New dining digs in London town

The London restaurant scene stands still for no one. It feels like there’s a new opening every week. Here is a list of places I’ve been to that have opened within the last year which have got my tastebuds going. All are decent, some are very good indeed. I’ll keep adding to this and updating it, so make sure to check back for the latest juice.

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TATA

Fusion | Kensal Rise | £-££

Opened May 2018

These guys have been on the pop up circuit for a while and previously had a shop in Haggerston. When I heard they were doing a residency at Borough Wines in Kensal Rise, I decided to check it out since I frequent the neighbourhood. Oh my, am I glad I did. All the produce was so fresh and delicious. I think I would actually go out of my way to eat here even if I didn’t live / visit this neighborhood often. They describe themselves as “Two chefs, pairing European ingredients and Asian attitude” – that works for me. Really enjoyed the Cabbage with Umami Dressing. Two stand out dishes for me were the Maitake-Ghost Shrimp and Ox Cheek Quesadilla. I could have lived without the Plaice with Wild Garlic – fresh if a little bland. The service is so warm and lovely. Big fan after my first visit. I’ll be back. RR

LAHPET

Burmese | Shoreditch | £-££

Opened Apr 2018

I first heard about Lahpet through a pal when they were stationed in Hackney. However, I didn’t try them until they had their pop up in the “Kitchens” in Spitalfields. I had the coconut noodles with chicken which was quite tatsty. Then I tried them out again at their permanent spot at Shoreditch where they were offering up a x3 course lunch menu for 11 quid. Bargain. The sweetcorn fritters are nice enough. The salads are super fresh but I’m not a fan of the rehydrated broad beans which they seem to have in all of them. Overall, it’s good value for money and I’d go back for that. W&R

Image: Brummell Magazine


SCULLY

Experimental | Kensal Rise | £££

Opened March 2018

Scully’s is Ramael Scully’s first shop, having spent years working under the Ottolenghi umbrella but don’t expect direct parallels in the offering. The complimentary curried chickpeas are damn tasty. The crispy baby artichoke with black shallot aioli was good but definitely one to share as opposed to gobble up solo as the crunch could become tedious afer a while. The Octopus, Salted Baked Avocado, Black Garlic was lovely – the octopus tenderly cooked, no rubbery mess here. The Beef Shortib Pastrami, Horesradish and Pistachio was moreish. The Forbidden Rice, Vegetable XO and Turnips was a nice accompaniment dish as opposed to an exciting solo star. The desserts felt a bit flyaway, I would have appreciated more substantial, sponge based offerings. The vibe at Scully’s is relaxed yet refined and I’d definitely return. RR

Image: Evening Standard


LONDRINO

Experimental | Kensal Rise | £££

Opened Dec 2017

Simplicity runs through this place from the space itself down to the cooking. The elegant industrial space is matched by the refined cooking which doesn’t occupy itself with too many ingredients. The potato noodles, salt cod and coriander is an inspired dish – I didn’t even know pickled potato was a thing, now I do and I love it! The sourdough bread was solid. The smoked beef with artichoke we had was interesting. The trout perfectly cooked. Overall, an enjoyable meal. Keen to check out their bar snack offering. RR

Image: Evening Standard


DUDDELL’S 

Cantonese | London Bridge | ££££

Opened Nov 2017

These guys have been on the pop up circuit for a while and previously had a shop in Haggerston. When I heard they were doing a residency at Borough Wines in Kensal Rise, I decided to check it out since I frequent the neighbourhood. Oh my, am I glad I did. All the produce was so fresh and delicious. I think I would actually go out of my way to eat here even if I didn’t live / visit this neighborhood often. They describe themselves as “Two chefs, pairing European ingredients and Asian attitude” – that works for me. Really enjoyed the Cabbage with Umami Dressing. Two stand out dishes for me were the Maitake-Ghost Shrimp and Ox Cheek Quesadilla. I could have lived without the Plaice with Wild Garlic – fresh if a little bland. The service is so warm and lovely. Big fan after my first visit. I’ll be back. RR

Image: Design Cural


BLACK BEAR

Burgers | Shoreditch | £

Opened Nov 2017

I’ve only had the burger here once but I am now a cult follower. I’m telling every man and his dog about them. They have a full time base at Shoreditch Box park currently. Go in hungry, then order the Brisket burger: Aged Beef Patty, American Cheese, Pulled Beef Brisket, Pickled Red Onions, Garlic Mayo. So juicy, so messy, so damn filthy just the way I like it. NR

Image: Culture Trip


Key

Meal + A Bevvy
[£] £25 and under
[££] £25-35
[£££] £36-45
[££££] £46-55
[£££££] £56 and over

Reservations

NR: No Reservations
RR: Reservations Recommended
W&R: Walk Ins & Reservations

Map

To find the closest ‘New Spot’ to you on my map whilst you are out and about:
+ Simply click the extend button on the top right hand corner of the map
+ This will take you into Google Maps where your location will be pinpointed
+ Click on a pin that is close to you, the name of the restaurant will appear in the bottom band
+ Then, click on the walking man icon
+ This will then show you the route to get there and approx travel time