A Guide To: The Best New Bars and Restaurants in London

With new bars and restaurants popping up in London seemingly every week, it’s no wonder that London is a foodie capital of the world.

It’s hard to keep track of them all time. So, here’s the guide you need to find the best. Keep an eye for those soft-launch offers too!

Zia Lucia

📍Unit 1a, 12 Piazza Walk, London E1 8ZH 🚅Aldgate East station 🍴 Pizza

This increasingly popular gourmet pizzeria is getting bigger and better!

What makes Zia Lucia different? Well, you can expect four types of dough (paprika infused dough, anyone?), home-made desserts including a pizza dessert, craft beers, Italian wines, burratas, cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating.

This new branch in Aldgate East is their fourth location in London, and to celebrate, Zia Lucia have soft-launched with 50% off your pizzas between 7th – 13th February. Better hurry, it won’t last long.

East West

📍135 Fortess Road, London, NW5 2HR 🚅Tufnell Park 🍴 Pizza

If curry on pizza sounds is what you’ve been waiting for, then you’re in luck. East West is a fusion restaurant combining traditional Northern Indian flavours with Italian style pizzas.

Think  Butter Chicken; with semi dried tomatoes, truffled oyster mushrooms and fennel pesto, and the Masala Jackfruit; combining black olive tapenade, grilled peppers and grilled peppers, alongside a host of small plates and authentic Indian desserts.

It’s not just the pizzas given the East West treatment. Classic Cocktails are given a northern Indian twist including a Chai Martini made with chai infused cream liquor and a Punjab to Moscow Mule combining small batch eastern spiced ginger beer, galangal citrus syrup and vodka.

It gets better for your wallet too. Soft-launching on 15-16th February bag yourself 50% off your pizzas before East West opens officially.

Baraka

📍Unit 4 Finsbury Ave, Broadgate, London EC2M 2PF 🚅Liverpool Street 🍴 Anatolia

In Turkish culture, the word Baraka means a wooden hut where people eat and socialise. Don’t let the name fool, this stylish Turkish restaurant near Liverpool Street tube station is anything but.

Using traditional Mangal cooking methods (that’s open charcoal flame to you and me), you can enjoy recipes and dishes shared over hundreds of years across the Ottoman Empire,  Expect from the charcoal grill, a selection of meats and vegetables, including a 24-hour marinated chicken and lamb shish, lamb kofte, yoghurt, tomato sauce and home-made bread.

With an open kitchen, an elevated bar, intimate table, an outdoor terrace (remind me to come back in the summer for alfresco action), and well long communal ones for larger groups, Baraka is the place to come for socialising over some cracking food and wine (and cocktails). It will become a hidden gem I reckon, as it’s almost secreted among the soaring skyscrapers of the City of London.

Updated: 13 February 2020

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