Save the date for the hottest openings in London this October. We pick our favourites, and throw in a few exclusive interviews and discounts to keep an eye out for…

Beijing Street Food… Mamalan

Mamalan will open its fifth restaurant in the heart of Shoreditch this October, serving authentic Beijing street food. Inspired by recipes served by founder, Ning’s, granddads market stall in the Chinese capital, you can expect heart warming and hearty Northern Chinese street food.

What to Try: The dumplings and noodles, as well as the the buns on the menu. There will be a new selection of cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients.

Don’t miss: To celebrate the launch, Mamalan will be offering 50% off all food for a week from Thursday 13 October.

Opens: 13 October

Mamalan | Unit 9, Ground floor, 6 Rich Mix Square, London E1 6LD | See website for further locations.

Read our interview with Ning Ma here

Thai feasting… Kiln


Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has just opened Kiln in Soho, a side-of-the-road-type restaurant, with a short grill menu plus a speciality daily noodle dish. The cooking is inspired by the rural simplicity of the Thai borderlands where dishes combining Burmese and Yunanese spicing and flavours are cooked over open fire.

What to Try: Head for the grill menu for dishes including northern-style cumin heavy offal larbs; Yunnan-cured sausage; roast suckling pig; and curried cockles. Larger dishes will include roast goose with pickled greens and grilled aged sirloin.

Kiln will also serve a daily-changing speciality noodle dish made with egg noodles, starting with Pressed Duck Gravy Noodles.

Opened: 1 October

Kiln | 58 Brewer St, London W1F 9TL 

New Local… Deptford Market Yard


Housed within the renovated historical railway arches next to Deptford station, Deptford Market Yard will build on the already thriving local market and retail scene, helping to take the area from undiscovered food and shopping gem, to established London destination.

What to Try: Keep an eye out for Lomond Coffee who will develop and roast their unique blend in house; Dirty Apron a relaxed deli/café during the day, and supper club style dining by night; Mama’s Jerk; Frankie Goes to Bollywood – a vintage, Bombay style diner, inspired by British colonial India; The Cheese Truck; and Little Nan’s.

Open already, a few traders will open mid October.

Deptford Market Yard | 133 Deptford High St, London SE8 4NS

Meat lovers… Little Smoke


Little Smoke is from the team behind Smokehouse in Islington. The restaurant will specialise in working with whole native and rare breed animals, sourced from small independent farmers and butchered on-site at sister restaurant Smokehouse before being roasted, smoked, and grilled at Little Smoke

What to Try: The menu will change daily, and will showcase what’s been butchered for the day. You could feast on anything from a bavette steak or pork belly to huge sharing cuts to whole beef shin. We say save space for desserts – including Rumbaba, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Vanilla Ice Cream, and Chocolate Hot Pot with Melted Marshmallows and Clotted Cream Ice Cream.

Opens 10 October

Little Smoke | City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW

Deep fried Bao and Cocktails… Company Below


Australian Masterchef finalist Bonny Porter will re-launch Company Below, with a new menu of botanical inspired cocktails and deep fried bao buns. The brand new cocktail list will make use of house infused spirits, unusual liqueurs and natural ingredients.

What to Try: Smoke Without Fire, with mezcal, aloe vera, lime, chipotle and rhubarb soda. The team’s favourite is the Vane’s Decline, a drink that packs a punch with spiced rum, rooibos, rose water, black pepper and angostura.  For after dark we recommend the Bitter Bayou, an original whiskey, amaro averna, house cherry syrup and creole bitter concoction. Their new twists on bao will come filled with shortrib, pickles and salted chilli mayo or salt and pepper tofu with peanut chilli mayo. If you’re after something sweet, there’s the bao stuffed with brown butter pecan ice cream, chocolate and praline.

Opens: 21 October.

Company Below | 58 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 3DY

Pacific taste… Island Poke


Pacific fish concept, Island Poke is launching its first spot in Kingly Court. Poke pronounced po-keh is Hawaiian style sashimi straight from the Pacific.

What to Try: BYOB ‘Build your own bowl’ poké – choose a base of white or brown rice, add crispy kale or baby greens, and top with classic Ahi Tuna, spicy Ahi Tuna, citrus-marinated salmon or golden beetroot before adding a fruit salsa, such as yuzu mango – and finish with options including tobiko, wakame seaweed, crispy shallots and avocado. Too much choice? Choose a freshly made Island Poké House Bowl to make it easier for yourself.

Start your day with Hawaiian Kona Coffee and Acai breakfast bowls. Choose the coconut yogurt with delicious toppings like bee pollen sprinkles and nutty granola, or acai berries with honeycomb, banana and blueberries.

Opens: 31 October.

There will be a soft launch from 27 to 30 with 50% off food.Island Poke | 8 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PQ

Alpine restaurant… The Lodge


TV chef Jimmy Garcia returns to London with his third ever popular edition of his Autumn – Winter Alpine restaurant pop up sell out success – The Lodge. Set over the cosy winter feasting period, these four months will return the flavours and fun of the Alpine mountains back once again, direct to central Clapham in the shape of this ever popular, fun and immersive restaurant and bar pop up.

What to Try: Feast on starters of Duck hearts with confit garlic, Cripsy Pork Belly with Asian pickles, Gin cured Salmon with horseradish yoghurt. Indulge in shared mains of Baked Turbot, Wild Boar apple sausages and not to mention one of The Lodge’s most favourite signature dishes not to be missed – The Fondue. Follow it all up with winter desserts including Spiced treacle tart with plum ice cream, Chocolate Mousse with clementine narmalade and Lime ice cream and  more.

Open: Friday 21 October till the end of February 2017.

The Lodge | 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT

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