Bounce – 121 Holborn
Although the Olympics are now over, it seems to have left a longer lasting obsession. Earlier last month opened Earls Court based ‘Ping’ offering a Kitchen, Bar and Ping Pong Rooms. It seems us Brits are no longer satisfied by socialising over a drink and need an additional form of Olympics inspired entertainment to keep us occupied, funnily enough the American’s discovered this some time ago.
Opening this month is Bounce which is bought to us by those genius’s of All Star Lanes and will consist of a raised restaurant serving the all Italian comfort food of Wood-Fired Pizza’s (another returning trend) along with Brit inspired cocktails and 17 Ping Pong tables. Could this be the future of our social scene?
Brompton Asian Brasserie by Novikov – 223-225 Brompton Road
After the success of Mayfair based Novikov (the black cod rolls really are to die for!), Arkady Novikov is due to be opening his second restaurant later this month. The new venue, this time based in Knightsbridge, will mix Asian and European cuisines in the ground floor space with an open kitchen similar to that of Novikov. There will also be a downstairs snug and a deli/grocer next door offering sandwiches and ready-made dishes to take away plus fresh dim sum!!
Il Tempo – 48 Chandos Place
This is a very new concept for London. Il Tempo which had it soft opening last month is an open all day restaurant offering fixed price breakfast and lunch – doesn’t sound too different? Well as dawn sets in, this restaurant/bar becomes its own unique haven, serving a collection of Italian drinks and offering an open table of aperitivo dishes straight from the Italian kitchen.
These delicacies are free to the guests in exchange for a slightly higher drinks price (approx £2 more) but offers an opportunity to graze through the night on what sounds like a good selection of food!
Naamyaa – Angel Building, 407 St John Street
The legend that gave us everything from Wagamama’s to Hakkasan with Busaba and Yautcha thrown in for good measure might be doing it again. Set to open in the newly developed Angel Building, Alan Yau’s all day dining café is loosely based on the eclectic cafés of Bangkok and will offer truly authentic Thai food in the way, he says his Busaba brand doesn’t. With this Naamyaa, Yau hopes to achieve a lighter brighter feel that will draw diners in throughout the day. Being a big Busaba fan, let’s see if this offering manages to win me over!
That’s all for now folks!
Miss Digressive xxx