2015 is set to be another exciting year for London‘s culinary landscape. From street food favourites turned brick-and-mortar to anticipated international transplants and new sky-high offerings, we look forward to the hottest London restaurant openings for the coming year.
With several outlets successfully up-and-running in France, gourmet burger franchise Big Fernand is braced for its eagerly awaited London debut. Over two floors, the restaurant perfectly compliments the UK’s already-established gourmet burger trend, offering a range of unpasteurised French cheeses with a choice of locally sourced lamb, veal, chicken and vegetarian options alongside the usual beef patties. According to the French burger chain, their “˜build-your-own’ option includes over 3,850 possibilities – which should keep you busy for much of 2015.
Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street
They say less is more, but that’s positively not the case with London’s newest high-rise restaurant, Sky Garden. This eagerly anticipated opening is set to include a stylish seafood bar & grill, an all-day European brasserie and a contemporary cocktail bar offering 360-degree panoramic views over London. Situated at the top of Fenchurch Street’s 37-storey building, Sky Garden opens its doors on January 5, 2015, and will undoubtedly make a wonderful addition to London’s ever-expanding array of restaurants in the sky.
Chai Wu Harrods
London’s iconic department store has announced the launch of its latest culinary offering Chai Wu; a new, modern Chinese restaurant incorporating specialty and luxury ingredients. Scheduled to open its doors in Harrods on January 17, 2015, Chef Bihu Xie (formerly of Grand Imperial London) will be heading up the kitchen, with the restaurant’s launch being overseen by Ian Pengelley, the man responsible for Camden’s Gilgamesh and current Harrods favourites Pan Chai and Mango Tree.
Islington’s Smokehouse has received some superlative reviews since it opened in August 2013, with Londoners lining up at the door to sample their smoky menu of carnivorous delights. It’s no surprise, then, that head chef Neil Rankin is preparing to launch a second branch of this revered smokehouse, this time in southwest London’s Chiswick. Expect a similar menu to the Islington branch – with influences stretching from Argentina to Korea – and an equally large and diverse selection of craft beer.
Having brought her popular US television show Korean Food Made Simple to the UK (premiering on Food Network UK), chef and presenter Judy Joo is preparing to open her new Soho restaurant, Jinjuu. Gravitating towards Korean comfort foods, dishes will include Korean tacos, pajeon pancakes and Jinjuu’s signature dish KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). The 85-seat restaurant launches in January 2015, and will consist of two floors and a terrace, both celebrating Korea’s colourful culture in a modern and informal dining experience.
Spanish chef, David Muoz, has been creating quite a buzz over in Madrid, with his Asian-inspired restaurant DiverXO becoming only the eighth restaurant in Spain to receive three Michelin stars. Muoz’s latest venture sees his somewhat eccentric, edgy style of cooking transported from Madrid to Mayfair’s Old Burlington Street. Arriving in London in June, StreetXo is set to be one of the hottest London restaurant openings of 2015.
The Green Room
The National Theatre’s first off-site restaurant, The Green Room, will be gracing London’s South Bank next year, taking inspiration from former riverside pop-up, Propstore. Set just behind the theatre, The Green Room will be constructed from found recycled materials and new components, all with the potential to be reused in the future. Executive chef, Simon Flint – formerly of The Groucho Club, Le Caprice and The Ivy – will be heading up the kitchen in what promises to be a great example of culinary sophistication combined with environmental values.
Berber and Q
Blending a hybrid of influences from Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Marrakesh, London and New York, Josh Katz’s new restaurant Berber and Q is sure to take London by storm. Creating an environment that’s both “fun and informal”, Katz’s vision for the restaurant focuses heavily on atmosphere with low lighting and food you can eat with your hands. A Middle Eastern and North African grill house at heart, Berber and Q will be serving Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails, as well as some locally brewed beer courtesy of London Fields, Crate and Redchurch breweries.
Serving a daily-changing menu, Le Chabanais is the highly anticipated new opening from Paris-based chef, Inaki Aizpitarte‘s; his first restaurant outside of the French capital. Following on from his acclaimed Paris bistro, Le Chateaubriand, Aizpitarte will be splitting his time equally between both restaurants, with the London addition deviating towards a more relaxed, informal setting. With a plan to “take the food of Le Chateaubriand and to do it in London”, diners can experience an authentic taste of Paris without leaving the city.
Having undergone a hugely successful initiation as one of London’s top 2014 pop-ups, Thai food specialists Som Saa will be putting down roots at a permanent home next year. Currently residing at the charming Climpson & Sons – east London’s premier coffee roasters – the passionate and experienced owners of Som Saa have been excitedly tinkering with their menu over the last few months. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and with the dress rehearsal soon to be over, Som Saa is set to be one of 2015’s most exciting London restaurant openings.
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