January Guide: Where to Eat in London This MonthBy Adam Hassanali
A new year means new places to eat. From steak in Stratford to small plates in Soho, we’re discovered five of the best new restaurant openings in London.
What: New Mediterranean restaurant concept CAVO has opened its doors in Central London. Handily located near Tottenham Court Road, the sprawling restaurant (a cool 10,000 square foot) and bar is home to inventive cocktails, an exciting Mediterranean-led menu, and a roof garden (roll on summer).
The Lowdown: Both the food and drink offering, and interiors are centred around Mediterranean culture and ingredients, and is a celebration of everything the sea and the middle of the earth have to offer. Expect tapas dishes like Chipirones (baby fried squid with beetroot mayonnaise), artichoke hummus with fried artichoke leaf and goat yoghurt, and Lasagne Crocante (crispy lasagne) made with 36-month dry aged Parmesan cream.
Where: The Now Building, Outernet, Denmark St, London WC2H 0LA
What: Located on Marylebone’s Wigmore Street, Cavita by Adriana Cavita, offers Londoners traditional Mexican dishes and an unmissable brunch menu on weekends.
Eat and Drink: We’re talking about a raw section celebrating the best of British seafood – think Carlingford Rock Oysters with Clamato oil and jalapeno vinaigrette, and Yellow Tail Aguachile Rojo with watermelon, mezcal and ‘grasshopper’ seasoning. Don’t miss the changing roster of tacos, topped with the likes of guajillo adobo sauce and veal bone consomé made with beef cheek, and hake in masa tempura with smoked cabbage escabeche.
Where: 56-60 Wigmore St, London W1U 2RZ
What: Stratford is now home to the newest STK Steakhouse. With mega views of the London skyline, prime cuts and a party atmosphere on weekends, get riding the Lizzie Line stat.
Eat and Drink: Three words: STK’s craveable menu. It’s available for brunch, lunch or dinner and features all kinds of meaty and non-meaty options. There is also the steakhouse’s iconic £3, £6, £9 weekday happy hour including signature cocktails like the popular STK Martini, Tropical Kiss and Strawberry Cobbler and little bites like oysters, Lil’ BRGs & truffle fries.
Where: STK Stratford, The Gantry London, 40 Celebration Avenue, E20 1DP
What: If you haven’t heard of Bantof, it’s the newly launched dining and drinking destination in the heart of Soho. The newly opened townhouse restaurant and bar on Windmill Streeten encompasses a members club without membership fees, a restaurant for all-day dining, private meeting and workspaces, a regular roster of members’ events and much more.
The Lowdown: London’s youngest Michelin chef, Asimakis Chaniotis has curated the food menu on offer. The menu – designed for sharing – is made from fresh seasonal ingredients and features dishes from around the world such as: Spinach and Lemon Risotto with Mediterranean herbs; Rainbow Mini Burgers; Sea Bream Tartare with avocado, smoked almonds and yuzu dressing; Black Truffle Pizza and many more sweet and savoury delights.
Where: Bantof, 31 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LW, UK
What: Good news: Crudo has opened an eat-in only restaurant on Hackney’s Mare Street. The ceviche-focused concept has expanded its vibrant menu to include hot dishes, a greater variety of ceviche and a South American-centric cocktail menu.
Eat and Drink: Ceviche is a mainstay on the menu, with over four options to choose from (seabass, king prawn, tuna and mushroom). For fish-less dishes, order the 36-Hour Short Ribs cooked in brown beer, aji amarillo and aji panca (it tastes as good as it sounds). Liquid goodness comes in the form of the Chilcano with ABA Pisco, ginger ale, ginger, angostura bitters, and we’re big fans of the Manzanita (Disaronno Amaretto, cider, lime, and apple).
Where: Unit 3, 143 Mare St, London E8 3RH