The New Year in the capital is off to an exciting start for diners searching for the latest in London cuisine. Here are our picks for London’s restaurant newcomers for January.
Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare at Amaru is now available at St. Katharine Docks. This anticipated all-day restaurant offers Moreish options such as smoked mussel ceviche and tuna sashimi with avocado and truffle shavings. Though it caters more to take-away patrons, Amaru does have limited seating for guests who’d rather eat in its intimate, contemporary space.
One of January’s most anticipated new arrivals is Jinjuu, a Korean restaurant fronted by celebrity chef (and Gordon Ramsay alum) Judy Joo. The Soho eatery offers traditional Korean street food with American sensibilities, with sizeable dishes meant for sharing served downstairs and a lively anju bar offering more snack-able fare served on the ground floor.
Will Lander (of Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (of 10 Greek Street) have teamed to open Portland — an eponymous ode to their 113 Great Portland Street address — in Fitzrovia. The restaurant serves thoughtful, well-executed dishes in a minimalist settling, and their efforts are already receiving high marks for the year.
The Fulham neighborhood welcomed upscale gastropub The Tommy Tucker to the area last week. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill, fish & chips sort of place; expect brown crab cakes with roasted garlic mayo, buttermilk rabbit bites, and apple and quince pie with cinnamon milk ice cream flowing from their open kitchen.
Popular ramen favorite Tonkotsu opened an additional branch in Hackney Central, now joining its other revered locations in Soho and Haggerston. Existing fans will be treated to the same menu offerings and quality, and all of their delicious noodles are made in-house.
Sky Garden, the controversial project atop London’s new “Walkie-Talkie” building debuted its three high-rise restaurants this month. Sky Pod Bar (Level 35), now London’s highest rooftop bar, offers a café-style breakfast and lunch menu, while Darwin Brasserie (Level 36) serves heartier, upscale European and British plates. Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill (Level 37) is the most sumptuous of the three, offering a caviar menu, first-rate cuts, and seafood for diners with deep pockets.