New restaurant openings


written by WILL MARTIN



City Social Interior 2

Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton has opened City Social within the iconic skyscraper Tower 42. Situated in the City of London, the venue features art deco-style interiors, created by award winning designers Russell Sage Studios, against the backdrop of the stunning London skyline.

Head chef Paul Walsh (previously sous chef at Royal Hospital Road) has worked closely with Atherton to design the City Social menu, which features creative yet simple dishes showcasing the best of British ingredients. Some seasonal signature dishes available include English asparagus salad, pecorino cream cheese, soft poached hen’s egg and bone marrow crumbs, and line-caught sea bass, deep fried oyster, cucumber, sea fennel and oyster veloute. For the first time ever, Atherton has added a pasta and rice selection to the menu. For dessert, customers can enjoy another Atherton debut: strawberry soufflé, maceated strawberry salad and yoghurt sorbet.

There is a contemporary Art Deco look to City Social, and accents of brass sit alongside rosewood-panelled boards, chrome and smoked glass. The focal point of the venue is the free-standing, dramatic black-and-steel open kitchen in the centre of the dining room. Here, guests can dine at the chef’s table while watching the kitchen team at work; ormthey can sit back and enjoy the incredible views of London from their seats.

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ | 020 7877 7703 | T: @CitySocial_T42 | FB: CitySocialT42


Lima-Floral-1The second restaurant from Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, is on Garrick Street, Covent Garden. The 70 cover restaurant, Lima Floral, introduces new ingredients and dishes never seen in the capital before.

Highlights of Lima Floral’s menu include scallops with chia ceviche, Amazonian fish with warm causa and kohlrabi and quinoa tiradito. Some key native vegetables and fruits from Peru are showcased in unusual forms and shapes to bring new tastes and experiences to the diner. The bar menu is designed for sharing and is served as finger food, with small piqueo dishes, best described as Peruvian tapas. Some small plates include grouper with rocoto tiger’s milk ceviche, and tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. These dishes sit alongside an extensive cocktail list which features variations on the classic Pisco Sour, made with infusions of Peru’s national drink with Amazonian fruits, Andean herbs and local UK products as well.

Gabriel Gonzalez, co-owner of Lima, says, ‘We are so excited to have found a beautiful site in Covent Garden. After two years of operating Lima, we thought it was time to develop an offering with serious food credentials in this foodie destination.’

14 Garrick Street (Floral Street entrance), Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ | 020 7240 5778 | T: @Lima_london | FB: Limarestaurant



Comensal, a modern Mexican bar and restaurant on Clapham’s Abbeville Road, specialises in authentic food inspired by the varied and exotic cuisine of Mexico.

Owned by John Sim and Cati Bego, Comensal serves a menu of contemporary Mexican food, including enchiladas, ceviche, taquitos, homemade mole and guacamole, as well as a range of regularly changing specials.

Signature dishes include a fillet of sea bass marinated with a hintextle sauce, and a trio of pistachio-crusted lamb chops, served with a special ancho chile sauce on a bed of polenta.

The restaurant also boasts a well-stocked bar serving a selection of beers, wines, margaritas and a number of 100% agave tequilas. John and Cati met in Mexico City, with the latter having run a number of successful restaurants around Mexico. Comensal is their first opening in the UK, with all food made in-house by a team of Mexican chefs using only fresh, authentic, high-quality produce.

32 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London, SW4 9NG | 020 8673 7272 | T: @ComensalGB | FB: ComensalGB


renderingOpso, a Greek-inspired restaurant located at 10 Paddington Street, is set in the heart of Marylebone. The restaurant draws on the tastes and produce of Greece to deliver a range of dishes inspired by the Mediterranean.

Opening at 8am during the week, breakfast is a relaxed affair with freshly baked pastries to eat in or take out and coffee provided by London’s original single-origin coffee specialists – Coming Soon Coffee. There are also heartier dishes such as tsoureki – a brioche-style bread flavoured with aromatic Greek spices, served with clotted cream and sour cherries; Earl Grey infused rice porridge; and moustokouloura – a soft cookie made of sweet dough with grape molasses from the island of Crete.

The social eating experience that is such a large part of life in Greece is reflected on the menu in the form of sharing platters, like the 16-hour slow cooked lamb shank for two, with orzo and tomato jam. The dessert menu will range from simple vanilla cream with fresh berries and crispy phyllo and lime zest, to loukoumades, a puffed dough dish infused with thyme honey and served with fragrant Kaimaki ice cream and shaved walnuts.

10 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 5QL | 020 7935 0551 | T: @OPSO_london | FB: OPSO


Barrafina-6Sam and Eddie Hart are the talent behind Barrafina Adelaide St. The corner site on Covent Garden’s Adelaide Street comprises a long marble top bar, 29 stools and a state-of-the-art open kitchen. There is also a lower ground floor space that can be booked for private dining and events, with its own open kitchen.

Nieves Barragán Mohacho, who has worked with the Hart Brothers for over ten years, oversees the running of the kitchen as executive head chef. The menu is made up of classic and contemporary tapas, using meticulously-sourced and seasonal ingredients from Spain and the British Isles. A large portion of the menu is entirely new with dishes such as milk fed lamb’s kidneys, pintxos morunos, bocadillo de calamar, chicharrón, ortiguillas and papas aliñadas. The Hart Bros Special Selection Manzanilla sherry can be ordered by the bottle or glass to accompany the new menu.

For the first time, Barrafina is also able to accommodate large groups in a privatedining and event space. The menus have been designed to reflect the feasting style of family dining in Spain, with regional specialities such as txuleton (Basque rib of beef), zarzuela (Catalonian fish stew) and other favourite dishes from Barrafina’s repertoire, such as chipirones and crisp-fried artichokes. A fantastic wine list accompanies, and Barrafina’s special magnums of Spanish wine are also available.

10 Adelaide Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HZ | 020 7440 1450 | T: @BarrafinaADst | FB: BarrafinaAdelaideStreet


PenkulBanks_Interior8Penkul & Banks is a modern eatery offering a buzzing environment and neighbourhood attitude, making for a casual and vibrant all-day experience. The menu is made up of modern tapas and sharing plates. Head Chef Matt Bishop draws on his experiences from London and Hong Kong and produces simple modern European dishes with a Far Eastern twist. Dishes range from the popular prawn and pineapple toastie with Korean hot sauce, to kimchi, apple and bacon salad, to sirloin steak with pickled shiitake mushrooms.

Owner Richard Wynne took inspiration from two  of the craftsmen whose furniture workshops were sited at 77 & 79 Curtain Road at the turn of the century, and this is reflected in both the design and his focus on sourcing great ingredients and carefully crafting them into beautiful dishes and drinks. The bar serves small batch American and local London craft beers alongside well-made classic and contemporary cocktails, such as the unique Penicillin (Johnnie Walker Black, Lagavulin, honey, ginger, and lemon) and a old-time favourite, Clover Club (Bombay Sapphire, raspberries, lemon, sugar, and egg white).

77 Curtain Road EC2A 3BS | 020 7729 2966  | T: @PenkulandBanks | FB: PenkulandBanks


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