London’s Latest Appetizing Venues

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Spring is here… finally! And with the start of a new season comes a whole host  of new venues, this month sees some existing restaurants venture out to their second site, Notting Hill is welcoming two new pop – ups and we’re all going to get a lesson in Peruvian cooking! Food-wise this month looks rosy! Here are some of our favourite new venues opening:

Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe

A venture that original started off as pop – up before opening a permanent seaside shack in 2012 is back with a new seaside café in Exmouth Market. That’s right – it’s the return on Bonnie Gull, and we can’t wait. It will have a more informal theme than the shack, Alex Hunter, MD and co- founder has described it as a 1960’s seaside café, not sure what that looks like? It’s time to dig out the parents’ old holiday snaps then. The menu will include lobster rolls, beer-battered Manx Queenies with paprika mayo; channel salt ’n’ pepper squid and Newspaper baked Cornish mackerel with choucroute and bramley apple and of course sticks of Blackpool rock, it would be wrong not to. April 22nd www.bonniegullseafoodcafe.com

Din Din Kitchen

The city is set to receive an education in Persian cuisine as din din kitchen opens on Gray’s Inn Road this month. Serving up fresh, seasonal Persian food the all- day menu will focus on grills’, delicious soups, savoury soufflés, rice dishes, salads and healthy sides with a modern twist to suit our Western tastes. The aim is to make the food simple, quick and casual and with the takeaway option it can be your new favourite lunch time destination. April 2nd www.dindinkitchen.com

Foxcroft and Ginger

Artisan café, Foxcroft and Ginger have been delighting Londoners over in the west for some time now, so it only seemed fair that they opened a second venue over in Whitechapel – in a building that was once known as the ‘Harrods of the East’. Alongside their breads and cakes, which are known to  be seriously good they will also be serving up sour dough based pizzas with toppings such as pulled pork, smokey tomato sauce, mozzarella & jalapenos and hearty brunches to sort out those hangovers. The café has a home from home air to it with mismatched crockery and the owners’ old family kitchen table! April  3rd www.foxcroftandginger.com

GB Pizza CO

Known as some of the best pizza in Kent, GB Pizza is venturing out of Margate to open their second restaurant in Exmouth Market this month. We can’t decide what we love the most about this restaurant – the fact that the pizzas are cooked in under three minutes or that whilst you wait you can help yourself to wine from bespoke barrels or that dogs are welcome, or and this could just be the winner for us, they have a full English pizza – a thing of beauty. April 11th greatbritishpizzacompany.wordpress.com

Les Souffles

Why is it that whenever we have someone to try an impress i.e. a new date, we decide that we are going to master the soufflé? And why is it that it just never works? Well next time save yourself the embarrassment and head to Les Soufflés. Opening this month on Beauchamp Place, the restaurant is run by the Idoux family of Parisian restaurant, La Cigale Recamier fame. Expect to find, alongside classic flavours, more interesting options such as Boeuf et Champignons and Coquille St. Jacques et Fines Herbes. Perfect soufflé – second date so much more likely! Opens end of April 30 Beauchamp Place

Mode

Notting Hill is about to get to welcome a venue like no other – MODE. A restaurant, cocktail bar and a destination venue, MODE will be inspired by different concepts which will change every 6 months, meaning that you can keep going and going and going…. They launch with ‘Future Vintage’ which will see diners immersed in a setting inspired by the industrial revolution, drinking signature cocktails based on the theme and will get stuck into dishes from traditional recipes or classics with a modern twist. Mode will also showcase one of a kind art works from the likes of Obey Giant! April 11th at 12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill

New Tom’s 

Tom Conran has joined forces with chef Tom Straker to launch a 12 month pop – up – New Tom’s. Situated on the former site of Tom’s Deli, the pop – up will be serving up the sort of food you expect to find in Westbourne Grove without any of the pretence, so think dishes such as slow cooked duck eggs with mushroom duxelle, parmesan, bacon and onion brioche. Sir Terence Conran has donated original works from the likes of David Hockney which will be adorning the walls – always handy to have a Dad like him – and guests can relax in a series of 1930s Parisian booths or at the long bar. 12 month’s doesn’t seem like long enough to us. April 3rd www.tomconranrestaurants.co.uk

Patty&Bun

This is exactly the sort of news that we wanted to hear, Patty & Bun the burger connoisseurs are taking on commercial giants by opening their second restaurant on Liverpool Street, opposite one of the UK’s busiest McDonalds. This restaurant will be more geared to takeaway burgers and will feature a slick, but slightly stripped back menu – don’t worry all the classics will be still be there including  the ‘Ari Gold’ Cheese Burger  with their proprietary P&B smoked grained mustard mayonnaise. No guesses then which side of the street we’ll be standing on! April 17th www.pattyandbun.co.uk

The Cat and Mutton Pub 

The infamous Cat and Mutton pub has been standing proudly in Hackney, watching the surrounding area transform, and now it has had its own makeover and will reopen this month with a new owner, Tom Gibson from Ruby’s in Dalston, and with a new direction. The first floor will see Ruby’s younger sister, Pearl move in – a cocktail lounge serving up cocktails such as the aptly named ‘Pearly Queen’  and food will come from the guys at Licky Chops – Bucket of mutton chops, bean salad, mash, mint sauce – sounds like it is going to be a very welcomed return. April 11th www.catandmutton.com

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