The Restaurants We Are Getting Excited About In 2022

The team at thefoodpeople has pulled together a list of the 22 new restaurants that we are most excited about for 2022. Find out what's on the list of new openings from around the world.

Apricity, London

Lots of restaurants are addressing food waste and carbon footprint, but we're really looking forward to Chantelle Nicholson's new venture, Apricity. The menu will be focused round hyper-seasonal, sustainable produce from small-scale farmers and locally foraged ingredients, which reflects so many of the trends effecting food this year.

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Tékès by Assaf Granit, Paris

Given Granit's track record we cannot wait to see what he has to offer at his new eco-conscious (the interiors and the food!), plant-centric restaurant in Paris.

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Frantzen at Harrods, London

Bjorn Frantzen of the three-Michelin-starred Stockholm restaurant Frantzen has arrived in London – what more is there to say! We may finally have the opportunity to sample one of his signature dishes, from the truffle French toast, aged lamb or chawanmushi. It's sure to be one of the biggest gastro lux hot spots for 2022.

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Mora, Hong Kong

A hyper-seasonal menu entirely dedicated to the versatility of soy products certainly caught our eye and we cannot wait to see what chef Vicky Lau, former Asia's Best Female Chef, has in store at this intimate 28-seat French-Chinese restaurant.

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Off the Hook, London

Run by fishmongers, sustainability is high on their list so much so that they know exactly which boat each fish has come off and the name of the fisherman, plus they will even tell you the time that the fish arrived in London. And it's not just a restaurant, there's also a fish and chip shop and a fish butchers!

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Loulou, Sydney

A French emporium with a bakery (where they bake four times a day) and a traiteur sitting alongside the restaurant. It's helmed by Lyon-native Sebastien Lutaud who is focusing on lighter-style modern French. It suits every need – popping in for a croissant, pâté from the traiteur and a full blown meal in the bistro.

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Tatale, London

We're looking forward to visiting Tatale, a contemporary pan African restaurant just opened in London. African cuisine is on the rise and one that has still to be explored in the mainstream, and this new restaurant will make the influence that bit stronger.

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Alma, Los Angeles

It's exciting seeing the mark that Mexican cuisine is making on the global dining scene. Alma is a new restaurant from one of the leading restaurant groups in Mexico, which will be opening in Los Angeles (at the Grove). It's set to be an impressive multi-concept two story space, with a more casual restaurant downstairs for tacos, drinks and more – and a high end, fine dining experience available upstairs.

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Raffles, London

Plans are afoot to turn the Old War Office into a hotel with 11 restaurants that represent a culinary hub from across the globe with 3 Michelin Star chef Mauro Colagreco – it sounds like an incredible space!

Anglo Thai, London

Thai has been quietly building under now for a couple of years with various exciting pop ups show casing regionality and fire cooking so we're excited to see how John and Desiree Chantarasak apply their creative spin on Thai food when they open a permanent location in London this year

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The Pony Chew Valley, Magna

All about local food and supporting the community, food education and experiences.They are going to have the pub/restaurant, a cookery school and wedding venue run by brother and sister Holly and Josh Eggleton.

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Holm - South Petherton, Somerset

Holm is the fourth opening from the team behind London restaurants Salon, Levan and Larry's. The menu is driven by seasonal and sustainable ingredients of the local area. It's fantastic to see a menu shaped around the amazing produce of Somerset. There's also a super snazzy beverage offering too!

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Bison Beach Bar at Sea Lanes, Brighton

Sea Lanes, on the beach front is being fully redeveloped by Spring 2022, with the summer seeing the new Bison Beach Bar bringing their Brighton-made beers to the seaside one again. Exact details are still to be confirmed but the combination of sun, sea, beach, beer and likely a huge array of barbecue-based dishes will be a great place to spend many a summer evening.

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X By Harry Guy, Chester

A key anchor of our trend predictions for 22/23 is 'flavour forward and experience led' so it'll be really interesting to see how Roux Scholar Harry Guy interprets this with his restaurant X by Harry Guy at the boutique hotel Wildes Chester with what he describes as served 'flavour first food' in an 'invitingly dark restaurant space'

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Port of Leith Distillery, Edinburgh

After a long spell (over 100 years) Scotland's capital reviving its single malt whisky production. The Holyrood Distillery which opened in 2019 is being joined by a brand new distillery in Leith. The team behind the award-winning Lind & Lime Gin are putting their finishing touches on a bespoke new distillery right on the waterside ready for unveiling in the summer and we can't wait.

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Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley, London

We can't help but be excited to check out pâtissier extraordinaire Cedric Grolet as he brings his first pastry shop to London this year. As one of his 2.2 million Instagram followers, we're certainly keen to try his floral cakes and famous fruit creations.

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Fish Butchery Waterloo, Sydney

Ever since we spotted Josh Niland back in 2016, we've followed his fin to gill approach gain momentum with Saint Peter, Fish Butchery and his fish and chip shop Charcoal Fish. His new Fish Butchery in Waterloo will be double the size of its predecessor which we're sure will give Josh the space to take Fin to Gill to the next level with hot food to go, more charcuterie and frozen produce.

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Arkhé, Adelaide

Head Chef Jake Kellie has returned to Australia from Singapore's famous Burnt Ends to open up Adelaide's first open-flame restaurant. With no gas or electricity, we're excited to see another manifestation of the hugely popular fire cooking trend.

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JATAK, Denmark

Jatak by Chef Johnathon Tam, who trained at Noma and was Head Chef at Relæ – both in Copenhagen, opened for a soft launch from 14th – 30th Jan. Details are hard to come by but keep an eye out for the permanent restaurant opening soon…

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Willem Hiele, Ostend, Belgium

Having made it onto the World's 50 Best Restaurants list last year in his now closed restaurant in Koksijde we're looking forward to seeing more of the hyper-local, seasonal seafood by chef Willem Hiele in Ostend – a location he spent his teenage years and somewhere he had always planned to return. However, with only space for 24 guests, we're sure reservations are going to be hard to come by!

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Mel's NYC

You have to be excited when you hear that the team behind the acclaimed Crown Shy, SAGA, and Overstory are opening a sourdough pizzeria. Don't you? Chef Melissa Rodriguez (Mel behind the name), was the chef at the, sadly closed, Italian restaurant, Del Posto and is set to light up the pizza scene in NYC.

Ray Garcia at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Garcia has been a hugely influential chef in the LA dining scene in recent years, and made a massive mark with his celebrated, genre bending Mexican-American restaurants Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria. Local foodie hearts broke when those restaurants closed in 2019/20, so we can't wait to see what he does in the impressive new space – particularly as the word is, that it will be an all new concept (rather than a revamp of his previous restaurants).