“Chef Scully has an insatiable appetite for bold flavours and irreverent blends of ingredients; his kitchen is an exciting and unexpected place to be.’
Any restaurant opening that gets Ottolenghi excited is going to be very good indeed. Scully, the first solo venture from Ramael Scully, the former head chef at NOPI opens 1st March. After years of cooking alongside Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi the new restaurant, backed by the Ottolenghi family, will serve dishes reflective of Scully’s Chinese, Indian, Balinese and Irish descent.
The array of brightly coloured jars of pickles, syrups, shrubs, preserves and fermented fruit and vegetables that greet you as you enter the St James’s Market restaurant also provide the foundations of the menu. Dishes include Baby Beetroot Jerky with Green Cardamom Cream and Puffed Beef Tendons with Kilpatrick and Oyster Mayo. Watch Scully and his team in the central open kitchen whilst you enjoy a Pandan Daiquiri at the bar – white rum infused with pandan leaf, mixed with cordial made from the leftover citrus husks used by the restaurant.
Both walk-ins and bookings taken scullyrestaurant.com
4 St. James’s Market, W1Y 4AH
2. Evelyn’s Table
Set around a tiny, marble horseshoe bar with just 11 seats, Evelyn’s Table is the latest opening from siblings Zoe and Layo Paskin (The Palomar, The Barbary, Jacob the Angel). The kitchen bar makes use of the former beer cellar beneath Chinatown pub, The Blue Posts and you can have a pint upstairs, or at first-floor bar, The Mulwray whilst you wait for a table. The locally-sourced menu includes Cuttlefish ragout, Polenta bramata and Mammole artichoke and Rock salt fillet of beef with bone marrow. Pre-booking advised, although spaces at the two tables adjacent to the bar are reserved for walk-ins.
28 Rupert St, W1D 6DN
3. The Petersham and La Goccia at Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
Waiting for Petersham’s new restaurants to open feels a bit like waiting for spring to arrive; we are more than ready. Now the date has been set and on 23 April, The Petersham, La Goccia and the Floral Court will open their doors. The Petersham will be the more formal, classic restaurant serving lunch and dinner with pre and post theatre menus including day boat fish from Cornwall and organic meat from Haye Farm. The interiors are inspired by Petersham House in Richmond, so expect Murano glassware and elegant contemporary art. La Goccia will be the buzzy little sister; an all-day open kitchen with a wood fired oven and grill serving cicchetti, pizzette and fritti. La Goccia Bar will mix Petersham’s new signature cocktails using botanicals, herbs and edible flowers. In summer the tables will spill onto the Floral Courtyard, across which you’ll be able to pick up ingredients to take home at the Delicatessen.
Both The Petersham and La Goccia are now taking bookings ahead of their opening on 23 April. petershamnurseries.com
31 King St, WC2E 8JD