Café Murano – If your budget won’t stretch to Murano, check out Angela Hartnett’s relaxed and affordable alternative on St James’s Street. The menu has a Northern Italian focus so expect monkfish tail with brown shrimps and golden raisins, gnocchi with ceps, and a daily changing selection of ice-creams.
Earlham Street Clubhouse – Thin-crust pizza by the slice, Soul Shakers cocktails, and an East Coast beach club vibe; what’s not to love about this Earlham Street newcomer?
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – Having won over Wimbledon with their expertly prepared sushi and Japanese snacks on sticks, the Danish restaurant group have opened a new site in Covent Garden. There’s a huge range of sushi and sashimi to choose from, as well as skewers, tempura shrimp bites and duck wraps.
The Jones Family Project – Now open on Great Eastern Street, the team behind this all-day bar-restaurant promise carefully sourced ingredients and a small but perfectly formed wine list. They’re open for breakfast right through to dinner with a menu that includes house-cured brandy salmon, venison haunch with red wine and pomegranate sauce, and steaks cooked on their Josper grill.
Churchill’s Port House – London’s first pop-up port bar has set up home in Soho to serve a variety of ports, wines and tapas dishes until late February. They’re open Thursday to Saturday with a no-nonsense list of eight ports and five wines. You can snack on cheese and charcuterie boards or put together a feast of things like chilli and garlic prawns, pork terrine, and foie gras served with figs and port jelly.
Foxlow – Good luck getting a table at this new St John Street restaurant from the Hawksmoor boys. If you do manage to squeeze in, you can look forward to charcoal grilled Iberico pork pluma, Brixham crab with devilled mayo, and slow-smoked bacon ribs and beef shortrib.
Rita’s Bar & Dining – After the success of their residency at Birthdays in Dalston, Rita’s Bar & Dining will reopen in a new permanent home in Hackney on the 19th. Menu details are yet to be released but we’ve heard that former Salt Yard head chef Andrew Clarke has joined their kitchen team.
House of Ho – Celeb chef Bobby Chinn launches his first UK restaurant in Soho this month. Details are being kept under wraps but Viet food fans can expect dishes like lemongrass chicken wings, five spiced quail, sake steamed clams, and smoked aubergine with scallion vinaigrette.
Boopshi’s – If you need a break from small plates and ‘dude food’, head for this schnitzel and spritz bar opening near Goodge Street on the 25th. Brothers Ed and Ben Robson will be serving schnitzels made with British rose veal, free-range chicken and rare breed pork, along with Prosecco on tap, an exclusive Camden Town Brewery beer, and some signature spritzes.
On The Bab – At the end of the month, the team behind Koba and Nizuni will open a new Korean joint on Old Street. On The Bab will serve flavoured soju (Korean rice liquor) and cocktails, along with ‘anju’ dishes which are the Korean equivalent of bar snacks (as far as we can tell). Drop in for kimchi arancini, yangyum chicken, spring onion pancakes, and spicy seafood stew.