Martin Morales, founder of Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, will open a restaurant called Casita Andina later this month. Inspired by the family run restaurants of the Andes, called 'picanteria' (many of which are attached to farms, allotments or orchards) it will comprise a basement kitchen, ceviche counter, takeaway area and patio. Peruvian dishes will use traditional ingredients such as quinoa, fish and chocolate.
Casita Andina, 31 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LP. Opens: 28 July.
Rök Smokehouse and Bar have announced the opening of their second site, this time in Islington. A 60 seat restaurant and bar will open on Upper Street, serving the same Nordic influenced food as their Shoreditch site. New dishes will include mackerel with pickled onions and flamed crisp bread, and guinea fowl with cured pork belly and butter poached wild vegetables.
Rök Smokehouse and Bar, 49 Upper Street, N1 1RA. Opens: 1 July.
The much-anticipated shawarma bar from the guys behind Haggerston restaurant Berber & Q is set to open this month in Exmouth Market. The new restaurant will, unsurprisingly, specialise in shawarma, alongside Middle Eastern cocktails, wine and beer. Lamb shawarma and chicken will be served on plates with herb salad, green chilli, grated tomato, tahini and sumac onions. Guests can then make wraps with the various elements… or not. Other dishes will be available, like Berber & Q’s hugely popular grilled cauliflower, which made it onto our list of the best cauliflower dishes in London.
Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE. Opens: 4 July.