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nov 09 2009

London openings: 3 worthwhile new restaurants

A look at a few recent additions to the British capital's restaurant scene.

Breakfast Bistro

Renowned restaurateur Terence Conran has a new place in town, but unlike at his upscale spots Bibendum and Blueprint Café, nothing on the menu at Albion , which serves breakfast until midnight, costs more than $14.50. Conran and his wife, Vicki, personally picked the quirky decor—bar stools made from tractor seats, antique factory lamps, knitted tea cozies on each table—for the Shoreditch café. The Breakfast Bap (bacon, fried egg, sausage) is a Sunday brunch favorite (2-4 Boundary St., 011-44/20-7729-1051, albioncaff.co.uk).

Home Cooking

The vibe at newly opened Bumpkin is actually more Kentucky than South Kensington—bales of hay are used for decoration, and waiters wear COUNTRY BOY and COUNTRY GIRL shirts. But the comfort food is authentic: pork belly, steak and fries, and a chicken pie in a flaky puff pastry. A new two-course Springtime Lunch is $17 (102 Old Brompton Rd., 011-44/20-7341-0802, bumpkinuk.com).

Michelin Special

When Putney Bridge chef Anthony Demetre opened his own French restaurant, people mobbed Arbutus. And they still do—because it's the only Michelin-starred spot in London to offer a one-dish plat du jour deal for around $20, including pork meatballs served with a buttery potato puree (63-64 Frith St., 011-44/20-7734-4545, arbutusrestaurant.co.uk).

—Elena Bowes

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