Yes, the end of summer is near, but fear not! O is here to save you with a round-up of the country’s most exciting new restaurant openings (get the dates in your diary, now), plus the latest books you should be cooking from
After the success of Sartoria on Savile Row and Radici in Islington, Italian chef Francesco Mazzei’s third launch in two years is his most ambitious yet. Fiume (Italian for ‘river’) is a 120-cover contemporary Italian restaurant set within the first phase of the £9 billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, right by the Thames. Overlooking the piazza, the restaurant will have an open kitchen complete with wood-fired oven, bar-counter dining for 15 covers, and a large terrace. Francesco will oversee Fiume, but the day-to-day running of the kitchen will be the responsibility of head chef (and fellow Calabrian) Francesco Chiarelli, who has worked alongside Mazzei for over five years.
THE COAL SHED
The October opening of The Coal Shed in one of the capital’s most sought-after locations marks the first London outing for restaurateur Razak Helalat, who has already won diners over with his original Brighton restaurant (and its sibling The Salt Room). The new 124-seat restaurant will open at the landmark development One Tower Bridge, located opposite the Tower of London, and will major on sustainable meat and seafood, including a range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks from the North Highlands cooked over hot coals. There will also be a specials board featuring rare-breed cuts and a daily selection of fresh fish and crustaceans from south-coast boats. Look out for the sharing roasts on Sundays.
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