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Amuse-Bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

We round up the latest bar and restaurant news this week, including a sizzling Greek feast, a floating steakhouse staple, and a premium tequila brunch…

Smashing Plates

Greek restaurateur Neofytos Christodoulou has launched an exciting new restaurant in London Bridge, serving up an unorthodox take on Greek and Cypriot street food. Specialising in gyros, the top-notch kebabs are made to a family recipe using responsibly sourced meat, which is butchered in-house, marinated and grilled to order. Look out for the house ‘Smashing Sauce’, a combination of roasted aubergine and garlic butter.


As its flagship Spitalfields venue turns 15 years old, the steak gurus have announced the winter opening of a new restaurant and bar in Canary Wharf. Hawksmoor Wood Wharf will be set over three levels in an eco-friendly ‘floating pavilion’ in the docks, designed by Glenn Howells Architects. The 150-cover restaurant and 120-cover bar will boast “plenty of river-side seating” as well as a roof garden planted with wildflowers and grasses.

D&D London’s Avenue

The Mayfair brasserie has unveiled a swanky new Gin Emporium in collaboration with Cambridge Distillery. Running from now until 31 August, the cocktail list includes delicious creations like the Cambridge Green (gin, fresh kiwi, cucumber, pressed apple juice, elderflower cordial and lime juice) and Forbidden Fruit (Japanese gin, fresh summer berries, mint, pressed apple juice and honey syrup. (£12.50). Gin & Jazz nights will take place every Thursday night, providing a chilled soundtrack for diners tucking into dishes like roast Cornish day boat turbot with Borlotti beans, summer peas, lovage velouté and courgette and basil pearl barley.

Madera at Treehouse Hotel

Cali-Mexican hideout Madera has hooked up with premium tequila brand Casamigos on a new brunch series which kicks off this Saturday, and will take place on the last Saturday of each month from there on. One of the few Mexican brunches in London, guests can expect more margaritas than you can shake a piñata at, as well as a special Mimosa kit to complement brunch dishes like veggie fajita bowls, taquitos and truffle frittatas. An unlimited vegan churros bar is every good as bit as it sounds. The party brunch will feature live entertainment, dancers and DJs, and will have a different theme each month from African-inspired beats to Zombies.

28°- 50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen

To celebrate International Rosé Day on Saturday 26th June, indie wine specialists 28°- 50° is launching its own exclusive pink offering for one month. Priced at £34.95 per person, the sommelier-led experience will include Bollinger Rosé to start, followed by a glass of refreshing Aix Rosé, Côteaux d’Aix en Provence 2020. Guests will be served a generous sharing platter of olives, hummus, truffle arancini and artichoke tempura, followed by a choice of Eton Mess or Chocolate Madeleines with Creme Anglaise.


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