10 London restaurants to look forward to in 2021
While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
Table Talk: Paul Ainsworth
The Southampton-born chef on his love of autumn, the beauty of the humble onion, and being blown away by a 24-course meal in Stockholm with Tom Kerridge.
Unfiltered: Daniel Manetti, The Connaught
Daniel Manetti, head sommelier at the two-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, shares his joy at finally tasting a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, and why London is one of the best cities in the world to work in wine.
Unfiltered: Isabelle Legeron MW
A staunch advocate of natural wine, Isabelle Legeron founded RAW Wine in 2012, which has grown to become the world’s largest community of low-intervention organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers. Here, she shares her unconventional path in wine, and details of her her new venture, the London-based wine bar Neptune.
Unfiltered: Neleen Strauss, High Timber
Neleen Strauss, the formidable owner of South African city spot High Timber, on serving Oprah Winfrey, the joy of a plate of anchovies with a glass of Albarino, and an altercation with a Texan with a knack for opening a bottle of wine with a handgun.
Unfiltered: Christine Parkinson, head of wine at Hakkasan
Christine Parkinson, once described as “one of the most creative buyers in the UK” by Jancis Robinson, recalls an encounter with Elvis Costello, a run in with a meat cleaver-wielding head waiter and how she could have ended up an astrophysicist.
Unfiltered: Piotr Pietras MS, Hide
Former footballer and director of wine at Hide, Piotr Pietras, reveals a love of cider, how he has his wife to thank for putting him on the path to becoming a sommelier, and why a Pinot Noir from New Zealand would be his top pick from Hide’s extensive wine list.