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Zereshk polow ba morgh at Berenjak Borough: a rotisserie chicken with barberries and saffron sauce on a platter, served next to a tahdig, salads, and grilled bread
Zereshk polow ba morgh at Berenjak Borough: a rotisserie chicken with barberries and saffron sauce.
Marcus Cobden

The Hottest New Restaurants in London, June 2022

Where to eat in the capital right now

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Zereshk polow ba morgh at Berenjak Borough: a rotisserie chicken with barberries and saffron sauce.
| Marcus Cobden

More often than not, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favourite chef just launched their follow-up effort: the “it” places of the moment. As London steps into the spring and with each new day tries to move further away from the pandemic years of 2020—21 into their new normal, there’s serious heat to match the lessening chill in the air. Here’s where’s hot in London this June.

Added June 2022: Soft and Swirly, Berenjak Borough, Frog Bakery, Mambow

Added May 2022: Plaza Khao Gaeng, Arcade Food Hall, Caravel, Haringey Corbacisi

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Haringey Corbacisi

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7, Salisbury Promenade, Green Lanes, Harringay Ladder
London N8 0RX, UK

The reputation of this newish spot has been bubbling on Green Lanes for a few months now, aided and abetted by applause from chef and writer Melek Erdal and Vittles’s (and Eater London contributor) Jonathan Nunn. It’s the most exciting thing to open on this storied stretch of the A105 in a good while, for several good reasons: its devotion to the soothing, richly homespun depth of soups and stews, whether tangy with yoghurt or rich with lamb’s offal, head, and brain; its being open until 3 a.m. in a city whose “late night food” normally stops at a child’s bedtime; and its being the new darling of London’s Turkish and Kurdish restaurants, whose centrality to the city’s culinary landscape sadly, rarely correlates to anything resembling “hype” when it truly should.

2. Planque

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322-324 Acton Mews
London E8 4EA, UK

Though Haggerston’s Planque is a wine club, its restaurant — and arched, atmospheric dining room — is open to the public. In the kitchen is Seb Myers, whose elegantly fun approach to cooking loosely modern French food is a perfect foil for a place that is devoted to high quality wines and their cellaring but is also in an east London railway arch. When on the hobs at venerable wine bar P. Franco, Myers reconnected it to the Parisian caves à manger that it long touted as inspiration, and brings that sensibility to Planque with the likes of red mullet tartine; grilled leeks vinaigrette with Tunworth cheese; a duck offal choux farcis; and mackerel with coco beans and greens, as well as a stunning caramel tart with blue cheese.

3. Towpath

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42 De Beauvoir Cres
London N1 5SB, UK

Strictly speaking this canalside institution breaks rubric: it’s far from new and in fact over twelve years old. But little is ever hotter in London than seasonal simplicity, and in warmer months the produce thermometer goes into overdrive, so Towpath is — throughout its season — always one of London’s hottest restaurants. At breakfast, get the marinda tomatoes with mojo verde; at lunch, the cheese toastie or the goat curd with roasted garlic. Look out for Napoli sausages, bean stews, radishes, the works.

4. Caravel

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172 Shepherdess Walk
London N1 7JL, UK

One for restaurant obsessives who also love The Lonely Island, Caravel — from Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, sons of current Sessions Arts Club co-owner and former French House and St. John co-founder Jon — is on a boat. But it’s not on a boat in a glib, gimmicky way: this is a dining room, and one that doesn’t move, instead putting out smart, simple pastel dishes with the occasional flourish of wit, like in a duck croquette whose shape might leave diners quacking. Elegance, with a little edge.

5. Hawker's Kitchen

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64 Caledonian Rd
London N1 9DP, UK

Roti King’s roti king may no longer be central London’s standard bearer for roti prata (canai). The best version of the rich, flaky bread used to mop up good dhal or even better sour fish curries might now be found in this newish Malaysian spot by King’s Cross on Caledonian road. Word is that it’s truly elite when fresh, merely very good when reheated. Elsewhere there are outstanding plates of kway teow goreng , flat noodles which hold onto an umami-heavy seasoning, with bamboo shoots, chilli, crispy onions, and scallions; protein is more or less irrelevant. Make sure to order a side pot of sambal and be prepared to compete with the c.millions of delivery orders flying in and out throughout a sit-down meal.

