London’s cutting-edge restaurant scene is so innovative and changes so fast that it can be hard to keep track of what’s coming and going. At Dean Gambles & Co we’re not only leading restaurant property brokers but our business is also our passion. That means not only can we guide you to the best restaurant sites but we also have our fingers on the pulse of the best new arrivals.
Take our co-founder for instance, man about town Nishan Bhaker (known simply as “The Scene” to his colleagues – at least when it comes to getting the low-down on where to eat). For Nishan a weekend is not complete without trying some of the best eateries the capital has to offer. Who better than him then to dish the latest on London’s most unmissable openings then? Here are his places to keep an eye on.
The spirit of the belle epoque has been very much channelled in one of London’s most eagerly-anticipated re-openings – the Belvedere in Holland Park.
Oriental finery and an overwhelming sense of grandness pervade the former ballroom at Holland House – a hangout for A-listers. To get there is a walk in the park – literally. You stroll through rose gardens past immaculate lawns, fountains and peacocks into the soaring dining room furnished with silk curtains, Persian carpets and baroque décor. There you can order Anglo-European classics which might include paccheri with fish & saffron, free range cornfed chicken or asparagus with poached quails’ eggs or a simple pizza – albeit with high-end ingredients.
Nishan says: “This is a relaunch of an iconic institution – a place which used to be frequented by Princess Diana. The dining room is not just grand, it’s amazing but there’s also an accessibility to it that I like.”
Harrods’ rethink of its food halls has led to the incorporation of this stellar new offering from Swedish superstar chef Bjorn Frantzén. Frantzén, who holds six Michelin stars at his restaurants in Stockholm and Singapore, offers so-called Japandi (Japan-Scandinavian hybrid) dishes in an atmosphere which was described by The Evening Standard as “conjuring a futurist log cabin”. On the menu are the likes of a red deer and tuna tartare and roasted Orkney scallops with scrambled duck egg.
Nishan says: “This is a very big deal for London, and it’s as cutting edge as you would expect. World-class Michelin star-type food available within Harrods so you can combine shopping with eating well.”
If, like us, your idea of a good time is achingly tender beef brisket cooked slow and then stuffed into a pitter with gherkins and — wait for it — melted cheddar cheese, you will love Miznon.
Israeli celebrity chef Ezal is bringing more of his good things to London – opening a kiosk in Notting Hill’s Elgin Crescent to complement his existing Soho operation. The concept is a playful take on Israeli street food and that’s not only delicious but also sometimes head-scratchingly surreal. Take the “run over” baked potato – a piece of inspired carby goodness which comes complete with tire marks.
Nishan says: “They’ve gone where everyone else wants to see and be seen which is obviously trendy Notting Hill. It’s very interesting to see how this take translates to West London.”
It sounds like the recipe for perfect weekend happiness (or happiness at any time, come to think of it). Take some crispy fried chicken, put it in a bun and serve with mouth numbing spices. John & Yee Li are bringing East London a double dose of Chinese flavours with the Dumpling Shack and Sichuan Fry in a two-for-one deal located on separate floors of the same site. Anyone who visited Sichuan Fry’s the store at Spitalfields market will have already taken this ride on the crunchy side as that was where they tested their concept.
Nishan says: “Something very cool is happening in Hackney (it’s technically London Fields Nish, but who’s counting after such a taste experience? – ed). It’s almost comfort food but made with really high-quality produce and worth queuing up for.”
More deep-fried deliciousness can be found at Bar Kroketa. This offering from Brindisa Tapas Bar at Beak St, Carnaby brings us an ever-changing tribute to the Iberian classic– creating multiple menu of kroketas (as the Basques spell it) and other bar snacks. Feast on anything from prawn kroketas with prawn head alioli to sweet offerings like payoyo and peach kroketas topped with raspberries (£6). Don’t forget to order a Basque cocktail or Kalimotxo (coke and red wine) to wash that down.
Nishan says: “It’s going to be very laid back very informal, somewhere where you can grab a drink and get a bite to eat and who doesn’t love croquettes?”
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