Cantonese pub

July 2022 Isibani The Baring Tatale Eyal Shani Miznon Kino Leeds

Named after a Zulu word meaning “to bring light”, Isibani is started by owners Anthony Douglas Chuka and Abdul Malik Abubakar with Nigerian-born chef Victor Okunowo running the kitchen. The Knightsbridge Restaurant will have a refined 22-seat dining room downstairs with a more casual 24-seat dining room upstairs serving a different menu as well as a 16-seat roof terrace. The menu will focus on West African dishes, with highlights that will include a jerk chick taco; and chicken kyiv with nkowbi offal, onions and peach.
9 Knightsbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QL​

The Baring
Chef Rob Tecwyn and Managing Director Adam Symonds are coming together to launch a gastropub in London 10 years after they first met at Highgate’s famed The Bull and Last. Opening July 12, The Baring will be located, appropriately, on Islington’s Baring Street and will be defined by Tecwyn’s ‘simple but thoughtful cuisine‘ which will ‘favour humble ingredients and seasonal produce’ against a backdrop of low-intervention wines and independent British breweries. . The menu of dishes will be concise and will include dishes such as smoked eel and pig’s head terrine, horseradish and daikon; roast gurnard, Roscoff onion and taramasalata; grilled lamb rump, kofte, eggplant and shishito pepper; and warm almond and Chantilly cream cake. Beers on tap, on tap and on tap will feature a rotating selection of small UK-based breweries including Burning Sky, Little Earth, Five Points and Cornwall’s Harbor Brewing. There will also be wines from independent, low-intervention winemakers.
55 Baring Street, London N1 3DS​​


Akwasi Brenya-Mensa’s first London restaurant, Tatale, will launch at the new Africa Center site in Southwark later this month. Originally slated to launch early this year, the contemporary pan-African concept takes its name from the plantain pancake tatale, a quintessential Ghanaian dish. The menu will feature dishes and techniques from the world’s second largest continent with the aim of “introducing people outside of these communities to the wide range of amazing dishes, ingredients and techniques”. Dishes will include chicchinga buttermilk fried chicken wings with dill emulsion; ackee croquettes with curry emulsion; and red snapper moqueca with onion and tarragon.
66 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BL​

movie theater
Opened this month in Leed’s national opera company, Opera North, Kino is a 100-seat restaurant over three floors that will celebrate local vendors. It will kick off with a summer menu of local cheeses and charcuterie before operating a full food offering and a residency of a Leeds-based pop-up brand from September.
34 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU​

by Valderrama

Around the Cluck

Named after famous Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama, James Cochran’s second restaurant project will open close to his popular restaurant 12:51 on Upper Street in Islington. The 48-cover site will be filled with specially commissioned murals, paintings, including one made from vintage goalie shirts and “evoking 90s nostalgia”. The venue will serve as a permanent home for Cochran’s By The Cluck delivery concept with a menu that focuses on crispy buttermilk fried chicken. The beverage offering will focus on Beavertown beers, frozen margaritas and other cocktails. “It’s a game changer,” he says. “It’s a sports bar, but we’re inclusive – there’s no discrimination here, just great drinks, great food and an amazing atmosphere.”
163 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1US​

Israeli chef-restaurateur Eyal Shani will make his UK debut with a site for his restaurant brand Miznon which will open in Soho on July 15. Open on Broadwick Street, the fast-casual restaurant brings Mediterranean flavors with dishes such as whole cauliflower; lamb kebab; and a plate of minute steak with tahini and salsa. Miznon opened in Tel Aviv in 2011 and has since expanded to Paris, Vienna, New York, Melbourne, Singapore, Boston. There’s also more to come from Shani, who plans to open her HaSalon restaurant in Notting Hill later this year.
8-12 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN

Bubala Soho


After several delays, critically acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant Bubala is finally ready to launch its second London location in Soho. Opened on July 11, the new Poland Street restaurant is described as an “extension” of the group’s original site in Spitalfields and will contain 50 seats including an eight-seater kitchen counter. The dining room will be more spacious and the menu more extensive, with a greater emphasis on cooking over a fire thanks to the restaurant’s yakitori grill. Signature dishes will include halloumi with black seed honey; potato latkes confit with toum and Aleppo pepper; mandarin cabbage and ras el hanout ponzu; and Yemeni Malawach with stracciatella, kalamata olives and smoked eggplant honey. The drinks menu, meanwhile, will offer wine on tap; bottled natural wines; Beers produced in the UK; and Gazoz house sodas, a homemade seltzer water combined with locally sourced fruits, flowers, spices, herbs and natural syrups.
15 Poland St, London W1F 8QE​​

Neighborhood wine bar and restaurant Caia will open this month on London’s Golborne Road in Notting Hill. Named after the Roman goddess of fire, Caia is launched by Rishabh Vir and Tim Lang and will have a restaurant on the ground floor and a bar in the basement and a concert hall. The dining room on the ground floor will be able to accommodate 60 seats including a bar and an open kitchen where 10 guests can sit. To the rear will be a 12-seat wine cellar with a floor-to-ceiling wine display. Caia will serve “wine-friendly” sharing plates cooked on a bespoke open-fire grill, including charred meats and vegetables as well as a range of ferments, vinegars and preserves. Smaller options such as asparagus with smoked onion and crispy chicken skin, or grilled artichokes with marinated egg yolk, will sit alongside larger dishes like monkfish with ancho chili and beetroot; and pork belly with lavender molasses. Desserts, meanwhile, will include Caia’s Smoky Cheesecake with Kentish Strawberries; and macerated peaches with lemon sorbet and lemon verbena.
46 Goldborne Rd, London W10 5PR

Up down


Duck Duck Goose founder Oli Brown and his partner Ruth Leigh are due to launch an outdoor restaurant with rooms near Deal, Kent, later this month. Housed in a Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse, Updown will have seven bedrooms in total, including two cottages, all of which have been lovingly restored by the couple over the past few years. Updown’s main farmhouse will contain four bedrooms all overlooking the site’s extensive grounds, with additional bedrooms located in the former farmhouse outbuildings. Alongside this will be the open-air restaurant, which will be run by Brown and sheltered under a pergola shaded by hanging vines and wisteria. The restaurant will overlook the central lawn and Updown Farm and will have its own outdoor kitchen with a bread oven built into the stable wall. A far cry from Duck Duck Goose, Brown’s modern Cantonese cantina previously operated at POP Brixton in London, Updown Restaurant will serve a “hyper-seasonal Italian-leaning” menu with dishes including raw sea bass with almonds and cherries; and grilled leg of lamb with broad beans, artichokes and bagna cauda.
Updown Farm, Updown Road, Betteshanger, Deal, CT14 0EF​​