A dish at ROVI, the new restaurant from the Ottolenghi team

The Hottest Restaurants to Book Now

Some of our favourite restaurants have sister openings this month, plus a welcome new addition to Kensington.  Our advice: book now to make sure you get a table and even, for some, 50% off too.

ROVI

Good news for all fans of both their delis and restaurant, NOPI, Ottolenghi are opening their second restaurant north of Oxford Street.  The head chef is Neil Campbell, formerly of Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store and whilst the restaurant will have a focus on fermenting and grilling, all fruit and vegetables will come from a biodynamic and organic farm in Sussex.  Tables can be booked ahead as well as on-the-day walk-ins (for lunch and dinner, breakfast will open in July) and they will have a small deli selling salads to take away plus cakes and pastries.  The focus of the dining room is around an oval shaped cocktail bar, with room for 18 drinkers or diners and judging by the cocktail list, this looks like an excellent place for an evening drink too.

Address: 59 Wells Street, W1A 3AE

Opening: 21 June 2018

Reservations: book here

 

AKIRA

Kensington has been upping it’s game on the restaurant front with The Ivy Kensington, Dishoom and Bone Daddies all recent additions.  Another to add to the list is the Japanese restaurant, Akira, which will open on the first floor of Japan House London on Kensington High Street (formerly a GAP shop) this Friday. Named after Chef Shimuzu Akira, you can visit for lunch or dinner to experience Japanese-style omotenashi hospitality as chefs prepare dishes using seasonal ingredients over roaring robata (charcoal grill) flames. Highlights of the menu include chargrilled kushiyaki skewers made from umami-rich wagyu beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables.  We think the food presentation looks particularly beautiful too.

Address: Japan House London, Kensington High Street, W8

Opening: 22 June 2018

Reservations: book here

 

CORA PEARL

The second restaurant from the team behind Kitty Fisher’s will open in Covent Garden on Tuesday, July 10th.  Headed up by chef George Barson (same as Kitty Fisher’s), the menu and interiors will take on both British and Parisian influences, inspired by the life of Cora Pearl herself – a celebrated nineteenth century Courtesan who resided in Covent Garden and was reputed to employ the best chef in town.  Housed in a Grade II listed building, which boasts double-height bay windows and views across St Paul’s Churchyard, there will also be an intimate cocktail bar downstairs.  If you tried to get a reservation at Kitty Fisher’s when it opened, you’ll know how hard it was and bookings have already opened for Cora Pearl.  Plus sign up to the Coral Pearl newsletter here and they will tell you when their soft opening starts to get 50% off all food.

Address: 30 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA

Opening: 10 July 2018

Reservations: to book e-mail bookings@corapearl.co.uk or call 020 7324 7722

 

CARAVAN FITZROVIA

Opening next month in the old BBC Radio 1 recording studios, Caravan Fitzrovia will be huge: there will be an all day restaurant and cafe, bar, downstairs private dining area and Caravan-To-Go which will be offering takeaway patisseries, sandwiches and salads.  As with their other restaurants, brunch and breakfast will be particularly appealing with twice baked golden milk crème brulee croissant and tamarind and date morning buns on the menu. Don’t miss the soft launch which runs from Monday 16 July through to Wednesday 18 July with 50% off all food and they’ll also be offering Caravan-To-Go at 50% off between 8am – 4pm.

Address: 152–156 Great Portland St Fitzrovia, W1W 6AJ

Opens: 16 July 2018

Reservations: book here

 

— Francesca
20th June 2018