As the end of 2021 looms, things are quietening down on the new opening side - but there are still some very interesting new restaurant openings in December...
Marylebone - 12 New Quebec St, Marylebone, London W1H 7RP
Daisuke Hayashi's kaiseki restaurant Roketsu has been a long time in the making, but it certainly looks worth the wait. The chef has teamed up with Kyoto design experts Ryokujuan Shimizu to create the restaurant (so it should look pretty special) and going by the deliveries and pop-ups that he's been running, this could well be London's next hot ticket.
Covent Garden - 23 Slingsby Place, The Yards, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AB
Miscusi is an Italian chain with a particular focus on sustainability - aiming to be a zero-waste restaurant rated B-corp (that's "the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance"). They're very popular in Italy and should prove the same over here. In a nutshell it's all about creating pasta and sauce combinations and they even have a loyalty scheme which rewards you for choosing pasta with a low carbon footprint.
Mayfair - 11 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DS
Jeru will be popular Australian chef Roy Ner's first London restaurant. The Middle-Eastern-inspired opening will feature dishes like Langoustine Murtabak and Levantine lobster & prawn dumplings and the charcuterie offering sounds promising too. The restaurant will add a bakery and bar in early 2022.
The City - 7 Frederick’s Place, London EC2R 8AE
District cafés have proven popular in Parsons Green, Mayfair and Nine Elms - and now the people behind them are branching out with Where's Fred's. A cafe by day, wine bar by night (adding dishes like Oysters Kilpatrick) it'll showcase a European, low-intervention list selected by The Pem's GM Emma Underwood.
Balham - 65 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AP
The latest Zia Lucia sees them head south to Balham. If you're yet to encounter them, their menu centres around their 48-hour slow-fermented dough - available in white flour, wholemeal, gluten-free or a vegetable charcoal base (for a very unique black pizza). The pizzas available range from margheritas to their Arianna Sbagliata - that's mozzarella, gorgonzola, fresh sausage, honey and truffle oil
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