About Time: You Discovered London’s Hottest New Restaurant OpeningsBy Alicia Grimshaw
If you’re bored of your go-tos and fancy switching things up, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the hottest new restaurants opening up in the capital this month. We’re talking about a new South Indian concept, a street food extravaganza in East London, and an unmissable sarnie shop.
What: Fatt Pundit is setting up shop in Covent Garden, opening a new restaurant on Maiden Laine on 21st September. The new restaurant will be an evolution of the original Soho site, continuing to tell the story of this special melting pot of cultures found within India’s Chinese immigrant community.
Eat and Drink: New dishes include: Crab 65 – crunchy soft-shell crab with spice and curry leaf flavoured yoghurt; saffron butter prawns in a coconut Malabar sauce; honey chilli duck with steamed pancakes; and crunchy Jersey Royals in a chilli and garlic reduction topped with coriander.
Don’t Miss: A brand-new dessert, the Lady Kenny. Inspired by the traditional ledikeni, a favourite Bengali sweet created for and named after Lady Charlotte Canning, wife of Lord Charles Canning, the last Governor-General and first Viceroy of India.
Where: Fatt Pundit 6 Maiden Lane London WC2E 7NA
Photo credit: Joe Howard
What: La Nonna is making the big move from street food to the restaurant world, opening its first independent neighbourhood Italian restaurant in the heart of Brixton’s Market Row on 29th September.
Eat and Drink: Headed up by Roman-born chef Daniele Pino, the menu at the new Market Row location will feature thoughtfully-refreshed versions of comforting Roman pasta dishes using an assortment of pasta shapes made fresh in-house daily, plus innovative daily-changing dishes and exemplary Italian desserts. Expect natural and organic wines championing Italian producers, alongside a selection of popular Italian aperitifs (negroni, campari soda) and digestifs (grappa, amaro) – you know the score.
Don’t Miss: The on-site deli selling La Nonna’s DIY fresh pasta kits alongside guanciale, Pecorino Romano DOP, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and other Italian cheeses and cured meats.
Where: Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton Village, London SW9 8LB
What: Ramen legends Tonkotsu is heading to Kentish Town for the group’s first North London outpost, opening on 18th September. Spawning like rabbits – and for good reason – Tonkotsu has taken the capital’s ramen scene by storm thanks to its signature bowls of brothy goodness, gyoza, and famous chicken kara-age
Eat and Drink: The menu at Tonkotsu Kentish Town will feature the brand’s signature Tonkotsu ramen, a rich and creamy pork and lardo broth with thin-cut noodles, and topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and a seasoned egg. Other favourites include the chilli chicken ramen – a chicken and sea salt broth pimped up with Tonkotsu’s addictive Eat the Bits Chili Oil – and the vegan mushroom miso ramen.
Don’t Miss: The famous juicy gyoza. Tonkotsu Kentish Town will be serving up freshly steamed batches of the classic pork, ginger and garlic, as well as shiitake and bamboo shoot, and king prawn versions.
Where: 323 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AA
What: Introducing La Cave – a brand-new wine bar, pop-up space and incubator kitchen located below Rondo at The Hoxton, Holborn, set to open on 29th September. With the most interesting, low intervention wines from small independent suppliers, London’s biggest selection of bubbles, chef residencies and an online store, Rondo’s naughty little sister will be the place where you stop by for ‘one drink’ and end up staying the whole night.
Eat and Drink: The first pop-up concept taking residency at La Cave is Cantina Valentina, which will serve up food inspired by Peruvian flavours, dishes and ingredients served across the country; from the cosmopolitan coastal city of Lima to the historic villages around Cusco. Highlights from the snack section include: cheese wonton with a green chilli paste, grilled duck magret with chirimoya membrio, and Lima bean humous served with fried plantain.
Don’t Miss: The sweet potato doughnuts with Aji honey.
Where: 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Photo credit: Haydon Perrior
What: Ex-Roti King Executive Chef Prince Durairaj is going it alone with his first solo venture, Tamila. Set to open 24th September in Hackney Bridge’s new development, Tamila is on a mission to bring Londoners together through the celebration of shared dining while championing traditional Tamil flavours.
Eat and Drink: Traditional South Indian curries (paneer butter masala, chana masala, vegetable curry, chicken, mutton, dhal curries) and flaky roti will sit at the heart of the menu. Dosa – made from a fermented batter predominantly consisting of lentils and rice – will also have a starring role.
