First up, let’s start in Soho. Newburgh Street will welcome INO (second location), with innovative small plates of Greek cooking over charcoal. On Old Compton Street, Mr Ji is reopening with a refurbished space and new menu – highlights from the TĀ TĀ Eatery collaborative dishes include a braised chicken gizzard salad with Doritos and smoked cream cheese, and a Szechuan burger with fried chicken in a pineapple bun.
Over at 180 The Strand (Soho House’s new building), Frieze founders Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp are opening Tolkas, with fish and veg cooked on a charcoal grill being the focus. They’ll have a terrace, and takeaway items, too.
In Coal Drops Yard, Hicce is launching a Chef’s MKT in their restaurant. Expect handpicked products from the best, including Fallow’s Kombu Ketchup, Mei Mei’s Kaya Coconut Jam, and The French House’s Seville Orange Marmalade.
At 42,000 sq feet, Eataly is the world’s largest Italian market, and is now partially open on Liverpool Street. We’ll be there for the 2,000 Italian wines and refill section for zero waste products. Come autumn, there will be a fine dining restaurant, too.
Keff (Arabic for fun) has been a hit with their delivered pita toasties (great idea) and interesting dips like pistachio and feta, and is now opening in Camden, from Wednesday to Sunday.
And in Islington, Jiji’s, from the founder of Sumosan will be serving a Japanese and Israeli menu (more of this please) and the Top Cuvée boys are doing Barbecuvée boxes, for outdoor wining dining.
And the opening we’re most excited about is Brutto, the new Italian (launch date TBC) from Russell Norman. If the Instagram teaser photos are anything to go by, it’s looking like it will be our kind of place!