London has certainly seen a surge in new restaurants cooking up some incredible meals in 2014. Whether it is for cheap eats or fine dining complete with freshly starched linen tablecloths and napkins, exploring these hot spots for your next dining experience is only half the fun.
10 of London’s top new restaurants for 2014
1 Chiltern Street
London, W1U 7PA
Its New York City meets Marylebone as hotelier Andre Balazs enlists Nuno Mendes as Chiltern Firehouse’s Executive Head Chef. Mendes introduces a modern American menu with a special twist. Chef Mendes literally brings to the table his culinary expertise as a result of working with cooking greats such as Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Menu Features: Mouth-watering dishes like roasted short rib, chargrilled Iberico pork, fried chicken and cornbread can found at the Firehouse.
Fera at Claridge’s
Claridge’s Hotel, Mayfair
Simon Rogan’s opening of Fera had been one of London’s most anticipated events. British designer Guy Oliver is credited for the restaurant’s dazzling interior with the main area seating 90 people.
Menu Features: The restaurant features an a la carte menu, ten course and 16 course meals. Since the chef only uses ingredients while they are in their prime, menu items are subject to change. However, dinner guests may find entrees like suckling pig or skate with broccoli, sea lettuce and potatoes.
Jamaica Patty Co.
26 New Row
Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
For those who love foods with a Caribbean flair, Jamaica Patty Company is a definite London favorite.
Menu Features: Executive Chef Collin Brown serves a variety of soups such as pumpkin soup with a punch of spice. Customers can also look forward to traditional fare like: patties, chicken and dumpling and gungo pea, curried goat, jerk chicken, prawn and much more.
17-20 Kendal Street
London, W2 2AW
Menu Features: Fresh sushi, soft shell crab tempura Maki with kimchee mayo, salads and sashimi.
35-42 Charlotte Road
London, EC2A 3PD
This East End addition has a large open kitchen that prepares dishes which show great attention to detail. Patrons have the option of dining at the bar, dining room or at the kitchen counter while listening to music by Spiritland.
Menu Features: The seasonal menu shows some European influences. Venison sausage rolls along with oxtail and bone marrow kremeski are two examples.
34 Rupert Street
Located three minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, The Palomar’s menu is created by chefs from Jerusalem. Moroccan chef Tomer Amedi specialises in cuisine from Jerusalem, Italy, North Africa and Southern Spain.
Menu Features: Items from the raw bar, for example, include: Moroccan Oysters Coriander, capers and Mackerel Fricassee Tunisian fried bun with mackerel, cured lemon, potato, capers and quail’s egg.
115 Westbourne Gove
London, W2 4UP
Menu Features: With a focus on using seasonal, local ingredients, Pure Taste’s menu is subject to monthly change. Nevertheless, diners may easily find fare such as: Monkfish or chickpea masala and coconut flour flatbread with onion and cumin seeds. The restaurant also has an organic and biodynamic wine list plus gluten-free beers.
15 New Burlington Place
London, W1S 2HX
This eating establishment is owned by the Frescobaldi family, one of the most respected wine dynasties in the world. Although they do have a restaurant on the lower ground floor of Harrods, this is their first UK standalone restaurant.
Menu Features: The food is a clear celebration of the Tuscany culture. Popular dishes include: vegetables and olives ossobuco, Florentine bread and stew tomatoes with stracchino and basil cream, leg of Guinea fowl with asparagus and lemongrass stuffing served with carrots and curry puree, zucchini with sautéed Swiss chard and veal rolls stuffed with Tuscan ham. Naturally, there is also a fabulous wine selection to go along with each meal.
Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel
Patriot Square, Bethnal Green
London, E2 9NF
The name is misleading. This is no longer a building which housed a secretarial pool. Regulars rave about the flavours and presentations at the Typing Room. The atmosphere is described as relaxed and the European inspired five and seven course dishes as amazing.
Menu Features: Choices like smoked eel, veal sweetbreads with raw peas and pigeon smoked in pine are available.
World’s End Market
495 King’s Road
Once known as World’s End Pub, the all-day restaurant focuses on bringing patrons the best and the freshest. The main floor seats 70 people. There is a first floor bar and terrace, along with a screen showing British classics.
Menu Features: Aside from serving fresh seafood such as scallop carpaccioi, Brixham cuttlefish, sea bass and other delectables from the sea, World’s End Market also caters to other discerning appetites. Diners can feast on English breakfast to include Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings or choose a burger for lunch.