In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Padella and Trullo team may open restaurant in Shoreditch
A planning application submitted by the restaurateurs behind Italian restaurants Trullo and Padella suggests that there could be plans for a third restaurant in east London.
Unfiltered: Ryosuke Mashio, Umu
Head sommelier at Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Umu, Ryosuke Mashio, tells WLC about his love of Champagne, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London, and what he has learnt from judging saké at the International Wine Challenge.
Stevie Parle’s Rotorino to close
Rotorino, chef Stevie Parle’s Italian restaurant in London’s trendy Dalston district, is to close its doors after five years in business.
WLC Eats: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Tom Kerridge’s debut London venture for ethereal fish and chips, heavenly white Bordeaux and a nostalgic treacle tart.
WLC Eats: Sushisamba Covent Garden
WLC’s resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to the new Sushisamba in Covent Garden for wagyu gyozas, poussin teriyaki, yuzu saké and an edible zen garden.
WLC Drinks: The Bar at China Tang
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Bar at China Tang at The Dorchester hotel for exotic cocktails, jaunty jazz and delectable dim sum.
Cristiano Ronaldo spends £27k on wine in 15 minute bar visit
Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo spent £27,000 on two bottles of red wine on a 15 minute trip to a Mayfair restaurant this week, and reportedly didn’t finish the second bottle.
Bollinger cellar master: Champagne 2018 ‘best’ of my life
In sharp contrast to last year’s extremely challenging harvest, Bollinger cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described 2018 as the ‘best’ of his life.
Unfiltered: Fabrizio de Fenzo, Ristorante Frescobaldi
Fabrizio De Fenzo, head sommelier at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair, set out on his path to becoming a sommelier at the tender age of 16, working at L’Anima, Sartoria and Petrus before finding a home at Frescobaldi.
Hot new London bars: October
Our latest round up of drinking dens in the capital includes a canned cocktail bar in Fitzrovia, a vermouth café in King’s Cross, and a bistro championing women winemakers.
Usain Bolt to open London restaurant
Having hung up his trainers, Jamaican sprinter and all-round entertainer Usain Bolt is to open a rum-focused restaurant in London’s Liverpool Street next month.