Honey & Smoke

Top new restaurants to book now

There are some exciting new restaurants opening this autumn and, if you get in quick, you’ll actually be able to get a table.  Here are our top picks:

Aquavit

The Nordic 2 starred Michelin restaurant from New York is opening it’s first outpost in London on 24th November.  Located in St James’s Market, the Head Kitchen Chef is Henrik Ritzen (previously of The Dover Street Arts Club, La Petite Maison and Lutyens) and the interior design is by Martin Brudnizki (of Sexy Fish and The Ivy).  Expect classic Scandinavian dishes such as Toast Skagen (prawns on toast) with more modern choices such as butter-poached cod with fennel aioli.  You can pre-book your table here.

Honey & Smoke

We’re huge fans of Honey & Co (see our reviews of their cookbooks here and here), so we were very excited to discover that they have just opened a second restaurant, Honey & Smoke in Great Portland Street.  A Middle Eastern grill, they aren’t open for lunch yet but you can book for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  The menu includes charred marinated octopus and baba ganoush.  Book here.

Temper

From Pitt Cue Co in Soho to the Smokehouse in Islington and Chiswick, chef Neil Rankin has made a name for himself with live fire cooking and grilling.  His latest restaurant, Temper, which opens 8th November, has a central open kitchen with seating for 42 along it’s green marble counter and, as well as a range of grilled meats, will also offer a focus on vegetables and fast, flexible dining.  Opening on 8th November, there will be soft opening with 50% off all orders for the first few days (the official launch will be on either Friday 11th or Monday 14th depending on how training is going).  Book here.

Street XO

Bookings opened yesterday for this highly anticipated Mayfair restaurant from triple Michelin-starred chef David Munoz.  Famous for his urban, street-inspired food that mixes influences from Asian to South American, this is his first opening outside of his native Spain.  There is a walk-in counter but expect the restaurant to get booked up extremely quickly – Munoz’ mixture of high-end food and theatrical presentation has garnered a huge following.  Book here.

Parabola at the new Design Museum

Due to open on 24th November, we are keeping our eyes peeled for bookings to begin for this restaurant at the new Design Museum on Kensington High Street.  With fantastic views over Holland Park, the restaurant is being run by Prescott & Conran (of Albion and Boundary). Head Chef is Graham Blower (formerly of Tramshed, Petrus and Murano) and there will be informal day-long dining until tea and an all-day cocktail bar.  For dinners, the kitchen will be taken over by a series of guest chefs, starting with Rowley Leigh from 28 November to 28 January, followed by Valentine Warner from 6 February to 31 March who will be hosting a number of special events.  The Design Museum.

 

What:
Which top new restaurants to book now
Where:
Aquavit, St James's Market, 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ
Where else:
Honey & Smoke, 216 Great Portland Street; Temper, 25 Broadwick Street; Street XO, 15 Old Burlington Street; Parabola, 224 - 238 Kensington High Street, W1W 5NN; W1F 0DF; W1S 2JL; W8 6AG
— Francesca
26th October 2016