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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LONDON
Som Saa, the popular Thai pop-up restaurant, will open a permanent location in Spitalfields in Spring 2016. The menu will be more extensive and include various curries and stir fries. Som Saa, 43A Commercial St., London E1 6BD, no phone.
Sosharu is a new Japanese restaurant venture from Jason Atherton to open in March 2016, with executive head chef Alex Craciun bringing a year's worth of culinary training in Kyoto to the project. Small dishes made with British ingredients will be the main focus, along with a daily changing tasting menu served in a separate space called Kisetsu. Sosharu, Turnmill Building, 64 Turnmill St., London EC1M 5RR, 020-3805 2304.
Tiny Leaf has opened in Notting Hill. It’s the first organic, vegetarian and zero-waste restaurant in London. The four-story site is temporary while those behind the project search for a permanent location. It was launched by food writer, food activist and chef Justin Horne, along with general manager Jonathan Krauss (previously of celebrity haunt Chiltern Firehouse), and the aim is to promote awareness about food waste with a daily-changing menu, based on using surplus food from suppliers such as Planet Organic. Tiny Leaf, 209 Westbourne Park Rd., London W11 1EA, 020-7243 9818.
Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, announced he'll be opening a location of Dominique Ansel Bakery in London. Patrons routinely line up for his invention the "cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. The address has not yet been announced.
Tom Sellers, the man behind Restaurant Story, has announced Kensington will be the site for his upcoming second restaurant. Restaurant Ours will seat 120 and have a bar and upper mezzanine, and head chef Daniel Phippard will be commandeering the kitchen, with the menus promising classic and contemporary European influences. The restaurant is due to open in February 2016. Restaurant Ours, 264 Brompton Rd., London SW3 2AS, no phone.
One Aldwych is partnering with Spanish restaurant Azurmendi to launch an informal dining venue in the hotel. Eneko at One Aldwych will open in summer 2016 showcasing chef Eneko Atxa's interpretation of rustic Basque cuisine in a relaxed environment. Eneko at One Aldwych, One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, 020-7300 1000.
The Ivy Group have already launched The Ivy Chelsea Garden and The Ivy Café in Marylebone this year. Now, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie made its debut across the road from the tube station. In a similar vein to the sister venues, Modern British cooking, weekend brunches and interesting cocktails are the order of the day. The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, 96 Kensington High St., London W8 4SG, 020-3301 0500.
Dining destination and bar Brooksby’s Walk has opened. The Homerton, east London, venture from restaurant manager Jarrod Cooke and chef Giorgio Ravelli, who previously worked together at Upstairs at The Ten Bells in Spitalfields, will offer a weekly barbecue, northern Italian sharing plates and seasonal cocktails. Brooksby’s Walk, Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DA, 07555 229870.
The Duck & Rice is restaurateur Alan Yau's take on the British pub. This Soho spot brings in Asian aesthetic traditions and offers dishes such as whole Cantonese roast duck, chop suey and Singapore fried noodles. The Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick St., London W1F 0QB, 020-3327 7888.
American History Cocktails at Oblix
Oblix has launched a new bar menu with concoctions influenced by all facets of America's history. Expect the likes of a unique take on the classic Moscow Mule, and a drink topped with a white chocolate skull and spun sugar. Oblix, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas St., 32nd floor, London SE1 9RY, 020-7268 6700.
Weekend Brunch Launched at The Dairy by The Delicatessen
The team behind still-green The Delicatessen in Clapham have launched weekend brunches to be enjoyed in sister restaurant situated next door, The Dairy. Head chef Janine Edwards has devised a tempting menu including spiced butter beans with chorizo, egg, hollandaise and breadcrumbs; smoked potato and onion tortilla with smashed avocado; and poached quince with hazelnut granola and yogurt. Brunch runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am, last orders at 12.45pm. The Delicatessen, 16 The Pavement, London SW4 OHY, No phone.
Nuno Mendes Launches Crowdfund for Viajante Return
Famous for commandeering the kitchen at celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse, Nuno Mendes has launched a crowdfund project to help resurrect the much-loved restaurant that was once Viajante. Should the £1.75m quota be met (quite likely), the new version will be built in a restored Victorian Warehouse in Wapping. The focus will be on tasting menus, and chefs from around the world will be invited to cook in its kitchen.
Afternoon Tea Makeover at Palm Court
Now is a good time to visit Palm Court at The Langham, London. Should you fancy an indulgent afternoon tea, or want to try its new Chez Roux dinner menu, you can do so in particularly smart surroundings, thanks to the restaurant’s recent and extensive multi-million pound refurbishment. Palm Court, The Langham, London, 1 Portland Place, London W1B 1JA, 020-7636 1000.
"Choose Your Own Table" at M Restaurants
Restaurant tables are not made equal; there are always some seats in the house that are better positioned than others. M restaurants have removed the risk of being stuck near a draughty entrance by introducing a new feature on its booking system. Utilizing Google Places, a 360-degree walkthrough of the space enables guests to select their preferred table prior to booking. M, 2 & 3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle St., London EC2R 8HP, 020-3327 7770.
Hawker House Returns
Street Feast's indoor night market Hawker House is back, and this time it’s heading over to Canada Water. Following a very successful winter stint in Dalston last year, it will this time be showcasing two floors of street food, bars and its now-famous whisky roulette, in a warehouse on Canada Street. New for this year is Neil Rankin's Meat Hook, Argentine-style, three-meter-long, whole-animal grill; and Up In My Grill, serving hunks of meat with shoestring fries and chimichurri. There'll be 13 street food vendors to choose from, and six bars serving everything from craft beer to classic cocktails. Hawker House will stay there until April 2016. Street Feast's Hawker House, Canada St., London SE16 2XU, no phone.
Hedone chef-owner Mikael Jonsson is leaving his consultancy role at Antidote wine bar and restaurant. The menu will continue under the full control of head chef Michael Hazlewood. Jonsson had been brought in to consult in 2014. Antidote, 12A Newburgh St., London, UK W1F 7RR, 020-7287 8488.
Jean-Philippe Blondet is now the executive chef at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. He had served as sous-chef under Jocelyn Herland since 2013. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA, 020-7629 8866.
LONDON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Following a huge refurbishment and expansion, the 150-year-old restaurant and Champagne bar Kettner's will be relaunched as Kettner's Townhouse in 2018, after being taken over by members club Soho House. Kettner's closed its doors in its current form on January 30, 2016. Kettner's, 29 Romilly St., London W1D 5HP, 020-7734 6112.
Le Chabanais closed after just a few months in business. It was a London offshoot of the Parisian bistro Le Chateaubriand. Le Chabanais, 8 Mount St., London W1K 3NF, no phone.