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Latest openings: Market Hall Victoria, Nocturnal Animals, the Oystermen and more

04 December 2018 by
Latest openings: Market Hall Victoria, Nocturnal Animals, the Oystermen and more

Market Hall Victoria

The former Pacha nightclub in Victoria's Terminus Place, London, has been relaunched as the latest Market Halls venue, with 11 restaurant and street food traders and two bars across three floors.

Since 1909 the space has housed an Edwardian shopping arcade, a restaurant and the nightclub. The site now features traders such as chef Tom Griffiths' nose-to-tail concept Flank; kosher-style Jewish deli Monty's; Malaysian-style Gopal's Corner; and Press Coffee.

A 100-cover roof terrace will also launch in spring 2019.

The site is the second Market Halls, following the first opening in Fulham earlier this year, with another set to open in a former BHS building off Oxford Street next year. Market Halls is overseen by a group of property investors and restaurateurs transforming ‘unloved' public spaces, headed by chief executive and former property investor Andy Lewis-Pratt and Simon Anderson, the restaurateur behind London's Pitt Cue Co.

Opened 11 November
Covers 400
Architects FaulknerBrowns
Traders Flank; Gopal's Corner; Monty's Deli; Squirrel; Bun Shop; Baozilnn; Super Tacos; Nonna Tonda; Koya Ko; Fanny's Kebabs; Kerbisher & Malt
Website www.markethalls.co.uk/market/victoria


Bao & Bing

Bao & Bing Taiwanese street food-inspired dining concept has opened its first site in London's Marylebone. The site serves bao buns with a variety of fillings and monthly specials, and wheelcakes are made in front of guests at the bar.

Covers 40

Founder Paul Sarlas

Typical dishes Taiwanese three-cup chicken; dan bing; beef noodle soup; popiah

Website www.baoandbing.com


Clifford's bar

Chef Gemma Ellis has launched a bar at her restaurant Clifford's in London at the former site of Texture Restaurant Group's 28-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen. The bar offers cocktails and seasonal bar snacks, using preservation techniques to make use of produce which would otherwise be thrown away.

Covers 70
Typical dishes Crispy violet artichoke and aïoli; and venison gyoza with pickled walnut
Website www.cliffordsrestaurant.co.uk

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La Vita Spuntini

The Arcari family has opened its second restaurant under its Spuntini brand on Glasgow's Gordon Street, joining their five other restaurants in the city. The property will serve Italian small plates and sharing dishes.

Owners The Arcari family
Covers 125
Typical dishes Duck, black pudding and red wine jus; oven-roasted chicken wings, sweet sauce and jalapeño peppers
Website www.lavitapizzeria.co.uk/spuntini-gordon


Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals on Bennetts Hill in Birmingham is the second venue by chef-owner Alex Claridge. The 80s pop culture-inspired, fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar serves Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

Covers 42; 60 in the bar
Chef-patron Alex Claridge
Design 2G Design and Build
Typical dishes Ibérico pork belly, confit carrot and char siu; cod, chicken skin and black garlic
Website www.nocturnal-animals.co.uk


Soho Wala

Indian street food concept Soho Wala has launched at the Soho Courthouse hotel in London. The all-day dining concept is the first opening from Mastercraft Hotels' culinary development director Preet Tandi.

Covers 50
Typical dishes Kurkure bhaji, crispy lotus root and okra; mirchi matchstick chicken; yuzu-infused stone bass with chilli paste; kali dal; Assam tea brûlée
Website www.sohowala.com


The Oystermen

The Oystermen has relaunched its seafood bar and kitchen in London's Covent Garden, having expanded to double the size of the restaurant. The site now offers a wider menu of seasonal dishes showcasing daily fresh seafood and hot oysters for lunch and dinner.

Covers 45
Head chef Alex Povall
Founders Matt Lovell and Rob Hampton
Design Dominique Walsh of Pea Green Studios
Website www.oystermen.co.uk


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