Octopus with ceps (mushrooms) at Iberica
The city’s dining scene beckons with a bevy of new restaurants offering dishes as tantalizing as the sleek and fab interiors in which they’re being served.
London is poised to become a larger foodie destination than ever before with the opening of a variety of restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs — and boasting impressive interiors by globally recognized designers. So, whether it's the upcoming Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or that little thing called the Olympics that brings you to the U.K., prepare to have your palate tempted by these three notable newbies (word is more mouthwatering choices are on the way, including outposts of New York’s Balthazar and La Esquina later this year). Just be warned that reservations are recommended for all the eateries.
Executive chef Nacho Manzano — of the two-Michelin-starred Casa Marcial in Arriondas, Spain — is behind Iberica
, a Canary Wharf newcomer serving classic Spanish tapas. The menu is divided into categories, including Eggs & Croquettes, From the Land, and From the Sea, and offers items like a gazpacho of red berries, beetroot and anchovy; Sailor Stew with clams and battered potatoes “a la importancia”; fried chorizo lollipops with pear alioli — and even a milk-fed whole suckling pig (requiring 24 hours’ notice and at least four people in your party). 10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf; 011-44-20-7636-8650, www.ibericalondon.co.uk
Caprice Holdings boasts some of the hottest restaurants in town, and their latest, 34, is no exception. Located just off Grosvenor Square, the Art Deco–inspired restaurant, designed by Martin Brudnizki, is meant to be a “haven for carnivores.” The seasonal menu, created by head chef Paul Brown (previously at Le Caprice), focuses on sustainably sourced fish, game and meat, such as Scottish dry-aged, grass-fed Wagyu beef; U.S. Prime Creekstone Farm beef; and free-range organic grass-fed beef from islands on the Paraná River in Argentina. 34 Grosvenor Square, 011-44-20-3350-3434, www.34-restaurant.co.uk
Ricotta hotcakes at Granger & Co.
Aussie chef, author and TV personality Bill Granger has opened his first restaurant in the U.K., Granger & Co., in Notting Hill. The light and cheery corner space, designed by Australian firm Meacham Nockles McQualter, is open all day for casual dining and offers a menu that includes what Granger calls classics — ricotta hotcakes and sweet-corn fritters — as well as pasta and rice dishes, a curry or two, and a range of delicious barbecue offerings, like the can’t-miss chili pork ribs with onion salad. 175 Westbourne Grove, 011-44-20-7229-9111, www.grangerandco.com