Top 10 restaurant trends30th April, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
London’s restaurant scene is notoriously mercurial with new trends constantly emerging for food and drink. db’s Lucy Shaw reveals ten of the current hottest ones.
It’s hard to keep up with the pace of change in London’s Darwinian restaurant scene where competition is rife and only the smartest sites survive. Last year, Londoners went wild for Peruvian food in all its colourful guises and clucking mad for chicken, with edgy fried chicken joints popping up in the capital faster than Miley Cyrus can take her clothes off.
On the drinks front, mixologists hit the history books seeking inspiration for twists on classic cocktails, many of which were made using vintage spirits, while Cava hit the headlines through a slew of new bars shining a light on the much-maligned Spanish sparkler.
So what does this year hold for London’s restless restaurant scene? An interesting shift taking place in the capital is a return to fine dining. Sick of pop-ups and burger bars, consumers are now craving attentive customer service and a sense of occasion. But while many will seek solace in silver service, the casual dining model will continue to thrive with a distinctly American accent this year through new openings like Jackson & Rye in Soho and Steam & Rye in the City.
Also trending in 2014 are savoury cocktails, from Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Bone Dry Martini at White Lyan in Hoxton to the Salt Beef Sazerac at new opening Peg + Patriot at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, which serves as a playful hat tip to London’s current love affair with all things American.
Scroll through to see the trends currently sweeping the capital’s restaurant scene…