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Restaurants: a taste of things to come

Restaurants: a taste of things to come

Restaurants: a taste of things to come
June 19
13:44 2017

Jean-Georges at The Connaught

Multi-starred New York restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten takes up residence at the Mayfair institution from mid-late July, in a space at the front of the building overlooking Mount Street. His proposition is a relatively informal one, with something to suit breakfast, lunch, dinner and all times in between; signature dishes such as tuna and wasabi pizza will even be available to take away. Meanwhile, guests and visitors looking for fine dining remain well served by Hélène Darroze’s celebrated restaurant elsewhere in the hotel. 
The Connaught, Carlos Place W1K 2AL;


The first stage of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment unfurls in July, with signs of life in “Circus West Village” next to the railway arches on the Chelsea Bridge side of the project. In one of those arches will be Mother, a pizza restaurant originating from Copenhagen, which specialises in sourdough bases made with purified seawater. These woodfired pizzas are a hit in trendy Kodbyen, so expect a freshly baked slice of success in London too. 
188 Kirtling Street, Circus West Village SW8 5BN;


Here’s something a bit different. James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, co-founders of Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Pidgin, are opening a venue just off Regent Street, with a menu that can best be described as Super-Cali-British-Asian-Nordic-Modern-Fusion, and a service style that mirrors dim sum trolley dining. Slick, eclectic, fun, refreshing, and open from July. 
10 Heddon Street W1B 4BX;

Darjeeling Express

From supper club to five-star pop-up and now permanent Carnaby Street fix, Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express is sure to be one of 2017’s triumphs. The restaurant will stay true to its informal, convivial roots, with biryani feasts and set menus on Sundays; on other days, street-style snacks such as papri chaat will mix with curries and shikampuri kebabs. As close as you can get to home-style Indian cooking without flying to Kolkata and inviting yourself to dinner. 
Top floor, Kingly Court W1B 5PW;


The team behind Ducksoup in Soho and Rawduck on London Fields are adding to their raft with Littleduck, a natural wine bar in Dalston. This “picklery” and all-day diner will offer ferments and drinking vinegars, known as “shrubs”, to refresh and invigorate. There will also be small plates similar in style to the simple, ingredient-led food on offer at their current brace of restaurants. 
Dalston Terrace Parade E8 1FE;

Simpson’s in the Strand

For fans of a more traditional trolley service, Simpson’s in the Strand is to reopen this summer following a transformational restoration of its dining room. Former regulars (Dickens, Gladstone, George Bernard Shaw et al) would be pleased to know that the roast rib of beef, carved at the tableside, is set to return, though the menu has a more contemporary feel now — plus a stellar selection of the best British cheeses. One for long lunches and rarefied dinners. 
100 The Strand WC2R 0EW;

Ed Smith is author of ‘On the Side: A Sourcebook of Inspiring Side Dishes’; @rocketandsquash

Photographs: Ming Tang-Evans; Chiron Cole; Getty 

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