London is buzzing with new eclectic places to eat and a lot are choosing to highlight their link with the capital by using a Dot London web address. From China to France, from Turkey to Spain, your taste buds can travel the world with the new restaurants that have opened this summer.
Eneko at One Aldwych
If you want to enjoy the tastes of the Basque country then this is the place for you. Eneko at One Aldwych showcases renowned 3-Michelin starred chef Eneko Atxa’s fresh modern Basque dishes in an exciting and stylish restaurant in London’s vibrant Covent Garden. You can savour dishes such as the Txerri Boda Pork Festival, a Basque-style hake tempura or Eneko’s signature rice pudding lollipops with crisp white and dark chocolate hazelnut coating. It fully deserves the rave reviews it’s getting!
Based near Old Street, Sardine serves food spanning Southern Europe, mainly the French regions of Provence and Languedoc, the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Spain’s coastal Catalonia area as well as some of North Africa. As described by chef Alex Johnson, the feel of the restaurant is of “old fashioned European cooking — simple, understated and a bit rugged”. This is a place to relax in and enjoy the taste of sunnier climes.
Based in Marylebone, YOSMA is described as a Turkish meyhane (tavern) that has been inspired by the bustling streets of Istanbul. The menu is divided into cold meze, hot starters, mangal (grill), clay oven and sides, as well as coal pits for roasting lamb and cooking fish delivered daily from Cornwall. Drinks include raki-based cocktails, along with Turkish wines and beers. YOSMA is Turkey.
Classically trained chef Loretta Liu is a macaron specialist and has been running a stall at markets on the South Bank and Brixton for the past few years. She has expanded her skills and opened On Café in Clapham Common, which is a mix of a Chinese dim sum and a patisserie café. Marrying the tastes of French, Chinese and Indian food, you can have some amazing dishes such as traditional dumplings, salmon green Thai curry baos, lamb curry masala bao and vanilla choux buns. It’s a taste sensation!
Located in Clerkenwell in the old Turnmills building, this is the new addition to the classically British chain of Albion cafes owned by the Prescott & Conran group. The Clerkenwell café is bigger than the Shoreditch and Bankside ones and offers several new dining options, bars and take-out counters, each with their own menu and unique feel – from a cosy pie room to a virtuous juice bar. It carries on the tradition of tasty food in a beautifully comfortable setting.