London, please don’t talk with your mouth full. But it’s hard not to when there are so many exciting restaurant openings. Sign up for weekly corkers from Urbanologie and keep your fingers on the pulse of all restaurant, bar and hotel openings. Here is the latest on where is hot to eat in the capital…
This month is an exciting time for new restaurant openings including John DeLucie’s (pictured) bistro The Red House which brings a bit of New York to Chelsea, and also, over in Southwark The Shard we will see the Shangri-La hotel open its doors to Arjun Warney and Rainer Becker’s new Oblix restaurant.
Bird of Smithfield is a fresh venture from chef Alan Bird (previously head chef at the Ivy and Group Executive Chef for the Soho House Group). Set within an old Georgian townhouse and operating across five floors, there will be a roof terrace, a chef’s table and private-dining areas. The all-day menu ‘British with a twist’ will feature dishes aiming to explore the influence British food has had both historically and presently. There will also be a small basement bar known as The Birdcage with a cocktail menu by bar consultancy Fluid Movement (Purl and Dach & Sons).
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill is replacing the Rover Room restaurant in the Savoy Hotel and it will offer an informal yet luxury dining experience presented in an elegant Twenties-style setting. Named after the resident cat (a three-foot-high feline sculpture) the new restaurant offers an all-day brasserie-style menu with dishes including smoked brown shrimp and eel cocktail and smoked salmon sausages and a lobster club sandwich.
Taking over the Great Eastern Dining Rooms in Shoreditch is Casa Negra, sister to Soho’s La Bodega Negra. As with the original the interior design is being overseen by NYC’s Serge Becker, which is being modeled after a traditional English house in which ‘some Mexicans moved in and opened a pop-up restaurant’. Casa Negra will feature a basement nightclub and have a slightly cheaper array of fresh Mexican cooking, and you won’t have to enter through a sex shop.
If you are seeking a special private dining experience for up to 22 seated guests The Rosebery Routemaster (an elegantly restored and converted 1966 doubledecker; pictured, left) will be parked outside Wiltons of St James’s restaurant Thursday 16 May until Saturday 18 May. They will be serving Wiltons food for lunch and diner: the menu includes champagne, Wiltons specialty oysters presented by their renowned shuckers before enjoying their signature seafood platter – with native lobster, smoked salmon, eel and potted shrimp.
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