The most effective new London restaurant openings for Fall 2021

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Late spring 2021 marked the first time in a year that London restaurants could think about new or old openings, and the inclusion of many of them on this list five months later shows how complicated opening a restaurant is in what – hint of wood – is , remains starting to feel like the late stages of the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic.

Remember that an opening date is inevitably a moving target. Here are the openings – and a reopening – that will spark the city’s imagination for the next several months.

A range of new udon dishes at Koya Ko including curry don, triple pickle udon and Kamatama-style English breakfast udon. Anton Rodriguez

Koya Ko

Address: 12 Broadway Market Mews, Hackney E8 4TS
Key people: Koya co-founders Shuko Oda and John Devitt.
What to Expect: A noodle bar geared towards takeout and alfresco dining with a standing counter.
Opened: September 13, 2021

A bowl of oxtail kare kare ramen shot from above, with nori, soft-boiled eggs, pea sprouts, spring onions and shiitake mushrooms

A bowl of Oxtail Kare Kare Ramen in Ramo Ramen’s original restaurant in Kentish Town. Ramo ramen

Ramen branch

Address: 28 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0SR
Key people: Omar Shah and Florence Mae Maglanoc from the Maginhawa Group.
What to Expect: Vegan pizza and other dishes from the founders of Santa Maria who are taking over their original restaurant.
Planned opening: W / z September 14, 2021

One of London's iconic dishes is the Black Ax Mangal squid flatbread

Squid ink, cod roe, egg yolk and glitter flatbread from Black Ax Mangal. Black ax Mangal

Formerly known as Black Ax Mangal

Address: 156 Canonbury Road, Islington N1 2UP
Key people: Lee and Kate Tiernan.
What to Expect: Some new things, some old things and the usual sophisticated mess of this unique London restaurant.
Planned opening: September 2021

A bird's eye view of a wooden dining table loaded with Florentine and Tuscan dishes, including tonnato, peposo, and beans

A bird’s eye view of a wooden dining table loaded with Florentine and Tuscan dishes, including tonnato, peposo, and beans. Russell Norman / Instagram

Rough

Address: 35-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6BN
Key people: Russell Norman, formerly Polpo.
What to Expect: A relaxed Tuscan restaurant from the pioneer of small plates, which is intended to function as a canteen during the day and as a well-dressed restaurant at night.
Planned opening: September 30, 2021

Pita is filled at Balady in north London

Filling pita for Sabich at Balady in Temple Fortune. Michael Protin

Balady

Address: 39-41 leather track, Holborn EC1N 7TJ
Key people: The Sabbo Brothers, behind Balady and Balady Alaesh in Temple Fortune.
What to Expect: Some of the absolute best falafel, sabich, and fries in town.
Planned opening: September 2021

Hiding place

Address: 323 Acton Mews, Haggerston E8 4DN
Key people: Chef Seb Myers (formerly Snackbar and P. Franco), Club Manager Sarah Papadimitriou (formerly Laughing Heart and Mãos) and Jonathan Alphandery, wine collector and Planque owner.
What to Expect: “A clubhouse for wine drinkers”, with a focus on natural and gentle styles with a modern, French-inspired restaurant with 40 seats.
Planned opening: September 2021

Bodega Rita's in Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross: Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce in front of their sandwich and deli

Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce in their former Bodega Rita’s in King’s Cross. Bodega Ritas

Ritas

Address: 49 Lexington Street, Soho W1F 9AP
Key people: Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce.
What to Expect: The next iteration of Rita’s, the popular, irreverent and peripatetic restaurant and wine bar run by Flynn and Pryce.
Planned opening: September / October 2021

Toklas

Address: 1 Surrey Street, Temple WC2R 2ND
Key people: Frieze co-founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover.
What to Expect: A “spacious garden terrace” with a menu featuring delicious grilled dishes as well as natural wine, baked goods and a coffee bar.
Planned opening: October 2021

London's food hall obsession continued with arcade food theater

Arcade Food Hall in its former guise as the Arcade Food Theater. Paul Winch-Furness

Arcade Food Hall

Address: 103-105 New Oxford Street, WC2H 8LH
Key people: JKS Restaurants, the group behind Gymkhana, Trishna, Hoppers, Bao, Lyle’s and many of the capital’s most successful restaurants.
What to Expect: An entirely new suite of restaurants and kitchens for the location formerly known as the Arcade Food Theater.
Planned opening: November 2021

A dish from Roketsu's kaiseki residence at Brown's Hotel Mayfair

A dish from Roketsu’s kaiseki residence at Brown’s Hotel Mayfair. Roketsu / Brown’s Hotel

Roketsu

Address: 12 New Quebec Street, Marylebone W1H 7RP
Key people: Daisuke Hayashi, who was trained for two decades at one of the world’s leading kaiseki restaurants, Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto.
What to Expect: Kaiseki mastery from one of its most experienced practitioners.
Planned opening: November 2021

Nusr-et Steakhouse

Address: The Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RN
Key people: Nusret Gokce aka Salt Bae.
What to Expect: Theatrically served food, Instagram-worthy experiences and expensive cuts of meat. Listen, it gets ridiculous, but it gets crowded too.
Planned opening: God knows.