Top 5: New Openings in London This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
There’s so many fantastic new restaurants opening this week in the capital. Time is precious, London, here’s 5 you simply can’t miss:
What: Pizza, cocktails and vegan delights await at new opening Made in Italy on Northcote Road. The new restaurant is inviting everyone to ‘pay-what-you-want’, to celebrate the launch. Running until Thursday (25th May), diners at Made in Italy 3.0 can pay as little or as much as they want for their food, and enjoy the new menu which focuses on four different dough bases, each made from specific flour.
Eat and Drink: The regularly changing, seasonal menu will use the finest traditional Italian ingredients, from San Marzano tomatoes from Campania to Made In Italy’s homemade burrata cheese. Signature pizzas include the BO.CA (Bologna-Catania) with Stracciatella di burrata, Mortadella from Bologna & Bronte, and pistachios; The Calzone Fritto, a fried pizza stuffed with ciccioli (pork crackling), ricotta and smoked mozzarella; and the Panuozza, pizza dough baked until charred, sliced lengthwise and stuffed with mushrooms, mozzarella, rocket and parma ham. For dessert, the Calzoncino with Nutella, sweet homemade ricotta and served with vanilla gelato is a must try.
Where: Battersea, Northcote Road, London
What: The cool vibe of Barcelona’s best beach clubs has been transported to the heart of London’s historic Docklands. The Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames pop-up is embracing the region’s laid-back lifestyle, impressive cava heritage and obsession with tapas – it’s an homage to Spain.
Eat and Drink: Classic Spanish pintxos and stylish tapas plates take inspiration from Barcelona’s famous food market, La Boqueria, where delicacies arrive paired with stunning sips. All the quintessential flavours feature on the Anna menu, from fiery chorizo to heady garlic and sweet red pepper. Meat aficionados can sink their forks into chorizo and manchego bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches); serrano jamon with cherry tomato salsa; and albóndigas de carne. Fish fans can enjoy frito whitebait with lemon and sea salt or ensalada de gambas, served with a zingy paprika and lime dressing. No Catalonian affair would be complete without classic patatas bravas; generously-filled risotto and artichoke croquettas; or the legendary calamari and aioli.
Where: Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW
What: This May sees the launch of an exciting all-day dining concept at Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate. Situated in the heart of the square along with HOP Vietnamese and Gaucho, three shipping containers will play host to some of the most on-trend food outlets on the London foodie scene today.
Eat and Drink: Wolf celebrates authentic Italian food, using the finest local produce and speciality ingredients serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, under the guidance of head chef Ben Spalding who counts Heston Blumenthal as one of his mentors. CLAW will be serving dreamy British seafood, sourced from traceable and sustainable sources in Salcombe, Devon. The popular street food outlet will feature a brand new menu, which will include poké salad and crab and lobster rolls, all at Finsbury Avenue Square. And Yolk will provide a brunch-led offering, serving its perfectly- poached egg pots and speciality Black Box coffee.
Where: Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, London
What: Launching at Tobacco Dock in Wapping on Thursday (25th May), Skylight is set to be London’s most imaginative new rooftop destination. Themed around a British urban lawn club, Skylight will combine croquet and petanque with cocktails and street food, promising a summer experience like no other in the city.
Eat and Drink: Occupying the top three levels of a former car park in the heart of East London, the 600 capacity Skylight will feature multiple bars, 3 croquet lawns, petanque courts and street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city. Featuring some of the most exciting names in street food, Skylight will be a foodie’s paradise. East London burger maestros, We Serve Humans, will be serving up their famous Chairman burger and Greek street food brand, Yiro will be creating mouthwatering souvlaki all night long. Refreshing cocktails and summer pitchers will sit alongside signature spritzes and bubbles by the glass and bottle, while ice cold ciders and beers will quench thirsty throats on hot summer nights.
Where: Tobacco Quay Wapping Ln, St Katherine’s & Wapping London E1CW 2SF
What: Talented duo Nick Ross and Max de Nahlik are coming together to launch Oxalis London at Platform 1 restaurant in East Dulwich. The pair have worked together in the past at various venues across London and felt inspired to create a concept together having realised their joint love of British produce and the finesse of French cooking techniques.
Eat and Drink: The menu takes inspiration from Great British produce, and producers with a fine dining twist. Dishes will include asparagus tortellini with 3 cornered garlic, and onglet steak with beetroot miso, carrot and herbs. For dessert: apple sorbet with poached rhubarb and biscuit crumb. The Oxalis residency will run through until 30th September and is open Thursday to Sunday.
Where: Platform 1, 71 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EP
One for luck…
What: Having originally opened in Beckenham, Chai Naasto has just launched their second site in Hammersmith. Home to Indian street food, everything at Chai Naasto can be eaten in, or take away.
Eat and Drink: The menu changes from month to month – but expect everything from hearty kebabs to curries, alongside custom offerings for kids, vegan and gluten-free options and a wide range of drinks, teas and tasty desserts. The menu features a range of Indian small plates that are ideal for sharing, think Bombay chilli cheese bites, quail egg kofta, and spiced potato cakes.
Where: Chai Naasto, 103 Hammersmith Grove, London W6 0NQ