6. Lisboeta

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30 Charlotte St.
London W1T 2NG, UK

Pioneering Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes’s London restaurant career has traversed interpretations of molecular gastronomy at Viajante, Portuguese taberna fare at Taberna do Mercado, and ultra-modern kitchen-dining cooking at Mãos. It appears he has settled, in 2022, with a restaurant that distils those styles, one which — with a negroni mixing ginjinha with campari and vermuth, and dishes such as bacalhau à Brás; plumas de porco preto; and arroz de mariscos — is rooted both in London and Lisbon, the two cities which have most influenced Mendes.

7. Arcade Food Hall

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103-105 New Oxford St
London WC1A 1DB, UK

As above, so below: JKS Restaurants — the group behind a suite of the city’s best, (Michelin-starred), and most innovative kitchens — has managed to transform Arcade Food Theatre into something worthy of the name (while getting rid of the name altogether. The new new Arcade Food Hall is less of a collection of kitchens and more of a panoptic restaurant in its own right. A new ordering system, with table service and no queueing, makes dining feel effortless, while the range of food on offer makes it as suited to a dinner occasion as to a soaker-upper after a night out in the West End. Hits include Nashville hot chicken and smashburgers at Manna (from Bake Street’s Feroz Gajia); butter chicken everything at Hero; and surprising substance in a tempura prawn nori sando from Sushi Kamon.

8. Plaza Khao Gaeng

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103-105 Oxford St
London WC1A 1DB, UK

Located on the mezzanine floor of Arcade Food Hall, chef and grower Lukie Farrell’s new southern Thai restaurant is an instant, complex hit. Self-consciously decked out to not just reference, but mimic its forbears in Bangkok, with strip lighting and blue tablecloths, and reliant on ingredients grown and prepared not just in Thailand, but in Dorset, it is an embodiment of an evolution in what “authenticity” can mean in food. It is also an outstanding restaurant, with hot and sour curries; some ferociously dry (khlua kling moo, heady with long pepper and turmeric) and some puckeringly sauced (gaeng som talay, of mussels and squid) served over rice, next to fried eggs with crisply billowing skirts.

9. Roketsu Restaurant

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12 New Quebec St
London W1H 7RF, UK

This Marylebone kaiseki (Japanese multi-course, tasting menu) restaurant

comes from Daisuke Hayashi, a chef who brings to London the experience of two decades’ training at one of the world’s foremost kaiseki restaurants, Kikunoi Honten, in Kyoto. The small, serene restaurant, which was designed in Japan, serves just one menu — at dinner — priced at £190 per person.

10. Rita's

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49 Lexington St, Carnaby
London W1F 9AP, UK

Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce’s latest iteration of Rita’s sees them put down roots in Soho. The listed building on Lexington Street’s limitations have been turned to advantages, with an unfussed-with design and an opportunity to more fully develop Pryce’s version of Americana cooking and Flynn’s approach to exactingly fun drinks. This is a place for lunch and dinner, not for bits and bobs on small plates: a barbecue beef tartare with herbs; quail and grits; sharing steaks, potatoes, and greens. It’s a Proper Restaurant, with the vibe of cool dinner party.

11. Lahpet West End

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21 Slingsby Pl
London WC2E 9AB, UK

Lahpet’s arrival in the middle of Covent Garden is a bit of a placing-the-flag moment for Burmese cooking in London, in the wake of some of the cuisine’s best-known restaurants in the city closing their doors in recent months. So while Lahpet is very much continuing what’s it done in Shoreditch, delivering Myanmar staples like the pickled tea leaf salad, lahpet thohk, for which the restaurant is named, its ability to open a second, on prime real estate, is something of a statement.

