July Restaurant Openings

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Save the date for the hottest openings in London this July. Here we pick our favourites, and throw in a few exclusive interviews to get you inspired…

Scandi-inspired Cooking… Rök

Rök, which means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, uses Scandinavian kitchen techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking and applies this to fresh, seasonal British ingredients. Starters are a great teaser to the meats, pickled vegetables, whilst the salads are great for sharing. This is restaurant number two.

What to Eat: Start off with the Scallop in the shell with Nduja and British seaweed. Share a few of the meats including the Duck with lingonberry bacon jam and make sure you include the Cauliflower cheese with almonds and duck dust in your selection.

Rök | 149 Upper Street, London N1 1RA, UK

Spice Trail… Foley’s

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Love street food? Enjoy discovering new tastes from around the globe? Combine these with a fine-dining experience and you’ve got Foley’s. “Growing up in Mumbai, street food has always been a big part of my life,” says Mitz Vora, of Foley’s. “It just seemed fitting to stick to my roots and apply the culinary experience I gained over the years alongside a love for Asian food.”

What to Eat: Start with the Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters served with a fragrant saffron coconut curry. The main plates are as tasty as they are beautifully presented. There’s the tender Pork Belly paired perfectly with apple and green papaya, tamarind BBQ and toasted cashews or our must try is the Hake with tamarind, fennel, coconut, crispy chickpeas, okra, coriander and kale.

Read our interview with Mitz Vora here

Foley’s | 23 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DU

Caspian Dishes… JAN

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Take a journey with flavours from Turkey, Iran and the Middle East, combined with innovative cocktails. Savoury meats take on sweet flavours including pomegranate and cinnamon for a build up of flavours.

What to Eat: Whole Roast Aubergine with spiced yoghurt, lemon saganaki, cumin and sesame; and Roast Spiced Chicken Crown with Caspian spiced crown, buttery black cardamom and rosemary broth, served with a spiced aubergine on the side.

What to Drink: Try the JAN beer created with Bermondsey-based Brew By Numbers. 

Read our interview with the founder of JAN here.

JAN | 78 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QL

A Cidrothèque and crêpes… MAMIE’S

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Most of MAMIE’S ciders will be sourced from Brittany and the UK, the Cidrothèque is meant to be a social, lively place where people will come to meet with friends, discover or re-discover cider/cider cocktails and share a plate of Breton galette tapas.

What to Eat: A galette and crêpe meal in Brittany is always paired with cider, in a little bowl called ‘bolée’ rather than a glass.

Don’t Miss: Keep an eye out for Eric Baron’s Cuvée Carpe Diem, a rather sweet but incredibly well balanced cider, fermented in oak casks in Finistère (the most western Breton region).

Read our interview with founder Aymeric Peurois here

MAMIE’S | 19 Catherine Street, WC2B 5BJS | Opens in July

Shawarma Bar… Berber & Q

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Following the success of Berber & Q’s smoked meats cooked over charcoal, look out for their new Shawarma Bar opening this June. Expect shawarma slow-cooked on a spit, Middle Eastern cocktails, wine and beer. Co-founder Josh Katz takes influence from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel, and closer to home, the shawarma houses of Golders Green. “I hope Shawarma Bar will bring this wonderful, and eclectic dish to a new level with fresh, high quality ingredients,” says Josh.

What to Try: Lamb Shawarma with herb salad, gem leaves, green chilli, grated tomato, tahini and sumac onions. Make your own wraps with the meat, or eat as you please.

Berber & Q | 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Opens 4 July

Buns out… BAO Fitzrovia

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If you’re a fan of BAO’s Taiwanese pillow-y steamed buns then get ready for their second opening in Fitzrovia. Expect classics from their first Soho spot, as well as an expanded menu of Xiao Chi (small eats) dishes, cocktails, wine and sake. Don’t worry your favourites will still feature including the Classic Bao, Lamb Bao and the Fried Chicken Bao. Don’t miss a few newbies including the Gold Coin Chicken Bao – made with pork belly, chicken liver pate and chicken skin

What to Eat: The Cured Ribcap, Pickled and Fermented Chilli Bean Dip.

BAO | 31 Windmill St, London W1T 2JN – opening 6 July.

Burger-Lovers… Chuck Burger

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If you know your BBQ, then you’ll know the team behind HotBox have been doing great burgers too from their converted Chevy Step Van at Street Feast’s Hawker House. And now Chuck Burger is at long last settling into a new home with a menu inspired by founder Basit Nasim‘s travels across America. Expect classic cheese burgers alongside their signature spicy Devil Burger with charred jalapenos, American cheese, grilled red onions, sriracha mayo, and topped with a green jalapeno sauce. Hot!

What to Eat: The new Hot-Ox – aged chuck beef patty topped with slow cooked spicy oxtail chilli, American cheese, onions, pickles and chipotle mayo – and the Seoul Burger, crispy buttermilk fried chicken with Korean hot sauce and kimchi slaw.

Don’t Miss: Buffalo Wings; Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls; Loaded Fries with homemade nacho sauce and pancetta bacon bits; and American-style desserts such as Key Lime Pie and the signature Lazy Sundae.

Chuck Burger | 4 Commercial Street, London, E1 7PT | Opening 5 July

BBQ and Honky Tonk Bar… Texas Joe’s Slow Smoked Meats

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Making this a special affair on 4 July, the saloon doors will swing open bringing traditional BBQ meats, with Texan treatment, to the table.

What to Eat: It’s a strictly Texas affair, with meats and cuts prepared with a heavy dose of smoke, salt and pepper. Meats will be slow smoked over English oak from London Log Company in a custom rotisserie and nicknamed BEVO.

It’s meaty, with signature dishes including USDA beef brisket, beef prime rib and pork shoulder. Expect to see mutton on the menu as it has a big history in Texas BBQ – Texas Joe’s will work with Bermondsey butcher Nathan Mills of The Butchery in sourcing the best English lamb and putting their Texan BBQ twist on it.

What to Drink: Head to the honky-tonk bar with a jukebox for tunes to your bourbons from Balcones and Garrison Brothers; whisky; and tequila. Don’t miss Texan Lone Star lager and beers from Camden Town and Bermondsey’s Kernel Brewery.

“At Texas Joe’s we’re bringing Londoners a true taste of authentic Texan BBQ – the kind of rich, flavoursome, slow smoked meats that I grew up eating. I’m also really excited about the bar area. It’s going to have the feel of an underground beer bunker where you can let a few tears fall into your drink before taking a short trip into BBQ redemption”, says Joe Walters, founder of Texas Joe’s.

Texas Joe’s Slow Smoked Meats8-9 Snowsfields SE1 3SU | Opening 4 July

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