Celebrate the start of a brand new year with a meal at one of London’s most talked-about restaurants. Our restaurant list includes a huge range of cuisines, for a variety of budgets. Whether you’re after something casual and comforting or want to push the boat out with a meal designed by one of the country’s most talented chefs, we’ve got something for you. Here are our restaurants to watch for January 2015.
Restaurant Story, Bermondsey
Once upon a time there was a restaurant that took diners on a journey they’d never forget. Restaurant Story by Tom Sellers serves a rapid succession of small dishes; each designed to evoke playful childhood memories.
This East End trendsetter has a kitchen capable of incredible things. The menu is inspired by French cuisine and the weekend brunch is to die for.
Definitely the next big thing. The Typing Room is part of Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel. Head Chef Lee Westcott has worked at some of the world’s top restaurants (Noma, Per Se, Tom Aikens) and Jason Atherton also backs it. Need we say more?
Let’s face it, the sister restaurant to London’s highly acclaimed Dabbous had to be good. And it really is. Barnyard is a more causal version of its predecessor, with less of the pomp and ceremony and more sausage rolls.
Who doesn’t love a bit of kitchen wizardry? Heston’s capable of marvellous things – his restaurant ‘Dinner’ takes you on a culinary tour through the ages. You must try the Meat Fruit.
The Dairy treats British ingredients with great finesse. Even the butter is smoked over a robata grill using applewood chips, before being served on a beach pebble. When a meal begins like that you know you’re in for a good thing.
Sort of like eating in an Orient Express dining carriage, Fischers in Marylebone is totally unexpected. Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, whose other ventures include The Wolseley and The Delaunay, have brought old-fashioned Austrian charm to central London with this one. The Wiener Schnitzel is out of this world.
The nine-course tasting menu at The Clove Club is one of the finest in London, and it’s great value too. Cooking is intentionally avant-garde; these are dishes that are destined to be talked about.
Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott are behind this meaty masterpiece. Foxlow has a daily specials board of impeccably sourced steaks, as well as a menu of comfort food favourites like smokehouse rillettes and sour cherry pie.
It’s famously difficult to get a table here, but if you do you’re in for a treat. Dabbous’s tasting menu is renowned, and it’s good value too at £59 for seven courses. There’s also an international wine list and a great bar in the basement.
Located in Shoreditch’s new Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi is accessed through a flower shop. It’s a mix of retro and contemporary styling with casual service and a soundtrack of 80s pop music. A British menu covers seasonal, vibrant dishes.
Located on Floor 24 of Tower 42, this restaurant with a view is a breathtaking space. Get the best seats next to the windows, and enjoy a taste of Jason Atherton’s menu as you check out incredible views of the City.
An Indian restaurant with an industrial style, Dishoom is inspired by the ‘Irani cafés’ of late twentieth-century Bombay. The menu is a fusion of classic Bombay cooking and more modern creations.
The Colony Grill, Mayfair
The restaurant at new Mayfair hotel The Beaumont has an art deco theme with a retro transatlantic menu. Dishes take inspiration from the war years up to the 1970s – think macaroni cheese, omelettes and lettuce wedges with blue cheese dressing!