What not to miss: The new London must-eats

As the summer is drawing to a close (yes, I said it!), it’s comforting to think about all the newly opened restaurants that have popped up in London recently. Here’s my guide where to eat at the moment and all through autumn.


Polpo owners Russell Norman and Richard Beatty are set for another great Italian cucina success with their new Dean Street restaurant Polpetto, opening August 23. Described as a tiny jewel-box version of its big sister, the neighbourhood joint will serve fritto misto, pigeon saltimbocca and Venetian-style soft shell crab. Soho can’t get enough of decent eateries, so we applaud this newcomer and also rejoice that you can make lunch reservations – the queues over at Polpo can get quite tiring.


If you’ve been to this summer’s tasty hit Giant Robot, you’ll be very excited to hear about the Rushmore Group’s new venture, Redhook, a Surf ‘n’ Turf place around the corner from its Clerkenwell cousin. With a seating capacity of 110, the interior is very New York-cool with exposed brick work and a fabulous Mad Men feel to it.

Oysters Rockefeller (spinach, cheese and breadcrumbs), Norwegian King Crab legs or a killer steak from the charcoal burning oven tempt our taste buds. Now that the bikini season is over, we can indulge in Knickerbocker Glory (apples, raspberries, meringue, Devonshire cream, caramel, brandy snap) too. Drinks are set to impress as the owners also run cocktail bar Milk & Honey. All in all, a great addition to the London dining scene.


Covent Garden is buzzing, who knew? Hawksmoor (opening later this autumn), cool New York bistro Balthasar (just rumours yet!), and old-school Indian Dishoom are boosting the area with their presence. Dishoom’s Bombay Café concept tries to capture an elegant dining atmosphere where everyone is welcome – from students to suited and booted City boys. The interior, a combination of Parisian chic meets Bombay glory feels new and refreshing.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between, you’ll find Biryani, chili cheese toast, roomali rolls, house black daal and lovely lassis on the seriously inviting menu. Breakfast takeaway will be able soon, so while we’re waiting for that, kick back, relax and grab a Bollybellini.


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