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Taste Update - July 2022

Friday 05 August 2022
Sketch of Tutto restaurant in Brighton, credit Tutto

As the weather heats up, so does the nation’s food scene. From the aroma of Soho’s char-grills using centuries-old techniques to coal-sizzled sardines in Glasgow and Japanese-inspired plates in Cardiff and Manchester, Britain’s newest restaurants have something for all tastes.

Just opened…

Firebird, Soho

Opened June 2022

Paying homage to European tastes and style, Firebird in Soho offers space for 46 customers to step into a world filled with unique flavours. Expect terracotta, exposed bricks, wooden beams and honey-hued furniture to bring a slice of the Mediterranean to London’s foodie scene. Cooking up a feast using ancient techniques, tuck into beautifully charred tiger prawns or grilled aubergines seared on an open-fire. To complement the divine smells and tastes of the grilled food, dip into a wine list from small, natural and biodynamic producers from across the continent.


The Last Rodeo, Glasgow

Opened June 2022

For the latest in tex-mex, head to Glasgow, saddle up and hit The Last Rodeo. Taking inspiration from food trucks and diners on the streets of Austin Texas, the menu is packed with flavour – from vegan chilli burritos to sticky Korean wings and fiery padron peppers. Dive into Mariachi El Brunch from Friday to Sunday, for huevos alongside bar favourites, Bloody Maria and Micheladas. Head downstairs to the secret bar to discover tarot inspired cocktails created by venue manager Breagha, the current Scottish Bartender of the Year.


Kitten Manchester

Opened June 2022

Discover a taste for Japan in one of Manchester’s newest openings, Kitten. Guests can sit under a five-metre-tall bonsai tree, sample the sushi bar, and relax with the warmth of its bamboo interior. Head sushi chef Daniel Zhou and head chef Josh Gabrielides cook up the flavours of Dragon Rolls, Sake Steamed Clans and vegan Yasai filled with lotus root and candy beetroot for visiting foodies. Making waves in the cocktail scene, Kitten also sets to be a hot destination for grabbing a drink – the menu is full of traditional mixers, alongside Japanese inspired concoctions.


Scamp, Glasgow

Opened June 2022

Taking centre stage in Glasgow is the team behind the city’s popular eateries, Eighty Eight and Hooligan. Scamp brings tapas-style seafood to Scotland’s streets. From BBQ sardines simmered in a Bloody Mary butter, to a prawn hotdog filled with smoked caviar and pickled fennel, guests can expect small plates with big flavours. With a focus on sustainable and quality ingredients, head chef Craig Maclennan uses modern cooking techniques to produce unique and playful dishes.


Barrafina, Borough Yards

Opened July 2022

As an addition to their four existing restaurants in London, Barrafina has opened its doors in Borough Yards. Offering a slice of Spain in the capital, the modern tapas bar serves up Mediterranean dishes inspired by founders Sam and Eddie Hart’s own travels. The menu, curated by Chef Director Angel Zapata Martin, encompasses influences from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, with fish, veggie and meat dishes on offer. Inside, guests can expect to see one of Barrafina’s iconic marbled counters, and an open kitchen to watch the chefs work their culinary magic.


Koi (No Yokan), Cardiff

Opened July 2022

Restoring Cardiff’s beloved bar and music venue Buffalo, which closed its doors in 2019, was firmly on the mind of owner Alexander Taylor when securing keys to the building. Whilst restaurant Koi (No Yokan) fills the ground floor, the top floor will pay homage to Buffalo as it opens its doors as a bar and music venue in September. At Koi, guests can tuck into bento boxes and Japanese inspired small plates in a venue filled with colourful Asian artwork and glowing lanterns. For alfresco dining, there’s a garden terrace which also hosts live music nights.


Coming soon…

Tutto, Brighton

Opening August 2022

Churning up Brighton’s foodie scene once more, the masterminds behind popular Burnt Orange, The Salt Room and The Coal Shed, will welcome diners to Tutto, an independent Italian restaurant. Set inside a 1930s restored bank just off the city’s Grand Parade, the restaurant will offer 80 covers and a high-end dining experience. For an alfresco meal, there will be 34 seats on the terrace opposite the beautifully regenerated Victoria Gardens. With the motto ‘bring everyone, eat everything’, visitors can expect Parmesan wheels, blushing tomatoes and plenty of fresh pasta.


X by Harry Guy, Chester

Spring 2023

Bringing his A game to Chester, award-winning chef Harry Guy is set to open X in spring 2023 at the city’s 18-bedroom boutique hotel, Wildes. Fusing skills and creativity, X by Harry Guy will take diners on a culinary exploration through their senses by cooking up a seasonal menu filled with premium fresh ingredients from farmers, foragers and producers.

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VisitBritain Media Team

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