Save the date for the hottest restaurant openings in London this February. We pick our favourites… not forgetting a few offers and soft launches too!
50% off at Bone Daddies: Marylebone
Bone Daddies is bringing ramen and more to Marylebone with their new selection of robata and wok dishes making an appearance alongside much-loved Bone Daddies’ favourites.
What to Try
The converted and newcomers alike can feast on classic ramen dishes and snacks – including favourite, Tonkotsu – as well as new dishes. Look out for the Kushiyaki section, featuring skewered chicken, ox cheek, salmon, prawns and shiitake mushrooms. Just add kimchee butter and sweet chilli ponzu for delicious marinades.
Yaki Soba is also new – stir-fried buckwheat noodles with egg, cabbage, spring onions and bonito flakes. Vegetarians, there’s something for you too: Chahan combines egg fried rice with shiitake mushrooms, pickled ginger and aonori seaweed.
Sign up to the newsletter here to get 50% off food during the soft launch at James Street.
Bone Daddies | 46-48 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HA | 50% off from Friday 10 February to Thursday 16 February when you sign up to the newsletter. First come, first served over lunch and dinner.
50% off at Yard Sale Pizza: Walthamstow
Yard Sale Pizza, winner of Time Out’s ‘Most Loved Restaurant’ in the 2016 Love London Awards, heads to Walthamstow with their latest new opening.
What to Try
Get stuck into handmade pizzas with double fermented dough, topped with flavours including the The Holy Pepperoni with Cobble Lane pepperoni, Napoli piccante and ‘nduja sausage; the TSB with tender-stem broccoli, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil; or the Cheesus Walks, with smoked cacetto, gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheese and walnut pesto. Phew.
Brunch-lovers, look out for Yard Sale Pizza’s weekend brunch pizza, with crumbled chorizo, avocado, fresh spinach and lime. It’s topped with a soft runny egg, perfect for dunking crisp garlic, rosemary and sea-salted pizza bread soldiers (with or without Marmite).
50% off pizzas with Yard Sale Pizza’s soft launch from Monday 20 February until Sunday 26 February, both when dining in and for collection. Plus, win FREE pizza delivered for a year, if you live within the delivery area of any of their three locations. Sign up through their website below by 12 March…
Yard Sale Pizza | 15 Hoe St, London E17 4SD | Opens Monday 20 February
Hai Cenato: Victoria
Jason and Irha Atherton will be teaming up with chef patron Paul Hood to launch Hai Cenato – meaning “Have you had dinner?” – a New York-Italian restaurant in the new Nova development in Victoria.
What to Try
The New York-Italian style menu will include small plates, pasta, risotto, grills and specials, as well as the oh-so important pizzas. Go for Rossa or Bianca bases and add toppings ranging from the classic to the more unusual, including Confit Lamb Neck with spiced aubergine, ras el hanout, mint and yoghurt.
Plus, we’ve heard there’s a cocktail bar upstairs designed in the style of a vintage railway carriage – The Drunken Oyster. There, you’ll find Italian classics, including a selection of spritzes available on tap (aka taptails). Go for the Negrosé, made with Fords Gin, strawberry and tonka bean flavour Campari and Cocchi Rosa vermouth.
Each month the menu will feature a special from a guest chef, with £1 from the dish being donated to Hospitality Action. We hear there are creations from Tom Kerridge and Paul Ainsworth in the pipeline.
Hai Cenato | 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London SW1E 5DJ | Opens 7 February
Aster is the latest restaurant from D&D London, which has just launched in Victoria’s Nova Food. There’s a café and deli on the ground floor and an upstairs restaurant and bar, which sees Helena Puolakka overseeing the kitchen and serving the cuisine of her Finnish heritage, along with a few French twists.
What to Try
Taste traditional Nordic delicacies in the café and deli, including fish roe, pickled herring and wild berries. Feast on Smörgåsbords of shredded duck, cornichons, fig chutney, sourdough and more. And don’t miss the cinnamon buns!
Or, go for the afternoon tea menu with a Scandi twist: open rye sandwiches topped with Atlantic prawn skagen or cured salmon and pickles, followed by a selection of cakes and pastries drawing on both French and Nordic patisserie traditions.
Each month, Aster will host a ‘Series of Senses’ feast that explores the five senses: touch, sound, sight, taste and aroma. Imagine feasting on hand-peeled Atlantic prawns with lemon, crème fraiche and herring roe, served to the sounds of crackling fires and crunching snow. We won’t reveal anything else.
Aster | 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB | Open now
Lokhandwala: Charlotte Street
Get a spice hit at new opening Lokhandwala, serving a variety of Indian small plates with a healthy twist.
What to Try
Order Indian tapas dishes to share and tuck into street food snacks, including Gujju Vaal Daal Chaat – made with broad beans, lentils and black pulses and served with yoghurt and tamarind chutney – and Lamb Chops cooked in a tandoor. Or, mix it up with their more innovative dishes, including Vepudo Tacos made from potato skins filled with sea bass, radishes and Andhra hot spices.
The larger dishes will take you on a journey across the regions of India, from Chicken Chettinad – a favourite from Tamil Nadu – to the Punjabi Paneer Makhanwala Pie.
The Hot House: a cocktail bar with drinks that pay homage to Indian celebrations and festivals. Try the Holi (the festival of colours), which is made with Cacao Vida mezcal, Mozart white chocolate cream liqueur, Don Julio tequila infused ginger, fresh lime and cinnamon syrup.
Lokhandwala | 93 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PY | Open now
Rosa’s Thai Cafe: Brixton
Feast on Thai dishes influenced by co-founder Saiphin Moore’s family recipes.
What to Try
There’s a whole load of new, seasonal dishes including a Baked Seafood Red Curry, perfect to blast away the winter chill, served in a hollowed out butternut squash. Seafood-lovers can further indulge in Stir-fried Mussels in a spicy sauce.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe will be serving up Brixton beers, Atlantic APA and Electric IPA. Cocktail-lovers, there’s something for you too – go for the Malt Banana Tree Old Fashioned, from a cocktail list that complements the dishes.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe | 36 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JW | Opens 28 February
TT Liquor: Shoreditch
A liquor store, a subterranean cocktail bar, cocktail making classes and more are set to launch at TT Liquor on Kingsland Road later in February.
What to Try
The menu comprises four different ‘journeys’, each including four cocktails embodying a different era. Expert mixologists will explain the history of each cocktail, its relationship to other classic cocktails, and give an analysis of its ingredients and flavours.
Get brushing up on your liquor knowledge at the Liquor Store, which has a selection of over 1,000 curated spirits. Fancy a taste? Then enjoy them at your leisure in the bar at a special ‘drink-in’ price. Regulars can create their own private liquor collection and store it in a ‘deposit box’, which they can access with
Cocktail making classes and tasting experiences set in historic jail cells.
TT Liquor | 17B Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA | Opening late February