Five of the Best and Most Unique New Restaurants in London

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London is a dream-come-true for foodies.  With incredible restaurants almost continuously opening and the old, starchy image of British food and service all but gone, here are five of the best new openings than can be tried and tested today:

Bubbledogs
On face value, Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street (near Tottenham Court Tube Station) is a case of someone thinking of the name before the cuisine.  In essence, this rustic-looking minute restaurant is more of a wine-bar; serving grower Champagnes alongside gourmet hot dogs.  What makes them gourmet?  Fresh meat (pork or beef) from an award-winning charcuterer in Gloucestershire and an ex-Michelin restaurant chef; James Knappett – previously of  Per Se in New York City, The Ledbury in London and even the current world number-one eatery, Noma in Copenhagen.  Knappett also operates a tasting menu at the Kitchen Table, a micro-restaurant in the same building.

Most Unique New Restaurants in London

Tramshed
In London’s current restaurant scene, the East is certainly the place to be.  Following a recent trend of ‘simple things, done well’, the Tramshed on Rivington Street instantly wows guests with a cavernous space in which to dine, the centrepiece of which is a monolithic Damian Hirst sculpture – of a cow and a chicken – thus giving away the gist of the menu; either steak or chicken (served ‘claws up’) - and not a lot more.  Brainchild of restaurateur Mark Hix, the Tramshedoffers a handful of starters and desserts but the focus is on quality; and a setting that defines quirky East London dining at its best.

MEATLiquor
Riding high on a wave crest of down-and-dirty BBQ joints including Pit Cue Co. in Covent Garden and Red Dog Saloon in Hoxton, MEATLiquor is a wonderfully baffling restaurant just north of Oxford Street (behind Debenhams).  After queuing for longer than the meal itself, diners are treated to a room that would look like a set-piece from the Saw series.  Graffiti adorns the walls, the tables and chairs are falling to bits, but it doesn’t matter.  Well-cooked-yet-stodgy offerings of burgers, wings and cheese-steak fries are served not on plates, but on a communal platter where everyone can dig in.  Fun for the whole family (but keep the young ones away from the lethal ‘House Grog’, a deceptively fruity pitcher of rums and juices).

Duck and Waffle
The Heron Tower in Bishopsgate is one of the newest skyscrapers in the City, but venture above the law offices and one will find the Sushi Samba restaurant and terrace bar.  Venture one level above this onto the 40th floor and Duck and Waffle will beckon.  This is an unusual (and surprisingly cheap) British-inspired restaurant, full of wholesome local ingredients like haddock burgers and crispy pigs ear.  Other parts of the menu cater to international callings, including the signature dish of duck confit, duck egg, waffle and male syrup.  It has to be tried to be believed.

Dishoom
Another new addition to East London (there is already a branch in Central Dishoom is to India what Wahaca is to Mexico.  It’s officially pitched as ‘Bombay street food’, and offers smaller ‘tapas-y’ plates for tables to share.  The menu is delightfully different from the Covent Garden branch; offering a unique, tender Lamb Raan Bun – easily a contender for London’s best burger.  More traditional Indian staples such as the Black Daal (simmered for over a day) are served alongside completely baroque offerings like the incredibly-salty-yet-incredibly-sweet ‘Kala Khatta Gola Ice’ on the dessert menu.  Certainly all a bit different from Brick Lane…

References:
www.bubbledogs.co.uk
www.chickenandsteak.co.uk
www.meatliquor.com
duckandwaffle.com
www.dishoom.com/shoreditch

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