Tamarind Kitchen

Tamarind of Mayfair has a new sista! Tamarind Kitchen is the latest in the wave of new Indian restaurants hitting London. Being the newest member of the reputable Tamarind Collection family, behind Tamarind of Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington, there can only be high expectations of what this restaurant will bring to the table. Tamarind of Mayfair was…

Lokhandwala

We’re seeing newbie Indian restaurants poppadom-ing up every month and the demand from Londoners for traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist is veryyyy high. Other recently opened Indian hotspots include Kricket, Cinnamon Bazaar and DUM London.  We can’t get enough and I’m enjoying seeing what each new restaurant brings to the table with their…

Kricket

Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell originally started Kricket in Brixton in 2015 and have expanded to a bigger space in Soho this month. After the huge success of the Brixton branch, there was talk about the opening of the Soho restaurant for months and I’m glad it’s finally here! The trendy hotspot, specialising in contemporary…

Cinnamon Bazaar

Cinnamon Bazaar by Vivek Singh is the latest addition to the Cinnamon Collection family following the successes of its sister restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Kitchen. Inspired by Bazaars dotted along the spice, silk and frankincense routes around India, the restaurant has a more relaxed feel compared to the other collection members….

Fucina

Kurt Zdesar has done it again! His culinary empire, which includes some of London’s top restaurants – Chotto Matte, Nobu and Black Roe to name a few, gained a new addition last month. He has teamed up with Chef Stefano Stecco to bring an Italian dining venture to Marylebone. They travelled around Italy and the…

DUM London

I love a restaurant with a simple, focused menu and DUM London by Dhruv Mittal provides just that with a menu centered around an old Indian favourite – biryani. The newly opened biryani house on Wardour Street has a small narrow entrance but the stairs lead down to a surprisingly large, authentically decorated basement space….

Cha Chaan Teng

Another week, another soft launch. From the moment you walk in to Cha Chaan Teng in Holborn you can feel the touch of retro dining in Hong Kong with the colourful lighting, marble top booths and urban art. Overall there was a good vegetarian selection including savoury pancakes, an omelette, a large selection of sides and bao buns. I liked the contemporary vibe, but I wouldn’t say I was blown away by the food and eager to come back. The booking process also didn’t set the best impression before because the Cha Chaan Teng reservation team were not great with responding to emails.

Rating: 6/10
Reservations: Can be made online via the website
Location: Kingsway, Holborn
Price: £15-20 (with 50% off)

Foley’s

This is one spice trail you need to follow! Mitz Vora, former sous chef at The Palomar, has created an exciting menu of street food inspired dishes from all over the world. Foley’s in Fitzrovia is a party of flavours with artistically presented food and pops of colour. Great vegetarian selection. My highlights were the peanut crackers, sweet potato fritters, aubergine and baklava cheesecake. The service was excellent throughout the meal – our waiter was super friendly and helpful. Foley’s officially opens 1st July.

Rating: 8/10
Reservations: Can book online via the website
Location: Fitzrovia

Talli Joe

Inspired by the dive bars in India, Shaftesbury Avenue’s Talli Joe is the exciting new venture of ex-Benares chef Sameer Taneja. Expect small plates and an extensive cocktail menu incorporating ingredients from different regions in India. Flavourful food, small portions and a fun tapas style dining experience. Perfect for a light meal, but if you’re very hungry it could cost you a pretty penny.

Reservations: Can book online via ResDiary
Location: Shaftesbury Avenue
Perfect for: A lunch or dinner catch up with friends/family
Rating: 7/10