Keeping up with the London Foodies in 2016

Blink and it’s *almost* another year gone by. Almost.

Here’s looking back at the most memorable new openings of 2016 (definitely worth a visit if you haven’t already been!), before we ready ourselves for another round of exciting new eats and treats…


The Barbary

Undoubtedly my favourite restaurant at the moment, the offshoot of the iconic Palomar dishes up a thrilling assembly of flavour originating from along the Barbary Coast. Expect a highly-charged setting too, with the passion and energy of an open-kitchen fizzing along the surrounding dining counter…

With seating for just 24 and the immutable buzz around it, a bit of a wait is inevitable here but effortlessly eased by the promise of small plates and a sesame-strafed Jerusalem bagel while you do!

Full review, here.


Honey & Smoke

It might not be as atmospheric as the Barbary, but the Middle-Eastern inspired grills and mezze are just as provocative at this new eatery from the folks behind Honey & Co.

Their imaginative use of versatile ingredients renders even the simplest of dishes into a chaotic canvas of colours and textures…

While their afters just go to prove why one must always save room for dessert!

Full review, here


Veneta

For adventurous Venetian cuisine with an edge of urban glamour, head to Veneta in the new St James Market development…

All the dishes we tried were intricately-flavoured, reflecting generous marinades, superior stocks and an artistic eye in presentation which transformed many typical ‘brown’ dishes with bright and colourful accents!

Full review, here


Casita Andina

Continuing on the world-tour (from the comfort of Soho), I’d recommend Casita Andina for Peruvian pleasures and a homely experience inspired by traditional Andean “picanterias” – restaurants run within the houses of strong matriarchal-type figures  in the Andes…

Full review, here.


Sosharu

And then adding to my list of Japanese favourites in London, is Jason Atherton’s inimitable modern British take on this cuisine.

Throw in the stylish surrounds (styled as a cross between an izakaya and traditional minka houses) and a late night drink in the basement bar – Seven Tales – and you have all the makings of a fabulously fun night out on the town!

Full review, here


Black Roe

Although I wasn’t entirely overwhelmed by my dinner here, this trendy establishment from Kurt Zdesar (same chap as behind Chotto Matte) deserves special mention for helping Londoners discover a passion for poke (poh-kay) – the classic Hawaiian dish (best thought of as a deconstructed sushi bowl) which took London by storm this year!

And ZOMG that chocolate melting cake though.

Full review, here


Ormer Mayfair at Flemings Hotel

Closer to home, the Mayfair-outpost of Ormer comes recommended for the best of local British and Jersey fare executed with much flair and finesse by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin.

(It’s definitely worth arriving ahead of time for a  pre-dinner tipple at the adjoining Manetta’s bar too – the sumptuous drinking den in the recently revamped Fleming’s hotel!).

Full review here


Fine Cheese Co

On the subject of sublime pleasures, this charming deli and cafe in Belgravia is worth a visit for their soufflés alone (each is easily the size of my head), alongside their unparalleled selection of cheeses and sweet treats – the decadently dewy Tunisian orange cake is particularly not to be missed here!

Just the most exquisite cheese soufflé (the size of my head) @TheFineCheeseCo 😻 #MidweekTreats #TheFoodieDiariesLondon

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Full review, here


… Surely you didn’t think that this sugar junkie was going to end this post without rounding up the top new dessert-haunts too?

Dominique Ansel Bakery 

Cronuts, cookie shots, frozen s’mores, DKAs and plenty more delectably wacky treats from pastry chef-extraordinaire Dominique Ansel, finally made their way across the pond this year…

Full review, here


Milk Train

And Londoners were also gripped by a certain matcha-madness, especially with the arrival of Milk Train, carrying on board green tea ice cream cones wrapped in a cloud of candy floss…

… And Tsujiri – the 155 year-old premium tea brand from Kyoto!


Magnum Pleasure Store

Speaking of my fiendish obsession with ice cream, a visit to the Magnum pop-up was a major highlight this summer – what’s not to love about bespoke triple-chocolate-dipped Magnums festooned with all my favourite toppings from rose petals to edible gold leaf?!

… But if you missed it, fear not cherubs. It’s really quite simple to create your #DreamMagnum at home too. Find out more, here.


Which were your favourite new restaurants in 2016?


In case you’re still hungry for more -find the full list of my London reviews and features (categorised by cuisine), here.

Blink and it’s almost another year gone by. Almost.

Before it draws to a quick close, here’s looking back on the most memorable new openings of 2016 (definitely worth a visit soon if you haven’t already been!).


 The Barbary

Undoubtedly one of my favourite restaurants at the moment, the offshoot of the Palomar in Soho dishes up a thrilling assembly of flavours originating from the Barbary Coast. Expect a highly-charged setting too, where the passion and energy of an open-kitchen fizzes along the surrounding dining counter…

With seating for just 24, a bit of a wait is thus inevitable… but effortlessly eased by deceivingly-small plates and a sesame-strafed Jerusalem bagel while you do!

Full review, here


Honey & Smoke

It might not be as atmospheric as The Barbary, but the Middle Eastern-inspired mezze and grills are just as provocative at this new eatery from the folks at Honey & Co.

Their imaginative use of versatile ingredients rendered even the simplest of dishes into a chaotic canvas of colours, flavours and textures…

While our afters proved once again why one must always save room for dessert!

Full review, here.


Veneta

For adventurous Venetian cuisine with an edge of urban glamour, head to the new St James Market development…

Su-Lin neatly summed up afterwards, all the dishes we tried were deeply flavoured, reflecting generous marinades, superior stocks and an artistic eye in presentation – transforming many typical ‘brown’ dishes with bright accents of green garnish.

Sosharu

Jason Atherton’s inimitable modern British take on Japanese fare, dished up in stylish environs crossing over between an izakaya and traditional “minka” houses.

Full review, here.


Fine Cheese Co


Casita Andina


Milk Train


Jikoni


Author: The Foodie Diaries

A food travel & lifestyle journal, chronicling my culinary and other adventures around town.

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