Love sushi? Dinings SW3 has a new rose garden with Ruinart which sounds worth the trip. In Soho, Daisy Green chef Prue Freeman is doing a collab with Plates’ Kirk Howarth at Scarlett Green; this means innovative plant-based small plates in a buzzy environment. Love dessert, but can’t decide sweet vs savoury? Then head to the limited-time opening, No Idea in Shoreditch, serving a dessert tasting menu that blurs the lines. And if you’re after something new, this Sunday sees Fugitive Motel soft launch a brunch, including their very own breakfast pizza (from 10am).
Back in Soho, from the duo behind Bun House and Pleasant Lady (UJLoves) comes Wun’s, a Hong Kong-inspired restaurant and bar taking over the old Greek Streek Bun House location (Bun on Lisle Street remains). Over on Heddon Street, Mourad of Sketch fame is launching Mo Diner, a fun Med take on the American diner; it’s about time someone tackled this – we can’t wait. In Covent Garden, put Pick and Cheese, the conveyor belt cheese spot, on your radar (Sept opening – sign us up). If you love a pizza, Yard Sale Pizza are opening on Hackney Road in Sept, in the old Bad Sports location (RIP).
The Stratford Brasserie has just opened in the striking building, The Stratford. Make a day of it; get the seven-minute train direct from King’s Cross and hit the Olympic Park after. The kitchen is run by ex-Soho House and Claridge’s Ben Harrington; expect light dishes, a wood oven, as well as traditional brasserie fare. Need a glass of wine? Get ye self to the new Berkeley Bar & Terrace at The Berkeley Hotel, where they specialise in wine, immediately. At Centre Point, the Arcade Food Theatre just launched, with seven restaurants like Lina Stores and TŌU (by Tata Eatery, expect katso sandwiches) under one roof – this is definitely the slickest of the market halls we’ve seen of late. Over on Heddon Street, Chris Leach, formerly of Kitty Fisher’s, Pitt Cue Co. and Petersham Nurseries, and David Carter of Smokestak, have a residency at 10 Heddon Street focusing on handmade pastas and an in-house butchery and charcuterie.
Refurbs and Transfers
Miss Opera Tavern? It’s scheduled to re-open in August after a refurb. Expect the same Spanish-Italian dishes in a slick new décor, in the same building (soft launch is this Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th July with 50% off food only for tables of up to 4 for lunch and dinner). On the Michelin front, Tom Sellers of Story will be relocating his team to Carbis Bay on the Cornish Coast for Story by the Sea, serving a five- or six-course menu from Aug 4 – 14 Sept; importantly, they are partnering with Parley ocean campaigners and will be removing 50 metric tonnes of plastic from the oceans. Still on the Michelin tip, Simon Rogan will be opening a new restaurant called Henrock this October in a contemporary country house hotel next to Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Wheels up.