It's that time again...
We loved Perilla when they popped up at platform 1 in East Dulwich, so we're very pleased to hear they're opening permanently in Newington Green. The food will be a "modern interpretation of classic European flavours" with example dishes including seaweed bread brushed with roasted lamb fat, cuttlefish bolognese and, for dessert, preserved plum custard. Yum. Co-owner Matt Emerson said of the opening, "we are incredibly excited to be opening Perilla. We want to bring our twist on fine dining out of expensive, traditional restaurants and make it accessible, affordable, and informal."
Perilla, 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16. Opens: 15 November
Chef and BBQ expert Neil Rankin will open a new restaurant in Soho celebrating live fire cooking, tacos and wine. The restaurant is split over two levels with downstairs featuring an open kitchen/BBQ. There will be rare breed meats, including beer fed Dexter, Longhorn beef, Old Spot pig, lamb and goat, cooked in the centre of the restaurant — think dishes like lamb shawarma and smoked rib of beef served with inventive side dishes.
Upstairs at street level there will be a taco bar, serving handmade tacos using heritage corn imported from Mexico, with internationally influenced, playful toppings. There will be a large, new world focused wine list and a selection of mezcals, too. There's a lot going on, and the result will basically be a restaurant that's big on flavours and most importantly, fun. Neil Rankin said of the opening, "I have often felt that some meat-focused restaurants are overly masculine and put the emphasis too heavily on large cuts of meat.
"I wanted to create a restaurant that offered choice, not only in terms of portion size but also in animal breeds, sides and sauces — giving back the control to the customer and allowing them to decide what they eat."
Temper, 25 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DF. Opens: 8 November soft launch.
The original Lobos at London Bridge opened rather quietly but quickly made a name for itself with a cosy space and solid tapas. Now they're opening a branch on Frith Street. This time there will be a dedicated charcuterie bar on the ground floor and an open plan kitchen on the first floor, serving all the tapas that made the first branch so popular.
Lobos Soho, 48 Frith Street, W1D 4SF. Opens: mid-November
Breddos tacos will open their first permanent taqueria this November after four years on the street food scene. The menu will focus on regional Mexican and Pocho (that's Mexican-American) cuisine, using the best of British produce. Open all day, they'll be serving dishes like blueberry churro French toast at breakfast, tacos, tostadas and tlayudas (Mexican pizzas) at lunch and an expanded dinner menu, featuring dishes cooked on a wood grill. These will include spit roast iberico pork al pastor with roasted pineapple, and larger sharing dishes from the regions of Sonora and Guadalajara, including mutton barbacoa and beef rib birria (a spicy stew). All the tortillas will be made from scratch using a volcanic stone mill and tortilla machine imported from Mexico.
Breddos Tacos, Goswell Road, Clerkenwell. Opens: November, TBC. Keep an eye on their website for details of soft launch.
Quilombero, a new Genovese/Argentinian canteen from the team behind Rita's, Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce, will open at East India Dock. Open from breakfast through to dinner, they'll serve breakfast sandwiches of focaccia with Napoli sausages, roasted peppers, fried egg and American cheese; lovely sounding lunch dishes like Galloway sirloin with salsa verde and crushed potatoes and a range of meat, fish and pasta dishes in the evening.
We particularly like the sound of oysters with brown butter and black beer vinegar and roasted aubergine with squid ink and black salt. The idea is to open a fresh, vibrant all-day canteen which the team are describing as a "hot mess". Sounds good to us.
Quilombero, Republic, Ground Floor, 2 Clove Crescent, E14 2BE. Opens: 8 November