We are spoilt for choice when it comes to gastronomic delights in London and with new restaurants continually popping up on the culinary radar, it can be hard to choose where to book a table. Follow the buzz about town and the aroma of fine food with our pick of the must-try restaurants in summer...
Since he brought Nobu to London, Kurt Zdesar has been a busy man and most recently trawling coastal villages in Greece, Spain and the UK and returned with the knowledge and expertise to open his own seafood restaurant Bouillabaisse. Supporting sustainable fishing practices and with a wood fired oven, the menu includes coastal delights such as the signature Bouillabaisse with langoustines, sea bass, gurnard, sole and lobster, lobster ravioli and snow crab cakes. www.bouillabaisse.co.uk
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Le Chabanais, Mayfair
If you have been to Le Chateaubriand in Paris, then news that the team behind this superb restaurant (ranked number 27 in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list) has opened a London offering Le Chabanais should please the taste buds. Bringing Parisian ‘neo-bistro’ style dining to London along with their head chef Paul Boudier, you can expect contemporary French cuisine using the finest British produce and in a truly opulent Mayfair setting. www.lechabanaislondon.com
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After five successful years as Chef Director for the Polpo restaurant group, Tom Oldroyd is going it alone with the launch of his very own neighbourhood restaurant in Islington, Oldroyd. Influenced by food markets in the UK and Europe, Tom’s daily-changing small and medium plate menu of cured cold meats and cheeses, salads, hefty sandwiches and main dishes, will use locally sourced seasonal British ingredients, and on Sunday welcomes an all-day brunch into the mix. www.oldroydlondon.com
Morden and Lea, Soho
Former Claridge’s head chef Mark Sargeant, who recently opened his own pub in Kent, now opens the door to his first London culinary haven, Morden and Lea in Soho. The casual brasserie style restaurant is split over two floors - downstairs for relaxed all-day dining and sharing plates, and upstairs a more refined brasserie style prix fixe lunch and dinner menu. Great for a foodie pit stop if you find yourself in the midst of touristy Leicester Square. mordenandlea.com
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Estiatorio Milos, Regent Street
The Greeks certainly know good seafood, and Costas Spiliadis is a veteran. With five Estiatorio Milos restaurants spanning Montreal (which he opened back in the 70s) to Vegas, New York, Miami and Athens, London is now welcomed to the list with his latest opening at 1 Regent Street. This huge restaurant spans two floors and promises the freshest Greek, British and worldwide seafood complete with raw seafood bar and market style fresh seafood display. milos.ca/London
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Ones to watch out for...
Les 110 de Taillevent, Marylebone
With a planned opening this September, Les 110 de Taillevent is London’s edition of the famous Parisian restaurant specialising in classic French cuisine with exceptional wine pairings (110 choices by the glass to be precise). www.taillevent.com
Park Chinois, Mayfair
Another opening from restaurateur Alan Yau, Park Chinois is set to open its doors in September. We eagerly await this retro Chinese restaurant, think 1940s Shanghai, with music to accompany the menu. Park-Chinois.com
Biblioteka, St James
Opening in the second half of 2015 from the man that brought us Bob Bob Ricard, Biblioketa is a huge £15 million restaurant (and champagne bar) specialising in fine British and Russian cuisine. Expect oodles of caviar, vodka flights and vintage champagne.