12. Mambow

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133 Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

The new menu at Mambow, which had to close its former “bowl food” guise in 2020, is more self-consciously Malaysian, with a focus on Nyonya dishes and varied curries from the different parts of the country. Chef-owner Abby Lee cooks a black pepper chicken curry from the Perak region with the fragrance of Sarawak peppercorn, alongside the tamarind-sour, bracing heat of asam pedas, which derives from Minangkabau and Malay cuisines. There’s also a nifty modish touch to some of the dishes: A Hainanese chicken sando, only available at lunch, which features poached chicken, ginger and spring onion oil, kewpie mayo, chicken fat chilli vinegar, fried onions, and cucumber.

13. Berenjak Borough

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1 Bedale St
London SE1 9AL, UK

The larger space afforded to Kian Samyani’s tribute to Irani grill culture in Borough Market — formerly that of Flor — has in turn brought an expanded menu to Berenjak. The koobideh and jujeh kebabs are still the hitmakers, but groups can take advantage of generous sharing dishes, like a whole rotisserie chicken with barberries, saffron sauce, and a potato tahdig; or a lamb shoulder cooked over the same rotisserie with dill and vegetables.

14. Frog Bakery

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44 Peckham Rd
London SE5 8PX, UK

Rebecca Spaven and Oliver Costello had time to hone Frog as a pop-up before opening this first bakery on Peckham Road, it’s true. But it remains rare that a debut, particularly in this finicky field, opens with such aplomb that it’s immediately challenging the best of the best in the city for supremacy. A bear claw made savoury with chipotle beef and adobo; an asparagus, Baron Bigod, and Coppa croissant; and a strawberry and elderflower croissant are early stars.

15. Rambutan Ice by Soft n Swirly and Cynthia Shanmugalingam

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10 Stoney St
London SE1 9AD, UK
From 17 June, Tuesday — Sunday, 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
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The sleepy, ambiently beautiful Leila’s Shop has long held a reputation for its summer soft serves: sometimes soft and beige with hazelnut; others lurid purple from fragola grape. Their maker, Sam Lowry has now joined forces with partner Farah Kezou on Soft & Swirly, sticking to the quality flavour formula but making it a little less austere, with joyous sundaes and sticky sauces now accessorising the pristine cones. Their next guise is in partnership with Cynthia Shanmugalingam’s upcoming restaurant Rambutan, putting out the likes of mango; jaggery; watermelon and hibiscus; and buffalo curd swirls during the site’s build in Borough Market.

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1. Haringey Corbacisi

7, Salisbury Promenade, Green Lanes, Harringay Ladder, London N8 0RX, UK

The reputation of this newish spot has been bubbling on Green Lanes for a few months now, aided and abetted by applause from chef and writer Melek Erdal and Vittles’s (and Eater London contributor) Jonathan Nunn. It’s the most exciting thing to open on this storied stretch of the A105 in a good while, for several good reasons: its devotion to the soothing, richly homespun depth of soups and stews, whether tangy with yoghurt or rich with lamb’s offal, head, and brain; its being open until 3 a.m. in a city whose “late night food” normally stops at a child’s bedtime; and its being the new darling of London’s Turkish and Kurdish restaurants, whose centrality to the city’s culinary landscape sadly, rarely correlates to anything resembling “hype” when it truly should.

7, Salisbury Promenade, Green Lanes, Harringay Ladder
London N8 0RX, UK

2. Planque

322-324 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA, UK

Though Haggerston’s Planque is a wine club, its restaurant — and arched, atmospheric dining room — is open to the public. In the kitchen is Seb Myers, whose elegantly fun approach to cooking loosely modern French food is a perfect foil for a place that is devoted to high quality wines and their cellaring but is also in an east London railway arch. When on the hobs at venerable wine bar P. Franco, Myers reconnected it to the Parisian caves à manger that it long touted as inspiration, and brings that sensibility to Planque with the likes of red mullet tartine; grilled leeks vinaigrette with Tunworth cheese; a duck offal choux farcis; and mackerel with coco beans and greens, as well as a stunning caramel tart with blue cheese.

