Dai Chi, Soho
This month, the founders of cult Italo-Japanese restaurant Angelina will launch a kushikatsu restaurant. Soho’s Dai Chi will bring Osaka’s ‘kushikatsu’ dining culture to London, exploring the art of deep-frying vegetables, fish and meat on traditional kushi skewers to transform them into dishes such as fried lotus root, goma and black sesame whipped with tofu and aged balsamic; and scallop with bergamot ponzu and Exmouth caviar. The menu will be presented omakase style – serving whatever the chef fancies, when it’s ready – and will feature crudo, fried sticks of vegetables, fish, meat and a Japanese risotto. There will also be an option to upgrade to a more complex menu, with the addition of sticks of fried A5 wagyu tenderloin and white truffle; and deep-fried oysters with blackberry and yuzu granita. Guests can be seated in the 28-cover restaurant or at the six-seater counter. If it’s anything like Dalston’s Angelina, this one’s going to be special.
16a D'Arblay Street, Soho, W1F 8EA
3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
3 Henrietta Street is a restored five-storey townhouse hosting three restaurants from chefs Mark Greenaway, Luis Pous and Kimberly Lin – along with a flagship coffee house from The Gentlemen Baristas. Overlooking Covent Garden piazza, each floor has been carefully restored, while preserving the original features. On the first floor of the building is Pivot, a modern British restaurant from Scottish chef Greenaway, serving a four-course (£65) and six-course tasting menu (£85). Taking up residence in the cellar is El Ta’Koy, the first UK opening from acclaimed Cuban chef Pous. The space serves a vibrant sharing menu driven by its tiki-inspired cocktail list – think tacos, tostadas and empanadas alongside bao buns stuffed with pork chicharron. On the ground floor you’ll find Lilly’s, a café headed up by pastry specialist Lin. Here, Lin – who has worked at The Corinthia, Claridge's and for Dominique Ansel – has created a clever take on traditional cakes and pastries, as well as an all-day menu and a range of juices, teas and zodiac-inspired lattes.
3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8LU
The Water House Project, Bethnal Green
Gabriel Waterhouse’s east London dining sensation has put down permanent roots in Bethnal Green. The project began around Gabriel’s kitchen table in his flat in 2015. Completely self-funded, he relocated to a semi-permanent spot on Mare Street in early 2020. Dubbed a ‘social fine dining’ restaurant, the new space offers a monthly changing, nine-course tasting menu in a contemporary setting close to Regent’s Canal. Diners can enjoy the experience from one of two communal tables, or at one of the eight smaller tables around the room. Michelin-trained Waterhouse is influenced by the Nordics and loves to pickle and brine his ingredients. There’s an element of veg-centricity throughout his menus: highlights include Jerusalem artichoke puree with onion ash, artichoke skins and chives; carrot granita with crème fraiche and preserved lemon puree; and artichoke ice-cream with honeycomb, hazelnut crumble, blackberry compote and fennel. To finish, we can vouch for the Talisker whisky, amaretto and butter cocktail.
1 Corbridge Crescent, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT