Made in Brasil, London
London’s fascination with all things South American continues with a new Brazilian bar in Camden.
Despite its incongruous location, the bar and eaterie aims to resemble a “beach shack” and create the atmosphere of a “beach party”. Unfinished driftwood tables and chairs and floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows overlooking a dual-level garden equipped with barbecue should help.
Opened: 30 June
Area manager: Ian Burrell
Head chef: Juarez Santana Ferreira
Food: Modern Brazilian cuisine with fish dominating. Look out for barbecued fish, baked fish with cassava prawns and steamed fish with vegetables, coconut, herbs and spices or fish with banana and white sauce.
Capacity: 90 inside, 30 outside
Crowd: Fans of Brazilian music, food and Capoeira
Average cocktail price: £5.50-£6
Address: 12 Inverness Street, London NW1 7HJ
Tel: 020 7482 4777
Frankie and Benny’s, Portsmouth
The Restaurant Group’s Frankie & Benny’s chain has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1995, and this week sees the opening of its 89th outlet. This time it’s on the first floor of Gunwharf Quay’s Waterfront Shopping Centre in Portsmouth. It’s the seventh of the group’s American-Italian-style diners to hit Britain’s south coast.
Opened: 28 June
General manager: Andrew Howlett
Food: American-Italian dining – pizza, pasta, steak, burgers and ice-cream
Capacity: 149 seats
Crowd: Families, couples, kids, parties, business meetings
Average spend: £20-£30 per person (two courses)
Address: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TU
Tel: 02392 732151
This new supersized bar is the sister venue to Abacus on Cornhill. It’s spread out over two floors and open from noon to 2am with soft leather sofas and cosy booths for lunching, lounging, drinking and dancing. There’s an outside terrace for 50 as well as ground-floor and basement bars.
Opened: 22 June
Manager: Andy Buchanan
Food: Bar food – take your pick from platters, sandwiches and finger food
Crowd: City boys and gals and a more general weekend crowd
Average spend: Food from £3-£16; cocktails from £4.95
Address: 14-18 Triton Court, Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1BR
Tel: 020 7534 5542
The Metropolitan, London
Westbourne Park’s Metropolitan pub has inserted a restaurant into its first floor, promising quality food in a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a decked wood terrace for alfresco dining in the summer and a fireplace for cosy indulgence in the winter. We’re interested to know whether chef Charlton Antenbring’s early life as a fashion student will affect the food.
Opened: 29 April
General manager: Denis Lerbreton
Head chef: Charlton Antenbring
Food: Seared marlin steak with pak choi, citrus mash and a mango, coriander and spring onion salsa, and banoffee pie for pudding.
Capacity: 72 seats
Crowd: Expect the usual trendy music types and a selection of locals
Average spend: £28 (with wine)
Address: The Metropolitan, Westbourne Park, London W11 1AB
Tel: 020 7229 9254
Metro Bar & Grill, Solihull
Half a million pounds is being spent on turning this former Pitcher & Piano into a second Metro Bar & Grill. Following on from its sister act in Birmingham town centre, the new venue is a modern, airy kind of place with floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s aimed at the self-conscious mid-20s to 30s age group who still want to go out but prefer a more relaxed environment.
Opens: 1 July
General manager: Alistair Tyson
Head chef: Andy Twigg
Food: Fresh fish, pastas, grills and salads
Capacity: Restaurant seats 50-55
Lounge: Seats 50-60
Bar: Stands 40-50
Crowd: Young professionals
Average spend: £20-£30 a head (without wine)
Address: 680-684 Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3DX
Tel: 0121-705 9495
Made in Brasil, London