With summer fast approaching, and with it longer, lighter evenings, there's no better time to sample some of London's most exciting new culinary offerings. Many of the city’s top restaurants are transforming their menus with fresh food and drink combinations, helmed by expert Michelin-starred chefs. Read on to discover some of the most exciting new menus to tantalise your tastebuds. >>
Tower 42's Michelin-starred City Social, is hosting a new menu at its Social 24 Bar ideal for late-night diners. Cocktails draw inspiration from surrounding landmarks, including 'The Shard', made with Barcardi, watermelon and passionfruit, 'The Monument’ a fiery concoction of Don Julio tequila, dragon fruit and jalapenos, and ‘The St Pauls,’ served inside a glass pineapple to represent Sir Christopher Wren’s integration of the fruit into his architecture. An evening bar menu offers sophisticated snacks including Frenchman Creek oysters, smoked pork empanadas and Buccleuch Estate beef fillet with duck fat chips.
Talented chef Mark Morrans is revitalising 'eat, drink, play' destination MINKY HSE with a kitchen takeover. The former group head chef of Peruvian eatery Senor Ceviche, who has also enjoyed stints at Nobi and Michelin-starred Nahm – has created an array of Latin-American dishes showcasing ingredients from his global travels. Don't miss out on delicacies including Seabass Ceviche, Lamb Shoulder Taco, Stone Bass, and Japanese Wagyu Strip Loin.
Highly-acclaimed British chef Tom Aikens has relaunched his Chelsea flagship restaurant, introducing an exciting sharing-style small plate menu of British classics including Cumbrian beef tartare with black garlic aioli, new season turnips and puffed rice and Charred celeriac, cured duck breast and hazelnuts. Famous for its championing of UK suppliers and local producers, Tom's Kitchen continues to celebrate all things London in its new menus and redesigned restaurant space. Both the ground and first floor dining rooms have been rejuvenated with an injection of luxurious upholstery and a rich, darker colour scheme, creating the feel of warmth and cosiness in contrast to the signature white tile finish and wooden panelling.
Putting a brand new, caffeinated spin on afternoon tea is Australian favourite High Coffee, a unique concept making its way to London for the first time. Launching 23 April, the menu begins with an Espresso Martini, and blends savoury and sweet delights with specially paired handcrafted coffees; for example lamb and rosemary open pie with a Caffé Freddo. Also on the menu is a palate-cleansing blood orange and ginger sorbet, followed by traditional warm scones with clotted cream and a delectable array of desserts – such as black forest gateaux with a suggested pairing of Mocha, Macchiato or Cortado.
Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck has officially opened his much-anticipated new restaurant Beck at Brown’s, within Browns Hotel. Blending an interior redesign by famed hotelier and interior designer Olga Polizzi with an Italian menu utilising the finest British ingredients, the dining spot effortlessly combines Beck’s inimitable style with the hotel’s British heritage. Menu highlights include small plates such as dressed crab and a range of meat and fish options including red mullet ‘sandwich’ with black olive & tarragon, and Grilled black cod red peppers & cucumber.