New Restaurant Openings and News

September 2016

A new Mayfair restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin,  Phil Howard opens in Chelsea, Quo Vadis is reborn, Bentley’s celebrates 100 years and The Cronut comes to London.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news to have on our radar for the month ahead.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill Centenary Celebrations

September 2016 marks the official centenary of Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, which has been under Richard Corrigan’s ownership for over 11 years.

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

The celebrations this month include: a complimentary glass of fizz with Fish & Chips ordered on a Monday, a glass of bubbly for two with any ‘Sharing Plate’ from the menu, and the Centenary five course Tasting Menu with matching wines for £100.

Elystan Street

Chef Phil Howard, previously of The Square in Mayfair, will open Elystan Street in Chelsea this month, accommodating up to 64 in the restaurant, and 12 in a private dining room.

The modern British menus will have different lunch and dinner formats, but both will offer ‘delicious, clean, ingredient-led dishes, full of natural vitality’.

Dominique Ansel Bakery London

Chef Dominique Ansel and his team are bringing some French and New York flavour across the pond, with the opening of his eponymous bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery London.

Ansel was responsible for The Cronut®, the croissant-donut hybrid pastry. Located on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, the menu will feature signature pastries from his original shop as well as a new line of London-only items.

Duende & Santo Remedio celebrate Grito de Dolores

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September, Victor Garvey of Duende and Edson Diaz-Fuentes of Santo Remedio are teaming up to celebrate Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence Day – at Duende.

Duende restaurant in Covent Garden

The eight-course menu will be priced at £49 per person, with an optional drinks pairing including cocktails, wines and mescal available at £26, in addition to Duende’s full drinks list.


On the 15th September, food writer and cook Ravinder Bhogal will open her debut restaurant on Marylebone’s Blandford Street.

Jikoni, meaning ‘kitchen’ in Swahili, will draw on Ravinder’s mixed heritage and travels, with flavours and culinary traditions from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Click to read our guide to the best restaurants in Marylebone.

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis, the Soho restaurant and members’ club, will re-open on 12 September after a substantial redesign.

The ground floor restaurant will remain open to the public and members alike with the addition of a second restaurant, Barrafina, which has moved from its Frith Street location.

The first floor will open as a new dedicated members’ restaurant, bar and club area and the second floor rooms have been opened up by removing walls to create one fluid space with a new bar area.


Sagardi, specialising in Basque food, with restaurants in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Porto, Mexico City and Buenos Aires, will open their first UK restaurant on Curtain Road, Shoreditch this month.

The Sagardi menu for the new London restaurant will offer the best produce from Basque farms and its coast, all flown in daily from San Sebastian.

Bar Douro

Bar Douro will open at Flat Iron Square this month, drawing inspiration from the traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto. The rustic restaurant will offer a contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine alongside expertly sourced regional wines.

Ormer Mayfair

Celebrated chef Shaun Rankin and Flemings Mayfair will open a new restaurant, Ormer Mayfair, on 20 September 2016.

Ormer Mayfair

Ormer Mayfair will be a ‘celebration of British heritage, drawing together the freshness of foraged herbs, English wines and seasonal produce’. The restaurant will have two private dining rooms that seat up to 20 guests.

The chef also has a restaurant in St Helier, Jersey.


JAN is a new restaurant on Nothcote Road, offering a taste of the Caspian and taking influence from Iran and Turkey. Food cooked in the medieval-style charcoal oven will be at the core of the menu, serving traditionally cooked bread, meat and vegetable dishes.

The restaurant has 53 covers in total, with a heated seating area at the front of the restaurant.

Caravan Coffee Roasters

Caravan Coffee Roaster will open a stand-alone specialty coffee roastery this month. Having outgrown the roastery space to the rear of the restaurant in Caravan Kings Cross, on Granary Square, Caravan Coffee Roasters will open a new dedicated roastery just north of King’s Cross.

The 8,500 square foot Victorian warehouse will include a coffee education studio, as well as a brew bar and café, serving daily baked goods, daily changing filter and espresso coffee, and a retail shop.

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