Why: Despite the slightly unfortunate name, this newcomer has been well received for its North African-Spanish fusion cuisine. Think pork belly tagine, lobster couscous, lamb tartare and squid-ink croquettas.
7 London Restaurants Openings You May Have Missed This SummerBy Malika Dalamal
August 20, 2014 By Malika Dalamal | August 20, 2014
You may have spent the summer sitting on a beach doing nothing, but back in London there was no break for restaurants, with new spots opening almost every week. Here's what you missed while you were away.
What: The newest location of the popular steakhouse chainlet opened in Knightsbridge on the former site of Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori’s Frankie’s flagship.
Why: This chain's down-to-earth British fare had a glamorous Knightsbridge makeover, with new additions to the menu including a caviar section, more fish and seafood and some Asian-influenced options.
3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL; 020 7590 9290
What: Virgilio Martinez opened a second, more casual branch of his Peruvian restaurant in a former monastery in Covent Garden.
Why: The new restaurant has a Peruvian tapas bar, and offers new dishes including quinoa tiradito, Amazonian fish and scallops with chia ceviche.
14 Garrick St., WC2E 9BJ; 020 7240 5778
What: Thomasina Miers has opened this fast-casual Mexican diner on Brick Lane, her first new venture since Wahaca.
Why: Expect American-influenced dishes like "NYC tortas" served in a toasted brioche bun and the "Bad Boy" burrito stuffed with corn chips and guacamole. And don't miss the ice cream with popping candy for dessert.
Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury St., E1 6QR; 020 7361 6639
What: Housed in an old Victorian tin printing factory, this Southwark cousin of Mark Hix's Tramshed serves the limited menu of whole roasted chickens (with feet!) and steak-and-chips combos, and is decorated with works by big players in the contemporary art world.
Why: It's conveniently located around the corner from the Tate Modern, and if you're just looking for a drink, Mark's Bar is located in the basement.
16 Guildford St., SE1 OHS; 020 7921 9508
What: Sam and Eddie Hart opened a second branch of their buzzing Soho tapas bar in Covent Garden.
Why: New dishes like carpaccio of Mediterranean prawns with bonito and chargrilled lamb kidneys have been added to the menu, but more importantly you can now book tables downstairs for parties of eight or more.