The next move from Great British Menu winner James Cochran has got us intrigued. His new restaurant on Upper Street will showcase his heritage: think Whitstable meets West Indian with dishes like jerk-spiced monkfish and Kent-breed pork with smoked eel, kimchi, apricot and miso. Find out more here.
Gunpowder Tower Bridge
We love Gunpowder’s super-inventive Indian small plates – but squeezing into their intimate 28-cover restaurant on Commercial Road isn’t always easy. Their new Tower Bridge location is about to change all that though – with 100 covers (including bar seating and communal tables downstairs, and a sleek mezzanine upstairs), and a whole new menu to try.
First we loved Primeur, then we loved Westerns Laundry, and now we’re pretty sure we’re going to love Jolene, the third restaurant from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell. Their all-day bakery/restaurant concept is based around grains milled on-site, which will be used in pastries for breakfast, pasta for lunch, and simple dinner plates. More on that here.
Kricket White City
There’s one in south, there’s one in central, and now west London has its very own Kricket too. This is another case of super-sizing – they’ve upgraded from their original digs to a 100 cover location in the brand new Television Centre. There’ll be new dishes to try (we love the sound of tandoori wood pigeon with smoked raita and salli potatoes with pickled blackberries), and the best news is they accept reservations for all party sizes. Hurrah!
You probably already know that we’re big dim sum fans, so we can’t wait to try famed NYC import Red Farm. We’ve got our eyes on their pork and crab soup dumplings, poached black cod and their pastrami egg roll – a New York fave.
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