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The Best of Everything, 2017

The Best of Everything, 2017

Hyperbole.

It’s got to be the absolute best thing ever.

But we’re not over-exaggerating when we say that 2017’s been a pretty ripe old year for excellent new eateries and drinking dens joining the fold. And while we’ve already compiled lists of the 10 best restaurants and bars to open over the past twelve months, there remained some special mentions to be made for some of the more niche achievements of the year.

So behold, our guide to The Absolute Best of 2017…

The Very Best New Restaurant | 108 Garage

For a duo made up of a former Wall Street financier once ranking on Interpol’s “Most Wanted” list and an artist who accidentally became a chef by taking a kitchen day job (eventually working up to the triple Michelin-starred Piazza Duomo), the founders of the barnstorming 108 Garage have done pretty well for themselves… READ MORE | THE 10 BEST RESTAURANTS of 2017

Details: 108 Golborne Road, W10 5PS

The Very Best New Bar | TT Liquor

This three-storeyed cocktail den, comprising a bottle shop of rare and unusual liqueurs in backlit shelves; lockable ‘deposit boxes’ in which to store your own personal stash on site; intimate drinking booths set in former overnight cells; a vast masterclass workshop in which you can learn the tricks of the trade at your own bar station; and a menu inspired by cocktail trends through time… is essentially all of the year’s best bars in one. READ MORE | THE 10 BEST BARS OF 2017

Details: 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA

The One You Didn’t Hear Enough About, But Deserved Way More Press and General Hoo-Hah | Lahpet

Burmese cuisine has been relatively under-represented on the London dining scene… until now. Make a visit to this airy, stylishly decorated spot in London Fields, and we promise you’ll Lahpet up. READ MORE

Details: 5 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

Best Plant-Based Restaurant that Doesn’t Describe Itself as “Plant-Based” | Club Mexicana

These street food stalwarts serve up unequivocally delicious vegan food with punchy Mexican flavours and not a whiff of worthiness.

Details: Pop ups at Dinerama and Camden Market – plus something exciting in 2018…

Most Welcome Addition to the London Restaurant Scene | Ikoyi

Turns out, not just anyone can spray some smoke over a dish and make it look impressive. You actually need to be an excellent chef, too. And young ex-Noma chef Jeremy Chan is achieving just that with his first co-venture with pal Iré Hassan-Odukale; the riotously well-received West African fine dining spot, Ikoyi…READ MORE

Details: 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH

Restaurant That’s Opened the Most Restaurants | The Ivy (Caprice Holdings)

Putting in a seriously impressive effort, 2017 has seen no fewer than five Ivy spin-offs crop up in London alone – not even counting the arrival of Harry’s Dolce Vita and the Granary Square Brasserie, also from the over-arching Caprice Holdings. Having probably reached saturation point in the city, there’s now a further eight already planned around the UK for next year…

Details: Probably about 250m from where you’re currently standing.

The Nicholas Cage Award for Dogged Determination | Santo Remedio

Opening last year to rave reviews, queues round the block and almost immediate, unexpected structural issues, this homely Mexican joint was forced to close a mere 5 months after opening. But after a successful crowdfunding campaign – and to literally everyone’s pure, unfettered joy – they’re back. READ MORE

Details152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU

Most Ridiculously Hospitable Front Of Staff | Enrique Vivas & Jorge Felizardo of Del 74

If you don’t like surprise tequila shots being thrust into your hand, don’t let this pair see that you’re leaving their raucous margarita-soaked taco den any time before 11pm…

Details: 87 Lower Clapton Road, E5

Best Opening Residency at a Rotating Guest Chef-Hosting Eatery | Oded Oren at Louie Louie

If the opening stint from chef Oded Oren is anything to go by, this Walworth Road eatery has impeccable taste when it comes to drafting in guest chefs. So it can only bode well for Gabagools and Elote’s Alex Hutton next year… READ MORE

Details: 347 Walworth Road, SE17 2AL

Most Delicious Vegetarian Scotch Egg | Ceremony

It’s big. It’s nestled on semolina. And there’s a perfectly poached duck egg waiting inside. And it’s just one of a swathe of delicious vegetarian dishes they’re cooking up at Ceremony… READ MORE

Details: 131 Fortess Road, NW5 2HR

Most Symbolically Significant Michelin Star Win | Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Despite being housed for over 30 years in Michelin House (a former Michelin tyre factory, plastered with images of the Michelin man), Bibendum has never won a Michelin star. Until, that is, chef Claude Bosi took the reins and won it a debut two stars within months of opening… READ MORE

Details: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD

Most Successful Nailing of the Difficult Second Album | Magpie

Following up somewhere like Pidgin is no mean feat. But the team have managed it with the Mayfair sophomore, Magpie – where welcome snacks are served from a dim sum-style trolley and drinks are served… strong. READ MORE

Details: 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX

Best New Restaurant Thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber | The Other Naughty Piglet

Turns out, the Baron has excellent taste not only in musicals, but in seasonal, small plate restaurants. So when he launched The Other Palace theatre earlier this year, it was clearly a no-brainer for him to draft in the Naughty Piglets team to take over the restaurant area. READ MORE

Details: The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA

Best Imploding Spherical Chocolate Dessert | The Ivy City Garden

Gold-dusted chocolate on the outside. Vanilla ice cream and honeycomb on the inside. Hot caramel sauce all over your plate, face and hands. READ MORE
Runner up: Tamarind Kitchen

Details167-169 Wardour Street, W1F 8WR

Most High-Tech New Speakeasy | The Evans & Peel Pharmacy

Yep, these are magically self-frosting windows to disguise the fact that you are being bundled from an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, high street 1920’s pharmacist’s store into a raucous hidden cocktail den out the back. READ MORE

Details: 42 Devonshire Road, W4 2HD

Best Curd-Focussed Pop Up to Become a Permanent Establishment | The Cheese Bar

Finally, someone stepped up and cut out all the middlemen dishes on a menu that separate your mouth from mountains of cheese. Every dish here – from the wine-soaked fondue to the blue cheese raclette with salt beef – is amazing. READ MORE

Details: Camden Stable Market, NW1 8AH

Most Worth Spending 2+ Hours on Public Transport For | Sparrow

Yes, it’s in Lewisham. Just do it. READ MORE

Details: 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13 7HD

Thank you to all of the incredibly hardworking & creative restaurant and bar owners, event organisers, pop up creators, chefs, bartenders, waiters and more who make this ol’ city of ours a more exciting, vibrant and fun place to live in.  In the words of Mia from La La Land (which came as close as any film in the history of the world ever has to winning The Oscars’ Best Picture Award) –

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess they make…

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Take a peek at our more serious guides to the 10 Best Bars and 10 Best Restaurants to open in 2017…



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