Food & Drink

Where to eat in November

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Five new restaurants to check out this month

New restaurants are a dime a dozen in the capital. Every week there’s a new set that pops up, becoming, if only momentarily, the place to eat in London. It can feel difficult – nay, impossible – to keep up, sometimes. That’s why we’ve rounded up the five hardest hitters on the restaurant scene this month, so your decision of where to eat in November can be made that much easier. Bon appétit.

1. Cakes & Bubbles

What’s the story?

World-renowned pastry chef Albert Adrià, who also owns Michelin-starred tapas bar Tickets in Barcelona and co-founded the three Michelin-starred elBulli, is opening his first restaurant outside Spain, at the Hotel Cafe Royal.

What does it serve?

Well, the name says it all really. Cakes and bubbles. Adrià, who was voted world’s best pastry chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, offers a highlights reel of his signature patisseries, including his mouth watering cheesecake, caramel churros with chocolate cream and croquembouche with Chantilly and toffee. Also a huge menu of French, English, Italian and Spanish bubbles.

Go for…

The cheesecake. No really, it is that good. Designed to look like a round of cheese, it has a hazelnut-flavoured inside and a white chocolate rind.

68 Regent St, Soho, W1B 4DY cakesandbubbles.co.uk

2. Pachamama East

What’s the story?

The founders of celebrated Peruvian restaurant Pachamama in Marylebone are extending their dining franchise out east, with a new branch opening in Shoreditch this November.

What does it serve?

As with the original Pachamama, this restaurant will focus on the fusion of Peruvian and Asian cuisines, applying the bold flavours of the East to the hearty, traditional dishes of Peru.

Go for…

The salmon ceviche with grapefruit tiger’s milk will be a tart taste sensation, while the rib eye steak with Chinese mystery sauce is the menu’s headline act.

Opens 12 November, 73 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HR, pachamamalondon.com

3. Art Yard Bar & Kitchen

What’s the story?

Art Yard is part of the recently opened Bankside Hotel on the Southbank. Head Chef Lee Streeton, previously of 45 Jermyn Street and Brown’s Hotel, will serve up a menu celebrating the best of British produce.

What does it serve?

The menu takes inspiration from European culinary traditions, so dishes such as chargrilled cuttlefish with black rice and chorizo and baked bone marrow with curry sauce will star.

Go for…

The surroundings. Given its Southbank location, art naturally plays a big part in Art Yard’s story. The mid-century inspired interiors were designed by Dayna Lee of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio, and will feature a changing roster of modern art to admire alongside the food.

Bankside Hotel, 2 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, SE1 9JU, banksidehotel.com/food-drink

4. Ichibar

What’s the story?

Luxe Japanese fast food joint Ichibuns is celebrating their first year anniversary with the launch of sister project Ichibar, conveniently located in their basement. It’s open until 2am, and serves up an extensive list of Japanese whisky, gin, craft ale, sake and more alongside a tasty bar menu.

What does it serve?

The cocktail menu opens with a selection of nine signature Kampai cocktails, inspired by Ichibuns’ unique blend of Japanese subculture and classic Americana: expect punchy flavour combos and fruity twists on classic cocktails. The food, meanwhile, is a contemporary take on Hokkaido cuisine, otherwise known an Japanese junk food. Think deep fried sushi and wagyu cheeseburger harumaki spring rolls.

Go for…

An evening of tongue-in-cheek Japanese fun, all in the trendy basement of Ichibuns in Chinatown. Plus, from 7-14 December, 10% of all drink sales will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

22 Wardour St, W1D 6QQ, ichibuns.com

5. Kinilaw & Buko

What’s the story?

Head Chef Francis Puyat, formerly of 100 Hoxton, has teamed up with old pal and founder of the same, Andrew Zilouf, to open an exciting new Filipino restaurant.

What does it serve?

As the name suggests, Puyat has created a menu that focuses around Kinilaw, a Filipino take on ceviche that uses palm vinegar and kalamansi to break down enzymes and denature protein, and Buko, an artisan Filipino ice cream served in a baby coconut shell.

Go for…

The opportunity to discover a whole new cuisine. Although both Thai and Vietnamese styles have had a lot of attention in the capital recently, Filipino food has had less of a spotlight. Kinilaw & Buko is here to change that.

104 Hoxton Street, N1 6SG, kinilawandbuko.com