Opening this week are two new restaurants and as great fans of the owners’ previous projects, we’ve got high hopes for them. Gail’s Kitchen in Bloomsbury is the first restaurant from the team behind Gail’s Bakeries. With baking and specifically the baking oven still at the centre of both the menu and the restaurant itself, the meals on offer are those that the team typically used to cook themselves once Gail’s Bakeries were closed. Open for meals throughout the day, from breakfast through lunch and tea to dinner, the breakfasts sound especially good, particularly the french toast with caramelised apples and maple butter and we like the sharing dishes for two or more people such as the slow-roast pork loin on sourdough trivet with potatoes, carrots and greens. For the decor, think concrete floors, salvaged oak and steel tables with leather and linen banquettes and with prices averaging around £15 for a proper main meal, it’s sure to be a winner.
Just as we’ve got our tongues around Yauatcha, Alan Yau comes up with Naamyaa, an all day dining modern Bangkok café in Islington. Yau has had great success already on the restaurant circuit with Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba Eathai so it’s hard to see how he can go wrong, especially as Naamyaa Café is being described as a cheaper, more accessible sister brand to Busaba Eathai. Naamyaa refers to a sauce that is cooked in traditional terracotta pots and eaten with kanon jin, fresh rice noodles, which will be served alongside traditional Western café staples and classic Siam dishes. The Islington branch is set to be the first in a chain so keep your eyes peeled for more opening soon.