London’s hottest restaurants

Here are some of the more exciting restaurants in London you should be eating in…

This sees the return of chef Heinz Beck to London after the demise of his Michelin starred Apsleys at The Lanesborough. It’s the pasta here that should get you super excited; the fagotelli alla carbonara is something of a signature dish. Little parcels of liquid cheese. HEAVEN.

BRAT, Shoreditch
Ex-Kitty Fisher’s chef, Tomos Parry, has opened his own restaurant above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch. It’s dark, it’s sexy and it’s one of the best restaurants in London right now. They specialise in turbot but the beef is the real star.
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DUDDELL’S, London Bridge
Peking duck. Dim sum. In an old church near The Shard. They’ve got a two Michelin star outpost in Hong Kong and no doubt it won’t be long before this one is similarly rewarded. The food is as stunning as the space.
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Is it a restaurant? Nah. Is it delicious? Yah. Good Friend is a takeaway fried chicken shop in Chinatown. Their MSG-sprinkled giant chicken escalope is the best £6 you can spend in London Town right now.

IKOYI, St James’s
Jollof cuisine, that’s what you’ll get here. Exciting and intricately spiced dishes inspired by West African cooking. The Iberico pork suya with hibiscus and rose yaji (pictured below) is outstanding.
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LA GOCCIA, Covent Garden
This is one of two restaurants from the Petersham Nurseries people who have just opened in Covent Garden. There’s a deli, a gorgeous shop, The Petersham and this small-plate restaurant which is heaps of fun. Spring panzanella is a must order.

Recently bought by the Soho House group and given a dashing makeover, Kettner’s has been restored to its former glory. There’s now a Champagne bar, a piano bar, a dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 33 bedrooms.
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PASTAIO, Carnaby Street
How do you pronounce it? No idea. But all you need to know is the pasta here is FAB. Handmade daily, the Cacio e Pepe, all buttery and peppery, is a must order. And the tiramisu.
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THE PETERSHAM, Covent Garden
This is the slightly fancier restaurant at the new Petersham Nurseries. It’s a gorgeous space, filled with bold artwork and flowers galore and the food is just as pretty. Think light and delicate seasonal dishes using the finest produce. Haye Farm loin of a lamb (pictured below) is lush.

The old Sophie’s in Covent Garden has gone to make way for Robert Deniro’s new hotel. The good news is they’ve opened a new one in Soho and it’s big and rather beautiful. They use Cornish Warren’s meat too which is some of the finest beef in all the land.

If your favourite new restaurant is missing from this list then let me know @samphiresalsify