As the London Restaurant Festival focuses on the capital’s foodie scene, check out the new crop of restaurants with flavours from around the world and design details you’ll covet.
Argentinian Chef Fernando Trocca brings a taste of sweet South America to Soho with the recent opening of Sucre on Great Marlborough Street. Sister to the Sucre in Buenos Aires, the London outpost transformed a 300-year-old building into a dazzling space, lined with chandeliers made from cut glass decanters, curved sage-green leather banquettes and richly coloured Latin American textiles. The open kitchen cooks every dish on a wood oven and charcoal grill across a multicultural menu divided into Fire or Stove based on Argentinian flavours, from monkfish tail with XO sauce and black beans to black rice, with squid ink and smoked paprika. Downstairs, there’s a sultry cocktail bar, Abajo, inspired by 1980s Buenos Aires. Qué bien.
Those clever Galvin brothers never sit still. You already know about Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Green Man and Galvin at Windows (just a fraction of their empire) now this month they open the Galvin Bar & Grill at the Kimpton Fitzroy in Bloomsbury. Opening on 27 September, with reservations open now, the Russell Square restaurant, which once served seafood as Neptune, will now focus on ethically sourced produce helped by Head Chef Adam Gray, who worked on the launch of The Ethical Butcher. Expect modern British dishes such as Williams’ pear salad with caramelised walnuts and Oxford Blue cheese.
Ottolenghi Marylebone opened another London branch this summer bringing his trademark relaxed, deli-style restaurant to the good people of Marylebone. Whether you’ve tried his colourful vegetable-clad dishes infused with pomegranate and sumac at home following his cookbook (bible to some), you’ll enjoy it more sat among the inviting light- and flower-filled interiors with travertine floors and oak details on Marylebone Lane. Dine in on daily changing salads, pick up a cinnamon brioche pretzel to take to work or stock up on Aleppo chile to take home. Locals can enjoy the ultimate indulgence – an Ottolenghi takeaway.
Just-opened on Henrietta Street, Ave Mario follows the fun-filled, glamour of Italian restaurants such as Circulo Popolare, also part of the Big Mamma hospitality group, with its Florentine-inspired interiors mixing loud red seating with busy black and white striped walls. Wear shades or retire to the twin terraces and courtyard for fried courgette flowers with a garlic-packed aioli or soft aubergine pizza saving space for your share of the 60cm tall Gelato Tower. Really.
Step back in time to 1950’s Havana, steps from Oxford Street, with the Cuban-inspired menu and rum-based cocktails at new hangout La Rampa. Expect Cubano sandwiches combining pork belly and raclette cut into shareable quarters as well as small plates of fried plantain tostones and a black bean dip, reflecting the region’s staples. Tiled floors and palm filled dining spaces blend with sexy red walls and richly, tropical art hung above velvet seating setting the scene for sipping daiquiris to salsa-infused sounds on the regular live music nights.
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