New Opening Highlights in May 2022

Each month we track the most exciting new openings across the food and beverage industry, around the world. Check out the best new spots from May across Singapore, London, Brisbane and more.

Milksha, Brisbane
Milksha, one of Taiwan's leading bubble tea chains with a big reputation, has landed in Brisbane. What makes it different from other bubble tea outlets is that it uses fresh milk. It is also well known for its honey pearl toppings - tapioca peals cooking in honey and flash-frozen before being shipped to Brisbane, seasonal juices and speciality teas with flavours that include brown sugar, wintermelon and mango and orange green tea blends. To give you an idea of its popularity, when it first opened in Melbourne in 2019, it sold more than 1000 cups a day in the first two weeks!

Find out more here.

Nightjar Carnaby, London
One of London's greatest bars, Nightjar has gone central, opening its doors in Carnaby. It has echoed the original as much as it can with 1920s decor and a stage for live music which will be as big a part of the bar as it is in the original. The cocktail menu is split into Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition and Post-War with offerings like Aztec Tapache made with Herradura, Chinotta & chamomile liquor, pineapple huacatay and purple corn tepache, fino sherry and freshly squeezed lime juice. And if you're feeling peckish there's a selection of snacks to choose from.

Find out more here.

Wakuda, Singapore
Acclaimed chef Tetsuka Wakuda has finally opened his new restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. Offering modern Japanese cuisine, Wakuda has been designed to reflect traditional Japanese architecture with an open kitchen serving as a backdrop that can be seen no matter where you sit. Wakuda describes the menu as an evolution of his culinary work to date. It includes sashimi, tempura and small grilled items alongside rice bowls and soba.

Find out more about Wakuda here.

Stripes Amalfi Terrace, London
A new Italian-themed terrace has opened at Mayfair's popular Brown Hart Gardens, Stripes Amalfi Terrace. The venue offers up Amalfi-inspired street food, flavourful pinsas and zesty spritzes all under one roof. Taking over the venue's outdoor garden, Stripes Amalfi Terrace will likely be a sought after social destination for many this summer.

Find out more about the venue here.

Apricity, London
Chef Chantelle Nicholson, well known for her London restaurant Tredwells, is back with Apricity. The name stands for "regeneration, warmth, generosity and light" all of which are reflected in the new space where sustainability is at the core. Although it isn't a vegetarian restaurant outright, there is a big focus on vegetables. Dishes include koji glazed BBQ oyster mushrooms, black garlic, nettle emulsion and fermented emmer wheat and Cornish mackerel, Shetland mussels, sambal butter and fennel. Guests can also choose between Omnivore and Herbivore tasting menus.

Find out more here.

Apricity also featured on our list of the 22 restaurants we're getting most excited about in 2022. You can revisit the entire list here.


We showcase a more comprehensive list of the most noticeable openings from around the world over on the trendhub. Subscribers can see this list for May in full - foodwatching and drinkswatching.