322-324 Acton Mews
London E8 4EA, UK

3. Towpath

42 De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB, UK

Strictly speaking this canalside institution breaks rubric: it’s far from new and in fact over twelve years old. But little is ever hotter in London than seasonal simplicity, and in warmer months the produce thermometer goes into overdrive, so Towpath is — throughout its season — always one of London’s hottest restaurants. At breakfast, get the marinda tomatoes with mojo verde; at lunch, the cheese toastie or the goat curd with roasted garlic. Look out for Napoli sausages, bean stews, radishes, the works.

42 De Beauvoir Cres
London N1 5SB, UK

4. Caravel

172 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JL, UK

One for restaurant obsessives who also love The Lonely Island, Caravel — from Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, sons of current Sessions Arts Club co-owner and former French House and St. John co-founder Jon — is on a boat. But it’s not on a boat in a glib, gimmicky way: this is a dining room, and one that doesn’t move, instead putting out smart, simple pastel dishes with the occasional flourish of wit, like in a duck croquette whose shape might leave diners quacking. Elegance, with a little edge.

172 Shepherdess Walk
London N1 7JL, UK

5. Hawker's Kitchen

64 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DP, UK

Roti King’s roti king may no longer be central London’s standard bearer for roti prata (canai). The best version of the rich, flaky bread used to mop up good dhal or even better sour fish curries might now be found in this newish Malaysian spot by King’s Cross on Caledonian road. Word is that it’s truly elite when fresh, merely very good when reheated. Elsewhere there are outstanding plates of kway teow goreng , flat noodles which hold onto an umami-heavy seasoning, with bamboo shoots, chilli, crispy onions, and scallions; protein is more or less irrelevant. Make sure to order a side pot of sambal and be prepared to compete with the c.millions of delivery orders flying in and out throughout a sit-down meal.

64 Caledonian Rd
London N1 9DP, UK

6. Lisboeta

30 Charlotte St., London W1T 2NG, UK

Pioneering Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes’s London restaurant career has traversed interpretations of molecular gastronomy at Viajante, Portuguese taberna fare at Taberna do Mercado, and ultra-modern kitchen-dining cooking at Mãos. It appears he has settled, in 2022, with a restaurant that distils those styles, one which — with a negroni mixing ginjinha with campari and vermuth, and dishes such as bacalhau à Brás; plumas de porco preto; and arroz de mariscos — is rooted both in London and Lisbon, the two cities which have most influenced Mendes.

30 Charlotte St.
London W1T 2NG, UK

7. Arcade Food Hall

103-105 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1DB, UK

As above, so below: JKS Restaurants — the group behind a suite of the city’s best, (Michelin-starred), and most innovative kitchens — has managed to transform Arcade Food Theatre into something worthy of the name (while getting rid of the name altogether. The new new Arcade Food Hall is less of a collection of kitchens and more of a panoptic restaurant in its own right. A new ordering system, with table service and no queueing, makes dining feel effortless, while the range of food on offer makes it as suited to a dinner occasion as to a soaker-upper after a night out in the West End. Hits include Nashville hot chicken and smashburgers at Manna (from Bake Street’s Feroz Gajia); butter chicken everything at Hero; and surprising substance in a tempura prawn nori sando from Sushi Kamon.

103-105 New Oxford St
London WC1A 1DB, UK

8. Plaza Khao Gaeng

103-105 Oxford St, London WC1A 1DB, UK

Located on the mezzanine floor of Arcade Food Hall, chef and grower Lukie Farrell’s new southern Thai restaurant is an instant, complex hit. Self-consciously decked out to not just reference, but mimic its forbears in Bangkok, with strip lighting and blue tablecloths, and reliant on ingredients grown and prepared not just in Thailand, but in Dorset, it is an embodiment of an evolution in what “authenticity” can mean in food. It is also an outstanding restaurant, with hot and sour curries; some ferociously dry (khlua kling moo, heady with long pepper and turmeric) and some puckeringly sauced (gaeng som talay, of mussels and squid) served over rice, next to fried eggs with crisply billowing skirts.

