Stevie Parle, owner of Rotorino and Palatino, is to open his sixth restaurant. Pastaio will open in Soho, with a menu consisting of seasonal, affordable pasta dishes. There will also be a selection of smaller antipasti dishes, including anchovy-stuffed pepperoncini, cured meats and a fried mozzarella sandwich, as well as prosecco and Aperol slushies .
19 Ganton St, London W1F 7BU
This 70-cover Italian restaurant will open 9 October on High Street Kensington. Specialising in regional dishes, and using unusual artisanal products and wines, the restaurant will offer both a brunch menu, and an all-day menu. Brunch offerings consist of unusual dishes such as the Italian take on a traditional English breakfast (raviolis filled with egg yolk, pancetta, confit tomato and wild mushrooms), and a fig carbonara. The all-day menu will comprise dishes such as saffron tagliatelle with lamb ragu and raspadura shavings; slow cooked pork fillet, chestnuts, pumpkin crisps with grilled polenta and Rosso’s red salad with roast beetroot, mixed sprouts, orange, kale and sesame seed dressing. Regular wine tastings will be held, and a there will be a menu that changes each month to focus on a different region of Italy.
276-280 Kensington High Street, W8 6ND
Caravan is opening in the Bloomburg Arcade development, and it will be spread across three levels with terrace seating. The new restaurant will have a menu section consisting of ferments, raw foods, salads and grains. There will be a shrub station where diners can create their own drinks, and the classic brunch menu is being redesigned. Pizzas will still be on the menu, as will favourite large places such as the wagyu hanger steak with popped capers and anchovy-tarragon dressing.
Gul & Sepoy
The team behind Spitalfields Indian restaurants Gunpowder and Madame D’s are opening 50-cover Gul & Sepoy, just around the corner on Commercial Street. The cuisine will be Indian, again, and the menu will be split into two parts. The ‘Gul’ side will focus on dishes inspired by the northwestern Indian banquets at the Raj palaces. The ‘Sepoy’ side will feature more rustic, provincial-style dishes based on what the soldiers of the old Indian army would have eaten. All the dishes will be sharing-style, served alongside a large list of Indian inspired cocktails.
65 Commercial St, London E1 6BD
Rochelle Canteen, one of Shoreditch’s best-kept restaurant secrets, is to launch a new central London site on 4 October. Owners Margot Henderson and her business partner Melanie Arnold are to open a cafe, restaurant and bar at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) near Buckingham Palace in October. The project will be somewhat less secluded than the original Rochelle Canteen, which the pair opened behind the walls of an old schoolyard in Shoreditch in 2006. Henderson and head chef Ben Coombs are planning to serve pumpkin soup; pheasant and trotter pie; and a whole pig’s head to share. The restaurant will open from 11am-11pm every day except Monday, with ‘affordable’ daily changing specials paired with a glass of wine.
The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH
The Coal Shed
The Brighton restaurateur behind The Coal Shed and The Salt Room is to open a second The Coal Shed at London’s One Tower Bridge development. The 100-cover upmarket steak and fish restaurant will trade alongside The Ivy Café, Welsh fine dining restaurant Tom Simmons, and several other high-profile food businesses that have yet to be announced by developer Berkeley Homes. The Coal Shed at One Tower Bridge will continue to source seasonal, sustainable meat and seafood, including its range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks. Like the Brighton site, much of the menu will be cooked on hot coals.
One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE
Noizé, a French restaurant from Matieu Germond, former general manager at Pied a Terre, is moving into the old Dabbous site in Fitzrovia. The set up will be the same as at Dabbous, with a private dining room for 8 and a bar downstairs as well as a restaurant at street level. The 2,600sq ft restaurant will be inspired by Germond’s upbringing in the small village of Noizé in the Loire Valley region of France, and will serve a French menu based on simple, convivial, and seasonal ingredients with a rustic cooking style. Small plates comprise mushroom beignet and gougeres mains include plaice with green grapes and samphire and suckling pig with sweetcorn and crayfish.
39 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2SF
Wreckfish, chef Gary Usher’s latest restaurant, will open in Liverpool on 23 October, and is already taking online bookings. The restaurant has already launched the lunch and dinner menus for the main restaurant, which overlooks an open kitchen, and its 40-cover private dining room. Menu items comprise caramelised pork cutlet with chorizo; cashel blue arancini with port poached pears; pan roast skate wing with brown butter dressing; and gin cured trout with pomegranate molasses. Dessert options include salted caramel tart; marmalade sponge; and matcha tea mousse. A breakfast menu will be served daily from 7am, following a launch event from Dan Doherty, chef director from Duck & Waffle.
Slater Street, Liverpool, L1 4BS
Battersea restaurant Powder Keg Diplomacy relaunching under the name Powderkeg this month, with Ben Mulock, formerly of Salt Yard Group’s Opera Tavern, as executive chef. Designed by consultancy Kai Design, the 90-cover site in Battersea will have a conservatory area and a 15-cover outdoor terrace. The bar will serve cocktails, bottled and draft craft beers and local ales, with a separate menu for gin and tonics, and a wine list. There will be a daily list of grill specials such as Lake District Farmers dairy cow sirloin; Galician bavette; and whole sea trout. A weekend brunch and lunch menu will include the likes of fried chicken, avocado and pickled chilli; and a full English breakfast priced £7.50-£12. There will be a roast menu available on Sundays, served from noon until late.
147 St Johns Hill, SW11 1TQ
Claw, the street-food concept whose sustainable seafood dishes won Virgin Foodpreneur 2015, is opening its first standalone restaurant in Soho this month. The 50- cover restaurant will open in a former clothes shop unit at 21 Kingly Street, and will offer an all-day dining menu, focused on responsibly sourced, British produce. Breakfast options comprise bacon and scallop muffin; herb and mustard potato hash; and chilli scrambled eggs with crab and samphire. The lunch and dinner menus will offer dishes such as crab mac and cheese; pork stuffed squid with kaffir lime; duck nuggets; trout poke; and fried chicken with cods’ roe. A list of in-house cocktails, beers and soft drinks will also be available.
21 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QA.