September is shaping up to be a very busy month for new London restaurant openings.
Just as well because August felt comparatively quiet.
This month, London is seeing an influx of flavours from around the world, including a new outpost from a renowned Mexican chef, a duo-concept Indian eatery and a plant-based food stop where everything is free from gluten and refined sugar.
The pop-ups are no less exciting – think wholesome dishes from River Cottage and an experimental menu inspired by wallpaper.
Here are a few new London restaurants and pop-ups you should try in September:
While some restaurants tend towards the authentic, Flavour Bastard will be anything but.
The new Soho eatery will be borrowing elements from all over the world for its eclectic menu.
Split into tiny, small and large plates, you will be able to order items like white lentil, chorizo and pecorino doughnut or miso and mango glazed aubergine with peanut crumble.
Theatreland American brasserie Joe Allen has recently moved from its west London location to its new plot – just 25 metres down the road.
The restaurant, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, has brought all of its old decor across.
And you can bet the food is as good as it used to be.
Adam Handling is bringing his east London concept, The Frog E1, to the west end.
But it won’t be exactly the same because the new restaurant in Covent Garden will be more formal than the original and will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So if you liked his first restaurant, or anything he’s cooked on TV (he’s been on Masterchef The Professionals, Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu), it’s definitely one to look out for.
Essence – September 4
Essence is a new plant-based restaurant opening up in Shoreditch.
As well as being vegan, the menu, developed with the help of American celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, is also 100% gluten and refined-sugar free.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and there are, of course, a sizable election of organic juices and nut milks to choose from.
Ichibuns is a blend of the cuisine of Hokkaido in Japan and fast food – all at affordable prices.
The item of choice on the menu is the Wagyu beef burger and there are plenty of cocktails to wash it down with.
And probably the best of all, it offers takeaway too – just in case you didn’t want to hang around Soho.
The chefs behind the Michelin-starred Serge et Le Phoque in Hong Kong are bringing their fine-dining fare to London for the first time.
Their new outpost, of the same name, will be the main restaurant at the new boutique hotel, The Mandrake.
Expect to see some eastern influences on their French menu though.
Chef and author Martha Ortiz is known for her modern approach to Mexican food and her much-lauded Mexico City restaurant, Dulce Patria.
Her first foray in London will be inside the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane and will offer similarly creative food – and it won’t be Mexican food as you know it.
Expect to find dishes such as vampire ceviche with mango and sangrita sorbet and of course her taken on the Mexican classic, the mole sauce.
East London restaurant Gul & Sepoy will be showcasing two very different styles of Indian food when it opens.
The Gul menu is inspired by northern India and features dishes that you might have found at palace banquets.
The Sepoy menu is much more rustic and takes its influences from the southern Indian coastline.
Notable popups and recent openings
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is bringing River Cottage to London as part of a month-long pop up at Borough Market.
As well as free talks and demos, which are planned throughout September, visitors will also be able to get a taste of River Cottage at their stall in the Market Hall.
TV chef Paul Merrett is re-launching his Sheen gastropub and hotel, The Victoria, on September 25.
As well as a brand new look to the venue, the menu has overhauled as well.
Cube opened its doors in Mayfair at the beginning of August and it’s been serving up a steady combination of Japanese food with European flare.
But perhaps rarer is the fact that it offers regional food from Japan, like hitsumabushi (grilled eel on rice) from Nagoya or taco rice from Okinawa.
Known for being experimental, Pedro Passinhas will be playing host to a series of pop-ups at The House of Wallpaper where the dishes are inspired by wallpaper (yes, really).
You will find dishes such as ‘sheet scallop’ served with slow cooked pork neck, metallic paper made from fresh oysters, and an edible wallpaper napkin amuse-bouche there between September 22 and October 4.
ICYMI, there’s a Hello Kitty pop up coming to Tombo’s sites across London.
It lands on September 1 until October 8.
Petersham Nurseries launched a second site in Covent Garden this month, which currently features a shop, a deli and a wine cellar.
By 2018 though, there will also be two restaurants, a bar and a courtyard space.
From September 4, The King & Co will be hosting two pop-ups at the same time.
Taco Rebels will run the kitchen on Mondays and Tuesdays while Tem Ban will be serving up his Thai food between Wednesday and Sunday, until the end of October.