It’s hard to claim you can’t get a good meal in London these days. That may have been a fair comment in the 1970s, but London keeps improving its dining scene year after year with impressive openings. As for the restaurants on this list, it’s a combination of the food and the buzz that makes them noteworthy. We also took into account the chef and/or proprietor’s previous work. Take Marcus Wareing for example. Once Gordon Ramsey’s protégé, he is now stepping out on his own with Marcus at The Berkeley Hotel. Chiltern Firehouse is another new hotspot that caught our eye, though reservations are booked solid through the summer. Whether you fancy gourmet dishes like turbot with snails and gnocchi or simple patatas bravas, there’s an eatery for every taste on this list. Here’s your guide to the best new London restaurants opening in 2014.
Travel back in time to the early 20th century at Fischers restaurant up at the Regent’s Park-end of Marylebone High Street. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this eatery is both a café and konditorei, the German word for cake shop. The entire menu is great, but the chopped liver alone is worth the trip.
After a massive falling out with his former mentor Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing is now one of London’s hottest chefs. His recently opened restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge offers a menu of gourmet dishes like the turbot with snails, and gnocchi and quail in a warm nettle leaves salad.
Located near the waterfront of St. Katherine’s Dock, Bravas Tapas may have a rough and ready décor, but there’s nothing rough about the food. Gazpacho is served in a large claret glass laid down on its side and, naturally, the patatas bravas are a menu favorite. The golden fried potatoes are flavored with aioli and strong tomato salsa.
This is fancy surf ’n’ turf as never seen in London before. Beast serves two courses, Nebraskan beef served with sauces and sides followed by Norwegian red king crab, for a flat fee of £75. That’s pretty much the menu. The room is cavernous with shared tables—it’s not the place for a first date and certainly not for an anniversary. Buzzy, messy, this place is pure London.
It’s hard to remember the last time a new restaurant had so much buzz as Chiltern Firehouse. It’s an excitement that hasn’t been seen in a while, certainly not since before the recession. Every night there is a celebrity. The food must be great, but we can’t get in until October.