New Restaurant Openings and News

April 2017

A new Sunday menu at Helene Darroze, Ollie Dabbous opens in Covent Garden, a new tapas bar for Jose Pizarro and a couple of new Japanese restaurants in Mayfair.

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

Helene Darroze at The Connaught

Hélène Darroze has launched a new five-course Sunday lunch menu – “Le Pot-au-feu du Dimanche” – at The Connaught Hotel.

Le Pot-au-feu du Dimanche at Helene Darroze

The new menu showcases the main elements of the classic dish, deconstructed, with Hélène’s personal flair and a few select luxury ingredients.

“Le Pot-au-feu du Dimanche” is every Sunday for lunch from Noon-3pm and dinner 6.30pm-9pm and is priced at £75 per couple (the menu is designed for two to share).


Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam, the duo behind Kanada-Ya, are launching a new restaurant, Machiya, on Panton Street.

Machiya London

Named after the townhouses that once typified the traditional cityscape of Kyoto, the all day Japanese restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a wide variety of menus.

Treves & Hyde

Treves & Hyde is a new restaurant and bar in East London from executive chef George Tannock who trained at The Dorchester and The Fat Duck.

Treves & Hyde

Treves & Hyde has a Scandinavian feel with light woods and soft colours with an eclectic menu of local and seasonal produce.


Matsuri in St James’s recently closed its doors after 23 years. The space has undergone a major refurbishment and has now reopened as Onodera, a restaurant that will focus on traditional Japanese cuisine

Onodera Mayfair

The new restaurant will seat 128 covers with Ryosuke Kishi heading up the kitchen creating dishes including Kobe Beef Robata Yaki served with Red Miso Truffle Sauce.

Comptoir Café

Following the success of Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone and Cabotte in the City, Xavier Rousset will open Comptoir Café & Wine – a smart yet informal all-day café, bar and wine shop – on Weighhouse Street in Mayfair.

Open from 8am until late, the 40-cover café and bar will serve classic breakfast fare and viennoiserie in the morning, soups, salads, and lighter dishes at lunch, and small plates will feature on the menu in the evening.

The wine shop, located on the lower-ground floor, will feature around 1000 wines from all over the world, including up to 100 bins of Champagne.

Little José

Acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro launches his new restaurant in Canary Wharf this month.  Little José will be a small tapas bar at Street Feast’s brand new venue in Crossrail Place.

Expect Jose’s excellent tapas menu in a cute setting.

DUM Biryani House

DUM Biryani House in Soho has revealed a new extended menu celebrating the Hyderabadi Biryani.

A twist on the traditional biriyani, the signature dish is topped with a pastry lid and steamed on a low heat for several hours until the rice and meat are fragrant and tender, a cooking technique known as ‘dum’.

The new menu has been expanded to include small plates, snacks and a wider food offering as well as the signature biryanis.


MNKY HSE has launched a series of monthly brunch parties that will take place on the last Sunday of each month, from 2pm until late.

MNKY HSE Mayfair

The MNKY HSE brunch will offer guests a contemporary Latin American menu, alongside unlimited champagne, ‘bloody marias’ (bloody marys made with tequila), international DJ sets and regular live music performances.


Acclaimed chef Ollie Dabbous, in partnership with the Experimental Group, is opening a restaurant in the Henrietta Hotel this month in Covent Garden.

Henrietta restaurant covent garden

The intimate 18-room hotel will open its doors as the sister hotel to the group’s Grand Pigalle in Paris.

The new 80-cover restaurant will be situated across the ground and first floors of the hotel, and will feature a simple and seasonal, ingredient-led menu, with a subtle nod to France.

Bun House

Bun House, a new Chinese steamed bun street cafe, has recently opened on the corner of Greek St. and Old Compton St. in Soho.

Taking inspiration from the Hong Kong tea houses of the 1960’s, as well as the country’s open street stalls known as “dai pai dong”. The cafe will offer affordable ‘quick eating’ on a seated counter-top for up to 10 people, with further outside seating also available.

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