Dining Out in London? Here’s What’s New

BY cushion the impact

From an Indian restaurant with a difference to a Gatsby-esque Victorian railway carriage restaurant, London has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for foodies this month. September is proving to be a particularly popular month for restaurant openings, making this month’s new restaurant blog very difficult to keep to a decent length! However, we managed it and came up with this shortlist of some of the fantastic new eateries which have recently landed on our doorstep.

Gymkhana

With a name which puts you more in mind of equestrian events than Michelin-starred food, Gymkhana in Mayfair serves a varied selection of Indian dishes in an unusual environment. Karam Sethi’s new restaurant is styled on the old gymkhana clubs of colonial India, places where the upper classes would visit for sport and socialising. In keeping with the gymkhana theme, Gymkhana focuses mainly on tandoor ovens and charcoal grills, which the chefs use to create outstanding modern twists on traditional Indian fare. Dishes include duck egg bhurji with lobster and Malabar paratha, lasooni wild tiger prawns with red pepper chutney, achari wild roe deer and sucking pig cheek vindaloo.

42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH Telephone: 020 3011 5900

Hoxley & Porter

This new kid on the Islington block is decorated in the theme of a 1920s Orient Express railway carriage; glamorous dining cars, art deco mirrors, patterned wallpaper and all. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted, the cocktail list at Hoxley & Porter features a plethora of inventive concoctions created in The Crypt laboratory, one of which is garnished with an absinthe-soaked scorpion. We will if you will! Relax in your chic carriage, enjoy some gourmet British cuisine and decide which of the cocktails you are brave enough to sample. May we suggest leaving the absinthe until the weekend?

153 Upper Street, London, N1 1RA Telephone: 020 7226 1375

Jubo

If you are looking for a more casual dining experience without compromising on the quality of the food, pop along to Jubo in Shoreditch.  The name Jubo means canteen in Korean, an ideal name for this particular restaurant. Specialising in Korean street food, mainly fried chicken, Jubo is the perfect venue for a quick bite with a group of friends either side of a night in the various pubs and clubs of Shoreditch. The menu includes soy garlic or hot and sweet wings and chicken strips, slow cooked pork belly and beef brisket and flat Portobello and shitake mushrooms.

68 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY Telephone: 020 7033 0198

Coal Vaults

Another casual dining joint, Coal Vaults is set in a small Soho basement which, as you may have guessed, was once used for storing coal. The main dining room has capacity for 100 diners, alongside the five more intimate dining booths, or vaults. The team behind Coal Vaults believe in creating as much as possible by themselves, meaning that breads, alcohol infusions, preserves and various other ingredients are made in house for a truly unique experience. As seasonal ingredients are used, the menu will change regularly but currently features devilled popcorn, quail with saffron, basil, orange and pickled walnuts, pulled rabbit with smoked black beans and Isle of Wight heritage tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella and titone olive oil. Of course, we can’t forget the range of locally brewed beers available from the bar as an alternative to the afore-mentioned infusions.

187b Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZB Telephone: 020 7434 1550

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