Openings this week: Hai Cenato, Nusa Kitchen, Tapas Revolution and more

24 February 2017 by
Openings this week: Hai Cenato, Nusa Kitchen, Tapas Revolution and more

A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors

Hai Cenato

Jason Atherton's Social Company has opened Hai Cenato, the group's first New York-Italian restaurant, in London Victoria's Nova development. Hai Cenato, meaning ‘have you had dinner?', offers small plates, pasta and risotto, grills and pizzas made in the restaurant's own custom-built pizza ovens. The Drunken Oyster, the restaurant's bar, serves classic Italian cocktails with a twist and sparkling ‘taptails'.

It is the second collaboration between Atherton, his wife Irha and chef-patron Paul Hood, and joins 18 other new restaurants in the development.

The interior is inspired by traditional Italian family restaurants with vintage light fixtures and deep red snakeskin banquettes. Layers of wallpaper are peeled to evoke a sense of heritage, and hand-drawn caricatures of Atherton's favourite chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi and Heston Blumenthal, hang on the walls.

Hai Cenato, Nova development, London Victoria
Hai Cenato, Nova development, London Victoria
Opened 7 February

Covers Restaurant: 60; bar: 70

Chef-patron Paul Hood

Head chef James Brown

Operator The Social Company

Design Russell Sage Studio

Typical dishes Garlic and salted anchovy-studded lamb rump with olive and anchovy cream; and sourdough pizza with confit lamb neck, spiced aubergine, ras el hanout, yogurt and mint

Nusa Kitchen

Healthy east Asian restaurant group Nusa Kitchen, founded in 2004 by mother and son Patou and Mark Cox, has launched its latest restaurant near London Moorgate. It has a menu of traditional Asian soups, salads and rice boxes as well as a new breakfast menu.

Nusa Kitchen, Moorgate, London
Nusa Kitchen, Moorgate, London

Head chef Patou Cox

Covers 15

Typical dishes Nasi lemak; beef rendang; and Vietnamese grilled chicken

TT Liquor

TT Liquor has opened in Shoreditch, east London. The site has a specialist store with more than 1,000 liquors and a subterranean cocktail bar. Padlocked ‘deposit boxes' will be available for hire to allow guests to keep private liquor collections at the venue, and cocktail-making classes, experiences and events will be hosted on the upper floors.

TT Liquor, Shoreditch, east London
TT Liquor, Shoreditch, east London

Covers 120

Founders Alastair Tatton and Stephen Thompson

Tapas Revolution

Omar Allibhoy has opened a sixth Tapas Revolution, in Eldon Square, Newcastle. The dishes contain ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, served alongside gin and tonics in the traditional Copa de Balón (balloon glass) and an extensive Spanish-inspired cocktail list.

Tapas Revolution, Eldon Square, Newcastle
Tapas Revolution, Eldon Square, Newcastle

Founder Omar Allibhoy

Typical dishes Jamon Iberico; croquetas; chorizo cooked in Asturian cider; and churros

Bleecker Burger

Street food burger van Bleecker has opened its second permanent site, a small takeaway joint at London Victoria. The restaurant uses rare-breed, pasture-fed, dry-aged beef from small farms in the UK and won the London Burger Bash with the Bleecker Black in 2014.

Bleecker Burger, London Victoria
Bleecker Burger, London Victoria

Covers 12

Founder Zan Kaufman

Typical dishes Bleecker Black with American cheese, black pudding and onions

Best Western Plus Vauxhall

One of Best Western's first new-build properties, the Best Western Plus Vauxhall in London is a boutique hotel with 28 bespoke rooms. Part of Kaz Hotels, it has a ‘night and day' theme to reflect the 24-hour nature of the surrounding area.

Best Western Plus Vauxhall
Best Western Plus Vauxhall

Owner/operator Kaz Hotels

Bedrooms 28

General manager Monica Da Silva


Jules, a new independent brasserie, has opened in London's Putney. The evening dining menu is based around international tapas-style dishes alongside stone-baked pizzas, charcuterie, cheeses and sharing plates. The dining room was designed by Maria Hipwell and built by Cavendish & Redwood.

Jules, Putney, south west London
Jules, Putney, south west London

Covers 50

Owner George Porchester

Head chef Alvaro San Millan

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