Fresh Picks

24 Oct 2014
2 min read
Bringing you FOUR of the best new restaurant openings around the world…

Neolokal | Turkey

Combining traditional Turkish cuisine with contemporary flare, Neolokal’s kitchen is headed up by Maksut Aşkar. Each dish is an ode to the local produce and ‘mother earth’, considering that ‘remembering the traditions with our perception of taste is the best way to touch the senses in a humble manner’, as Chef Aşkar told FOUR.

Even their large wine cellar pays respect to Neolokal’s country; only wines from Turkish wineries are stored.

SALT Galata, Bankalar Avenue, Karaköy 34420, İstanbul, Turkey |

Quaglino’s | London

Following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation, Quaglino’s has reopened with a bang in London’s Mayfair, celebrating its 85th year.

Executive Chef Mickael Weiss complements the modern décor with a contemporary European menu. The 240-cover restaurant features a contemporary European menu using the highest quality British ingredients. Dishes fuse traditional European classics with exotic flavours and spices from the extended continent, such as Cheltenham beetroot with goat’s curd, winter leaves, walnuts and dried apricots; Seared hand-dived Kings scallop in the shell with tomato, samphire and Ligurian olive oil and Lobster raviolo, spinach, golden raisins, espelette chilli and lobster emulsion.

Under the supervision and creative flair of bar manager Milos Popovic, both bars serve a variety of innovative drinks, including infusions, showcasing new techniques and referencing Quaglino’s rich 1930’s heritage with several champagne cocktails.

16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ |

Long Chim | Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is set to unveil a new chapter in its world-class dining repertoire with the debut of Long Chim. With the opening of Long Chim, David Thompson will join the cast of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs at Marina Bay Sands (including Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Tetsuya Wakuda, and Gordon Ramsay).

Located on Atrium 2 at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and spanning over 6,500 square feet, the 150-seater restaurant will feature a casual and exclusive dining space with a main dining area and three private dining rooms. The menu will showcase Chef Thompson’s Michelin-starred Thai cuisine, with dishes such as grilled mussels with turmeric and coconut, beef stir fried with holy basil, prawns roasted with vermicelli, green curry of beef with roti and of course, a fine rendition of pat thai.

Address TBC |

Zaika| London

This November Kensington’s much loved Indian restaurant, Zaika, will reopen its doors with a menu of Northern Indian cuisine; a new team with executive chef Sanjay Gour at the helm, and a revived look to the 120 cover restaurant space. Located at 1 Kensington High Street, the reincarnation of Zaika comes by popular demand and will be a sister restaurant to Tamarind of Mayfair, the first ever Indian restaurant to be awarded with a Michelin star. Tamarind Collection will be firmly taking the reins on the new restaurant, assuring the level of service and epicurean experience parallels the Tamarind restaurants.

The menu at Zaika will feature starters such asPalak-patta Chaat (spinach temp-kora, chickpea salad and lentil doughnut), Samudri Khazana (Amristsari prawn, lime leaf crab cake, spice crusted scallop)andGosht Milan(Tawa grilled mint lamb cutlet, pulled lamb kurkure, kakori kebab).Signature main dishes on the menu areMahi Mussalan (Awadhi baked sea bass), Hiran Kheema (braised venison mince, green onions, petit pois, straw potatoes),andMurgh Kurchan (chicken breast julienne, green pepper, pan-scraped tomatoes).In addition to the a la carte menu, a hero dish ofSikandri Raan (slow braised lamb leg, browned onion, cashew nut and almond sauce)will be available for pre-order.Serving four to five diners, ordering 48 hours in advance allows time for a lengthy slow cook.

1 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP|