London is one of the culinary capitals of the world with new restaurants opening every day. This article lists five of the latest must-visit restaurants that are causing a stir in the capital.
Balthazar is one of the hottest ticket in town. The original Balthazar was opened in New York City by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997. The London edition is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, just down the road from The Royal Opera House. Housed in the old Theatre Museum, in a building called “The Flower Cellars”, Balthazar shares space with The London Film Museum.
High ceilings, fantastic lighting and big mirrors, plus effortless showmanship from ‘absolutely fabulous’, hyper-attentive staff, makes this the perfect venue for an evening to remember. The French Brasserie inspired menu includes an abundance of seafood as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes, ranging from onion soup, garlicky escargots or velvety lobster and black truffle risotto to Balthazar burgers, excellent duck shepherd’s pie and ‘orgasmic’ chocolate soufflé.
This is London’s second attempt at bringing the international Buddha Bar chain to the city and this time they have definitely got it right. As can be promised by any Buddha Bar you visit from Paris to Dubai, the evening will offer an electric atmosphere, brilliant cocktails and wine and a delicious Asian menu to choose from. Must-have dishes are the sushi and sashimi selection, foie gras gyoza and pan-fried sea bass. For martini lovers, don’t miss out on the lychee martinis, which are said to be superb.
Coya brings Latin America to Mayfair in this new restaurant opened by famous restaurateur Arjun Waney, the man behind Zuma, and Roka. The cuisine is Peruvian, the kitchens are open, the chefs entertaining and the food divine. The head chef Sanjay Dwivedi travelled extensively across South America for inspiration for the Coya menu. The Ceviche bar is a favourite, the open charcoal grill and the central kitchen also great places. While you eat, you will be able to enjoy Latin American music. At Coya, you will also get an authentic Peruvian drinking experience through a variety of pisco infusions on offer.
Mari Vanna is one of London’s best kept Russian secrets, located in the exclusive Knightsbridge neighbourhood, next to the infamous One Hyde Park development and a stroll away from London’s luxurious shopping area of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street’s designer boutiques. The decor is homely and classical equally, giving one the feeling of entering a traditional St. Petersburg home. The food is divine and the greatest way to approach the menu is to order a wide selection of dishes and share them amongst the table.
Delicious dishes that are recommended to try are the Aubergine Caviar, Russian sauerkraut, Courgette Pancakes “Oladushki” with salmon and Russian Blinis served with sour cream, egg, red onion, herbs and lightly salted salmon.
No Russian restaurant would be complete without some superb Russian vodka. Whether you order a selection of flavoured vodka shots to enjoy throughout the meal or try one of their vodka cocktails, you won’t be disappointed. Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls suggestion would be to order their Friday Night Sunflower cocktail, a concoction of home made oblepiha mors, passion fruit and Russian standard Original vodka, which sounds delicious.
STK is one of New York’s best establishments an now it is coming to London. With a trendy bar, a fashionable crowd, a fabulous list of cocktails and talented DJs, this American steakhouse is a great place for groups looking for a fun night out on the London town.
Must try-dishes include tuna tartare, pear and endive salad and the shellfish bisque. And for steak lovers, you have certainly come to the right place, with a wide range of accompaniments from Black Truffle to STK’s own scrumptious sauce. Seafood lovers will not be disappointed either with such a wide variety of choice.