5 New Openings in London in March & April 2020

Below are my top five new restaurants to bookmark that opened in London across March and April 2020.

Since I wrote my last new openings roundup for London for February 2020, things haven't got much better for the hospitality sector and thoughts are with everyone involved from the street food vendor to the individual restaurants to the chains. Some places have been inventive finding ways to keep feeding London and hopefully not too much longer until London is able to get back to normal and opening its restaurant doors.

However, just before lockdown there were some new openings of note and I've picked out my top 5 to keep a note of for when they do re-open to try later this summer!

CoCo Ichibanya, Marylebone

Rating – 4.5/5
Price – ££

It’s so good they opened a second one. CoCo Ichibanya first came to London a couple of years ago with their famed Katsu Curry’s and it’s proved so popular that they have now opened their second branch in Marylebone. There’s probably not a Japanese curry lover in London who hasn’t either tried their menu or at least since pictures of their dishes on Instagram. If you haven’t tried then perfect excuse to try their new site when back open for business.

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Calling all Katsu Curry Lovers!! 🙋🙋 . We finally visited the world famous @cocoichibanyauk branch near Leicester square! . Their 10 page menu is SO expansive and varied which includes seafood, vegetable, omelette and meat katsu curry. 😮🙀 . We love that you can customize your curry by changing the quantity of rice, spice level and adding toppings of your choice. 😍😉 . The panko breadcrumbs were SO SO crispy, with the chicken being the BEST tasting we've ever had in a katsu curry!😭🥰 The sauce was incredibly flavourful and rich but our favourite thing about these dishes was the omelette. It was PERFECTLY cooked, incredibly soft and creamy, complementing the rice and chicken really well.♥️🍴🏃‍♂️ . Whilst @cocoichibanyauk is on the expensive side relative to other places, we'd say it is worth it given the huge amount of variety on their menu, their consistency, and fantastic service. This is our new favourite katsu curry house! 🙋 . 💵: Around £13 per Katsu Curry . . #japan #tokyo #instafood #foodie #soho #londonfoodie #katsu #katsucurry #cocoichibanya #cocoichibanyauk #katsuchicken #chickenkatsu #katsusauce #japanesecuisine #japanesefood #asiancuisine #asianfood #eatthisnext #londonfood #eatlondon #londonfoodies #foodgasm #eatingforinsta #footphotography #googlepixel #egg #omelette

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Wulf, Marylebone

Rating – 4.9/5
Price – ££

Another successful restaurant opening their second branch site in Marylebone, this time it’s Wulf and Lamb with their plant based menu proving to be such a hit in Chelsea that they’ve come to Marylebone as well. Think delicious, colourful plates which are full of goodness and flavour all strictly plant based stretching across a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. In particular, their glazed miso aubergine and mac n cheese are eye catching on the menu and definitely ones to order!

Wulf, Marylebone

Rating – 4.5/5
Price – £

Every month in London should celebrate a new pizzeria opening and this month it’s Laboratorio Pizza in Fitzrovia. Again, this is a second branch opening after the success of Spitalfields. Expect proper Italian flavours and ingredients used on these Napolitan pizza specialities but also recommend to try their burrata as well! They are currently delivering on Uber Eats from both of their sites during this time so great excuse for those living close by to sample so quality pizza for a lockdown boost.

Patron Cave a Manger, Kentish Town

Rating – 4.4/5
Price – £££

As French dining as you’ll likely find in London with an excellent wine menu to pair alongside some classic French plates. I didn’t pick all of these restaurants because it’s their second site but this is branch number 2 for Patron Cave a Manger who have stayed north of the river after their first site in Highbury. You’ll find all the classics on the menu – French onion soup, duck confit and crème brulee to finish. What more could you want from a Friday night dinner?

Wildflower, Camden

Rating – 4.1/5
Price – ££££

I am finally ending the article with somewhere which is not a second branch opening but somewhere completely new to London. Wildflower is also based in North London on Camden High Street which focuses on high quality ingredients and fine dining offering both a meat and vegan tasting menus. The focus is on sustainability with produce grown close to the restaurant enabling fresher ingredients to be brought to diner’s plates. Expect modern European dining and definitely one to add to the list for when restaurants are able to re-open.

Let me know if you have been to any new places I’ve missed this month by messaging on Instagram @londonfoodie1!