Top 3: New Bar & Restaurant Openings in London
Our Top 3 New Bar & Restaurant openings in London.
Already a hit in New York, restaurant and bar Hotel Chantelle has opened an outpost in London. Set on Orchard Street, nearby to London’s Selfridges, the restaurant takes its cues from its home city. The space — which offers indoor and outdoor dining — is decked out with murals by New York street artist Bradley Theodore. Meanwhile, the kitchen is run by executive chef Seth Levine, and the menu works in U.S. and French influences — among the dishes are chicken and waffles and a tuna tartare “cigar” served in a vintage glass ashtray. And as in New York, brunch will also be a feature at the restaurant, with dishes including lobster benedict; steak and eggs and truffle grilled cheese. To add to the New York vibe, there will be jazz performances at weekends, with the lineup curated by New York jazz musician Dandy Wellington.
23 Orchard Street, W1H 6HL
Kurt Zdesar, who founded London restaurants Chotto Matte and Ping Pong and launched Nobu’s first London location, has turned to seafood for his latest project, Bouillabaisse, which has opened in London’s Mayfair. The concept centers on sustainable fish, with the menu inspired by Zdesar and his team’s meetings with fishing communities around the world. Dishes include the Athenian-inspired black cuttlefish with oregano and orange; Scottish lobster ravioli with snow crab and Morecambe Bay prawns, and Hebridean langoustines. The restaurant’s decor also takes a nautical turn, with whitewashed wood floors and panelled walls, shiny steel tables and leather banquettes, while lobster tanks line the walls of the restaurant’s private dining room.
4 Mill Street London, W1S 2 AX
Tel.: +44 20 3794 8448
Greek restaurateur Costas Spiliadis has turned to London for his latest venture, Estiatorio Milos, on Regent Street. The venue — which adds to Spiliadis’ restaurants in Athens, Las Vegas, Miami and New York — specializes in fish that’s sourced daily from the British Isles and the Mediterranean, and a resident fisherman will advise diners about the daily catch. Among the dishes are the Milos Special — lightly fried courgette and aubergine with tzatziki and kefalograviera cheese; Mediterranean octopus, and the Lavraki, a sea bass from Greece, which is oven-baked in a salt crust. There’s also a raw seafood bar, and wines are all exclusive to the restaurant and sourced from Greek vineyards.
1 Regent Street, St. James, SW1Y 4NR