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Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2011 Shorlist

From the Time Out Website:


And the categories are:

Best New Bar | Best New Cheap Eat | Best New Design | Best New Haute Cuisine | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Restaurant | Best Park Café | Best New Sushi Bar

Best New Bar

  • Booking Office

    St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, London, NW1 2ARA fine gothic setting to ponder empire, and boom and bust, over cocktails.

  • Experimental Cocktail Club

    13A Gerrard Street , London, W1D 5PSFrench-accented ‘speakeasy’ bar behind an unmarked door in Chinatown.

  • Worship Street Whistling Shop

    63 Worship St, London, EC2A 2DUThis Victorian-themed drinking den verges on the silly – but the drinks are superb.

  • Zetter Townhouse

    49-50 St John’s Square, London, EC1V 4JJThis hotel bar takes its taxidermy nearly as seriously as its commitment to fine cocktails.

Best New Cheap Eats

  • Ariana II

    241 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JNThis Afghan BYO restaurant cooks up some really flavourful dishes at great prices.

  • KaoSarn

    Brixton Village Shopping Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PRThis alfresco café adds heaps of Thai spice to Brixton Village.

  • Manchurian Legends

    12 Macclesfield Street, London, W1D 5BPAn authentically Dongbei and northern kitchen in Chinatown.

  • Meza

    34 Trinity Rd, SW17 7RESome of the best Lebanese cooking and fairest prices in south-west London.

Best New Design

  • Massimo

    Corinthia Hotel London, 10 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AEDesign: David Collins Studio
    A spectacular Italian restaurant inside a five-star hotel.

  • NOPI

    21 Warwick Street , London, W1B 5NEDesign: Alex Meitlis
    A shiny interior for the latest Ottolenghi restaurant, with abundant marble and light.

  • Riding House Café

    43 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PQDesign: Louise Davies, Box 9 Architects
    A salvaged bar and restaurant interior that mixes wit and charm.

  • Spuntino

    61 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PWDesign: Russell Norman and Richard Beatty
    Distressed but not distressing, a clever evocation of a New York diner.

Best New Fine Dining

  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LAHistoric British dishes brought back to life in typical Heston fashion.

  • Hedone

    301-303 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 4HHSeasonal, foraged ingredients bound into dishes that are part-Mediterranean, part-Nordic.

  • Medlar

    438 King’s Road, London, SW10 0LJFive-star Modern French food at World’s End in Chelsea.

  • Pollen Street Social

    8 Pollen Street, London, W1S 1NQJason Atherton makes a statement with his inventive, modern cooking.

Best New Local Restaurant

  • Brawn

    French, 49 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7RGFresher, hipper Columbia Road spin-off of French wine bar Terroirs, with a meaty focus.

  • Corner Room

    Modern European, Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NFSister to Viajante, this no-bookings restaurant is more casual but no less ambitious.

  • Kateh

    Iranian, 5 Warwick Place, Warwick Avenue, W9 2PXComplex and authentic Iranian cooking in a sophisticated setting.

  • Malina

    Polish, 166 Shepherd’s Bush Road, Chiswick, W6 7PBThis cosy place pleases with rustic, turn-of-the-century Polish cuisine.

Best New Restaurant

  • Hawksmoor Seven Dials

    Steakhouse, 11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JJProper Josper grilled steaks, hearty sides and plenty of wine and cocktails – no place for the meek.

  • Kopapa

    Brasserie, 32-34 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HASmall plates restaurant where the ingredients lists are more of a mouthful than the globetrotting dishes.

  • Morito

    Spanish, 32 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QEMoro’s sibling, serving a casual combo of tapas and booze that go beyond Spain.

  • Spuntino

    61 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PWDesign: Russell Norman and Richard Beatty
    Distressed but not distressing, a clever evocation of a New York diner.

Best Park Café

  • Fulham Palace Café

    Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, London, SW6 6EAAristocratic garden setting for daytime eating and weekend barbecues.
    The Lido Cafe

  • Lido Café (Brockwell Lido)

    Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PASwish poolside café that’s light, airy and super-relaxed.

  • Lido Café (Serpentine)

    South side of the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UHA lakeside haven for sun-worshipping park lifers.

  • Pavilion Café

    Highgate Woods, Muswell Hill Road, Highgate, N10 3JNA charming spot for breakfast and brunch all year round.

Best Sushi Bar

  • Atari-ya

    1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, London, W5 3LDA fishmonger’s sushi bar, where the seafood is fresh and the prices low.

  • Dinings

    22 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HHWhere old-school Japanese meets modern Latin American flavour.

  • Sushi of Shiori

    144 Drummond Street, London, NW1 2PAThe husband-and-wife team show remarkable dedication to finely-crafted sushi.

  • Yashin

    1A Argyll Road, London, W8 7DBThis elegant Kensington sushi bar is remarkable for its no soy sauce philosophy.


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