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Brief Published: 16 Jan 2014

London Dining Redefined

Langoustine, barley, jus croustace & veal from Canvas

Three new restaurants are set to shake up traditional dining concepts in the UK's capital.

  • DIY Tasting Menu: Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider has just opened Canvas, a 20-seat restaurant in London's Marylebone that invites diners to create their own tasting menus. Guests are able to build their own menus from a selection of 16 dishes – choosing a minimum of three courses, but adding up to nine at lunch and 15 at dinner. They can choose as many starters, mains and desserts as they wish, allowing the chef to design the most appropriate serving sequence. 
  • New Paleo Hotspot: Following on from a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign late last year, British chef Holly Redman will open the UK's first Paleo-friendly fine dining restaurant. Pure Taste will specialise in gourmet gluten-free dishes that are free from dairy, grains, legumes, and refined sugar. The restaurant is yet to secure a venue or set an opening date, but is likely to appeal to the growing number of consumers who are trying to avoid gluten. Read more about the Paleo diet in Stone-Age Nutrition.
  • Pay-as-You-Go Café: Opened in November 2013, Ziferblat is London's first pay-per-minute café, and is the first UK outpost of the popular Russian chain. Customers pay 3p per minute to enjoy all-inclusive access to complimentary snacks, drinks and wi-fi, and can even choose the background music or play on a piano.