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Planning a trip to London? Already here and wondering where to spend your hard-earned cash on the ultimate dining splurge? Here are Chatting Food’s top restaurant openings for October 2019. Dig in!
For those that aren’t already aware, (have you been living under a rock?), the first Standard Hotel to open outside of USA, opened earlier this summer in King’s Cross. Decimo will take over an impressive space on the 10th floor this October, offering panoramic skyline views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Head Chef is Peter Sanchez-Iglesias who has taken both his Bristol restaurants Casamia and Paco Tapas to Michelin-starred heights previously, so we’re expecting great things! Decimo’s menu will feature a combination of Spanish and Mexican dishes; think aguachile (Mexican ceviche), tacos, Jamon croquetas and caviar-topped tortilla.
Drinks will mirror the Mexican / Spanish theme with specialist agaves sourced from Oaxaca and Mexico City plus a heavily Spanish and Latin American wine list.
Open 10th October
Sri Lankan food on the streets of Soho? Yes, please! Paradise opens next month in London W1 on the former site of Spuntino, and we can’t wait to get tropical! The menu will merge British and Sri Lankan cuisines: think hoppers and kothu roti, mutton rolls with curry powder and fermented chilli sauce, and curries like slow-roasted pork cheek curry, aubergine moju and jackfruit biriyani.
Over at the bar, you’ll find drinks such as the Arrack-O-Lada (coconut cream and arrack, served with a burnt jackfruit and pineapple syrup) and Tamarind Chilli Martinis.
Opens late October
No website but follow their Instagram for updates: @paradisesoho
Natural, British and sustainable are the buzzwords of Wilder, taking over the former Boundary restaurant on Rechchurch street, part of the Sir Terence Conran empire. Sir Terry has teamed up with Richard McLellan (former chef at the Typing Room and Michelin-Starred Alyn Williams restaurant), for this new jaunt. Ingredients are seasonal, and dishes are oh so wholesome sounding; Try Scallops, Turnip, Green Plums & Broth; Venison, Beets, Elderberries & Rye; Curds, Girolles, Pear & Linseed. McLellan plans to regularly source trout, crayfish and watercress from Conran’s Georgian 145-acre retreat in the English countryside. Foraging at its finest.
Opens early October
Ex Fat Duck team open Trivet – a restaurant, bar and cellar in très chic Bermondsey this October. They’ve seemingly been on one long jolly to bring you a menu of their favourite dishes from around the globe. Try pici pasta with red mullet and artichoke – a dish inspired during a visit through Tuscany; chicken with a vinegar sauce – trompette mushroom, mashed potato and glazed turnips (from Lyon); and Hokkaido Potato - baked potato mille-feuille, sake and white chocolate mousse and sake gelato, inspired during a sake tour they took through Northern Japan. The head chef is Jonny Lake, and his partner is ‘Master Sommelier’ Isa Bal, so the wines will no doubt not be too shabby either.
Opens 29th October 2019
Silo Moves To Crate
Doug McMaster’s pioneering zero-waste restaurant Silo will up sticks from its home in Brighton and re-open in CRATE Brewery Hackney Wick this October. Dishes will change daily, featuring (absolutely beautiful if the food photography is anything to go by) plates like smoked violet carrots with egg yolks & elephant garlic, and Jerusalem artichokes cooked on the fire with stilton sauce & pickles. Plus, get down to Silo for brunch every weekend with their porridge (freshly rolled oats and home-made crème fraîche), freshly baked sourdough, wonky fruit and veg juices and JARR kombucha brewed on site.
Silo’s wine list is from small, artisanal producers and bespoke cocktails will be made in collaboration with the award-winning bartender, Mr Lyan.
Opening late October TBC
Chatting Food Contributor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad: Next stop Tamil Nadu.
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