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: Asimakis Chaniotis
The executive chef of Pied à Terre on how snails braised with pearl onions ignited his passion for food, why Thomas Keller is his hero, and an epic Petrus vertical.
Table Talk: Claude Bosi
The Lyon-born executive chef of Bibendum on memories of homemade gnocchi, eating whale in Japan without realising, and why Comté and Jura is the perfect pairing.
Table Talk: Tom Scade
The executive chef of The Vineyard at Stockcross on eating fermented herring in Sweden, a memorable magnum of Cristal 1996, and why John Williams of The Ritz is his culinary hero.
Table Talk: André Garrett
The Corinthia London’s executive chef on an epic lunch at The Waterside Inn, eating puffer fish in Japan, and the beautiful simplicity of Chablis and oysters.
Table Talk: Jeremy Lee
The ebullient head chef of Quo Vadis on the joyful union of langoustines and white Burgundy, eating porcupine offal, and being treated to rare bottles of Rhône by Bill Baker.
Table Talk: Anthony Demetre
The chef/proprietor of Wild Honey St James on cooking chocolate mousse with his Greek grandmother, eating dog in Vietnam, and drinking Trimbach Riesling Michel Bras’ Le Suquet.
Table Talk: Niall Keating
The Great British Menu star on eating scorpion in Mexico, a mind-blowing solo dining experience at Benu in San Francisco, and why he can’t live without ramen.
Table Talk: Tom Booton
The youngest ever head chef of The Grill at The Dorchester on eating fermented shark in Iceland, the joy of foie gras and Sauternes; and why he’ll never take his beef tartare off the menu.
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.
Table Talk: Nathan Outlaw
The seafood mad chef tells us about watching a lobster run around his kitchen as a boy, eating sea anemone in Spain, and why Champagne and fish ‘n’ chips is the best food and wine match.