London is abuzz with exciting new restaurant launches this summer, from Gordon Ramsay’s brand-new Manhattan-inspired grill to Mark Sargeant’s modern Soho brasserie
Following the opening of its café and roastery last October, Craft London on the Greenwich Peninsula is a new British restaurant, café, cocktail bar and shop, a design collaboration between acclaimed chef, Stevie Parle, and industrial designer, Tom Dixon. The interior is crammed with the best of British, from Scottish tweed and British limestone to London-designed furniture and lighting, and justifiably describes itself as “modern, glamorous, relaxed, with focus on produce and cooking”.
Morden & Lea
June 2015 sees the opening of Mark Sargeant’s exciting new modern Soho brasserie, Morden & Lea, named after 17th-century cartographer Robert Morden and Philip Lea, who were the first to map out the area now known as Soho. Split across two floors, with downstairs offering a casual and relaxed, no-reservations atmosphere, the 62-cover space will serve up dishes using the best of British ingredients, from Salt-baked celeriac with parsley pesto and Grilled Cornish mullet with spelt, mussels and bok choy, to puddings such as Set milk chocolate with hazelnuts, milk sorbet and coffee sherbet.
Launched last week, Yauatcha City in Broadgate Circle in the City is the second offering from Alan Yau’s Hakkasan group, which shares many design and menu characteristics of the Michelin-starred original. With a choice of two bars, two spacious outside terraces and a large main dining area, this is the perfect place to head to enjoy the all-day dim sum dining experience.
Inspired by the grill rooms of Manhattan, Gordon Ramsay’s vibrant new 60-cover restaurant, maze Grill, on Royal Hospital Road, has recently opened its doors, offering the concept’s signature rare breed steaks, fish and poultry to eat from the Montague grill alongside an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi from a dedicated raw bar.
Earlier this month renowned restaurateur Des McDonald launched his third pop-up restaurant at Selfridges: On the Roof with Vintage Salt. Open for five months and kicking off Selfridges’ ‘Great British Outdoors’ campaign, this British summer restaurant, bar and terrace is inspired by a Cornish fishing village, where diners can enjoy a unique British seaside dining experience high above the streets of London.
The team behind France’s celebrated restaurant, Le Chateaubriand, is set to open its fabulously patinated brass dining room at Le Chabanais restaurant at 8 Mount Street in Mayfair this month. Conceived by film producer Varun Talreja together with Le Chateaubriand’s self-taught Basque chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte and his partners Franck Audoux and Laurent Cabut, Le Chateaubriand’s head chef, Paul Boudier, heads up the kitchen while Kevin Lansdown, former General Manager of Scott’s in Mayfair, will oversee the operation of the restaurant.
Angela Hartnett has confirmed that Café Murano Covent Garden will open at 34-36 Tavistock Street on 29 June. The second Café Murano restaurant will take the simple and seasonal approach to Italian cooking that has made the original in St. James’s a critical hit and local favourite, but will have a distinct personality. The menu has been developed by new Head Chef, Richard Lloyd, formerly sous chef at Hartnett, Holder and Co. in collaboration with Angela, and is inspired by recent travels around the regions of Italy. Next door at 34 Tavistock St. the new Pastificio will open on 13 July and offer pasta cooked daily by Angela’s chefs, available to take away for the first time with a bottle of wine or salumi.
The latest offering from the good people at Daylesford Organic, Daylesford Marylebone combines a shop selling the very freshest produce from their farm – from fruit and veg from the market garden to fresh pastries from the bakery – and an all-day cafe. Located on Blandford Street, it’s a great place to meet friends for brunch on the weekends and indulge a little foodie heaven.
Main image: Le Chabanais