London’s hottest restaurants

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

BLACKLOCK, Shoreditch
Regular readers of this blog (Hey Dad!) will know of my love for Blacklock and their skinny chops. This new one in Shoreditch, right by Tramshed, is more of the same; astoundingly good meat, £5 cocktails and fun vibes galore.
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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. (It recently received a star in the Michelin Guide). They specialise in turbot but the beef is the real showstopper.
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CORA PEARL, Covent Garden
The whole menu here is lovely but they’ve just started Sunday lunch and it’s a good’en. Roast sirloin of beef is a thing of beauty but it’s the crispy potatoes (no roasties here!) that are the star. This roast is better than your Mum’s.
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GOOD FRIEND, Soho
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.

HARRY’S BAR, James Street
It’s the interiors here that are just so beautiful. Think wood panelled walls, white linen tablecloths and immaculately dressed staff. The Harry’s Tagliolini (pictured below), that’s pasta with cream, truffle and parmesan crust, is a MUST order.
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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. Nice to see they were rewarded with a Michelin star too – well deserved.
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KYM’S, Bloomberg Arcade
This is the second restaurant from Andrew Wong of famed A.Wong in Pimlico. It specialises in Chinese roast meats and this Three Treasures of crispy pork belly, soy chicken and Iberico pork char sui is a thing of wonder.
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THE PETERSHAM, Covent Garden
This is the slightly fancier restaurant at the new Petersham Nurseries site. 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.
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If your favourite new restaurant is missing from this list then let me know @samphiresalsify