What a year 2014 has been. We had more dude food flood into our restaurants, a Persian wave swept across the capitol, Peruvian food found a new home in London and ramen went stratospheric. We had highs and we had lows! Here are our highlights of 2014, the best new restaurants of the year.
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With irresistible Israeli food, cool chefs and a rocking bar to dine at, we loved this little Soho restaurant. The deconstructed kebab did it for us and we thought their fattoush salad was the best in town.
With a burgers served downstairs and an awesome arched restaurant above, you are spoilt for choice at this cool Hackney hangout. We had one of the best burgers of the year, smothered in their bacon jam, but is was the broccoli tempura with soy and molasses that made us go mad for it.
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At 28 Lee Westcott has done very well. He flew in from Hong Kong to head up the restaurant in the Bethnal Green Town Hall and put together one of the most interesting tasting menus we had this year.
From the vibrant murals on the wall to the silky soft, spicy sea bream ceviche, we loved everything about this perfect Peruvian restaurant. They have just launched a pisco bar in the basement, so you know where we will be in the new year.
The Ivy Market Grill
The new outpost of the infamous Ivy oozes style and glamour from every inch of its dark wood dining room. The chicken Milanese with egg and black truffle is legendary. Covent Garden is back in the game!
St Katherine Docks is having a restaurant revolution and this epic Spanish is leading the pack. The Morcilla sliders, with spicy black pudding, smoky cheese and green apple slaw, were whoop worthy!
Tucked away down Kensington Church Street, this hidden gem is hot dog heaven! Head downstairs into the New York style restaurant and feast on pulled pork Mexican dogs and kickass negronis.
Chiltern Fire House
With Nuno Mendes in the kitchen, a stunning al fresco dining space and the infamous smoking area, we love CFH. The crab doughnuts are perfection and the brunch is one of the best in town.
Sustainable restaurant Rabbit could have been annoyingly smug, but in the hands of the Gladwin brothers it turned out to be a total joy. We adorded the rabbit ravioli, enriched with bone marrow and wrapped in lovage pesto. Thumpingly good.
Words: Lucy Self