New Bar and Restaurant Openings, May 2016

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Cielo Blanco, Exmouth Market

What.../ Cielo Blanco has opened in Exmouth Market, bringing with it a traditional social Mexican dining experience. What started as a lust for tequila, has developed into a full-blown Mexican food obsession for a small, passionate team of enthusiasts, spearheaded by founder Ged Feltham On the menu.../ The menu has a diverse variety of small plates to choose from as well as larger sharing boards. Look out for traditional Mexican dishes such as quesadillas, tostadas and empanadas as well as Mexican meze and belly pork with cumin crackling for sharing.  Drinks should be pretty cracking too, with a menu designed by the crew from Portobello Star providing an impressive range of Tequila & Mezcal. Where.../ 57, 55 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL

Boho, Camden

What.../ Specialising in both live music and traditional British food, Boho sets Londoner's up for long Summer night parties in Camden!  Live music is at the forefront of this venue, where an eclectic mix of energetic performers and DJ's will get you in the mood for a feel-good party. On The Menu.../ Expect a traditional British menu, including bar snacks of Pulled pork croquettes with BBQ mayonnaise and Fish goujons. Head to the bar for cocktails to complement your meal from the Royal Mojito (Havana 3, lime, mint and sugar, topped with Prosecco) to the Fig Capirinha (Germana Cachaca, crème de fig, gomme, lime wedges and fresh figs). Where.../ 6 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ

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Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue

What.../ Talli Joe is an all day bar and restaurant promising 'Indian half plates and full drinks' to Shaftesbury Avenue!   The venue is inspired by the dive bars that punctuate India and will introduce Londoners to regional dishes and Indian inspired cocktails. On The Menu.../ Talli Joe provides a range of traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist. These include the likes of Rasam Poached Shrimp (fresh shrimp poached in a spicy South Indian tomato broth, tempered with curry leaves, garlic and coriander leaves) and  Sorpotel & Sanna (a Konkan delicacy of pork stewed in chilli, coconut and vinegar served with a savoury rice cake). Where.../ 152-156 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8HL

MAP Maison, Haggerston

What.../ Headed up by Joseph Arowolo - who for the past 11 years has run the bars at the infamous sketch restaurant - MAP Maison brings the glitz of Mayfair to the creative hub of Haggerston. On The Menu.../ The bar offers many rare bottles of spirits such as Havana Maximo and Pappy van Winkle, which have been collected by the founders over the years.  These rare spirits are then turned into inventive and delicious libations, including Aged Mezcal Negroni, Black Sea, Eu and Me, Bloody Mary Brunch and Supreme Expression. For those with membership, guests can also take advantage of personalised liquor lockers where they can store bottles to enjoy over time rather than just in a night! Where.../ 321 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DL © Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (

Smokey Tails, Hoxton

What.../ Smokey Tails - created by DJ Seth Troxler, Wilderness festival co-founder Jo Vidler and flavour technician Jona Ahearne - has returned to Hoxton. Expect low 'n slow food and big n' banging tunes! On The Menu.../ Smokey Tails is known for its rich, deep BBQ flavours inspired by the home-cooked food Seth grew up with. The menu features dishes such as: Spicy Sofrito Smoked Pork, Pineapple Salsa; Apple Wood Smoked Buffalo Chicken Wings; Honey Chicken Biscuit Sliders and Cherry Woodsmoked Lamb Ribs. Where.../ Smokey Tails, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Rosa's Thai Cafe, Victoria

What.../ The ever popular Rosa's Thai Cafe has expanded their reach into Victoria, bringing with them their quirky design and popular Thai dishes. On The Menu.../ Saiphin (Chef and Co-Founder of Rosa's Thai Cafe) is serving authentic Thai food with her own contemporary twist. Punchy Thai flavours collide with ingredients sourced as locally as possible, from British beef and lamb to Thai basil grown in London. These fresh and exciting dishes come in the form of seasonal curries, zingy salads, warming soups and great-tasting noodle stir-frys.  The drinks menu also offers an authentic experience, with bottled cocktails such as Kaffir Lime, Mint Toreador and Malt Banana Tree Old Fashioned, designed specifically to complement Thai dishes. There are a strong selection of aromatic loose-leaf teas from Comins Tea House that include Houjicha and Sencha karigane. Where.../ 25 Gillingham Street London SW1V 1HN For more information visit
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