Five top restaurants opening in London in 2012

Eaten there? Bought the t-shirt? Fear not, London is about to receive a swath of exciting new restaurants in 2012. Here’s our pick of the bunch

Food-van-fantastic: Pitt Cue Co. soon to open permanent restaurant

Source: Tom Bowles

Food-van-fantastic: Pitt Cue Co. soon to open permanent restaurant

There have been some notable additions to the London foodie scene in 2011. Ottolenghi’s standalone offering Nopi, Marcus Wareing’s The Gilbert Scott in St Pancras and Hix graduates’ Duck Soup in Soho to name but a tiny few.

Determined not to allow MacDonald’s all-encompassing sponsorship of the Olympics become the biggest gastronomic story of 2012 – we thought we’d take a look at the new restaurants on London’s horizon.

1.  Pitt Cue Co.

This year it was the MEATWagon with their mirthfully-named MEATLiquor. Next year the food-van-turned-permanent-restaurant of the year is all set to be that of Pitt Cue Co.

Heralded by many as the best Texan BBQ available this side of the Atlantic, Pitt Cue Co. had previously been relegated to serving its tasty meaty fare from under Hungerford Bridge (pun intended?) But 2012 will see the purveyors of smoky, sweet deliciousness hang up the keys to their van and open the doors to a restaurant at an undisclosed address somewhere in Soho.

Meat, beans, slaw. Yeehaw!

2.  Orchard

Following the meat-fest above, I thought it best to bring good news to the vegetarians out there. The people that brought you the much-lauded Vanilla Black are opening a new restaurant-come-deli on Sicilian Avenue, Holborn.

The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinners, as well as serving from their take-away section and grocery. Expect an array of seasonal ingredients and freshly baked breads.

3. Ceviche

For those of you who think Peruvian cuisine is limited to the roasting of guinea pig, the team behind Ceviche are poised to change your mind in the New Year. Rumour has it that Peruvian food will be one of the big trends next year and no doubt this Firth Street eatery will be at the heart of the movement.

Aside from serving the finest ceviche, (raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chilli peppers), the team will also be serving Peru’s national drink, Pisco Sour, in their Pisco Bar.

If you fancy a closer look you’ll be able to perch at the specially designed bar and watch the dishes being prepared in front of you.

4. Story

The details are sketchy but promising for this venture by Tom Sellers. He currently works at Noma in Copenhagen (number one restaurant in the world), and previously at Per Se, The French Laundry and Tom Aikens, and now he’s bringing his blend of foodie adventure to London.

No time or location have been announced for Story but the canny chef organised a two day pop-up in November to give enthused foodies a taste of things to come. It went down a storm. Bring on Story.

5.  Union Street Café

Gordon Ramsey is heading south of the river with his latest offering. Union Street, (as you may have gathered), is on the periphery of Borough’s already rich eating scene.

The eatery will act as a more casual dining experience than Chef Ramsey’s previous establishments.

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  • Anonymous

    A lovely new Steak house just opened of Essex Road, called Meatpeople. As you would expect …big pieces of meat and a pretty good Wine list. Something for everyone and definitely worth a look.
    www.meatpeople.co.uk

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