than a restaurant (it is marketed as such, after all). The wine list is fantastic – I tried “skin-contact” wine for the first time – and it would make a great date spot. The plates were all delicious, though small, so be prepared to order a lot. It’s best to share a selection across the table. Simple, quality ingredients all cooked perfectly. Even the homemade butter had me wanting more. The menu changes daily, but I recommend any of the game options, and definitely try the brown butter cakes for dessert.
Bob Bob Cité, The City
My jaw dropped when I set foot inside the new Bob Bob Cité. Situated on the third floor of the Leadenhall Building (aka The Cheesegrater), no expense was spared on the interior design. A grand total of £25 million, as it turns out. Top notch service, a great menu (the beef wellington is a must) and endless drinks choices, this really is a place for a special occasion (it’s not cheap). Don’t forget to make use of the iconic champagne button!
A no-frills Modern Chinese eatery where you can have an entire feast without breaking the bank. For prices on the lower end of the scale, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and portion sizes. You may have heard people raving about the bone marrow rice, and it definitely isn’t just hype. Rich yet moreish, I’d be happy with this dish – or the wonton soup – on any day of the week. A great place for casual dining with friends.
Arcade Food Theatre, Tottenham Court Road
Essentially a posh food court, this is right up my street and works perfectly for fussy groups of friends who like different cuisines. The prices seem a little high, but with the high-end interiors and great selection of restaurants, you’ll soon forgive and forget. Find instagram favourites Tou (for the katsu sando) and Oklava (for the black sea pide) here.
Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia
You feel a magical sort of buzz when stepping inside Big Mamma Group’s Circolo Popolare. It’s quite a feast for the senses, overflowing with character from every corner. For a menu filled with some rather questionable puns, the food is really good and speaks for itself. I was a big fan of the Orlando Blue pizza. The unexpected mix of peach, gorgonzola and lavender honey turned out to be delicious. Cheese fans rejoice, because their carbonara is served straight from a wheel of pecorino.
Did I miss any of your favourites? Let me know below!