March 2004
March News

Restaurant news round up

What's happening in Restaurant land this March? We had a quick skim through all the press releases, rumours and, frankly, near libellous scuttlebutt and boiled it down to a few facts we're fairly confident about.

Don't forget Mum

Looking for a Mother's Day treat for the old dear? Take her out for Sunday lunch

Our easy to use restaurant search lets you find just the right sort of place to impress. From gastro pub to full on silver service. But don't hang around, restaurants get booked early for Mother's Day.

A little piece of Spain in Sarf Lundun

Rebato's, London's original tapas restaurant, celebrates it's 20th anniversary with 20-year-old prices

Rebato's, in Vauxhall, London , was established in 1984 by Toledo-born Tino Rebato and was the first British restaurant to feature tapas and Spanish wines. It remains family-run, now managed by his son Marco. Rebatos continues to attract a loyal customer base, with warm, friendly service and an authentic Spanish culinary experience. Signature dishes include gambas al ajillo (prawns with olive oil and garlic), roast suckling pig and chuletas de cordero (charcoal grilled lamb cutlets with garlic mayonnaise) along with a number of daily specials.

The wine list is dominated by Torres, whose wines Rebato's helped introduce to the British restaurant-going public.

Celebratory prices

Rebato's will be celebrating this milestone with 20-year-old prices from 29th March to 3rd April. Bookings will be taken for parties of up to eight.

Rebato's 169 South Lambeth Road , London SW8 1XW ; tel 020 7735 6388


Rebato's, tapas restaurant

Sax in the City

Young? Single(ish) and looking for a gooooooooood time? Then try Sax in Foubert's Place, Soho.

Formerly Attica, this recently refurbished restaurant/club is designed for those looking for a classier night out in the West End. You won't find any shirtless monsters on the dance floor, dress code is strictly expensive, and that's one of the reasons it attracts a cooler crowd. In the restaurant a modern European menu rules, with something for everyone. Service is slick and the kitchen is confident enough to put itself on view.

Prices aren't cheap, but that filters out the undesirables and you do get free entry to the club if you've eaten in the restaurant. It's certainly nice to have a one-stop shop - a class meal then dancing with no need to walk the wet streets in your best threads. The décor is brave; paintings that are either stupendously naff or ultra ironic depending on your taste, hang on the wall but there's no doubt that owner Marios George is trying to bring a different sort of venue to Soho. Think The Embassy Club but for people without trust funds or titles but with well-paid roles in TV soaps.

Cirque comes to Town

London's Hippodrome changes its name as it lights the way for a new era of Burlesque and Detroit inspired clubbing.

The London Hippodrome, one of the world's most famous nightclubs with a rich history of entertaining rock stars, models and the showbiz elite is re-launching as Cirque at The London Hippodrome with a showstopping launch event this month.

Glamour, enchantment, seductive entertainment, circus acts, trapeze artists and plenty of feathers, pink corsetry and Parisian lace are on the menu at the new venue. 'Decadent splendour' is the design brief, but with an interior which captures the exclusivity of a boutique club.

"We're looking to the club's circus years for inspiration, not only for nostalgia but for fantasy, kitsch, excess and fun" explains Kiri Stylianou, marketing director of the new look club.

New restaurant openings

Rhodes Twenty Four
25 Old Broad Street, EC2

Gary Rhodes has opened his new restaurant, Twenty Four on the 24 th floor of Tower 42 overlooking the City. Rhodes Twenty Four serves up traditional British cuisine such as oxtail cottage pie and cockle and leek casserole against a backdrop of stunning London views. And no doubt the usual teetering tower plate arrangements.

50 Dover Street, W1

Isis is a new restaurant serving traditional North African cuisine mixing popular couscous dishes and more unusual brik pastries and pastilles.

The Savoy, Strand, WC2

Banquette is Marcus Wareing's new upstairs restaurant over The Savoy Grill. Banquette taps into London 's American Diner trend and aims to bring a touch of fun and informality to The Savoy with sandwiches, salads, snack and soups on the menu

The Wolseley Café and Restaurant
160 Piccadilly, W1

The Wolseley is Jeremy King's new offering mixing the relaxed luxury of a Parisian brasserie with the salon decor of a Viennese caff. The Wolesley opens its doors at 7am to the hardened breakfast crowd where you can sit and read the papers before work

Malmaison Brasserie and Bar
Charterhouse Square, EC1

The Malmaison Brasserie and Bar serves up classic and contemporary regional French dishes. The menu features fish soup with rouille and grilled lemon sole with lobster butter.

Essence Bar and Restaurant
2-5 Carthusian Street, EC1

Essence Bar and Restaurant serves a full lunch menu Monday-Friday and tapas in the evening and the menu focuses on fresh ingredients and grilling.

29-31 Wellington Street, WC2

A fish-based a la carte menu and theatrically gold artefacts associated with opera can be found inside. The Coco Bar is open to drinkers as well as diners.

Vivat Bacchus
47 Farringdon Street, EC4

Vivat Bacchus joins the recent throng of new restaurants on the edge of historic Smithfields Market..Dishes feature unusual combinations such as pasta with roast shallots and butternut broth.

78 Westbourne Grove, W2

This upmarket, Notting Hill offering serves traditional New York breakfast from 0800 during the week as well as NY style deli sandwiches for lunch and steakhouse style cuts of beef for dinner. Live soul, blues and hip hop are played in the bar until 0200.

45 London Wall, EC2

Mehek's modern Indian menu includes sesame and vermicelli coated crisp prawns, as a main course Rajastani quails with onions and fenugreek and for dessert carrot, fudge and white chocolate samosa.

Duke of York Square, SW3

New Manicomio combines restaurant, cafe, bar and deli in one within the new Duke of York Square development on King's Road, customers can dine from the extensive menu or buy the fine, traditional Italian products to take home.

The Easton
Easton Street, WC1

An easy going Antipodean pub serving hearty Australian Country food.

Number 10
10 Golbourne Road, W10

New music venue, restaurant and members club with eccentric decor and a restaurant serving quirky dishes.

Isis - 50 Dover Street, W1

Manicomio - Duke of York Square, SW3

Essence Bar and Restaurant - 2-5 Carthusian Street, EC1

Banquette - The Savoy, Strand, WC2