The taste of Summer: two not-to-miss restaurant openings this August

Cochinita Pibil at Molé in Marylebone

The London summer food scene is about to get all the more exciting. Here’s two brand new restaurants to look out for and upgrade your August eats.

Tacos, tapas, paella and sangria – the perfect summer recipe.

Molé – a boutique Mexican restaurant and taco bar. 

Opens 1st August 2015 in Marylebone.  

This summer foodie destination Marylebone will welcome Molé to the neighbourhood. Serving up both classic and experimental Mexican/South American cuisine and cocktails in a vibrant space, it looks set to bring a new type of modern Mexican cooking to London.

The Molé menu will offer refined South American classics. 80% of Molé’s menu will be gluten-free, including their signature tacos, made on site from Masa (cornflour), with tasty dishes such as: Braised Oxtail, with Crema, Shaved Lettuce and Red Amaranth and Octopus with Pico de Gallo, Popcorn Shoot and Serrano Chilli.

Experimental tacos will also appear on the menu regularly and will include innovative creations such as: Cod Cheeks with a Squid Ink Foam and Micro Leaf and Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Pickled Watermelon and Sweet Miso.

Molé will also have a Raw Bar that serves cured dishes and ceviche made with sashimi grade fish. South American street food staple, ‘anticuchos’ which are marinated skewers of fish, meat and vegetables will also be available.

The carefully curated drinks menu will consist of ten cocktails mainly with South American influences but split between the classic and the contemporary.Signature serves will include: Frida & Diego, a zingy blend of Ginger-infused tequila, homemade rose syrup, lime and cucumber, and the Guava Pisco Sour made with Molé’s own guava compote, shaken with pisco, lime and Peruvian bitters.

Molé, 16 Picton Place, W1U 1BP

 Quasadillita at Molé in Marylebone
Quasadillita at Molé in Marylebone

Ibérica Victoria – a sixth location from Spanish restaurant group Ibérica

Opens 17th August 2015 in the Zig Zag Building in Victoria

Ibérica Victoria will offer a gourmet taste of Spanish gastronomy from early lunch until late evening. (We’re definitely looking forward to this new Ibérican, after our Olivia Reed fell in love with the group’s Marylebone restaurant. You can read her review here.)

Michelin-starred executive chef Nacho Manzano and group head chef César García’s modern menu combines taste, texture and temperature with a mix of hot and cold dishes ‘from the land’ and ‘from the sea’.

Signature tapas sit alongside dishes of paella; crispy suckling pig; Serrano ham croquettes and a mixed grill of 100% Ibérico pork prime cuts from País de Quercus. World famous Jamón Ibérico takes centre stage within an extensive selection of cheeses and cured meats, perfectly paired with a rich bottle of red.

An impressive bar takes the form of a kitchen stove where solo diners and small groups can convene, catch up and clink drinks whilst enjoying something from the bar menu, which includes signature cocktails, speciality gin & tonic serves, fruity sangria and an extensive selection of Spanish wines.

Casual and convivial, the restaurant has an inimitable mix of contemporary design and traditional décor that is spread across two floors. An al-fresco terrace, seating 42, and two intimate private dining rooms completes the summer-dining picture.

Ibérica Victoria, Ground floor, Unit 5-6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria Street, SW1E 6AQ

berica's Burguer with secreto pork loin & Piparra peppers
Iberica’s Burguer with secreto pork loin & Piparra peppers

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