New Restaurants Coming to Covent Garden in 2018
Foodies rejoice! With a number of new dining concepts and restaurant-firsts opening their doors in Covent Garden throughout 2018, it’s set to be a very exciting year.
From London’s first Avocado restaurant to SUSHISAMBA’s new West End outpost, along with Petersham Nurseries’ two restaurants opening in the spring, there’s plenty to get excited about. Read on to see what other exciting new restaurants are coming to London’s West End in 2018...
Unarguably one of the most eagerly awaited restaurant openings of the year, SUSHISAMBA is set to open in Covent Garden’s famed Opera Terrace this spring. The restaurant will follow in the success of its world-renowned City outpost, known for its unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine.
The new 9,000 square foot restaurant will offer striking rooftop views across Covent Garden’s East Piazza. The menu will feature exciting new and signature dishes with an emphasis on piquant flavours, the finest ingredients and creative presentations. Complementing the cuisine, the restaurant will also offer a selection of handcrafted cocktails, cultural spirits, Pisco and sake and a large selection of wine and Champagne. Watch this space!
Avocado lovers can expect living plant walls, natural materials and, of course, high quality fresh ingredients. Inspired by the laid-back, bohemian Californian lifestyle, the boutique restaurant will serve nutritious bowls and salads, as well as eclectic dishes such as avocado carpaccio, avo hot cakes, green shakshuka and a breakfast menu.
Can’t wait until the spring? Neither can we! Ahead of their Henrietta Street launch, Avobar will be opening a pop-up at 18 Floral Street this February.
The Petersham, one of two restaurants opening at Petersham Nurseries this spring, will be an elegant, à la carte restaurant following the established and well-respected formula of the Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond.
Executive Chef, Simon Whitley, will oversee the menu creation, respecting the Slow Food philosophy. The offering will be simple and seasonal, with a focus on quality ingredients and Italian flavours. Serving afternoon tea and lunch, along with pre and post theatre dinner menus, The Petersham promises to provide an oasis in the West End’s fast-paced urban environment. During the spring and summer months, tables will flow on to Floral Court, a central courtyard with evergreen walls brimming with displays of seasonal plants and flowers, offering al fresco dining in the heart of London.
Modern and playful Chinese restaurant, RedFarm, will open on Covent Garden’s Russell Street later this year – marking the first opening outside of New York City.
Red Farm first opened six years ago in a former townhouse in New York City’s West Village as a collaboration between Chinese food expert and restaurateur Ed and ‘dim sum master’ Joe.
With an inventive take on Chinese food, their menu is tailored to a Western palate with fun dim sum creations including the colourful (and very Instagrammable) ‘Pac-Mac Shrimp Dumplings!
Cora Pearl is the second restaurant from the team behind the famed Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair. The new two-floor restaurant has been named after one of the 19th century’s most garlanded and celebrated courtesans, Cora Pearl, who was known to work and live in Covent Garden – how very fitting!
Head chef, George Barson will remain on hand to oversee both the Cora Pearl and Kitty Fisher’s kitchens, and will be serving up the same gourmet British dishes that the original restaurant is known and loved for.
La Goccia, Petersham Nurseries’ second restaurant, will also open this spring. The vibrant and accessible all-day dining destination will serve an extensive menu of small sharing plates, with tables extending on to Floral Court for al fresco dining in the spring and summer months.
Named after the founder’s mother’s interiors shop in Italy, La Goccia’s open grill and wood burning oven will further enhance the bustling atmosphere as expert chefs openly prepare your meal.
For those simply looking for a quick beverage, La Goccia Bar will serve up nature-inspired cocktails in a lively and botanical setting overlooking the central courtyard.
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