Guide To Eating Out In 2013
The whirl of Christmas finally over (how did yours go? We’re exhausted, quite frankly) we’re looking ahead, fingers firmly crossed, to the weather becoming ever so slightly warmer and some time to visit the capital’s myriad of new restaurant openings. To prevent ‘so much to try, so little time’ panic, I’ve picked out five must-do’s to whet your whistle. Be sure to look out for the latest foodie news via the FashionBite Twitter and Facebook, too!
Balthazar (open in February)
Balthazar, the New York brasserie to be seen in, is making its way across the pond to set up shop in the former Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. Iconic restaurateur Keith McNally has teamed up with Richard Caring, (i.e. the brains behind trendy London establishments The Ivy, Le Caprice and the Soho House group) and we can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the place. Late-night diners can enjoy a classical menu featuring Fruits de Mer and bistro dishes, but look out for the stunning adjoining bakery. The Big Apple had better watch out… this might be even bigger.
HKK (opened in December)
Love Chinese food? Love Hakkasan? Then you’ll be pleased to hear of HKK, a new restaurant in Broadgate West. Inspired by the long-standing Chinese banqueting tradition (banqueting? We love the sound of that…) the new restaurant promises to offer a bespoke dining experience. A continuously evolving tasting menu put together by the legendary Chef Tong Chee Hwee will transport you to another dimension. A 15-course evening menu is priced at £95, with a reduced 8-course lunch menu for £48. An absolute bargain for food of this quality!
Ceviche Shoreditch (open 1st April)
Shoreditch is about to be served a huge slice of South America, and it’s guaranteed to be tasty. Ex-DJ turned restaurateur Martin Morales has announced the opening of his second London restaurant after the success of his first Peruvian themed bistro in Soho. Ceviche Shoreditch will be very different from his Soho offering, including a BBQ for antichuco skewers, on site takeaway and live music and DJs. Sounds great for a date!
The Social Eating House (open in March)
If you want to try Michelin starred food but get turned off by stuffy settings, add the The Social Eating House to your ‘to do’ list. Gorgeous Victorian furniture and antiques will dress the space – the concept is all about deformalising the perception of what a Michelin starred restaurant should be, without sacrificing the quality of the food. Jason Atherton’s first restaurant, Pollen Street Social, picked up a Michelin star after just a few months, so we’re mega excited to see what’s in store.
Three restaurants at the Shard building (open in March/April)
An “all day dining” service is expected to be provided by three state-of-the-art restaurants within a triple height atrium at the top of the Shard. Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, responsible for the creation of both Zuma and Roka (we’re huge fans!), will open a rotisserie and grill on the 32nd floor of the Shard, along with a live music bar. The Aqua Restaurant group will open two further restaurants and bars on the 31st and 33rd floor of the 72 story building. No doubt it’ll cost you a pretty penny, but diners can expect fabulous food and unparalleled views of the City from Europe’s tallest building. Do not miss… unless you’ve got vertigo!
Amy @ Fashionbite xx