A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors.
Junsei, a specialist yakitori restaurant in London's Marylebone, is opening next month. It is the first venture from chef Aman Lakhiani and his business partner, former Cinnamon Club and Kanishka general manager Rizwan Khan.
Junsei (meaning ‘pure' in Japanese), is opening at the former Romna site and will serve skewers grilled over Binchōtan – a white charcoal using Japanese oak – with more than 20 variations available, such as chicken meatball, thigh or heart. Eack yakitori skewer is coated in a house tare, an aged combination of soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar or salt.
While the skewers are the main event, the menu also includes sharing plates, including wagyu seared at the table using the Binchōtan charcoal and clay pot rice dishes. An omakase or chef's menu will feature eight skewers paired with wines and sake or a soft tea. The drinks list will include sake and shochu and Japanese-inspired cocktails.
Opening 1 July
Executive chef Aman Lakhiani
Typical dishes Shiso chicken breast skewer with ume, heart, crispy skin, tsukune or neck; cuttlefish somen; smoked birch crème brûlée
The Bailiwick Freehouse
The Bailiwick Freehouse in Egham, Surrey, has reopened under the leadership of Steven Ellis, previously chef-patron of the Oxford Blue in Old Windsor, with his wife, Ami, as head pastry chef. The new menu offers game and more unusual joints of meat, while the drinks menu includes Windsor Great Park sparkling wine. The Bailiwick will be working with a local brewery to create a Bailiwick ale, made using hops that have been foraged in the surrounding countryside.
Chef-patron Steven Ellis
Typical dishes Fallow deer pastrami salad; Windsor Great Park roe deer; rum-roasted pineapple tatin
The East London Pub Co has relaunched the former Kazbar in Clapham as the Saxon following an extensive refurbishment. The venue serves charcuterie and cheese boards, and sharing dishes such as burrata, zucchini cakes, popcorn chicken and chicken wings. It plans to offer brunch, roasts and pub classics.
Owner Patrick Frawley
Operator The East London Pub Co
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