Highlighting this month’s most promising London food launches, Something Curated takes a closer look at what to try, as well as the founders and proprietors behind the openings.
Bubala || Marc Summers & Helen Graham
Following several months of pop-ups, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant Bubala will open its first permanent site on Commercial Street. It’s the debut restaurant for Marc Summers, previously general manager at Berber & Q, the Middle-Eastern grill restaurant in Haggerston. Bubala will open with head chef Helen Graham, formerly of The Palomar and The Barbary, serving an entirely vegetarian menu, intended for sharing.
65 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BD
Loyal Tavern || Tom Cenci & Adam White
Former Duck and Waffle executive chef Tom Cenci has joined up with restaurateur Adam White to launch Loyal Tavern, an eatery celebrating the best of British produce. On offer will be dishes like Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nut and truffle as well as venison tartar with beef dripping with daily specials such as rib of retired dairy cow or gurnard with crab bisque, carrot and seaweed. Drinks come from Antonio Del Monte, who will showcase seasonal botanicals alongside a list of natural, British and international wines.
171-173 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UW
Berto || Claudio Vescovo & Gianluca D’Angelo
Zia Lucia, a pizzeria known for its experimental doughs, has opened its first fresh pasta restaurant in Islington. The new restaurant is centred around an open pasta bar and will seat around 45, so diners will be able to watch the pasta being created throughout the day. Pastas on offer include egg tagliatelle and pappardelle, vegan pici, gnocchi, and filled pasta like ravioli.
155 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Haya || Victoria Paltina & Oren King
Haya, a new neighbourhood Mediterranean restaurant which has taken influences from Tel Aviv, will open in Notting Hill. Haya is inspired by founder Victoria Paltina’s visits to the Israeli city and head chef Oren King’s background in Tel Aviv. The duo want to focus on simple Mediterranean sharing plates and nutritious, seasonal ingredients, with a wine list featuring Israeli wines from the country’s five producing regions, as well as bottles from the Eastern Mediterranean.
184A Kensington Park Road, London W11 2ES
Sons and Daughters || James Ramsden & Sam Herlihy
James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, the duo behind Hackney’s innovative fine dining restaurant Pidgin launch their third food business, Sons and Daughters, a sandwich, soft serve, and craft beer shop in Coal Drops Yard this month. Herlihy tells, “All of our sandwiches are made in house using the freshest and best ingredients around.”
Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ
Seabird || Joshua Boissy & Krystof Zizka
The latest Hoxton hotel is bringing with it a seafood restaurant with an impressive view. Set to open on 6 September, Seabird comes from the team behind Brooklyn’s Maison Première. The Seabird is set to possess London’s lengthiest oyster list, a marble raw bar, and a heated terrace overlooking the city. The menu will focus on seafood with a Mediterranean inflection, with dishes like grilled Cornish plaice with Morecambe Bay shrimps and capers, and a Basque influenced Bouillabaisse.
14th Floor, 40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8PB
Feature image via Haya