Too many eateries to keep on top of? Here's your essential edit of destinations you should be visiting
We live in the restaurant Jazz Age.
The economy may still be looking pretty woeful but that is doing nothing to halt the endless eatery openings happening all over the country.
Dim sum and negronis under an old railway arch; ramen in vintage bowls with a side of craft beer; shellfish and champagne in street art-spattered venues: if you fancy it, you can find it.
Which is why it's more important than ever to compile an all-killer, no-filler edit of where you need to eat.
To help you on the path to dining-out greatness, here's the 'coming soon' bars/brasseries/whatevers that we're all sorts of excited for.
Know of somewhere else fabulous that's about to open its doors? Let us know @Homemade.
Just when it feels you couldn't possibly tear into another mountain of melting, spiced, sweetly barbecueed meat, this Dallas/ Austin-inspired joint launches a new menu. Adding a dash of Mex to the classic Tex, dishes like grilled prawns with mezcal and smoked chipotle butter are game changers. And please, please don't forget to sample the blackened jerk cauliflower steak. We're not sure that any other vegetable has inspired such devotion.
46 – 48 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT, hotboxlondon.com
Indian food is pretty much always delicious. Big, bold flavours, searing spices and complex, sweet/ sour/ hot melding dishes make sure of that. But Gunpowder – a new opening in Spitalfields – is more than delicious. It's exciting.
Everything – from the crispy orbs of venison and vermicelli doughnut and the soft grilled tandoori paneer perched atop melting sag; to the banana-leaf wrapped steamed fish in coconut and entire heads of just-charred and grilled broccoli lavishly draped a mustard-spiked masala – not forgetting the peony pink lamb chops so soft they cut with a spoon – is fun, innovative and breath-takingly good.
Oh, and don't leave without trying the apple and fig crumble, crowned with a banana curry custard. Sensational.
11 White's Row, London E1 7NF, gunpowderlondon.com
Dizzy success has followed this burgeoning mini empire's first capital openings, and, now, they're own brand of heavy, hardcore carnivorous cuisine is hitting Bristol.
Come hungry, order the Dead Hippie, (two mustard-fried beef patties with daubs of secret sauce, pickles 'a plenty and minced white onions) devour and leave happy.
Just remember: this is not one for the dainty of stomach. And, whatever you do, don't bring your grandma.
77-79, Stokes Croft, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 3RD, meatliquor.com
Are you a fan of POLPO? Because the mini chain of Italian small plates joints done up in the style of a Venetian bàcaro – all little paned windows with lace curtains, Negronis tumblers and exposed filament lightbulbs – is partly the brainchild of former Chef Director Tom Oldroyd.
And he's now cut the apron strings with a solo venture on Islington's Upper Street. Again, plates are small. But the food now is seasonal, fresh and playful – braised cuttlefish, fennel, coco beans and cima di rape and grilled trevisso radicchio, red wine and somerset cardo risotto both feature on the beautifully considered menu.
344 Upper St, London N1 0PD, oldroydlondon.com
Cambridge Street Cafe, London
A flowers and art-bedecked all-day eatery in London's chi-chi Pimlico, serving seasonal dishes from breakfast – quinoa with peach, goji berries, mint and yogurt; banana pancakes with crispy smoked bacon and maple syrup – to dinner, which includes mussels with shallots, fennel and cream; pan-fried sea bass with fregola and coriander.
Plus, barista-made coffee, cold-pressed juices and a delectable pastry selection.
52 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ, cambridgestreetcafe.co.uk
Burger & Lobster, Manchester
The latest output of the New York and London favourite has just opened in Manchester, serving up their (very fairly priced) fancy fodder.
Hit up delicate lobster meat in a brioche roll, a whole lobster with garlic butter or a premium-grade beef burger for £20, grab an expertly mixed cocktail at the bar, and leave a very happy camper.
Ship Canal House, 98 King St, Manchester M2 4WU, burgerandlobster.com
Revolucion de Cuba, Leeds
Rum and lime-spiked cocktails, stuffed burritos and a whole lot of Cuban fiesta music: this new opening is set to bring a party vibe to the Call Lane food scene.
Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6DT, revoluciondecuba.com
Chai Ki, London
Modern Indian soul food meets craft beer in a slick Canary Wharf setting. Go for the Goan prawns with roasted garlic and tempered coconut rice, stay for the mango caipirinhas.
1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR, chai-ki.com
The Natural Cook author Tom Hunt is opening his second Poco (after his Bristol establishment) in the capital – the first has been dishing up his signature nose-to-tail, seasonal and veg-centric tapas-style cooking since 2011 – and is sure to bring a delicious dose of eco-concious dining to the good people of Hackney.
Broadway Market, London E8 4PQ, eatpoco.com
Red's True Barbecue, Liverpool
The cultish following behind this down-and-dirty, more-is-more barbecue pit's Leeds and Manchester restaurants quickly spawned outlets in Nottingham and London's Shoreditch. Now, it's Liverpool's turn. Expect baby back ribs in a sweet marinade, bacon-wrapped jalapeños and their infamous doughnut burger (beef sandwiched between two glazed halves, in case you're unfamiliar).
Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4AA, truebarbecue.com
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