With not one Michelin-star under his belt but three, Yoshihiro Murata has joined up with the mighty Hakkasan group for his first London venture, Chrysan. After studying French cookery at the Sorbonne, and taking his skills back to the legendary Kikunoi in Kyoto, Murata is in high demand. The menu at Chrysan has been expertly put together by his protégé Daisuke Hayashi, and is set to feature a new style of Japanese cuisine. We’re looking forward to trying the traditional multi-course kaiseki experience...
Address: Broadgate West 1 Snowden Street London EC2A 2DQ; Opens: September 12th 2012
Beard to Tail
The oh-so-cool Beard to Tail is turning its temporary pop-up restaurant into permanent residency, much to the delight of its regulars. As it’s the brainchild of the team behind favourite ELLE London speakeasy, Callooh Callay, you can expect plenty of experimental cocktails, with a bit of a focus on whiskey. Dan Thrippleton, formerly of Hix Soho, is an expert in the 'beard to tail' style of cooking (which basically boils down to using all parts of the animal), so it’s no surprise that the menu is meat, meat and more meat. Think spiced steak tartare, pig’s trotters and pork loin and pulled beef featherblade with grilled flatbread. Vegetarians look away now...
Address: 77 Curtain Road, London, EC2A; Opens: September 2012
With its long medieval banqueting tables and views over the Tower of London, Perkin Reveller is somewhere that shouldn’t be left off your London to-do list, visitor or not. Taking its name from a character in Chaucer’s Cook’s Tale, the restaurant will feature only British produce, from English smoked kippers in the morning and afternoon teas (complete with once-again-trendy Scotch eggs), to slow-cooked lamb to feast on in the evening. You can wash it all down with real ales in traditional stoneware jugs or a more heady Alchemist gin fizz. Either way it's dining fit for a king.
Address: The Wharf at The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB; Opens: September 10th 2012
Death by Burrito
Those in the know about the brilliant Rebel Dining Society are going to fall in love with their latest venture Death by Burrito. In fact, anyone would fall in love with Death by Burrito – even for its name alone. Not that that that’s all it’s got going for it. Located in the super-cool Catch bar, it’s a contemporary Mexican grill, with a bit of a street food-style menu, laden with (you guessed it) every type of filling you could dream of in a flour tortilla, plus some particularly delicious Baja fish tacos. Their exclusive cocktail-list comes courtesy of Ryan Chetiyawardana, formerly of the super-popular Purl bar, and features a tequila-only menu. It’s only open Wednesday to Saturday and seats just 30, so book early, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Latin America, without leaving the confines of E2...
Address: Catch, 22 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8DA; Opens: September 13th 2012
House of Wolf
There’s a seemingly endless array of experimental new restaurants in London right now, but House of Wolf is one that really caught our eye. Housed in a former music hall (the listed building really is quite beautiful), it’s been turned into a wonderful Victorian-style hangout. There’s an apothecary-style bar, with gas lamps and a traditional list of Victorian-inspired cocktails on the menu and entertainment in the form of cabaret and literary salons. Food-wise, there’ll be a different chef in residence each month, thanks to Alexa Perrin, the founder of the Experimental Food Society, and you can even hire out the Parlour for private dining. Needless to say, we’re itching to try it out.
Address: 181 Upper Street, London, N1; Opens: October 5th 2012
And Here Are Five More New Restaurants in London Opening this Autumn that We Just Couldn’t Leave Out...
Green Man & French Horn
If you’ve been to ELLEuk favourite Brawn and love a good gastro pub, then trust us - this is a winning combination. Opening late September, it’s got a heavy French influence, both in the food and the wine and will be just on St. Martin’s Lane. They can’t open their doors soon enough.
Address: 54 Saint Martin's Lane City of Westminster, WC2N 4EA; Opens: Late September 2012
Fried chicken wings? Sounds a little like a late-night post-drinking snack. Over at Wishbone it’s not, especially when you know the owners of Meat Liquor are behind it. The free-range chicken will be served up with delicious sides and a lengthy cocktail list. Expect to see a new trend...
Address: Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PR; Opens: September 2012
Solving the problem of the hunger pangs that go with a few after-work drinks, Il Tempo is set to be the first aperitivo bar of its kind in London. It’ll serve up traditional Italian drinks and offer complimentary aperitivo dishes and small plates. What could be better?
Address: 48 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS; Opens: 21st September 2012
Ben Spalding @ John Salt
Opened by the team that run the Owl and the Pussycat in East London, and run by Head Chef Ben Spalding (formerly of Roganic), Ben Spalding @ John Salt will be taking up residency in Islington’s Keston Lodge. He’ll be serving up his speciality small dishes - we’ve got our eye on the chicken parfait served with crispy chicken skin.
Address: 131 Upper Street Islington, London N1 1QP; Opens: October 2012
Hawksmoor Air Street
Hawksmoor-lovers have got a fourth restaurant to try out, with the launch of their latest venture on Air Street. This latest one doesn't just serve their infamous steak, however, there’ll be a focus on charcoal cooked fish dishes. Perfect for carnivores and pescatarians alike.
Address: 7 Air Street, London, W1; Opens: November 1st 2012
Like our pick of the best new restaurants in London this autumn but waiting until payday? Check out our pick of the best food markets in London, or our best London street food stalls. Alternatively, check out the best of the rest of our new London restaurants in 2012.