London's Epic New Restaurant Openings - November 2015

The countdown has started so you can start to fatten (or soften) yourself up for the winter. Whether you choose to gorge on Sri Lankan meats in Soho, graze on gyoza in Shoreditch or eat caviar from a trolley, BarChick's got you covered. Good Egg What do you do on a Sunday when it’s gross out? You brunch the sh*t out of it and you do so at this stall-turned-permanent site that's menu is inspired by the team’s (one member being ex-Ottolenghi Oded Mizrachi) childhoods and travels. Za’tar fried chicken, pink pastrami short-rib, eggs rothko and french toast with date syru: eat it all. Seal it all with a Partizan brewery beer and there’s brunch sorted. 91 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 OAS Hoppers We've had a thing for Sri Lanka since we sipped Arrack on its beaches last year so this new joint from Sethi siblings has us at hello.  Their third London outpost is inspired by the roadside shacks of Sri Lanka; think terracotta tiles, woven rattan ceiling and Raksha masks mounted to ward off evil. The menu's all about the bowl shaped pancakes that are hoppers; try them fermented with rice batter and coconut milk alongside dosas . If you’re more than peckish, order from the ‘rice, roast and kothu category’. BarChick’ll be sat at the counter tackling the Buffalo Buriani, Duck Egg Kari, Yoghurt & Brinjal Moju. We’ll also be sipping on Genever and Arrack-based cocktails or keeping it real with Sri Lankan Lion Lager or stout. 49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG hoppers2 Night Tales’ Tokyo Nights The Night Tales’ team have roved around Tokyo, taken inspiration from its badass restaurants, cocktail bars and markets and transformed a 20,000 square foot space in Shoreditch in Japanese backstreets. Epic. The cocktails are wicked from all five of their concept bars, but it's Nanny Bill’s teppanyaki short rib beef buns or Bubbledog’s Japenese hot dogs, that we're going for. 288-299 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9LA//29th October - 19th December tokyonights Big Easy-Canary Wharf Big Easy have done it again and this time they’ve docked in Canary Wharf. Whack on a bib and get ready to gorge on glorious meat (pulled pork, BBQ meat and lobster). There's a Rum Bar equipped with over 100 rums, an extensive cocktail menu and rum casks on tap. Think 19th century shack and Bar.B.Q  joint of the American Gulf Coast meets West India Docks and there you are. If you’ve never been to the Norman Foster Cross Rail Terminal, it’s epic and now you’ve got an excuse. Upper Level 1, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR// From 4th November   Big-Easy-meat The Ninth Jun Tanaka (former exec chef at Pearl) is embarking on his first solo venture. Having worked under chefs like Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Jr., Jun Tanaka is bound to do awesome things. If a ‘casual French-Mediterranean’ sharing menu showcasing seasonal produce sounds to your liking, then pencil this in pronto. The menu’s split into 8 parts but we're going straight for salt beef cheeks with charred cabbage and bone marrow. That with a side of barbajuan (similar to a filo pastry with Swiss chard, feta and pinenuts). We’re more than cool with momentarily abandoning a British roast. 22 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NB//From mid November The.Ninth.Salt.beef.2.2015.WEB Photo cred: Steve Lee   Foxlow Chiswick/Balham Hawksmoor’s younger (maybe more chill) sibling cut from the same slab of steak has just opened two new spots. This time they’ve set up shop in a space in Chiswick with everything from reclaimed chemistry lab tables to picture frames from the V & A. There's a new spot in Balham too that's set up in old SW12 institution Harrison's, turning Balham from yummy mummy central to disgustingly cool. Expect the usual suspects in a different context at both outposts: crispy five pepper squid, farro fattoush, steaks from Ginger Pig and fried chicken. We’ll be sipping on the First Press Martini (dry gin, olive manzanilla, honey water) whilst grazing on meat until close. 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH foxlowburger Les 110 de Taillevent This iconic Parisian restaurant has taken the Eurostar and found its new home in a former bank in Cavendish Square. With over 100 rare, singular wines from all over the world, guests will be able to choose four that will then be perfectly matched with a choice of four starters. In case you want to model your meal after ours, the squid a la plancha, langoustine ravioli, duck foie gras and duck egg is the combination that suits BarChick’s palate best. You’re not limited to just starters though: if you’re ravenous, why not opt for a saddle of lamb or whole sea bass? As long as everyone’s adhering to the wine agenda, we’re stoked . We’re also suckers for spaces awash with hunter green hues and oak wood as it makes us feel like it’s the holiday season.  16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD image.moyen.squid 45 Jermyn St. This is Fortnum & Mason’s new 113 cover restaurant that has taken inspiration from the golden age of glamour when a higher premium was put on service and attention to detail. Sidle up to the orange leather banquette, enjoy the modern London cuisine and keep your eyes peeled for the caviar trolley, which’ll be roaming around till it catches your beady little eyes. If you choose to partake, you’ll be plated up some toast, baked new potatoes, blinis and scrambled eggs. The minimum order is 10g and you’ll love every mouthful. BarChick’s also totally into the Spaetzle with Dorset blue lobster and sea aster. That, paired with one of their wines from their 230 bin wine list and you’ll be a disciple for life. 45 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1 6DN 45jermynstreet Wazen A neighborhood Japanese restaurant with a pub facade and completely refurbished interior far (enough) from the likes of McDonalds and Wasabi has opened on a quieter street in King's Cross. Think slate walls, filament bulbs and cumbersome wood furniture and that's where you'll be taking mum or your date for the night. Wazen is particularly noteworthy because their sake list of over 20 varieties is epic, their service is killer (ask for Sebastien), the nigiri doesn't taste refrigerated and the loo comes equipped with a bidet...Lucky us. If you happen to be with someone who isn't massively into sushi, steer them toward the Chicken Nanban (it's outrageous). Round the night off with a matcha tiramisu and you'll be making reservations for next time before you've even paid the bill. 2 Acton St, London WC1X 9NA wazen.food