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Hot Tables: New & Notable

The latest flock of eateries, recession be damned

Written by . Published on January 10th 2012.

Hot Tables: New & Notable

THE hottest tables over the holidays were predictably the expensive, flamboyant cruise liners that are the Delaunay on Aldwych, son of the Wolsey, but better placed for theatreland and further, further steeped in old Vienna. The longstanding starched collar basement Le Gavroche picked up the readers’ votes in the Hardens Guide as top restaurants – though it is hard to think it has been a lot different in 25 years while the Ivy spin-off. 34, at 34 Grosvenor Square, has been the hot table for the paparazzi feeding off the celebrity guest list. The recession is good for restaurants and here is a pick of the new crew, open or opening now.

Quo_Vadis Quo Vadis (29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL, 0207 437 9585) Mini refurbishment of the Soho stalwart to welcome D&D defectee Jeremy Lee as head chef, meanwhile owners the Hart brothers are also opening a second tapas operation at Barrafina (43 Drury Lane, WC2B 5RT).

The Lounge (ODEON, Whiteleys, Queensway, W2 4YN, 0207 229 8844) Cafe Anglais chef Leigh consults to neighbouring ODEON, which has just opened a posh, new, boutique cinema, The Lounge. This luxury film experience made up of five cinemas, each with just 50 reclining leather seats. Push the call button for service.



Pitt Cue Co (Canela, 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB) This pop-up star of summer 2011 pops up off Carnaby Street with its own take on Texas BBQ…pulled beef cheeks and stretched pork.

The Oyster Shed (1 Angel Lane, EC4R 3AB, 0208 877 8820) New flagship for more-than-competent Geronimo pubs group on the ground floor of the Nomura bank in the City.

Orchard (Sicilian Avenue, WC1A 2QH) Off shoot to well-regarded vegetarian Vanilla Black. Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinners. They offer takeaway as well as a grocery section.

Mele & Pere (46 Brewer Street, W1F 9TF, 0207 096 2096) Ex Arbutus and Wild Honey chef Andrea Mantovani heads to northern Italy for inspiration for hand-pulled veal with Parmesan – i.e. raw like a tartar or papardelle with slow-cooked hare.

Leon Leon De Bruxelles (24 Cambridge Circus, WC2H 8AA) Belgian micro-brewery and waffle institution takes on the West End, with mussels too.

Dabbous (39 Whitfield Street, W1T 2SF, 0207 734 7001) Ollie Dabbous, ex head chef of Mayfair's Texture (and also former of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons) opens in old internet café Cyberia’s space.

Donostia (Seymour Place in Portman Village, Marylebone, W1H 5DB, 0207 402 6209) Tomasz Baranski, the former head chef at Barrafina, serves Basque-style tapas and pintxos such as Pil-Pil cod and stuffed squid in ink, as well as more mainsteam Spanish dishes.

Karpo (23 Euston Road, NW1 2SD, 0207 843 2221) American Daniel Taylor heroically takes on the wrong side of Euston Road with an all-day diner offering grits and salt beef. Handy for St Pancras and Kings Cross.

Hix Belgravia (Belgraves Hotel, 20 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HG) Mark Hix opens in the Thompson Belgraves Hotel in Belgravia, the first Thompson hotel outside of the US. It'll have a new Mark's Bar, a cigar garden and a more worldly feel to the menu.

Del Mercato (Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU) Claudio Pulze, something of a London restaurant muse, brings some Italian glitz to the edge of Borough Market with a bar, pizzeria and traditional Italian restaurant.

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