04 Jun Shiny new openings to get excited by
Being in the recruitment sector, we’re always hearing about cool and exciting new openings of restaurants, bars, pop-ups, residencies… you name it, we like to think we’ve got our finger on the pulse! Here’s a quick roundup of three new or recent openings around the UK that you should head to as soon as the opportunity arrives.
This stylish new restaurant on The Strand is sure to be the next luxe dining spot, given its stunning interior by Tom Dixon (recipient of an OBE for services to British Design), and the rather spectacular menu. Anything that pimps up everyday dishes with a touch of the extravagant always has us interested, so the sound of Wild mushroom with white miso and truffle on toasted brioche, or the Hanger steak with weeping tiger dressing and pickled daikon, have us positively salivating. The menu has been created by executive chef Andrew Lassetter and appointed head chef Jonathan Villar, who formally worked under Peter Gordon, and we can imagine the praise will soon be flooding in thick and fast. Plus there’s a gorgeous pewter cocktail bar where we’ll definitely be sipping an Old Fashioned or two.
Ah Polpo – the concept of Venetian street-food that first burst onto the scenes (and set our tastebuds alight) back in 2009, when the first restaurant was opened on London’s Beak Street. They’ve now got seven more sites (as well as residency at Ape & Bird in Covent Garden) and a gorgeous cookbook. People just can’t get enough of Polpo, it seems.
This tenth site will be the first South-West site, and will open on the chic and cool Whiteladies Road in Bristol. The restaurant will be styled on a ‘bàcaro’ – a traditional Venetian wine bar where small plates are shared and a rustic air prevails. Signature dishes on the menu are cicheti (small plates) such as fried stuffed olives; arancini; and chopped chicken liver crostini. Other small plates include fritto misto, pizzetta bianca, spicy pork and fennel meatballs, and sliced flank steak.
Open: Around 15th August
Our favourite Indian eatery is heading to Scotland! Dishoom, beloved for its Chai Tea, Bacon Naan and colonial-chic vibe, is soon to expand beyond London and take the Bombay-cafe vibes to Edinburgh.
The first Dishoom opened in Covent Garden (pictured) in 2010 and has been winning the hearts of foodies ever since. They now also have sites in Shoreditch, King’s Cross and near Carnaby Street. The new venue for the first Scottish branch is a three-storey 1920s building with an open kitchen on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room with views across St. Andrew Square, and a basement bar and dining space. So why Scotland? Well, Dishoom co-founder Kavi Thakrar went to university in Edinburgh! We better book our train tickets now…