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Kricket
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Already a big hit in Brixton, this is the second Kricket - expect a bigger space with the same great Indian small plates.
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West London
108 Golborne Road, London W10 5PS
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
The Barbary
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
This is the sibling restaurant to the hugely popular The Palomar. It features food from the Barbary Coast of North Africa to Jerusalem and it's a solely counter dining restaurant too.
Morito Hackney Road
East London
195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
This latest expansion for Moro sees them head outside of Exmouth Market with a new all-day kitchen. Expect food from Spain, Morocco, Turkey and Crete - with a focus on dishes new to London.
Moro
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Chick n Sours
East London
390 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
Barrafina Adelaide Street
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10
The Hart Brothers (also behind Quo Vadis and Fino) are opening a second venue of Barrafina, the Soho tapas restaurant. While much on the menu will be familiar to diners at their current restaurant with a menu made up of classic and contemporary tapas, chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho is planning some entirely new dishes. Those dishes will probably be inspired by the Josper oven that's being installed here.
Tredwell's
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
4 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Critic reviews - total score 5.5 out of 10
Tredwell's is from Marcus Wareing, but he'll taking the role of restaurateur here, while concentrating on the kitchen at MARCUS. Here, Chantelle Nicholson is taking charge of what will be a "casual but informed restaurant - food you like when you like."
The Manor
South London
148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
The Manor sees the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie.
Smoking Goat
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
7 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LZ
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This Thai barbecue restaurant in Soho features a short daily menu with a focus on cooking over wood and with traditional pestles & mortars.
The Palomar
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Quite possibly THE best counter dining experience in town, albeit not the quietest one. Expect a Jerusalem-style menu here, with additional influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa through to the Levant. You CAN grab a table at the back - but try for the full-on counter experience if you can.
Wright Brothers Spitalfields
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
8/9 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This is the third London opening for the oyster and seafood restaurant, following Soho and Borough Market. Expect a similar offering of seafood and oysters at this Spitalfields location - but with a huge seawater tank into the middle of the restaurant stacked with 10,000 shellfish allowing diners to choose their own live crab, lobster or oysters.
Cafe Murano
Mayfair, Belgravia
33 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1HD
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This sees Angela Hartnett taking over the site in St James which used to hold Gordon Ramsay's original Petrus restaurant (and where she was Head Chef). Expect "regionally focused dishes, at an accessible price-point, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant I would enjoy eating in every day".
HKK
The City
88 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BE
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
Following the opening of Chrysan next door, this is another City Hakkasan restaurant. This time, they'll be serving a single tasting menu of Chinese and Cantonese dishes. The menu has been created by Hakkasan executive chef Tong Chee Hwee.
Andina
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
1 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Martin Morales is also behind Ceviche, although this restaurant takes a slightly different approach. It takes its influence from Peruvian ‘picanterias’, traditional family run restaurants serving local people from breakfast through to dinner.
Prawn on the Lawn
North London
220 St. Paul's Road, London, N1 2LL
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Prawn on the Lawn is a fishmonger and seafood bar. There's a wet fish counter as well as a dining counter with just eight covers. Expect the usual fruits de mer platters and whole crab as well as some more tapas-style dishes like scallops ceviche and their signature dish - the prawn on the lawn which is toasted soda bread with avocado and prawns.
Elliot's Cafe
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This restaurant is by Rob Green and Brett Redman, the blokes behind the super-popular Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park. Its aim is to be 'showcasing the best of Borough Market and supporting craft and artisanal producers'.
Social Eating House
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
This restaurant is from Jason Atherton and, to date, his only one in Soho. Expect a very British menu, with plenty of starters in jars too. As with all of Atherton's places, the bar is just as important - so make time to head upstairs for a cocktail or three.
Donostia
Marylebone
10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
omasz Baranski, the former head chef at Barrafina, is serving up Basque-style tapas and pintxos such as Pil-Pil cod and stuffed squid in ink, as well as more mainstream Spanish dishes like croquetas and tortilla. As for the wine, the list includes various Basque specialities such as txakoli a slightly sparkling, dry, low-alcohol white wine.
Sushi Tetsu
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
Critic reviews - total score 9.5 out of 10
Ducksoup
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Staffed by folk who previously worked at Hix in Clerkenwell, expect a small menu featuring the group's favourite dishes from around the world, created with seasonal British ingredients. Plus there's "bring your own vynyl" approach which lets you play your own tunes on the turntable.
Spuntino
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
61 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Russell Norman's Polpo was a hit the minute it opened its doors. This smaller successor is billed as 'a sort-of speakeasy with food; like a machine-age downtown NYC Italian diner' and seats just 30 people. Head chef is Rachel O'Sullivan, former sous-chef at Polpo.
The Opera Tavern
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
23 Catherine Street, London WC2
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
From the same stable as Salt Yard and Dehesa, this serves tapas-style dishes in a refurbished pub setting. Their teeny Iberico pork and foie gras burgers are worthy of the trip here alone.
J Sheekey Oyster Bar
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
28-32 St. Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Fans of counter dining have long known that one of the best lunches in town was to be had up dining up at the bar in Sheekeys, if you could get a table. Happily the move sideways into an neighbouring building has allowed Sheekeys to create a brand new Oyster bar while seemlessly giving it the Sheekey magic touch.
Bocca Di Lupo
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Jacob Kenedy's Soho Italian wins universal praise for its cuisine, a well-chosen wine list and for one of the most beautiful counters in town - a top counter dining spot.
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The City
140 Fetter Lane, London EC4 1BT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
The owners of the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant have taken up this basement restaurant/ wine bar in Fetter Lane and have persuaded Paul Walsh from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to be Head Chef.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
Bar Boulud London
Mayfair, Belgravia
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Daniel Boulud is one of the top chefs in Manhattan, where his restaurant Daniel was recently awarded three Michelin stars. This is his first opening in London - in the same hotel as Heston, no less. Bar Boulud, which also has a New York outpost, is a bistro and wine bar, has 165 seats and includes a charcuterie bar.
Terroirs
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.
Roka
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
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