Don’t Miss: The fried chicken, mutton keema roll and paneer pakora.
Where: Units 1-28, Echo Building, London E15 2SJ
What: Super stacked pastrami sandwiches are the order of the day when Mamma Pastrama opens at 13 Ganton Street on 30th September. Co-founder and Executive Chef Jay Morjaria (who recently featured on BBC2’s Million Pound Menu as a winning contestant) has constructed a menu focused on cured meats, using a secret process that combines a blend of proprietary spices and a unique ‘rub’ technique.
Eat and Drink: Take your pick of the soon-to-be classics such as Big Mamma Melts (smoked chicken, bacon, house pastrami, mustard and pickled onions sandwiched between toasted sourdough), and Pastrami and Kimchi Toasties – featuring house pastrami, spicy kimchi slaw and a three-cheese mix – pulled and grilled together in toasted sourdough.
Don’t Miss: A whole host of pastrami sides – pastrami popcorn, smoked pastrami sausage with curry ketchup, Mamma’s poutine with pastrami bits and pastrami burnt ends.
Where: 13 Ganton St, Carnaby, London W1F 9PP
What: Marugame Udon only opened its first restaurant last month, but the noodle kings are preparing to launch a second branch at the 02 in late September.
Eat and Drink: Menu favourites include Beef Nikutama (udon with beef and caramelised onions in a dashi broth with a poached Onsen egg), crispy prawn tempura and traditional Japanese Dorayaki pancakes.
Don’t Miss: Asahi beer poured in just four seconds using state-of-the-art technology.
Where: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Photo credit: Jamie Orlando Smith
What: Chef Gabriel Waterhouse’s eponymous East London dining destination The Water House Project is putting down permanent roots this month, within a new home at 1 Corbridge Crescent.
Eat and Drink: The September menu will begin with a trio of snacks to include British lops pork belly donut with plum chutney; Craster kipper mousse with shiso; as well as cucumber soup with dill and yoghurt sorbet. Plates such as girolles, tarragon and mushroom consomme; St Austell mussels and Jerusalem artichoke with chive and lemon; Herdwick lamb, black garlic, polenta and mint follow, before a palate cleanser of fig leaf ice-cream with fig leaf oil. For dessert, dishes will include stilton ice cream with compressed pear and oat crumble, as well as celeriac, salted caramel and chocolate truffle, demonstrating Gabriel’s long-standing love for combining savoury (most often vegetables) with sweet.
Don’t Miss: Pre-batched housemade cocktails are also available, often incorporating ingredients from the kitchen.
Where: 1 Corbridge Crescent, London E2 9DS
What: Tigre Tacos is opening its first permanent home upstairs from Doña – the hot pink mezcal bar hidden away along Stoke Newington High Street – this October.
Eat and Drink: Stand out dishes include – Camarones Taco, made with grilled king prawns, habanero and roasted pineapple salsa; Calabacitas – courgette, baby corn and hibiscus flowers with El Tigre’s salsa verde and crème fraiche; and Pulpo Tostada – octopus ceviche on blue tostada with chilli oil.
Don’t Miss The ice cream taco – homemade taco waffle with soft serve.
Where: 92 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton, London, N16 7NY
Photo credit: Pasco Photography
What: On Friday 24th September, East London’s newest cultural destination, Hackney Bridge, will officially open its indoor dining hall, Hackney Bridge Kitchens. Bringing five new traders to the development, expect street food dishes from across the globe.
Eat and Drink: Purveyors of mouth-watering West indies hot Bakes, Bakes N Stuffingz will be on site with their traditional St.Lucian coal pot, serving jerk pork, jerk chicken and even jerk pulled jackfruit. For fans of fresh, healthy and supremely tasty seafood, Simply Hooked will be dishing up everything from ceviche to Sri Lankan spiced fish and chips. Japanese soul food experts Rainbo, famed for their homemade gyoza and hirata bao buns, will be opening its fourth site in the dining hall, and for vegan visitors, Hanoi Chay will be offering delicious plant-based Vietnamese dishes like rice boxes and banh mi.
Don’t Miss: 2-for-1 drinks on house beers, wine, single spirits and cocktails, every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Where: Units 1-28, Echo Building, E Bay Lane, London, E15 2SJ