Feeling hot Chutney Mary Mayfair After 25 years

first_imgFeeling hot: Chutney Mary, MayfairAfter 25 years in Chelsea, Chutney Mary has moved to Mayfair and raised the design bar for Indian restaurants in London. The menu is based around small plates, grills and slow-cooked dishes and the kitchen delivers some real treats: strawberry chutney is a snappy match for a kebab of guinea fowl infused with spices. Tasty Tapas: Barrafina, Covent GardenThis shiny corner venue with everything on view offers the same modus operandi as Sam and Eddie Hart’s Soho original – no reservations, counter seating, fast-paced tapas that come as and when. Ingredients are everything; simple cooking methods – plancha, josper, grill – demand the freshest produce and dishes are as lively and intriguing as ever. Individuality is the hallmark of the capital’s restaurant scene, with bold concepts, young talent and super-smart restaurant chains grabbing the headlines. So if you want the low down on where to eat in London read on for The Good Food Guide’s favourite new openings from the last 12 months.Indian Delight: Dishoom, King’s CrossThe lovechild of a Bombay brasserie and a ninteenth century London factory, the largest of this London group has been an enormous hit. Look past the faux industrial clichés of brick, wood, ducting and scaffolding to a kitchen that takes a casual and fun approach to eating, sending out a standout creamy black house dahl, chicken biryani and wafer-thin rommali roti. Natural beauty: Naughty Piglets, BrixtonWith its cookbook clutter, pig paraphernalia and low hanging filament light bulbs, Naughty Piglets delivers a warm welcome and an effortlessly cool, intimate setting in which to explore a wine list bursting with natural and organic options. From the short blackboard menu chef Joe Sharratt delivers the likes of burrata, peas and broad beans that are so fresh he sends a message that only tiptop produce is used. Spanish Flair: Social Wine and Tapas, MaryleboneThe fifth addition to Jason Atherton’s London-based Social portfolio is a smart-fronted, two-tiered wine and tapas bar. Wine takes centre stage (Laure Patry, Atherton’s charismatic chief sommelier manages the place) and the food is a freewheeling take on tapas, ballsy yet subtle, lots of chilli, garlic, spice and citrus, but with a Spanish backbone. Hello Kitty: Kitty Fisher’s, MayfairSo simple, so tiny, such delicious food in all its seasonal glory, sums up the appeal of this doll’s house of a restaurant in the heart of Shepherd’s Market. Relish the sparkling fresh simplicities of a pair of perfectly trimmed char-grilled lamb cutlets or a meaty piece of grilled lemon sole on the bone. Service is charming. Bohemian Brit: The Manor, ClaphamThe house style is unpolished, as is the bohemian (bordering on basic) interior. What dazzles is the pared-down, well-prepared food with its penchant for simplicity and a keen eye for the seasons. An assortment of small plates could bring smoked Kentish venison tartare with burnt apple and walnuts, and Cornish crab with charred celeriac, hazelnuts and buttermilk. Cool Britannia: Portland, FitzroviaIt’s all about new-Brit culinary cool at this compact and understated Fitzrovia venue. A concise menu has a sense of seasonality and dishes brim with stimulating, flavour-first gestures and flashes of brilliance, from an opening snack of sticky lamb ribs with black sesame, to a main course of Cornish cod with Fowey mussels, king cabbage, cider and brown butter.A French Affair: Brasserie Gustave, ChelseaTime was when all London restaurants aspired to be like Brasserie Gustave – serving classic French cuisine to a French-led international clientele. The truth is that it’s very hard indeed to get the cooking and the service comme il faut – but they manage it here, delivering everything from a well-risen goats’ cheese soufflé to an impressive tartare prepared at table. center_img Related10 of the best bars and pubs in LondonLondon has thousands of pubs; from modern establishments honouring the city’s flourishing real ale and craft beer scene, to ancient public houses that haven’t changed since the last century.London’s best museums and art galleriesLondon is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities, with its cultural attractions known around the globe, from the megalithic British Museum to the uber-trendy Tate Modern. Don’t despair: we bring you our pretension-free guide to the ten London museums and art galleries you shouldn’t miss…Wizz Air to launch new flights to London from VilniusWizz Air will launch flights to London Luton from its new base in Vilnius, Lithuania Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Thai British mash up: Smoking Goat, SohoThis sparklingly idiosyncratic restaurant is a bold, brilliant oddball. The supremely affordable, gutsydishes taste like Thai food (limey, palm sugary, fish saucy, blazingly chilli-hot and salty combinations) yet chef Seb Holmes cooking is new-wave modern British, and the queues at the door speak volumes. We’ll be bringing you more food articles soon. If you’re interested in receiving more like this let us know.You can buy The Good Food Guide book for the special price of £12.99 (RRP £17.99). Or download the app from the Apple App Store for £4.99.last_img read more