In a nutshell: French dip in Clapham Where is it? 87 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HW Why should you care? This restaurant in Battersea Rise is a new restaurant specialising in one of our favourite foods – the French Dip, a meat sandwich that you dip in gravy. There are lamb or beef sandwiches and a range of burgers including the dip n flip – a cheeseburger with dipped roast beef on top.
In a nutshell: Kurt Zdesar takes over ex Giraffe spot Where is it? 11-13 Frith Street, London Why should you care? The man behind Ping Pong has taken over this large ex-Giraffe site and is creating a high-end Japanese restaurant here (the name means “please wait a moment” or something similar, apparently). it will be spread across three floors with a restaurant, sushi bar and cocktail bar with a menu by Jordan Sclare. Expect this to be much more affordable than Nobu.
Casa Di Fiori
In a nutshell: Italian in Mayfair Where is it? 22 Woodstock Street, London W1C 2AR Why should you care? This new all-day, seven days a week Italian in Mayfair offers an “intimate dining experience and authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist.”
In a nutshell: Hotel cafe and bar in Bayswater Where is it? 150 Bayswater, Bayswater, London W2 4RT Why should you care? This is a new cafe and bar opening at the Doubletree Hilton in Hyde Park. It’s an all-day restaurant offering British fare and sharing platters.
In a nutshell: All-day counter order grill Where is it? 61-63 Beak St, London Why should you care? This is the latest venture of Richard Caring (also behind Pizza East and Chicken Shop) and is designed to be a fast casual grill offering breakfasts, burgers, steaks, salad and chicken. It’ll offer eat in and take out, open 7 days a week, 8 till late.
In a nutshell: Danish Japanese restaurant Where is it? 11 Henrietta Street, London WC2 Why should you care? Sticks n Sushi was a big hit in Denmark and its first outlet over here – in Wimbledon – was a big hit too. Expect a similar menu of sushi/sashimi/yakitori when they open their second restaurant in Covent Garden. When can you try it for yourself? October
Regent’s Park restaurants
In a nutshell: Benugo takes over the park Where is it? Regent’s Park Why should you care? Benugo takes responsibility for all the Regent’s Park restaurants with the Regent’s Bar & Kitchen will take over from The Garden Café and serve up family friendly dishes including wood fired pizzas, salads and healthy takeaways, a BBQ restaurant will open near the zoo and a smoothie and shake bar opening at The Hub and an espresso bar will take over the current Chester Road Kiosk. There will also be e a kiosk on Marylebone Green and a Food Truck. When can you try it for yourself? Up till Spring 2014
In a nutshell: Nobu gets into the hotel business Where is it? 10-50 Willow Street, EC2 Why should you care? This new development from Nobu will have 143 bedrooms and a massive 5 metre high basement restaurant. The design, by industrial designer turned architect Ron Arad, looks frankly astonishing, with a sort of