We’re seeing a lot of movement these days on the restaurant front.
Soho/Brick Lane Blanchette has recently taken up residency in the Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius and will be there until 19 May.
This summer we’re also getting a US transfer with the first international opening from The Standard International, with their much-anticipated King’s Cross launch. There will be several restaurants, first Isla and Double Standard by Adam Rawson (Nuno Mendes, Lucky Chip, Pachamama) and later, a bar and restaurant from Bristol’s Michelin-starred Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. All will have different offerings, but we’re currently looking forward to Double Standard, which will have NYC dive-bar vibes (they also said British pub influences, but we’re focused on the NY element), and will have that lively, fun atmosphere that US Standard restaurants are known for.
Still on a NY transfer, June sees Sette, from New York’s renowned Scarpetta come to The Bulgari hotel. We’ll be there for that tomato basil spaghetti.
Keeping it Italian, London’s hottest 2019 opening, Gloria, is cashing in on their current status and opening another Italian (via Paris) restaurant this June in Fitzrovia. Circolo Popolare (Circolo for short) will be a 9,000 sq ft trattoria, showcasing another OTT menu, this time inspired by the Sicilian coast. It will have a terrace that can seat 60, festoon lighting indoors, and all round great central London Med vibes! Can. Not. Wait. Now let’s hope they take evening bookings…
Over on the South Bank, Sarap London will be bringing their Filipino BBQ & Lechon to 12th Knot at the Sea Containers for a pop up residency on select Tuesdays (today, 21, 28 and 18 and 25 June). Known for ‘Filipino flavours delivered proudly inauthentically’, they also recently won a stand-alone site (autumn start) in Brixton Village via the Brixton Kitchen comp.
And lastly, look out for Spuntino at Heathrow T3, and The Grind at Stansted.
Catch them if you can…