11 of the best new restaurants and bars in London February 2022

With the misery of January away, here’s The Resident’s latest drop of new bars, restaurants and pubs to check out…

Photo: RAI

1 RAI, Fitzrovia
A ‘multi-course concept’ by Shrabaneswor Rai and executive chef Padam Raj (ex-Hot Stone), RAI cooks omakase-style tasting menus; a traditional Japanese dining style, where, depending on the Michelin Guide, diners leave it to the chef to whip up a multi-course feast that is “seasonal, elegant, artistic and using the best ingredients available.” Set menus are priced at £130 per person and feature dishes that reflect both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine.
Address: 3 Windmill Street, FitzroviaW1T 2HY
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Website: rairestaurant.com

2 Terra, Eataly London
Italian Dining Destination Eataly’s fourth and final restaurant and bar has arrived, bringing with it flame-grilled flavors and Italian wines and spirits. Terra (it’s Italian for earth) is a casual restaurant that focuses on cooking dishes using traditional Calabrian methods on an artisanal wood-fired grill, which is also the centerpiece of the restaurant, so that you can watch the team of chefs prepare your meal. The menu changes quarterly according to the seasons, and the kitchen offers antipasti and a compact selection of pasta and risotto, as well as dishes from the grill – grilled scallops, fresh calamari, cuts to share and grilled fresh vegetables . For dessert, there’s a gorgonzola cart and a maritozzi cart loaded with an assortment of sweet treats.
Address: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Hours: Eataly hours: Monday to Friday 7am to 11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-10pm
Website: Eataly.co.uk

Delicious Pho, Spitalfields
Canada’s Delicious Pho will open its first UK location in Spitalfields on Tuesday February 1 – the start of the Lunar New Year. To mark its opening and the celebration, the Vietnamese restaurant will distribute lucky red envelopes to visitors during its launch week, with rewards, prizes and discounts such as 50% off your meal and drinks or free desserts. With a menu featuring traditional southern Vietnamese recipes like hot pho, summer rolls, zesty salads and noodle dishes, there’s plenty to choose from for vegetarians and meat eaters.
Opening: February 1
Address: 3-6 Steward Street E1
Website: deliciouspho.co.uk

4 Fair shot, Mayfair
Café de coeur, Fair Shot is a social enterprise working with young adults with learning disabilities. The cafe provides them with training and employment opportunities so they can learn the skills needed to start a career in hospitality. Founder, Bianca Tavella (ex-Petersham Nurseries) set up Fair Shot to tackle high unemployment among young people with learning disabilities. It serves specialty coffee and European-inspired cuisine, as well as pastries, daily salads, paninis and sandwiches.
Address: 17 South Molton Street, Mayfair, W1K 5QT
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Website: fairshot.co.uk

5 Negroni, Soho
The latest venture from the team behind Lobos Tapas, Negroni’s is a bar and restaurant and a dark haunt of a place that boasts an Italian flair. Unsurprisingly, there are five house negronis as well as one non-alcoholic, which accompany a short wine list. On the menu you have classic Italian small plates, pastas and pizzas, including aranchini with porcini mushrooms, bruschetta, beef tartare, ricotta tortellini with lemon and all-time favorite toppings like marinara, margherita and ortolana (purple cauliflower cream, fior mozzarella fi latte, grilled eggplant and zucchini and mixed peppers).
Address: 15 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4RE
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 5pm-11pm; Saturday 12:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Website: negronis.co.uk

6 Bar La Goccia, Covent Garden
La Goccia Bar, a cocktail bar and new venture from the Petersham Nurseries team, is full of floral beauty as you would expect. The interiors are lined with contemporary artwork of abstract flowers and the design of the bar includes real leaves pulled from the gardens and streets of Milan. Herbal fresh cocktails are king here, accented with seasonal fruits, herbs and edible flowers, and the winter opening menu is filled with hearty cocktails like The Pear Tree with rum pear juice, tonka bean and cloves. of cloves.
Address: Petersham Nurseries, Flower Court, WC2E 8JD
Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11.30am-10pm; Thursday to Saturday 11.30am-11pm; Sunday 11.30am-6pm
Website: petershamnurseries.com

seven Ottolenghi Chelsea
The popular Ottolenghi opened a new grocery store in January – the largest Ottolenghi grocery store to date. Operating walk-in, the charcuterie offers treats from the bakery, salads and explosive cakes, as well as low-intervention wines that you can take out or dine in. Open for a light breakfast, and for lunch from 11am, the kitchen serves a concise signature menu Ottolenghi hot dishes every morning such as sscrambled eggs with smoked salmon in London.
Address: 262 Pavilion Road SW1X 0BP
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 9am-5pm
Website: ottolenghi.fr

8 Vinoteca, district course
Vinoteca is coming to Southwark and the wine shop, bar and restaurant continue to focus on small, sustainable wine producers while sourcing cooking ingredients from nearby Borough Market. As you’d expect, the wine list is extensive and well-annotated, should you wish to navigate it unaided. The menu focuses on snacks, small plates and appetizers to pair with the wine, but you can also order dishes such as roasted cauliflower with chipotle or Scottish smoked haddock with saffron risotto. There is also a children’s menu and apparently a great view of Southwark Cathedral from the mezzanine.
Address: Borough Yards, 18 Stoney Street SE1 9AD
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 12pm-11pm; Thursday & Friday 8am-11pm; Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday 10am-10pm
Website: vinoteca.co.uk

9 Silverleaf Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street
Housed in the 144-year-old Devonshire House, Silverleaf is a new independent cocktail bar in Pan Pacific London by a team with ex-Milroy’s and Callooh Callay experience. With a bar designed by Tom Dixon, bespoke furniture and lighting, views of Bishopsgate Plaza as well as modern drinks inspired by ‘naturalism and the elements’, the place is elegant and refined. Cocktails champion two or three basic ingredients, and there’s also an extensive collection of rare spirits.
Address: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Website: panpacific.com

ten The Aubrey, at the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
Replacing Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Aubrey is a luxurious Izakaya covered in velvet, marble and wood with two bars and a kitchen serving Japanese dishes. The bar menu focuses on sake, with varieties from emerging breweries, as well as rare, unusual and traditional sakes. There is also a wide range of premium Japanese spirits, which you can drink neat or in cocktails. On the food side, you have oysters, caviar with karaage chicken, korokke crab with tonyu béchamel and kani miso, among other small Japanese plates.
Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Thursday to Saturday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Website: mandarinoriental.com

11 Marugame Udon, St Christopher’s Place and Canary Wharf
Cheap and cheerful (from £3.45), but definitely delicious, Marugame Udon brings its simple yet flavorful dishes to central London and the capital’s business district. Ideal for a quick lunch or even a snack, the authentic udon dishes are prepared the way you like it. Popular dishes include nikutama beef with caramelized onions in dashi broth and a poached onsen egg, or the traditional and simple kamaage, which is served with a sweet and smoky dipping sauce.
Address: Canary Wharf: Upper Floor, The Atrium Kitchen, Cabot Place, E14 4QT
Place Saint-Christophe: 14 – 15, rue Barrett, W1U 1LT
Hours: CW: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; SCP;
Website: marugame.co.uk

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