13 December 2017 by

This week's openings include Yen, Hotel Indigo Cardiff, Londrino and more.


Part of Japanese fashion company Onward Holdings, fine-dining restaurant Yen has brought its buckwheat soba noodles from Paris to its first site in London, on the Strand.

Soba noodles are handmade on-site twice daily by Maruno Hidenori and Katsuki Sakurai, who were trained by soba specialist Takahashi Kunihiro in Yamanashi, Japan. The soba is served cold with dips, grilled meats or tempuras, or in hot soup with a selection of toppings. The menu also includes a substantial sushi selection served in the main restaurant and at the eight-seater sushi counter. Main dishes are largely centred around the robata and tempura dishes.

The drinks list offers cocktails, wines and spirits, and a wide variety of Japanese sakes, beers, shochu, plum wines and whiskies. Cocktails will blend typical Japanese flavours such as yuzu and lychee and offer an Eastern twist on classic cocktails.

Opened 28 November
Covers 109
Owner Onward Holdings
Executive chef Hiyama Hiroki
Head sushi chef Akinori Yasuda
Restaurant manager Cristoforo Santini
Head bartender Alex Frattini
Design Sybarite Architects
Typical dishes Chargrilled black cod marinated in saikyo miso; Hida-wagyu beef steak sumiyaki; and hot soba with scallion in broth



Parisian healthy fast food chain Cojean has opened its second London site, in Mayfair. The decor is all cool blues and crisp whites with pops of colour, while the menu items are hand-made and prepared daily in the Cojean central production kitchen.

Covers 58
Typical dishes Cod with yuzu and mash; satay chicken and creamy herb quinoa;
and Thai green curry



Duddell's has opened the first international outpost of its Hong Kong restaurant, at London Bridge. It will serve modern interpretations of Cantonese dishes and dim sum.

Covers 100
Head chef Daren Liew
Design Michaelis Boyd
Typical dishes Supreme lobster noodle; truffle-roasted black cod; and Rhug Estate lamb with shishito pepper and eryngii mushrooms

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Hotel Indigo Cardiff

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened its latest Hotel Indigo, in Cardiff, managed by Redefine BDL Hotels. Each bedroom is designed to highlight Welsh heritage. The hotel also houses a 90-cover rooftop Marco Pierre White steakhouse bar and grill and a small fitness centre.

Bedrooms 122
General manager Tom Gaskell
Owner Maven Capital Partners



Leandro Carreira's Londrino has opened at London Bridge, with a menu based on his native Portugal. Londrino has an à la carte restaurant open for lunch and dinner and a relaxed all-day wine bar for light meals and grazing.

Covers 70
Manager-sommelier Cameron Dewar
Typical dishes Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander; octopus with red pepper miso; and fermented potato with egg yolk and mustard


Mortimer House Kitchen

Mortimer House Kitchen has opened in London's Fitzrovia with a Mediterranean menu. Dishes include charcoal cauliflower with tahini and za'atar, wild seabass with artichokes, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder with wild mushrooms and jus.

Covers 90
Founder Guy Ivesha
Head chef Luca Unali
Design AvroKO

Mortimer House Kitchen

Vapiano Edinburgh

Typical dishes Home-made beef lasagne; mushroom risotto; ravioli con carne; and salmon carbonara

Vapiano Edinburgh
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