Saturday, 24 August 2013

15 New London Restaurants For You To Gawp At

Fluid London’s Christian Rose-Day collates photos of London’s best new restaurants and asks: which one gets you drooling?

What do you look for in a new London restaurant? What inspires you to succumb to the compulsion to book? Is it the rooftop view? The alfresco seating? The waiter’s sexy French accent? The seasonal changes and British produce on the menu? The Michelin Star bling hanging around the neck of the head chef? The lengthy queue out the door and abundance of retro Instagram photos you’ve Liked of other peoples’ kimchee burgers?

Chances are - and if you’re anything like the shallow lot here at Fluid London HQ - your first impression of a new London restaurant, and your subsequent capitulation to its urges, are purely based on looks; shame on you!

And so, as we’re basing our opinions on looks alone, which of these new London restaurants will get lucky and receive your custom?

Albion Bankside British restaurant, behind the Tate Modern
This new sister restaurant to the Albion in Shoredich we all know and love (thanks Terence Conran!) recently evoked the words, “The lovely, attentive staff alone make Albion a worthy detour from the beaten path of the South Bank, and the food and d├ęcor don’t let the side down either,” to come pouring out of our critic’s fingers.

Aqua Shard British restaurant, London Bridge
Two words: 31st floor! That is all.

Casa Negra Mexican restaurant, Shoreditch
This dark, sexy Mexican has been flaunting its Mexican style tapas on the streets of east London for a couple of months now. All we want to know is what goes on in the Casa Playroom downstairs?

Courtesan dim sum restaurant, Brixton
Empirical Chinese opulence is touted by this new Brixton restaurant. Very stylish, very now. We envisage a boom in dim sum once this chicken and burger craze has fizzled out.

Field’s British bar and kitchen, Holborn
Possibly the best new restaurant in London for watching other people (struggle to) play tennis.

Luna Rosso Italian restaurant, Notting Hill
An older resident of west London gets a completely new facelift.

Monty’s wine bar and restaurant, Fitzrovia
“Monty's menu is modest but the food is anything but, providing a sumptuous dining experience with true Italian flavour.” So wrote our critic after a recent visit. But nothing was mentioned of the interior, aside from “Interesting wine-themed light fittings provide ample lighting to sup and read by.” Telling perhaps?

Royal Quarter Cafe near Buckingham Palace
A light, contemporarily designed new eatery that inspired a mini guide to eating in the Buckingham Palace area from one of our critics. Cakes and coffee are not the only things that make us lustful.

Shake Shack restaurant, Covent Garden
A new roadside American burger stand, only smack in the middle of the melee in London’s West End.

Shoryu Japanese restaurant, Soho
Specialising in Tonkotsu Ramen - the pork-based thick white soup - this new Japanese restaurant in the West End has over 120 varieties of sake, so your booze goggle will ensure you’ll love the look of the decor anyway.

Slabs restaurant, Marylebone
Apparently, the focus at this new restaurant is classic dishes, such as prime wagyu beef burger and whole north Devon lobster. A classic look too, it would seem.

Steers restaurant, Clapham
The South Africans want in on this unceasing burger obsession in London.

Story restaurant, London Bridge
Guests are encouraged to leave a book behind when they depart from this particular story. We like to think the decor has a distinct 1960s espionage feel about it. Almost as though one of Ian Fleming’s Bond villains would us it as his secret hideout.

VOC Grill restaurant, Kings Cross
The burgeoning Kings Cross bar and restaurant scene continues to expand, this time thanks to those cocktail wizards at Fluid Movement (see also Purl, Whistling Shop and VOC). Predictably, meat is the main focus of the menu.

Whyte and Brown restaurant, Soho
“We predict Whyte and Brown will be the new MeatLiquor or Polpo”; that was the summary proffered by our critic on her recent visit to this new central London hangout. Strong prediction!

Still not convinced? These aren’t the only new restaurants in London....