Latest openings: Water House Project, Marugame Udon, Party Store Pizza and more

01 September 2021 by
Latest openings: Water House Project, Marugame Udon, Party Store Pizza and more

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

The Water House Project

Gabriel Waterhouse's Water House Project started as a supper club at his home in London's Hackney. Now the chef has found a permanent site for the restaurant near Regent's Canal.

The Water House Project is billed as a ‘social fine dining' concept, aspiring to a dinner party atmosphere, with dishes designed to spark conversation between diners and chefs. Guests can sit at one of two communal tables or at one of eight smaller tables.

The restaurant's nine-course tasting menu changes every month. Dishes focus on vegetables, with nods to Nordic and Japanese cuisine. Waterhouse has a penchant for pickling and fermenting ingredients, as well as cooking over a Japanese grill.

Before starting the supper club, Waterhouse was chef de partie at Galvin La Chapelle. He is joined in the Water House Project kitchen by sous chef Thomas Lemercier, formerly of restaurant Hide.

Opened 2 September

Founder Gabriel Waterhouse

Typical dishes British Lop pork belly doughnut with plum chutney; St Austell mussels and Jerusalem artichoke with chive and lemon; celeriac, salted caramel and chocolate truffle; cucumber soup with dill and yogurt sorbet; fig leaf ice-cream with fig leaf oil

Website www.thewaterhouseproject.com

Water House Project
Water House Project

Marugame Udon

International chain Marugame Udon, which has more than 800 restaurants in Japan and offers fresh noodles made in-house, is opening a second UK site, at London's O2 arena.

Opening Mid September

Operator Toridoll Holdings and Capdesia Group

Typical dishes Beef Nikutama udon with beef and caramelised onions in a dashi broth with poached onsen egg; prawn tempura; unlimited vegan matcha and vanilla ice-cream

Website www.marugame.co.uk

Marugame Udon
Marugame Udon

Party Store Pizza

Pub pop-up Party Store Pizza has opened its first permanent site in Bermondsey, serving Detroit-style pizza. The menu is created by Richard Falk, former head chef at the Dairy.

Opened 1 September

Head chef Sam Langford

Typical dishes Pizzas include ‘the Bianca', with béchamel, marinated courgettes, dried chilli, Max's green sauce; and ‘Smacks of Mac', with ground beef, pickled gherkin, white onion, burger sauce

Website www.partystorepizza.co.uk

Party Store Pizza
Party Store Pizza

The Casablanca Cocktail Club

The first dining concept at Edinburgh's House of Gods hotel is inspired by LA's celebrity club scene. Its design includes mirrored ceilings, velvet dining chairs and gilded artwork.

Opening 16 September

Owner Mike Baxter

Typical dishes 24-carat gold Wagyu burger; scallop chicken wings marinated in Dom Pérignon

Website www.casablancacocktailclub.com

The Casablanca Cocktail Club
The Casablanca Cocktail Club

Bayside Social

MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt has opened his third restaurant, on the seafront at Worthing. The glass-fronted venue is open all day and offers takeaway dishes.

Opened 4 September

Founder Kenny Tutt

Typical dishes Sea bream ceviche with avocado, lime, roasted corn; goat's cheese croquettes, South Downs honey, thyme; grilled chicken thigh, spiced peanut, kohlrabi slaw

Website www.baysidesocial.co.uk

Bayside Social
Bayside Social

Chef's Table at The Sea, The Sea, Hackney

The Sea, The Sea has opened a site in Hackney offering an intimate omakase-style tasting menu experience. Each service seats just 12 at a counter table around an open kitchen.

Opened 1 September

Executive chef Leandro Carriera

Typical dishes Horse mackerel, pine nut, sake shallots; turbot, hot dog pods, honeycomb tomatoes

Website www.theseathesea.net

Chef's Table at The Sea, The Sea, Hackney
Chef's Table at The Sea, The Sea, Hackney

Bar Flounder

London fishmonger Fin and Flounder has launched its first seafood shack restaurant at Netil Market. It serves brunch and lunch dishes, as well as weekly specials, using fresh seafood bought direct from Cornish day boats.

Opened 3 September

Founder Brendan O'Sullivan

Typical dishes Scallop and bacon butty with tomato relish; Bar Flounder lobster roll; fritto mixto with aïoli; prawn burger with chipotle mayo

Website www.finandflounder.com

Bar Flounder
Bar Flounder

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