Qin XieThursday 27 Sep 2018 12:00 pm
Restaurant lovers are in for a bit of a treat in October as its shaping up to be quite a busy month of new openings.
There are new plant-based diners offering vegan comfort food, and expanding empires serving up tasty morsels for meat fans too.
And for those looking for more exciting places to grab lunch, there are new eateries offering takeaway deals alongside their dine-in menus.
So if youre looking for somewhere to chow down in the coming month, start with a few of these:
Kyms is the second restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong.
Situated in Bloomberg Arcade, the new opening features more of that delicious, modern Chinese food from the acclaimed chef.
Taking inspiration from around China, there are dishes such as Xian City lamb burger and Sichuanese spiced aubergine, and you can even order a small selection to take away.
The team behind The Clove Club are opening a third restaurant in Shoreditch, this time serving up modern American fare inspired by chef Chase Loveckys background.
The menu is eclectic though, and will feature dishes such as Hereford beef tartare and togarashi and sardine katsu sandwiches.
Washing it all down is a bar serving up snacks and a biodynamic-centric wine list.
Lovers of fine food will be excited by the new Notting Hill opening from husband and wife team Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari.
Roux is the daughter of Michel Roux Jr, while Ferrari previously held the title of head chef at Le Gavroche.
The result is a combination of French and Italian influences found in a tasting menu and a la carte dishes that include the likes of seared ox tail ravioli with beef consommé, bone marrow and fresh herbs.
Flipside – October 8
Flipside is the new plant-based restaurant coming to Farringdon – and its no coincidence that its right on the doorsteps of Smithfield Market.
Catering to diners from breakfast to dinner, you will find everything from mocha morning oats to a whole selection of meat-free burgers in the evenings.
They will even have a mac bar where guests can customise their mac and cheese.
Berenjak – October 23
Berenjak will be bringing with it a reinterpretation of Iranian food when it arrives in Soho.
Theres a focus on kebabs, with skewers of meat from the mangal barbecue served alongside the breads from the tanoor oven.
And it turns into a real feast with the addition of small plates such as blackened aubergine with whey or walnuts and dried mint.
Notable recent openings…
The team behind Marylebones Opso and the two Michelin-starred Funky Gourmet in Athens have opened a new Greek street food spot in Soho.
Pittabun has pitta breads at the heart of its menu, stuffed with fillings like charcoaled slow cooked pork neck with tzatziki spread, tomatoes and fresh herbs, and panko-crusted fried cod fillet with walnut and garlic spread and beetroot ketchup.
There are even sweet pitta buns to finish.
Much has been written about American Chinese restaurant RedFarms soup dumplings, which conveniently come with straws to help you get at the soup.
But now that this New York phenomenon is open in Covent Garden, you can go try it yourself.
And while youre there, its worth knowing that their other signature dish is Pac Man dumplings. Youre welcome.
Chick n Sours have opened their third site, this time in Islington, and with that comes a few changes.
The menu is bigger than ever (though favourites like Seoul Destroyer and dripping fries remain on the menu), though a few of the dishes are smaller so you can try even more items in one go.
Or if youre feeling lazy, they now have a no brainer set menu that features all the best dishes and takeaways are available as ever.
Taking shape inside a former iron factory in Shoreditch is the new restaurant and bar Iron Bloom.
The menu is concise and made up of small sharing dishes like tuna tartare with lime and samphire and charcoal lamb chop with fig jam.
Expect to come for dinner and stay on to party though, as there are resident DJs curating the music.
Bakery and restaurant Jolene in Newington Green comes from the team behind Westerns Laundry and Primeur.
Like its sister restaurants, theres a daily changing menu of small and large plates focusing on the seasons.
But grains are at the centre of the menu – as well as being milled to flour for the fresh baked goods, the restaurant will serve it up in handmade pasta, stews and salads.
If youre after some vegan fast food, Shoreditch has a new outfit in the shape of Genesis.
It ticks off pretty much every kind of comfort food, from burgers and hot dogs to tacos and noodles, soups and salads, and everything is organic.
Yes, that means even the wines and cocktails are organic too.
Masterchef winner Ping Coombes has opened a new restaurant and deli in Selfridges.
Ping Pan-Asian is inspired by Malaysian Chinese food and features dishes such as Nasi Lemak and Hainanese chicken rice.
And on the deli side, you can pick up duck spring rolls, freshly made chicken satay and assorted dim sum to take home for dinner.