Highlighting this month’s most promising restaurant launches and dining events, Something Curated takes a closer look at what to try, as well as the founders and proprietors behind the openings.
X Upper || James Tanner & Francesco di Marzio
According to this new Islington restaurant, “Sausage is the new burger. Only better.” The chefs and founders of X Upper boast travelling to 14 different European cities and sampling over 500 sausages to determine the best of the best. The X Upper menu will have six varieties of sausage, including the Italian Romagna, Italian chicken and pork sausage with an herby, tangy green sauce and a hot yellow pepper salsa.
88 Upper Street, N10NP
Brat x Elkano || Aitor Arregi & Pablo Vicari
For one night only, on 5 March, chefs Aitor Arregi and Pablo Vicari from Spain’s Michelin-starred Elkano restaurant will be on hand at Brat in Shoreditch for an incredible dinner you won’t want to miss. The meal includes a six course menu, highlighting traditional Basque food and over-fire cooking. Brat, an old warehouse building turned stylish restaurant, is the perfect open and warm space to host this exciting collaborative meal.
4 Redchurch St, E16JL
Master Wei || Guirong Wei
Xi’an Impression chef Guirong Wei is embarking on her first solo restaurant with the opening of Master Wei. To be located in Bloomsbury, Master Wei has no set menu yet, but will likely be offering up similar dishes to Xi’an Impression, and plenty of cold skin noodles. Local beers are also rumored to be on the menu.
13 Cosmo Pl, WC1N 3AP
Rita’s Café at Matches || Missy Flynn & Gabriel Pryce
The team from east London’s Rita’s Café will be taking over the fashionable attic at 5 Carlos Place until 30 March. Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce’s modern American dining, will include a mouth-watering menu of fresh street food inspired by the flavours of Mexico. For breakfast you’ll find chilaquiles on the menu, then tacos for lunch and churros for afternoon tea.
5 Carlos Place, W1F 3AP
Lucknow Social || Dhruv Mittal
Dhruv Mittal, the founder of DUM Biryani in the City and a former chef at the Oberoi Hotel in Agra, is no stranger to excellent Indian cuisine. He’s continuing his passion with Lucknow Social, which will feature cuisine heavily influenced by both Asia and the Middle East. From biryanis to kebabs and curries, Indian food lovers will find no shortage of options here.
49 Maddox St, W1S 2PQ
Endo at Rotunda || Endo Kazutoshi
The director of Ichibuns and master sushi chef Endo Kazutoshi’s newest restaurant will be located at White City come this March. The name comes from the location of the eatery, which is the rotunda that used to house the BBC headquarters. Sure to be a sophisticated and exclusive space with only 15 diners at a time, Endo at Rotunda should be on every sushi connoisseur’s to-try list.
White City House Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Xier || Carlo Scotto
Joining the thriving restaurant scene on Thayer Street, Xier is set to be the newcomer to stand out. Originally slotted to open earlier this year, the split level digs are now set to open in March and feature modern European cuisine and lots of organic produce. The restaurant will have one 62-cover casual dining restaurant on the ground floor, while Xier will be on the first floor and only open in the evening, serving 38 guests at a time for a ten course-tasting menu.
13-14 Thayer Street, W1U 3JR
Myrtle || Anna Haugh
Having previously worked for Gordon Ramsay, Shane Osborne and other eminent names in the culinary world, Dublin chef Anna Haugh is a rising star on the London food scene. Now opening her own restaurant in Chelsea, Haugh will be bringing delicious Irish produce to Myrtle. The menu will range from black pudding rolls with apple chutney to a dish with beef, boxty cake, hipsy cabbage and parsnip puree.
1A Langton St, SW10 0JL
The Waterhouse Project at Bert & May || Gabriel Waterhouse
This supper club right by Regents Canal in East London is the ultimate design enthusiast dinner spot. Local ingredients take center stage at this relaxed and private dining experience, which encompasses two shared tables and can seat up to 28 guests. There is a 7-course tasting menu, changing monthly. The location itself is noteworthy, as the dinner experience takes place inside the Bert & May design studio.
67 Vyner Street, E2 9DQ
Words by Sara Frazier | Feature image via Endo Kazutoshi