From Bruno Loubet's Grain Store, to restaurants making one of London's most iconic buildings, The Shard, their home, FOUR brings you the latest restaurant launches taking place in London this June.
One of FOUR Magazine’s newest chefs, Bruno Loubet, is set to open his latest restaurant concept this month - Grain Store in Granary Square, North London.
Chef Bruno Loubet’s resume includes some of the UK’s best restaurants including La Tante Claire, Head Chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison as well as L’Odeon Bistrot, which chef Loubet opened after the success of his first UK restaurant, Bistrot Bruno.
A dedication to his beloved vegetable patch, chef Loubet’s Grain Store will offer diners an eclectic menu, featuring meat and fish, but with vegetables – fermented, sprouting, pickled, smoked – as the stars of the show.
Commenting on the opening of Grain Store, chef Loubet says:
‘This is the restaurant I have dreamt of opening for years and the time really feels right now. I love meat and could never give it up entirely but the endless opportunities that focusing on vegetables allows me – the colours, flavours, layers and textures – are so exciting!’
Sample dishes include Sprouting beans and seeds, miso dressing, crispy citrus chicken skin; Courgette, Broad Beans and Prawn Falafel with Raita; Grilled Leeks, Smoked Crème Fraiche Butter; and Chilled Lobster Bloody Mary.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB
With restaurant concepts in Cale Street, Chelsea and at Somerset House in the Strand, Tom Aikens' newest addition to the Tom Aikens Group in Canary Wharf is one of London’s most hotly anticipated restaurant launches yet.
Located in London’s central business district, Canary Wharf, a defining feature of the new restaurant is its outdoor terrace seating 80 - perfect for al fresco dining and after work drinks.
The a la Carte menu is equally enticing, combining modern twists on traditional French fare including Steak Tartare, Chicken Liver Parfait and Milk Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles with favourite British staples such as Fish Pie, Macaroni Cheese (with a grating of truffle) and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
A selection of sharing dishes will be fixtures on the menu, including the Seven Hour Confit Lamb with mashed potato and balsamic onions, and Baked Alaska in a copper pan.
Perfect for private dining, the main restaurant will contain a 14 seat private dining room as well as a private area seating up to 12 people.
In addition, chef Aikens will be celebrating the first International flagship opening of Tom’s Kitchen in Istanbul in August 2013. Watch this space for news from FOUR!
Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14
Joining Alvin Leung’s Bo London in bringing the capital a slice of fine dining Chinese cuisine, Hutong, opening later this month, will be serving diners the relatively unknown, fascinating and diverse cuisine of Northern China, in an incredible surrounding none other than the 33rd floor of Europe’s tallest building, The Shard.
Based on the much-loved restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong, regarded as one of the world’s leading Chinese restaurants, London’s Hutong will be the first overseas location for the brand, bringing diners a menu inspired by the culinary styles of Peking, Shandong and Sichuan provinces.
Hutong’s signature dishes will be: Crispy deboned Lamb where the meat is marinated over a 24 hour period and crisped in a wok; Red Lantern crispy soft shell crab with Sichuan dried peppers; 'Kung Po' wok fried prawns with cashew nuts and chilli; Chilli spiced bamboo clams steeped in Chinese rose wine and chilli sauce and Imperial Peking Duck hand-prepared and roasted in Hutong’s own duck oven. An extensive dim sum menu will also be served at lunchtime.
33rd Floor, The Shard, London
Following the success of Hush Holborn in 2012, Jamie Barber, the seasoned restaurateur behind London’s Hush and Cabana, is launching his second Hush brasserie concept opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, London, set to open on 8 June.
Featuring a brass and marble island bar at the heart of the space, the restaurant will be separated into two areas with a café style set-up at the front and brassiere with traditional panelled walls at the back. The 120 cover restaurant will also offer a semi-exclusive private dining area, for parties up to 20.
The menu is simple with modern European dishes such as Lobster Roll with Horseradish Mayonnaise and Frites, Pulled Pork, Yorkshire Pudding with Apple and Calvados.
1 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7DE
A pop-up restaurant well worth a try before its closure on 20 June is Simon Rogan’s Roganic in Marylebone, London.
Taking inspiration from chef Rogan’s popular Cumbria-based restaurant L’Enclume, Roganic takes guests on a culinary journey of what has been described as ‘ethereal Modern British marvels’ (Zagat Restaurant Guide 2013).
Typical dishes include Grown-up yolk from the golden egg, salt, vinegar and garlic; Keen’s dumplings, cream of onion, wild chervil, and liquorice powder; Hand dived scallop, sea beet, barley and butternut; and Plaice & leeks, cockles and ground elder.
In true pop-up style, the space only has 25 seats in two rooms with a minimalist feel – kitted out with a simple wooden floor and tables and chairs previously at L’Enclume.
19 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3DH