London in Three Courses: Fresh faces on the capital's food scene

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London in Three Courses: Fresh faces on the capital's food scene

Chin Chin Labs' Tonka Bean ice cream in a brownie cookie sandwich

Three courses, three restaurants. Our new marketing assistant, Sophie, spent a day exploring some of London's newest eateries and we're getting hungry just reading her review...

London is one of the cultural epicentres of the world with a dining scene to match. The city may be old, but it boasts a constant stream of new places that offer cutting edge cuisine. 

Entrée - James Cochran N1, Angel

James Cochran N1 is the second restaurant opened by namesake and former 2* Michelin chef James Cochran, and is a departure from his already successful EC3 venture in more than just location. 

Just a short walk from Angel underground station, the casual modern eatery specialises in light bites and flatbreads, making it a great place to visit on your lunch break. 

N1's menu brings together two juxtaposing cuisines - Scottish and Caribbean - to create an intriguing and delicious small plate selection. Rabbit and fennel cigars, Crispy chicken skin with Padrón pepper mayonnaise, and Cornish monkfish coconut flatbread are popular favourites amongst visitors.

The main event - The Wigmore Tavern, Regent Street

Located only a stone's throw from Oxford Street, the luxury five-star Langham Hotel gave birth to its onsite restaurant, The Wigmore, in August. 

With Le Gavroche's Michel Roux Jr. overseeing the menu and the team behind the award winning bar the Artesian making your cocktails, great quality and exemplary service can be expected.

The menu doesn't so much "re-imagine" classic British dishes because it doesn't need to. It does, however, serve quintessential gastro-pub dishes with Michelin star flair. Fat cut chips with Bloody Mary salt and Cheeseburgers with ox tongue and shallots are just a couple of examples of the Wigmore's ever evolving menu. And at surprisingly reasonable prices, it will put your local to shame.

Dessert - Chin Chin Dessert Club, Soho

Chin Chin Club is the third addition to the London dessert cafe name, opening in the bustling Soho theatre district last month. Yet, even in such a competitive environment, Chin Chin quietly offers unusual and delectable desserts that will captivate a large and loyal customer base without any need for advertisement.

With cream marble counters and a pretty pastel colour scheme, the cafe itself is just as Instagram-able as the desserts on offer. The selection of sweets available at Chin Chin mainly centres on its signature ice creams in an array of exciting flavours, customisable with various toppings and pastries. 

The staff recommendation is enough to tempt even the toughest critic: Burnt salted caramel ice cream nestled in a choux pastry sandwich topped with grilled white chocolate. Chin Chin is a gift to food bloggers in both style and substance.

Londoners are and will continue to be spoilt for choice in a city that is always at the forefront of the latest culinary trends, and with a new cafe opening on every corner, one could spend a lifetime discovering London.

What's your favourite restaurant? We'd love to hear about the places that you can rely on to wow your friends and family. 

If you have any recommendations, email them to marketing@leiths.com with "I love this restaurant!" in the subject line. We'll try to check them out and will thank you in our review!

Sophie Hibbert

Author: Sophie Hibbert

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