London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – November 2016

With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month.

Sakagura – Mayfair

Joining the likes of Momo and Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, just behind Regent Street, Sakagura is the latest restaurant opening from The Japan Centre Group. Opening in collaboration with the team behind two Michelin-starred The Araki, the restaurant will have a Southern Japanese focus and will mainly serve ‘Washoku’ and Hakata Yakitori skewers. Elsewhere, the menu that’s set to be democratically priced in attempt to lure a younger, more relaxed clientele will offer some freshly made sushi, hand-made udon and soba noodles, plus a Shokado Bento box including seven dishes such as sashimi, agemono, tofu, salad, yakimono, rice and miso soup. As far as drinks are concerned, the restaurant will have a specialist sake bar run by sake company Gekkeikan, with a prominent spotlight on sake-based cocktails.

Sakagura is set to open in November and can be found at 8 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BU.


Temple & Sons – City

Set adjacent to the iconic Tower 42, housing Jason Atherton’s high rise Michelin-starred City Social, this month will see the opening of Temple & Sons – another joint venture between Jason Atherton and The Social Company. Heavily inspired by British heritage and set to champion British produce, the new grill restaurant and bar will be set into two sections. Downstairs, a deli inspired by traditional grocery stores will sell a range of artisan tinned goods and cured meats during the day, before turning into a nighttime cocktail bar. Meanwhile, the upstairs restaurant space will have a casual atmosphere in contrast to City Social, though the food will also be overlooked by Executive Chef Paul Walsh, with dishes designed for ‘family-style’ dining. These large sharing dishes will include the likes of wood-fired pork chop, collar and crackling with sage and pine nut crumb, and whole grilled Newlyn line-caught turbot with pickled Cornish cockle and pork vinaigrette. Desserts, on the other hand, will play on British classics, including the likes of vanilla rice pudding served with homemade jams.

Temple & Sons is set to open on 21st November and can be found at Tower 42, International Financial Centre, 22 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ.


Sumosan Twiga – Knightsbridge

Following the success of a sister restaurant in Monte Carlo, Sumosan Twiga will open its first London space in Knightsbridge this month. A joint collaboration between Flavio Briatore of Twiga and Janina Wolkow of Sumosan, the restaurant will serve a unique blend of both Japanese and Italian cuisine all under one roof, using only the freshest, seasonal, quality ingredients. Set across three floors, the new restaurant will offer a separate lounge, bar and restaurant serving Sumosan’s renowned Japanese menu alongside classic Italian cuisine, while the Sumosan Twiga kitchen will have two head chefs at its helm. As for the menu, expect established favourites and new creations from Sumosan, alongside timeless Italian classic dishes from the Twiga side of the menu.

Sumosan Twiga is set to open in November and can be found at 165 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9QB.


SMOKESTAK – Shoreditch

Having become a street food stalwart since launching in 2013, David Carter will open SMOKESTAK’s first permanent site near Brick Lane later this month. Having become famous for a no nonsense approach to American barbecue-style food, the restaurant will continue to focus on meat-centric menus with plenty of smoked cuts. Set over two floors, the ground floor restaurant will have space for 75 diners placed around an open kitchen, while the downstairs basement bar will hold a mere 15 guests for pre-dinner drinks and bar snacks. A number of SMOKESTAK classics will be on offer throughout, plus a number of new dishes such as smoked girolles and beef dripping toast; crispy beef shin and anchovy mayo; and coal-roasted sweet potato, smoked ricotta and bacon. For the drinks offering, the menu will also be simple, containing four beers, six cocktails and around 25 wine bins, while all of the beers will be sourced from London breweries including 40FT, Kernel Brewery and Brew By Numbers.

SMOKESTAK is open now and can be found at 11 Sclater Street, London, E1 6HZ.


Panzo – Exmouth Market

Joining the likes of Berber & Q Shawarma Bar and Macellaio RC, PANZO will open on Exmouth Market this month. A Neapolitan-inspired pizza restaurant, PANZO’s concept is rooted in serving individually sized pizzas made with double-cooked dough that’s made using ‘lievito madre’ and is left to rise for 26 hours in order to create a light, crispy base. These individual pizzas are then topped with the best quality produce available, so expect toppings such as mushroom, mozzarella, goat cheese, stilton, pine nuts and honey; and pumpkin, courgette, mozzarella and ham, amongst others. The concept of the twice-cooked dough is heavily inspired by the Neapolitan panuozzo sandwich (made using charred whole wheat dough stuffed with fillings such as tomato and stracchino cheese) which will also feature upon the menu. For dessert, a selection of Italian pastries will be served alongside Italian classics such as Tiramisu, and all drinks will be served on tap, including a range of Proseccos, beer and wine using eco-friendly kegs.

PANZO is set to open in November and can be found at 50 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE.


Perilla – Newington Green

Opening at the southernmost end of Green Lanes, one of London’s longest roads, Perilla is a new Modern-European restaurant from chef Ben Marks – formerly of Claridges, The Square and Noma. Setting out to use humble ingredients of the highest quality, the restaurant’s a la carte and five-course menus will be served in an informal, relaxed space, with the likes of seaweed bread with roasted lamb fat; cuttlefish Bolognese; and preserved plum custard set to feature on the ever changing seasonal menu.

Perilla is set to open in November and can be found at 1-3 Green Lanes, London, N16 9BS.


inamo – Camden

Opening a site opposite Mornington Crescent tube station, futuristic concept restaurant inamo is set to launch a third site this month. With two other restaurants, one in Covent Garden and the other in Soho boasting the world’s first interactive ordering system and interactive table tops that even allow diners to choose their own interactive tablecloths, the Camden branch will continue to serve Pan-Asian food, plus a street food-style bar menu. Other new features exclusive to the Camden restaurant include a selection of dishes cooked on an outdoor Japanese-inspired Robata grill, with an al fresco garden and roof terrace also on hand.

inamo Camden is set to open in November and can be found at 265 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7QX.

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