Here's Hot Dinners' latest guide to the week ahead. This week, a whole host of new openings hit the city, including an expansion of Bistro du Vin in Soho, Devonshire Arms from the people behind Islington's Drapers Arms and loads more
Bistro du Vin
We attended the opening party last week and have never seen so much food on display - at least not since the last Bistro du Vin opened in Farringdon.
The latest one takes the place of an old All Bar One and this 118 seater restaurant will run along similar lines with a Cave au Fromage, private dining room and wines available by the glass from an enomatic-style machine.
Find out more about Bistro du Vin
The Devonshire Arms
Nick Gibson, owner of Islington gastropub the Draper's Arms, has a loyal North London following. It'll be interesting to see if he can replicate his local gastropub success over in Chiswick. The dining room will seat 70 with space for 16 more in the bar and a good-sized garden. Head chef isDavid Philpot, whose previous experience includes Dean Street Townhouse and Le Caprice, New York.
Gallery at the Westbury
Taking over a site formerly occupied by the Connolly shop owned by the late Joseph Ettedgui (of the Joseph brand), the food here is by Head Chef Brian Fantoni, previously at Cantina del Ponte in Butler's Wharf. Expect an all-day (from 7am to 1am) classic French offering with design by Alex Kravetz, best known for luxury hotels like the Westbury and the Landmark.
Formerly known as Locanda Toscana, following a flood this will reopen as Assaggini - a contemporary Italian restaurant over two floors, seating 120. The menu will feature smaller sharing plates and matching Italian regional wines and beers, hence the name which apparently means "a selection of small dishes". What's most interesting is that the design team were apparently inspired by such NY restaurants as Pulino's and Public, which could be great news if they pull it off here.
This week, Restaurants in Residence continues - as the Young Turks get an extension, while A Little of What you Fancy takes over later in the week.
- Restaurants in Residence - Young Turks: 5 - 7 July
- Hawksmoor at Pitt Cue Co.: 6 July
- Restaurants in Residence - A little bit more of what you fancy: 8 - 9 July
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