Some will say the restaurant trade won’t look back on 2018 too fondly. At least 117 restaurants closed in 2018 – an almost 30-year high, according to Harden’s. The bright side is dozens of new restaurants – really very good ones – opened in the last 12 months, from Ellory’s follow-up Leroy to Tom Kerridge’s first formal outing in the capital.
With the exception of new expansions upon existing ideas – such as the excellent Pachamama East and Kym’s – and the odd relocation (notable mention: Native), here are twelve new restaurants which made sure 2018 was, in fact, a fantastic year for London diners.
Coal Office – Hard-to-beat Middle Eastern dishes from Assaf Granit (The Palomar, The Barbary) in a striking refurbished space once reserved for Victorian coal clerks. This being a collaboration with designer Tom Dixon, you can buy not just your supper, but the plate you ate it on too.
Bright – An apt name for an idea like this one, Bright is what answered Hackney’s call for something more concrete from the team behind P. Franco. Like what came before it, Bright is a low-intervention wine bar, this time with two permanent chefs, each with more than ample pedigree.
Levan – The crew behind Brixton favourite Salon take on the difficult second album – and it’s an instant hit. French influences – comté fries, tarte tatin, things en croute – it seems, are right up Peckham’s street.Continue Reading