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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; chi