We continue our regular monthly feature where we summarise some of our highlights from the previous month and offer recommendations for where you should visit or have on your radar for the month ahead. Encompassing new London restaurants and old favourites, pop-up venues, events and everything in between, here is the inside track for those sharking for chips and drinks.
If we’ve missed any exciting new places off this list, please get in touch in the comments section. In case you missed it – check out what OPENED IN JULY in London.
When? July to October 2015.
What is it? Smoke & Salt has been operating as a popup since May 2014 and is now taking on their first residency at the newest addition to East Dulwich’s dining scene, Pussey Liquor.
Who’s behind it? Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Penny Hill Park) first came up with the idea in 2013 before starting work at the Shed Restaurant in Notting Hill. Remi Williams (Deuxave Restaurant, Craigie on Main; both Boston, USA) joined the team after meeting Aaron at the Shed restaurant.
Size? 40 seats in the restaurant and a further 20 in Platform 1’s outdoor garden space and 5 bar seats available to dine at.
What’s on the Menu? Modern, seasonal British food with influences from around the world. They have a menu that will change every few weeks based on what’s available at the market. From their take on a fish taco to the best-cooked Creedy Carver duck dish, the lads have an option to hit most brave appetites, and oh yeah, crispy pigs tails for the brave ones! Chloe Gounder-Forbes has created a seasonal cocktail and wine list with unique bottles and varietals.
Bookings? Yes, absolutely!
Trading Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm – 10.30pm, with Platform 1 offering “Johnny’s Brunch” on Saturday and Sundays.
When? July 25, 2015
What is it? A converted former butcher’s shop, Brewer’s Bar is a stylish venue offering an impressive selection of wine and London brewed craft beers, as well as a concise choice of small plates that make good use of locally sourced produce.
Who’s behind it? Cal Smith (owner).
Size? Seated capacity of 30, interior designed by the Furniture Butcher.
What’s on the Menu? Small plates – E5 sourdough bread and olive oil, almonds, olives, cheese plate supplied by La Fromagerie, Partizan craft beer, excellent fine wine selection.
Trading Hours: 6:00-11:00 Sun-Thurs; 6:00-12:00 Fri and Sat.
When? May 29, 2015
What is it? The first permanent pintxos bar by London’s only Basque-inspired streetfood trader.
Who’s behind it? Founder Paul Belcher has over 20 years experience in the catering trade, including many years working in Spain. This knowledge, combined with a love of the Basque country and a desire to serve extraordinary Basque food in unique settings, inspired Paul to launch Donostia Social Club in 2012.
The decision to open a permanent dining space is a natural progression for the dedicated team, who have been a prominent feature on London’s streetfood scene for many years, and won widespread acclaim for their successful three month kitchen residency at The King & Co pub in Clapham when it opened last September.
Size? The outdoor terrace also seats 16 people; ideal for relaxing in true Basque County al fresco fashion with refreshing drinks and a sharing selection of tapas.
What’s on the Menu? Donostia Social Club’s unique new tapas bar showcases many of the signature Basque-inspired small plates made famous at their iconic blue streetfood van, such as Lamb Rump with Fennel & Salsa Verde; Braised Iberico Pork Cheek with Butter Bean Purée & Herb Oil, and the stunning Seared Scallop with Pisto, Green Chilli Sauce & Almonds.
The menu also features an array of enticing new dishes including Smoked Wild Pigeon Breast Salad with Pickled Green Figs & Artichokes; Pan-fried Hake and Brined Cockles with Samphire & Lemon Aioli; as well as their own brined and marinated seafood (an exclusive twist on traditional Conservas) and classic Spanish desserts like Leche Frita with Forest Honey.
Bookings? Reservations for large party groups only, available for private hire on Sunday evenings – please contact Donostia Social Club for full details.
When? July 29, 2015
What is it? Potbelly is the Stateside sandwich institution that has just opened it’s first European site and brings something different and exciting to the UK sandwich industry.
Who’s behind it? Owner is Akbar Sheikh.
Size? 90 covers.
What’s on the Menu? Potbelly’s signature selections of deep-filled sandwiches are made to order at the counter, served with hand-dipped milkshakes, ice-cold soft drinks, freshly-baked cookies and a side of live music.
A Wreck – the star of the pack – crammed full of hand-sliced meats including salami, Angus roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese. Meatball – rich tomato and herb sauce topped with melted Provolone cheese. The Mediterranean, a vegetarian option that’s a real crowd-pleaser, is a mix of harissa hummus, crumbled feta, artichoke and red peppers.
Trading Hours: Monday-Friday: 7.30am-9pm; Saturday: 8am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm.
When? September 1, 2015
What is it? 20” wood-fired pizza, available whole or by the slice, to eat in or takeaway.
Who’s behind it? Ry Jessup (Co-Owner & Head Chef), Mark Wogan and Alan Wogan (Co-Owners)
Size? 120 covers including indoor and outdoor seating, bar-style seating looking into the open kitchen and a cocktail bar. Designed by Alexander Waterworth.
What’s on the Menu? A seasonal menu of 20” wood-fired pizza, available whole or by the slice. The menu balances classics such as Margherita and Salami, Rocket & Parmesan with more innovative flavor combinations including Goat Shoulder, Savoy Cabbage & Sumac Yoghurt and Calabrian Peppers, Lincolnshire Poacher & Chervil.
Soft Opening? Sat 29th August 12 -11pm, Sun 30th August 12 – 6pm. They’ll be offering 50% off pizza to eat in on a first come, first served basis.
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Trading Hours: Mon – Sat 12pm – 11pm and Sun 12pm – 10pm.
When? September 2015
What is it? American comfort food restaurant in Kingly Court, sister to the ever popular Dirty Bones in Kensington.
Size? Seating for 65, with a lively bar area. The interior will be retro in style.
What’s on the Menu? Dirty Bones Carnaby will serve a menu of American comfort food classics with a twist such as: The Mac Daddy Burger (6oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac ‘n’ cheese, Dirty Bones barbecue sauce and Dirty Bones pickles); BBQ Fried Chicken (free range crispy fried chicken thighs and drumsticks in Dirty Bones bourbon and marshmallow barbecue sauce); and the Dirty Dog (Dirty Bones barbecue pulled pork, crispy bacon, jalapeno cheese sauce, crispy shallots).
Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm to 12.30am, and Sun 11am to 11pm. Food will be served until 11pm.