As Britain opens back up and dining out is back on the table, it’s time to celebrate some new kids on the restaurant block.
Ahead, we round up some brand spanking new foodie hotspots welcoming us in this month.
Take your pick from tasty bao, a Japanese-Israeli mashup, vegan dishes, or reimagined Italian.
Whichever you choose, you’re going to have a great meal out – with no need to do the washing up.
Cafe BAO, King’s Cross
Another hit from the BAO stable, which specialises in food from Taiwan, this airy, light restaurant is inspired by Western-style Asian cafés. There’s a host of fun, vividly coloured cocktails on the menu, and you will find their signature bao buns (here stuffed with lobster and crayfish, or classic braised pork).
However, don’t miss dishes such as their take on a hearty pie, filled with ham hock congee, or the gloriously buttery Taiwanese chicken Kiev — and leave room for their deliciously sweet desserts. baolondon.com
Talk about eclectic: the restaurateur behind this soon-to-open venture is Russian, while the menu is Japanese-Israeli. The owner, Janina Wolkow, founded award-winning contemporary Japanese joint Sumosan, and wanted to celebrate her two favourite cuisines.
Head chef Jeremy Borrow, of The Barbary and The Palomar, will oversee innovative-sounding plates such as flamed aubergine with tahini jalapeno, blow-torched scallop nigiri and ‘perfect egg’ with truffle polenta. jijirestaurants.com
Cin Cin, Fitzrovia
With two sites already in Brighton, this Italian bar and kitchen is set to become just as popular in the capital. Its crab arancini is already legendary, while simple but tasty mains include gnocchi cacio e pepe with courgette, bigoli with Venetian duck ragu, and monkfish tail with radicchio and olive and hazelnut agrodolce.
Save space for the burnt rice pudding tart with strawberries. cincin.co.uk/london
Stem and Glory, Cambridge
The award-winning London-based vegan restaurant has just opened a branch in Cambridge. Located on Station Road, with a large outdoor terrace, there is an à la carte plant-based menu on which you’ll find the likes of BBQ cauliflower ‘wings’, baked tofu yakitori and black rice and lentil bon-bons, but also a new vegan pizza offering — try the spicy kimchi, with tomato, kimchi, mushrooms and agave and ranch drizzle. stemandglory.uk
Cool wines in town
Casillero del Diablo is teaming up with L’Osteria in Westquay, Southampton, to present The Coolest Table In Town, an exclusive three-course tasting menu partnered with their delicious white wine selection (including Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) — for free! Taking place between July 14-16, tickets are limited so book quickly. eventbrite.co.uk
Enjoy a tequila sunrise
Revel in tequila at the Art Yard bar in Southwark’s Bankside Hotel, where it has just launched a Tequila Terrace in partnership with El Rayo. Forget the G&T — here it’s all about the ‘T&T’, using Plata and Reposado tequilas, whose natural flavours make a refreshing alternative to gin. There’s also a small plates menu. artyardbarandkitchen.com
Keep your gin up
The west London-based Ealing Gin has just managed to win itself two gold awards, from IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition) and The Gin Masters. Sample this hand-crafted, small-batch, London Dry gin for yourself to see why. From £44.50, ealingdistillery.co.uk
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