Hot-foot it to Soho for some of the city’s coolest new restaurant and bar openings
Words Helen Brown
As if we didn’t already have enough to chose from, there are eateries popping up all over the place in central London. These new restaurant openings in Soho are set to be destination favourites for hungry city slickers. Get to it before the queues start to form.
Honi Poké serves up customisable bowls of Hawaii’s hottest new food trend. It sits on Soho’s bustling Dean Street and offers eat in or take out bowls on-the-go. Dishes are light, healthy and full of protein and flavour. Choose from one of their four signature bowls, which each feature fresh, high-grade tuna, salmon, octopus or organic tofu. Alternatively, build your own colourful bowl with ingredients such as salty mango, nori seaweed, and crispy onion. All dishes are paired with sticky rice and come with a specially made house sauce to kick your bowl up a notch.82 Dean Street, London W1D; honipoke.com
The Ivy Soho Brasserie
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is the latest from the citywide foodie favourite. It maintains the Ivy’s upscale aesthetic and contemporary food offering. This opening comes hot on the heels of the Ivy Chelsea Garden’s private room and their new café at St. John’s Wood. If it’s anything like their sister sites, The Ivy Soho Brasserie is set to be a destination restaurant for hungry Londoners. On the menu, you’ll find comfort food favourites finished with a flourish.26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F; theivysohobrasserie.com
The Bun House
Soho’s Greek Street is already a hotbed of gastronomic delights, so why not add another to the list? The Bun House will be providing traditional, Canton-style bao with Chinese pickles. Each dish is made in-house and can be adorned with sides such as their prickly cucumber-style salad. They’ll also be serving their homemade ‘House Fries’. Before you dive in, it should be noted that these aren’t your standard potato affair. Rather, the ‘fries’ are made from deep-fried duck tongues…23-24 Greek Street, W1D; follow Bun House on Twitter @8unhouse.
Dining at Hot Pot is a bespoke affair. It’s about ordering your favourite broth and adding all manner of fresh ingredients to cook in front of you. The fun part though, is that the emphasis comes on group dining. Grab your gang and get cooking at one of their booths or large tables. Broth varieties include a spicy broth made with dried chilli and Sichuan peppercorns, as well as a mushroom soup. Next, add your hardware. Chose from rib-eye, wagyu, marinated chicken or pork belly. There’s also sea bass, king prawns, shrimp wontons and Scottish lobster. And if that isn’t enough, sweet potato, fresh tofu, quail eggs and emerald green noodles are also on the menu. 17 Wardour Street, W1D; hotpotrestaurants.co.uk
Michelin-star Tamarind is West London’s answer to exceptional Indian cuisine. So it should delight the masses to hear that it’s about to open a sister branch in Soho. It will live on Wardour Street and will be an altogether more casual affair than its palatial counterpart. Flavourful Indian-style dishes on offer will include Makai Kachumber – a corn and vegetable salad with a chat masala dressing. Additionally, try the Hydrabadi Gosht – a slow-cooked lamb with Kashmiri chilli in an onion sauce. Those in a bigger group should opt for the game platter. It’s a smorgasbord of tandoor-cooked quail, duck and guinea fowl on a bed of vermicelli. There’ll also be plenty of dips, breads and other sides to go with your meal, and a cocktail bar too. Opens April 2017167-169 Wardour Street, W1F; tamarindkitchen.co.uk
Kricket was first founded in a tiny 20-seat shipping container in Brixton and launched to tremendous success. Now it has another permanent fixture smack bang in Soho. Combining British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours, their menus are seasonal and modern.
12 Denman Street, W1D ; kricket.co.uk
Drop into Six Storeys for food all day long with views overlooking Soho Square. It’s an events venue, bar and restaurant that is set in a beautiful six storey townhouse. Wine and dine on the first two storeys – The Lobby Bar and The Parlour. Pair your traditional British dish with a unique tipple from a 50-strong drinks list.Wander up to The Lounge for an exclusive cocktail experience and then Retire to the Decantery where the party really begins.
Six Storeys, 11 Soho Square, W1D; sixstoreys.com
For a relaxed yet refined dining experience head to Mere. Dishes celebrate the passion and heritage of husband and wife team, Monica and David Galetti. Expect a blend of classical French with South Pacific influences. Menu favourites include poached lobster with potato puree and the rhubarb glazed squab breast. 74 Charlotte Street, W1T; mere-restaurant.com