With the Olympics just round the corner, the spotlight falls on London this summer. Here’s our pick of the hippest new restaurants in the capital.
Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building is the latest venture from Mark Hix, former chef director of Caprice Holdings.
Bang on trend with its pared-back menu of chicken and steak, this is a simple idea delivered to perfection.
Highlights include the perfect roast chicken (served head down, tail up) and dry-aged steak, served on its own or over salad. The massive Damien Hirst ‘Cock and Bull’ sculpture hangs above the centre of the room.
2. Burger and Lobster
Heading up the trend for simple menus is the massively successful Burger and Lobster in Mayfair. The stripped-back menu in this buzzing, tightly packed spot has been a huge hit since it opened at the end of last year.
Highlights include actually getting a table – expect a long wait although you can head to a nearby bar and they’ll text you when there’s space. It’s worth the wait though – dine on whole lobster, lobster rolls or delectable burgers.
Follow them on Twitter @Londonlobster
3. Mari Vanna
Opulent in a kitsch kind of way, Mari Vanna serves up the sort of Russian food your grandmother would cook.
This new Russian restaurant in Knightsbridge is scoring high with those hankering after a taste of home, and fashionistas looking for the next big thing. Take your pickings from the lunch or à la carte menus.
Contributing to the revival of King’s Cross is this latest opening from the folk behind the hugely successful Bistrotheque.
Situated at The Filling Station in N1, highlights at Shrimpy’s include the soft shell crab burger and snacks way above the norm – chicharrons with guacamole and plantains chips and dips.
Find out more from Shrimpy’s website.
If champagne and hot dogs sound like an odd combination, hold your judgement until you’ve checked out the hottest new opening this month on Charlotte Street – Bubbledogs.
Run by husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang (both have worked at The Berkeley, Nomo and Per Se) the menu includes 10 hot dog options served with lashings of champagne.
Do you have a recommendation we’ve missed?