Flowers are blooming, little lambs are taking their first steps, and the sun is even making an appearance! Spring is all about new life, and it is fair to say that these new openings are bringing new life to London’s restaurant and bar scene. Make sure you check out these hotspots throughout April.
Easter is fast approaching, giving you the perfect excuse to consume as much chocolate as possible within the month of April. And what better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than trying out Soho’s newest import from Hong Kong; Bubblewrap. After serving incredible waffles every Saturday at Berwick Street market, Bubblewrap now has its own home on Wardour Street. These light, crispy egg waffles are freshly cooked in front of your eyes, and then finished with a range of delicious toppings, from gooey chocolate sauce, fresh fruit, silky gelato and crunchy nuts. Pick one of their tried and tested combinations such as Oreo Crunch (strawberry cheesecake gelato, Oreo cookies and salted caramel) or Matcha Break (matcha gelato and KitKat), or mix and match your toppings to make your ultimate waffle. Given up chocolate for Lent? Bubblewrap also offer a savoury option of salt and pepper waffles and avocado.
Another street food stall now with some bricks and mortar is Club Mexicana, which has taken up residency at Dalston cocktail bar, Pamela’s. Club Mexicana delivers everything you would want from Mexican food with one exception; while the food may be full of fresh, lively flavours and tons of heat, you will find no carne here! That’s right, Club Mexicana is completely vegan. However, even if you are an avid carnivore, there is no denying how delicious this food is. Try their Baja To-fish Taco, which combines lightly battered tofu with zingy pickled red cabbage or the Blue Corn Quesadilla with braised jackfruit, roasted courgette and creamy vegan cheese. And when it comes to wetting your whistle, you are in safe hands with Pamela’s cocktail experts and their updated menu which fuses classic cocktails with Mexican flavours.
Photo credit: Lucy Richards
Quickly becoming one of South London’s top destinations for foodies, Hildreth Street in Balham has a new addition. Curveball is opening its doors in April, celebrating all things globular. However, this place offers far more than the meatballs you may find in your local Italian. From lamb balls with hot harissa, to beetroot and tahini balls with a lime and avocado crema and crispy round rostis, Curveball are packing as many flavours and ingredients into their balls as possible. Their dishes are inspired by flavours from all around the world, such as their South East Asian chicken skewers (circular, of course) with a sour, salty nuoc cham glaze. As these dishes are small sharing plates, the best way to experience Curveball is to grab a bunch of friends, order multiple items from the menu and have a ball- literally.
It might be hard to find, but this next bar, from the team who brought us the Naked restaurant at Bunyadi, is set to be a riot. The Bletchley, as its name suggests, is a cocktail bar inspired by Bletchley Park and the code-breakers it homed. Prepare to step back in time as you enter the secretly located bar with its own cipher machine, where you will start to crack the code to your perfect cocktail. Based on a personality questionnaire, you will receive a code which is then relayed to the mixologists, who will create a cocktail for you based on your specific flavour and texture preferences. After sipping on your personalised cocktail, you can take your secret recipe home in a classified envelope. Sounds spiffing, right? Well if you want to go, get booking fast as this is anticipated to be the hot ticket of spring.
If interactive bars and dining are your thing, make sure you pop this next new opening on your April to-do list. Hot Pot, located in Chinatown, aims to provide memories just as much as delicious food. Bring out your inner chef by selecting one of the five fresh broths and then tailoring it to your personal taste. Choose from a variety of ingredients to add into your broth yourself, such as sweet lobster, hearty mutton, crunchy vegetables, or rice and noodles. And it doesn’t end here! Make sure you head to the dipping station to pimp your broth with a wide range of herbs, oils and sauces to make it just how you like it. Hot Pot’s ethos is encouraging friends and families to bond while cooking together, so gather your nearest and dearest, and head to Chinatown for an unforgettable dining experience.