Five new restaurants opening this spring

Sosharu, Pharmacy 2 and a new offering at HMS Belfast feature in our list of upcoming restaurant and eatery openings this spring.

The flavours at Strut & Cluck will be influenced by the founders' Eastern Mediterranean heritage
The flavours at Strut & Cluck will be influenced by the founders' Eastern Mediterranean heritage

Strut & Cluck’s turkey feast

Turkey is the hero ingredient at Strut & Cluck, a new restaurant that is soon to open in Shoreditch. Co-founders Amir and Limor Chen use free-range turkeys from select farms in East Anglia, which are marinated for 24 hours in a range of seasonal ingredients and flavours, inspired by their Eastern Mediterranean heritage.

The menu will feature dishes such as slow-roasted turkey thigh on a bed of caramelised red onions and sweet potatoes; and the turkey sandwich reinvented - expect grilled sourdough with hand-pulled turkey, pickled onion mayo, pickled eggs and feta-stuffed peppers.

Where: The exact location is still under wraps

Contact: Head to the Strut & Cluck website for more details.  

Sosharu by Jason Atherton

Acclaimed chef Jason Atherton is to open his seventh London restaurant next Monday (7 March). Located in Clerkenwell, Sosharu will be styled on a Japanese pub - or izakaya, and include a 40-cover basement cocktail bar known as Seven Tales.

Head chef Alex Craciun will be offering a menu comprising small dishes with sections dedicated to different specialities, including hibachi grill, tempura and sashimi.

Where: 64 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5RR

Contact: 020 3805 2304

Café Royal’s dessert restaurant 

London's first dessert restaurant opens today (3 March), at The Café within luxury hotel Café Royal on Regent Street. The menu has been created by executive pastry chef Sarah Barber, and features tasting menus served with optional wine pairings, as well as savoury bites to prepare the palate.

Sweet treats include Barber’s Alice in Wonderland inspired desserts such as the Queen of Hearts, which includes raspberries, champagne and roses, and Eat Me, Drink Me - a creation that combines Snickers and chocolate malt shake. The Childhood Memories menu will include Barber’s take on rhubarb and custard and jaffa cakes.

Where: 68 Regent St, London W1B 4DY

Contact: 0207 406 3310

New eatery at HMS Belfast

Tom’s Kitchen, the group of restaurants and delis founded by chef Tom Aitkens, is to open a new deli and bar on HMS Belfast, in partnership with Levy Restaurants UK. It is due to launch in late March, and will serve the group's signature range of sandwiches, salads and platters, bakery items and beverages. The new venue will also house a 58-person rooftop bar, which will be partly covered for those wanting to enjoy an al fresco aperitif.

Where: HMS Belfast, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH

Contact: 020 7940 6300

Pharmacy 2 from Damien Hirst

Opened at the end of last month, Pharmacy 2 is the new restaurant from Damien Hirst, in collaboration with Mark Hix. It is located at the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall and serves classic British and European inspired cuisine, catering for visitors to the gallery throughout the day as well as evening diners when the gallery is closed.

The menu features items such as Shaved winter squash with treviso and Graceburn cheese, crispy squid with green chilli, garlic and almonds, a pineapple upside-down cake and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with saffron ice cream. 

Where: Newport St, London SE11 6AJ

Contact: 020 3141 9333

More: Five new London restaurants to try

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