5 of the best... new London restaurants

C&IT takes a look at some of the most exciting restaurant venues to open in London since the start of 2015.

Jinjuu's Korean vegetable soup
Jinjuu's Korean vegetable soup

Blixen, Spitalfields

European brasserie Blixen opened in a former bank on Brushfield Street in Spitalfields at the start of February. The 120-cover restaurant has a separate bar and garden and a private dining area in an old bank vault that can sit up to 18 people. 

Blixen is the brainchild of Village London co-founder Clive Watson, and is open for all-day dining, offering breakfast and brunch through to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It has a range of European dishes on offer, a separate bar menu and a cocktail list full of old hotel classics.

Jinjuu, Soho

Judy Joo’s new Korean streetfood restaurant Jinjuu opened at 15 Kingly Street in Soho in January 2015. The 85-cover restaurant runs over two floors, each of which has a different dining concept. 

The ground floor has a menu of ‘anju’, food that is consumed with drink, with dishes such as Korean friend chicken and traditional savoury dumplings being served with soju coktails and beer. Downstairs offers a full dining experience with large sharing platters and a Korean barbecue.

Bo Drake, Soho           

Former Roka chef Jan Lee’s new East Asian barbecue restaurant opened at 6 Greek Street earlier this month. The 60-cover Bo Drake uses British seasonal produce and smoked cooking methods to produce dishes such as Smoked Bobo chicken with sriracha, lime and herbs; and Loch Ryan oysters with apple and kimchi mignonette.

The casual dining restaurant has an al fresco dining space and an onsite bar serving craft beer, Anju style drinks and traditional Korean Soji. It also has a large cocktail list and slushie machine.

The Dolls House, Islington

The Dolls House is moving this month from its old site in Hoxton Square, and opens in its new space on Upper Street in Islington tomorrow (20 February). The new site is a deal bigger than the first and ranges over three floors, with a public bar in the downstairs parlour, a members’ ballroom in the upstairs attic and two rooms available for private hire.

Ex-Salt Yard chef Daryl Wilson is in charge of the kitchen, and will serve classic dishes created from local ingredients, as well as a lighter bar menu and a roast dinner on Sundays. There will be a cocktail menu with a range of classics and a separate martini bar.

Le Chabanais, Mayfair

The team behind Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand (currently no.27 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) will open Le Chabanais at 8 Mount Street in Mayfair next month. The European-style restaurant will have a 90-cover dining room on the ground floor, a bar downstairs, and a private dining room that can sit up to ten people.

Head chef Paul Boudier will serve a menu that changes regularly alongside a concise wine list and a range of classic French cocktails.

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