November Guide: Hottest New Restaurant Openings in LondonBy Alicia Grimshaw
November is an odd month isn’t it? Not quite right to feel Christmassy, yet the summer feels remarkably far away (and don’t get us started on whether it’s cold enough to crack out the ‘big coat’). Anyway, at least there’s a lot more exciting things happening in London this month, so save trying to find your scarf and gloves for now and dig into the hottest new openings across the capital over the next 4 weeks.
What: Late November will see renowned sommelier Honey Spencer and partner Charlie Sims open Sune, a neighbourhood restaurant at the foot of Broadway Market. The kitchen is helmed by chef Michael Robins, who previously spent two years as head chef at acclaimed restaurant Pidgin.
Eat: The menu champions the very best British produce, ingredients and wild foods, beginning with ‘Our Daily Breads’ with changing accompaniments, such as grilled pagnotta with whipped lardo and rosemary. The ‘Cold, Raw & Cured’ section features pristine seafood such as Galician sea urchin and preserved tomato, and a push-the-boat-out fruits de mer plate, alongside local charcuterie. Next, ‘Plates’ give equal care and attention to meats, fish and vegetables, starting with small dishes such as egg, chips and anchovy, and smoked eel Caesar salad; followed by homemade pasta such as linguine vongole with fried garlic and bottarga.
Where:129A Pritchard’s Road, London, E2 9AP
What: tashas, an elegant dining destination coupling beautiful food with stunning environments, will open in Battersea this November. The 150-cover restaurant will be the first UK site for the South African born café concept, bringing its reputation for a warm and laid-back approach to a new setting.
Eat: Locally sourced products and ingredients will feature in a ‘Classic Menu’ of timeless, all-day dishes, peppered with nods to Natasha’s South African roots. The menu will include a number of tashas’ best-loved dishes, including beautiful, fresh salads such as the House Salad, with a selection of fresh vegetables, watermelon radish and feta, and the Green Goddess, with smoked salmon and a vibrant green goddess dressing. New dishes created exclusively for tashas Battersea will include the Sweet Toast, a classic play on French Bostock with homemade almond paste, apricot jam and spiced syrup-soaked brioche.
Where: 3 Prospect Way, London, SW11 8BH
What: On November 11th, Chef Tom Brown from the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant Cornerstone, will be unveiling his new restaurant Pearly Queen – an exciting oyster bar and restaurant located in the heart of Shoreditch.
Eat: Pearly Queen draws inspiration from the vibrant history, heritage, and fish cookery traditions of London’s East End. The menu boasts a selection of oysters, shellfish, and inventive fish dishes, paired with a unique cocktail menu curated by Max Venning of Three Sheets fame. The menu caters to both leisurely meals and quick bites – seafood lovers can enjoy UK-sourced oysters, seasonal specials, and small plates like Cockle bhajis and Prawn Scotch Eggs. Main dishes include Grilled lobster in XO lobster butter and Whole plaice in a roast chicken sauce, alongside the ‘100-layer’ cuttlefish lasagne.
Where: 44 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LT
What: Dynamic duo Glen Leeson and Prince Durairaj, the pair behind The Tamil Prince, are launching a second site The Tamil Crown on 18th November. Having undergone extensive renovations, the impressive building spans across two floors, including a dining area, bar area, snug, speakeasy-cum-private dining room and outdoor seating area.
Eat: Like The Tamil Prince, the site will feature a menu rich with Indian and Tamil dishes created by Prince Durairaj – divided into small plates, large plates and bar snacks that have been developed especially for the site. ndian pancake and a signature dish previously featured on The Tamil Prince’s menu, given a revamp: Beef masala uttapum with spicy coconut chutney, as well as a Lime leaf-roasted chicken with pineapple chutney and Bhel puri , an Indian street food staple of puffed rice, vegetables and tangy tamarind sauce. Don’t miss the all-new Sunday roasts with beef dripping gravy and masala spuds.
Where: 16 Elia St, London N1 8DE
What: The Wolseley Hospitality Group’s latest venture is The Wolseley City, situated on King William Street just by Monument Square aims to be a sister but not a replica of the iconic The Wolseley. Opening on 8th November, the new restaurant will be much larger, offering two private dining rooms and three sweeping bar spaces.
Eat: The new menus at The Wolseley City will pay homage to its much-loved forefather, retaining the ‘all-day’ offering intrinsic to The Wolseley’s DNA. Perennial favourites such as Schnitzels, Soufflé Suisse and Steak Tartare, Calf’s Liver and Bacon, Coq au Vin will be on offer, alongside a large range of Crustacea, with some dishes created uniquely for the City audience.
Where: 68 King William St, London EC4N 7HR