Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Foodies, rejoice: the most exciting new restaurant openings of 2016

Shuang shuang.png

If you’re anything like us, your resolutions for a dry January and new healthy-eating regime fell by the wayside on, er, New Year’s Day. Luckily, the New Year also heralds the arrival of a raft of new restaurants to add to your foodie hit list. Here are 10 to keep your eyes on in 2016.

1. Le Bab

Le Bab BBQ paneer kebab

Kingly Court, London, W1B, opening January

The post-boozing snack of choice gets a gourmet makeover thanks to a kitchen team previously from two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche at upmarket Soho kebab restaurant Le Bab. Hoping to lead a “kebab renaissance” (kebabaissance?), expect seasonal ingredients such as a roe deer shish with cavolo nero kimchi and artichoke crisps, an exciting veggie BBQ paneer option with beetroot and coconut puree, crispy onions and curry mayo, plus a list of fine wines to pair with your chosen ’bab.

Kebabs and wine? Now you’re talking.

2. Shuang Shuang

Shuang Shuang

64 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D, open now

Chinatown gets a hot pot specialist in January, with the launch of Shuang Shuang. Diners will sit around their very own hot pot, which is sunk into the table, simmering with one of five different broths. To the pot, you simply add your choice of over 50 different ingredients passing by on a conveyor belt (à la Yo Sushi) – from wafer-thin slices of free-range pork or lotus root to chunks of sea bass and noodles. Choose a recipe card to follow or create your own unique dish. Perfect for fussy eaters. 

3. Lucky Chip Burgers & Wine

Lucky Chip

23-25 Ridley Road, London, E8, opening January

One of the first burger vans that triggered burger mania in London and across the UK, Lucky Chip finally lays down permanent roots in Dalston this January. Old favourites such as the Kevin Bacon (with Applewood smoked bacon, cheese, mustard and pickles) and hand-cut triple-cooked fries make a welcome appearance, as does an extensive wine list, with classic magnums opened each month to pair with a specially created burger. Throw in chandeliers, a changing tasting menu and a vintage soundsystem pumping out Eighties hits and you’ve got the makings of a great night out.

4. Adam’s


16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2, opening January

Michelin-starred restaurant Adam’s has been hailed for rejuvenating the dining scene in Birmingham and was voted the number one UK restaurant for fine dining by TripAdvisor last year. Now, the restaurant is moving to a new, bigger site in Waterloo Street, with a chef’s table, where diners can interact with the team, and private dining room for up to 16 people. Doors open at the end of January with a lunch menu for £35, a set menu for £60 and a tasting menu for £85 per person, featuring the likes of brill, Jerusalem artichoke and chorizo, and a dark chocolate, lovage and salted caramel desert. 

5. Polpo Leeds 


Harvey Nichols, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, LS1, opening February

Russell Norman’s popular Venetian tapas chain Polpo will open its first venue north of London (and only its second outside the capital) in February. Expect all the usual small plates – such as cod cheeks with lentils and salsa verde, deep-fried polenta-crusted meatballs and fig and prosciutto crostini – washed down with an Aperol spritz (or three).

6. Frenchie


16 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E, opening February

Getting a table at contemporary bistro Frenchie in Paris is about as easy as trying to pronounce the items on its menu (anyone for poularde de Culoiseau, coing, topinambour et châtaigne?). But help is at hand, as at least now you don’t have to cross the Channel to try husband and wife duo Greg and Marie Marchand’s acclaimed cooking. Greg got the nickname ‘Frenchie’ while working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and his food is inspired by his travels from London to New York, Spain and Hong Kong. Expect “generous, yet precise dishes”, an expertly curated wine list and seasonal cocktails. Santé!

7. Pharmacy2

Pharmacy 2

Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London, SE11, opening TBC

Damien Hirst’s fabled restaurant Pharmacy, which closed in 2003, is set to reopen as Pharmacy2 this spring at the artist’s Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall. Little is known about the venture at this stage but the original incarnation attracted the likes of Kate Moss, David Bowie and Madonna, so expect celebs aplenty.

8. Sosharu



Turnmill Building, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M, opening March

Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton continues his domination of the restaurant scene with two London openings this year. The first, Sosharu, is focused on Japanese cuisine, while later in the year Atherton will bring his Italian restaurant Nova to Victoria. Watch this space.

9. Sardine

Old Street, opening March/April

Chef Stevie Parle’s (currently of the brilliant Craft London) protégé from his Dock Kitchen days is opening his first restaurant in 2016. Alex Jackson’s venture will be a bustling bistro reflecting the food of the Ligurian Sea (between France, Italy and Corsica). The menu promises such delights as leg of lamb à la ficelle cooked over a wood fire with boulangere potatoes to catch the juices and hand made pasta served with sausage, dandelion and ricotta. We can hardly wait. 

10. Urban Standard

Urban Standard

Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, CF14, opening April/May

Hot on the heels of Urban Standard and North Street Standard in Bristol, this as-yet-unnamed bar and kitchen is set to bring the same British-European menu (think top-notch Sunday roasts, a hearty fish pie and sharing mezze boards) and laid-back vibes to Cardiff. Expect exposed brick walls, a diverse selection of craft beers and probably a well-groomed beard or two.



December's best new restaurants


The best things to do out and about in January around the UK


The 10 biggest food trends of 2015


Three scrumptious recipes for budding vegan cooks


All the scrumptious food you can eat at Stylist Live


Indulge your inner foodie in Sydney's newest gourmet hotspot

burger vegan.JPG

The world’s best burger has been announced, and it’s meat-free


10 European city breaks you deserve to take this winter


Lunch hour heroes: the drinks to help you survive a boozy work lunch



Cheers! You can now grow your own Prosecco at home

This could be dangerous...

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

How to buy bubbles: 8 incredible Champagnes under £30

Fantastic fizz

by Amy Swales
07 Dec 2016

Say hello to London’s first ever vegan fried chicken shop

Sounds impossible, is actually genius.

by Amy Lewis
07 Dec 2016

13 white wines that aren't Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc

Sick of the usual suspects?

by Victoria Gray
07 Dec 2016

You can now get a full cheese board delivered to your door on demand

Bring. It. On.

by Amy Lewis
06 Dec 2016

11 hearty sandwich recipes that are better than a full Sunday Roast

Sandwiches are the new Sunday lunch.

by Amy Lewis
05 Dec 2016

These are the alcoholic drinks least likely to give you a hangover

Or, how to make the Christmas party season a bit more bearable.

by Moya Crockett
05 Dec 2016

The best low-alcohol swaps for your favourite beers, wines and spirits

Time for a booze-not-booze?

by Amy Swales
01 Dec 2016

Now Brexit is making our Christmas dinner more expensive


by Moya Crockett
01 Dec 2016

A 24-hour doughnut delivery service is coming to London

Best of all? They’re (kind of) healthy

28 Nov 2016