Published 23 April 2021
by Harriet Prior
With outdoor dining in full swing, and restaurants getting ready to open indoors soon, there’s plenty of new openings each week to look out for. First up, the founders of popular Greek restaurant Opso in Marylebone are opening on Soho’s Newburgh Street. Launching on 24 May, Ino will focus on cooking over charcoal with a sharing plate menu and has 25 covers over two floors.
Two more big launches are coming to King’s Cross and Broadgate in May. First, Café BAO, the latest from the hugely popular mini chain, is open all day and serving bakery goods. In Broadgate, the largest Italian food market Eataly has announced full plans for its opening on 29 April. It’s taking over a huge 40,000 sq ft space, complete with an outside terrace, a wood-fire grill restaurant, fresh food counters and a bar for coffee and gelato.
Meanwhile, Yard Sale is preparing to open its seventh London site just off Balham High Street. They’ll open with 50% off pizza Monday to Wednesday for the first two weeks from 26 April. Plus, the team is relaunching the ‘win pizza for your street campaign’, giving the chance for the winner to win pizza for the entire street.
Next up, Jason Atherton is launching Café Biltmore this week within The Biltmore Hotel. Atherton and head chef Paul Walsh have created a more casual menu to enjoy on the extended terrace with capacity for 70 covers. There is homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza on offer, as well as dishes including Dorset crab on toast and buttermilk fried chicken sandwich.
Staying outdoors, in response to the demand for al fresco dining, riverside location at the bottom of Battersea Power Station Circus West Village has just launched a new outdoor food spot. BattersEats is a food hall concept, so customers can order from a number of different restaurants and bars, including modern Indian cuisine from Cinnamon Kitchen, ramen from Tonkotsu, and Gordon Ramsey’s Street Pizza.
For those not eating out quite yet, the delivery options keep on coming. By the looks of Tom Brown’s Instagram it’s already been a real hit, so Cornerstone’s Saturday pop-up series may be here to stay a little longer. It’s first come first served, with dishes including oysters with seaweed hot sauce and lime, salmon pastrami, and hake Kiev with hazelnut butter.