Five London restaurant openings to look out for this spring
Restaurant Ours (Chef: Tom Sellers) – Serious hype
With an established chef at its helm, a contemporary menu promised and whispers of a truly spectacular interior, excitement for Restaurant Ours is reaching fever pitch. At this point, the real test won’t be whether or not it can excel on its own merits but whether or not it can live up to the incredible buzz that it’s generated so far. Good luck getting a table.
Restaurant Ours opens in March at 264 Brompton Road, London SW3 2AS.
Foley’s (Chef: Mitz Vora) – In the thick of it
Headed up by Mitz Vora, formerly of the Palomar, Foley’s looks set to bring a little excitement to the lively Fitrovia. Its open-plan kitchen is a clear nod to the chef’s previous stint, but the menu is certainly not, drawing from sources across the world in a truly international whirlwind of spice and soul.
Foley’s opens in March in Fitzrovia, London.
Sardine at Parasol (Chef: Alex Jackson) – Hot prospect
Classic Southern Italian food with some North African influences, an ever-trendy location and a talented young chef, all united under the watchful gaze of Stevie Parle. It all sounds like a recipe for success, and if Sardine lives up to its potential it could well establish itself amongst the Old Street staples.
Sardine opens in April at Parasol Art Gallery, 14 Wharf Rd, London N1 7RW.
Galvin at the Athenaeum (Chef: TBC) – Can’t get enough
Apart from being a complete and utter mouthful, Galvin at the Athenaeum is a bit of a mystery really. Details are sparse, the exact nature of the menu is yet unknown and in general it’s the name, rather than anything else, that is attracting people to this new venture. What a name though: the Galvin brothers have turned everything they’ve touched so far into gold, and there’s no reason to believe this won’t be just as impressive as their previous ventures.
Galvin opens in March at the Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ.
Margot (Chef: Maurizio Morelli) – Power Trio
A venture of experience and expertise, Margot has some serious talent behind the scenes. Paulo De Tarso, Nicolas Jaouën and Maurizio Morelli have all proven themselves worthy of a place at the top, and now they’re uniting to bring us this Italian restaurant with a twist. Expect relatively traditional dishes cooked with unerring care and passion by a chef whose work at Latium was enough to earn him a serious reputation.
Margot opens later this spring at an undisclosed location in Covent Garden, London.