Whether it’s Iranian cuisine from an ex-Noma chef, an Ibizan import that combines live DJ sets with a Mediterranean menu or a new venture from a Michelin-starred chef that’s dedicated to rice, 2019 is set to be an exciting and eclectic year for new restaurant openings in London. Here, we select eight launches where you’ll want to make reservations this year.
Brasserie of Light
The team behind the Ivy and Sexy Fish brings its mix of gourmet glamour to Selfridges with the Brasserie of Light. Dominated by a towering crystal Damien Hirst sculpture, the bistro’s dishes are an international mix of favourites, with the playful Pegasus Afternoon Tea an indulgent highlight.
Chef Rohit Ghai, the talent behind the Michelin-starred Jamavar and Gymkhana, launched his own restaurant, Kutir, at the tail end of 2018. Located just off the King’s Road, Kutir’s menu is inspired by the feasts of royal Indian hunting parties and includes lavish plates such as 24-hour slow-cooked Rogan josh and a sweet and tender Lobster Bonda.
A stable of acclaimed restaurants in Asia, Imperial Treasure touches down in London just in time for the start of the new year. Specialising in tender Peking duck, the brand’s outposts in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong all have Michelin stars and we’re expecting equally delicious things from its central London venture.
A new addition to London’s super-stylish Dover Street, IT Ibiza brings Balearic hedonism to Mayfair. The venture combines a Mediterranean-inspired menu with performances from renowned DJs and a gallery for up-and-coming artists.
An exciting opening from ex-Noma chef Leonardo Pererira, Nutshell brings the flavours of Iran to the heart of Covent Garden. It spans two floors: find seated table dining upstairs and a more informal countertop option downstairs. The kitchen turns out Iranian-inspired cuisine such as overnight coal-baked squash and goat leg with grilled onions and buttermilk, all made using British produce.
The next generation of the Roux dynasty, Emily Roux has launched Caractère with her husband, Diego Ferrari, a former head chef at Le Gavroche. Based in Notting Hill, the menu draws on the couples’ respective French and Italian backgrounds and features appetising propositions like celeriac ‘cacio e pepe’ with aged balsamic vinegar and a rich braised venison ravioli.
Wild by Tart
The flagship opening of the new redevelopment of Belgravia’s Ecclestone Yards, Wild by Tart at Ecclestone Place offers not just food but fashion, photography and lifestyle to boot. It’s overseen by Tart London, the hugely popular London catering company which is renowned for tasty eats like wild mushroom pie, Asian-style superfood salads and blood orange ice cream.
With a name that means ‘rice’ in Spanish, it’s not hard to guess what will be on the menu at Quique Dacosta’s new London restaurant. Making use of the finest Spanish ingredients, Dacosta brings his Michelin-starred touch to this humble cupboard staple at Arros QD with masterful, modern Mediterranean cooking.
Explore London’s newest, most anticipated restaurant openings while staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ The Rubens at the Palace, where the stunning English Grill restaurant takes centre stage. Image credits: lead image © Brasserie of Light. Peking duck © Imperial Treasure. Celeriac cacio e pepe © Caractère