Once upon a time, the food in London was the laughing stock of the culinary world but not anymore. Fast moving, inventive and delicious, the city is attracting leading chefs from around the world, each hard at work opening new restaurants that will ensure the city remains at the foodie forefront. Here’s a handful of the best new eateries that you HAVE to visit when you're next in town.
Handcrafted Italian food over at King’s Cross
Toned-down pastel greens and off-white creams are the colours of choice at Lina Stores, an ultra-retro eatery over on Stable Street in King’s Cross. This place is all about tradition, specialising in age-old Italian recipes, such as prosciutto-stuffed paninis and handmade pastas.
Generous main courses are up for grabs for as little as £6 and the laidback interiors make the place suitable for date nights, business meetings or even just casual evening snacks. The restaurant doubles up as a delicatessen, meaning if you don’t have time for antipasti, pasta and secondi, you could always grab a hand-crafted Italian dessert to take home with you on the tube instead.
Dig into succulent steak tartare overlooking the Thames
Many of London’s best restaurants are located inside swanky boutique hotels, and that’s certainly the case over in Richmond. The Bingham Riverhouse’s reopened restaurant has swapped plush carpets and ecru upholstery for bronze parquet floors and laidback wicker chairs – and its menu has been reinvented seemingly for a younger, trendier crowd.
Succulent steak tartare glazed with egg yolk, roasted rice and caraway seeds can be found on the diverse starters menu, while Tuscan-inspired mains cater towards well-travelled Richmond locals and uber-cool city dwellers looking for gorgeous meat dishes with a side of stunning riverside views. The £37 two-course menu includes ample freebies and the freshly-baked sourdough breads available as an appetiser are to die for.
Sample a slice of New York at Darby’s
If slippery oysters or generously stacked burgers with brown brioche buns are more likely to get your stomach rumbling, head on over to Darby’s in Nine Elms for Manhattan-inspired cuisine right under the shadow of London’s US embassy.
Irish-born chef Robin Gill serves up anything from beef nuggets with tarragon mustard to smoked eel cocktail towers and New York style pasta plates. The ambience is quintessentially modern American – think caramel-hued lamps, soft teal booths and jazz-inspired décor. Keep an eye on the website for news of generous brunches and special events.
Japenese-Italian fusion in edgy Dalston
Dalston is one of East London’s coolest neighbourhoods right now, with colourful street art and indie retailers popping up all over the place in recent years, and a handful of quirky new restaurants appearing almost out of nowhere to cater to the demanding tastes of local hipsters and food-lovers.
Angelina is one of the latest and greatest on the scene, serving up Japanese-Italian fusion foods to anyone with an international palette who might be looking for something a little different. Think wafer-thin pizzas laced with sea bream sashimi, or giant ravioli served in tonkotsu-style broth. The five-plate tasting menu here costs a very reasonable £39 per head and changes twice weekly to keep local lovers of “itameshi” cuisine coming back for more.
Admire skyline views and lush foliage at 14 Hills
If stunning city views and pea green garden surroundings are more your kind of thing, head over to 14 Hills Restaurant & Bar (pictured) in Langbourn, which can be found on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street.
This chic, jungle-like restaurant seats diners in cushioned, circular booths overlooked by lush, spider-like trees and gorgeous green foliage. There’s a £30 set menu available which is well-suited for group gatherings, but we’d recommend ordering a côte de boeuf if you’re more interested in experiencing the all-out creativity of resident chef Thomas Piat. Don’t forget to indulge in a plant-themed cocktail at the huge oval bar after your meal.