103-105 Oxford St
London WC1A 1DB, UK

9. Roketsu Restaurant

12 New Quebec St, London W1H 7RF, UK

This Marylebone kaiseki (Japanese multi-course, tasting menu) restaurant

comes from Daisuke Hayashi, a chef who brings to London the experience of two decades’ training at one of the world’s foremost kaiseki restaurants, Kikunoi Honten, in Kyoto. The small, serene restaurant, which was designed in Japan, serves just one menu — at dinner — priced at £190 per person.

12 New Quebec St
London W1H 7RF, UK

10. Rita's

49 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AP, UK

Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce’s latest iteration of Rita’s sees them put down roots in Soho. The listed building on Lexington Street’s limitations have been turned to advantages, with an unfussed-with design and an opportunity to more fully develop Pryce’s version of Americana cooking and Flynn’s approach to exactingly fun drinks. This is a place for lunch and dinner, not for bits and bobs on small plates: a barbecue beef tartare with herbs; quail and grits; sharing steaks, potatoes, and greens. It’s a Proper Restaurant, with the vibe of cool dinner party.

49 Lexington St, Carnaby
London W1F 9AP, UK

11. Lahpet West End

21 Slingsby Pl, London WC2E 9AB, UK

Lahpet’s arrival in the middle of Covent Garden is a bit of a placing-the-flag moment for Burmese cooking in London, in the wake of some of the cuisine’s best-known restaurants in the city closing their doors in recent months. So while Lahpet is very much continuing what’s it done in Shoreditch, delivering Myanmar staples like the pickled tea leaf salad, lahpet thohk, for which the restaurant is named, its ability to open a second, on prime real estate, is something of a statement.

21 Slingsby Pl
London WC2E 9AB, UK

12. Mambow

133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, UK

The new menu at Mambow, which had to close its former “bowl food” guise in 2020, is more self-consciously Malaysian, with a focus on Nyonya dishes and varied curries from the different parts of the country. Chef-owner Abby Lee cooks a black pepper chicken curry from the Perak region with the fragrance of Sarawak peppercorn, alongside the tamarind-sour, bracing heat of asam pedas, which derives from Minangkabau and Malay cuisines. There’s also a nifty modish touch to some of the dishes: A Hainanese chicken sando, only available at lunch, which features poached chicken, ginger and spring onion oil, kewpie mayo, chicken fat chilli vinegar, fried onions, and cucumber.

133 Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

13. Berenjak Borough

1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL, UK

The larger space afforded to Kian Samyani’s tribute to Irani grill culture in Borough Market — formerly that of Flor — has in turn brought an expanded menu to Berenjak. The koobideh and jujeh kebabs are still the hitmakers, but groups can take advantage of generous sharing dishes, like a whole rotisserie chicken with barberries, saffron sauce, and a potato tahdig; or a lamb shoulder cooked over the same rotisserie with dill and vegetables.

1 Bedale St
London SE1 9AL, UK

14. Frog Bakery

44 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8PX, UK

Rebecca Spaven and Oliver Costello had time to hone Frog as a pop-up before opening this first bakery on Peckham Road, it’s true. But it remains rare that a debut, particularly in this finicky field, opens with such aplomb that it’s immediately challenging the best of the best in the city for supremacy. A bear claw made savoury with chipotle beef and adobo; an asparagus, Baron Bigod, and Coppa croissant; and a strawberry and elderflower croissant are early stars.

44 Peckham Rd
London SE5 8PX, UK

15. Rambutan Ice by Soft n Swirly and Cynthia Shanmugalingam

10 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD, UK

The sleepy, ambiently beautiful Leila’s Shop has long held a reputation for its summer soft serves: sometimes soft and beige with hazelnut; others lurid purple from fragola grape. Their maker, Sam Lowry has now joined forces with partner Farah Kezou on Soft & Swirly, sticking to the quality flavour formula but making it a little less austere, with joyous sundaes and sticky sauces now accessorising the pristine cones. Their next guise is in partnership with Cynthia Shanmugalingam’s upcoming restaurant Rambutan, putting out the likes of mango; jaggery; watermelon and hibiscus; and buffalo curd swirls during the site’s build in Borough Market.

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