Head to Fitzrovia to see what Monica Galetti did next, after 12 years at two Michelinstarred Le Gavroche. Mere is set to have a 25-seat bar area on the ground floor and a 70-seat dining room in the basement. ‘Mere’ is named after the French for ‘mother’ and the Samoan for Mary, Galetti’s mother’s name.
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Dramatic dining on Brompton Road from young firebrand Tom Sellers. The restaurant states that it aims to deliver an experience that’s ‘radical yet refined’, and bring the outside in – the place is filled with thousands of plants. Instagram heaven for the in-crowd. 264 Brompton Road, SW3 2AS. 020 7100 2200. www.restaurant-ours.com
Due to open early 2017 on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1
Critics have been united in their praise for this new neighbourhood restaurant located on the corner of Clipstone Street in Fitzrovia. Go for the same high quality cooking, wine and service as sister restaurant Portland (on Great Portland Street) but in a more informal setting. House charcuterie is a speciality. 5 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB. 0207 637 0871. www.clipstonerestaurant.co.uk
ORMER MAYFAIR W1
Shaun Rankin’s city satellite to his Jersey original. Head to Mayfair for classic tastes of England’s shores with English wines to match as the Flemings Mayfair Hotel completes its £15m refurbishment. Expect seasonal Jersey produce including fresh lobster, crab, oysters, hand-dived scallops, Jersey royals and hand-picked shoreline foraged herbs.
Precise cooking and beautifully crafted small plates dedicated to Japanese delicacies make Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant a welcome addition to London’s evolving dining scene. Downstairs, funky cocktail bar 7 Tales is worth sticking around for too. 64 Turnmill Street, EC1M 5RR. 020 3805 2304. www.sosharulondon.com
The menu at this Michelinstarred, perception changing favourite is constantly evolving. Watch all the action through the glass walls of the kitchen.
From the team who bought you revered ramen restaurant Tonkotsu, Tokyo-inspired dining now comes to St James’s Market. Expect delights such as black cod teriyaki and Wagyu fillet steak with butter sauce, and a trendy teishoku set lunch.
12a Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS. 020 7629 8886. www.benaresrestaurant.com
Due to open late 2016 in St James’s Market, SW1Y 4SB
7-12 Half Moon Street, W1J 7B. 020 7016 560. www.ormermayfair.com
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