If you’re a foodie who likes to keep up on the hottest new places for the hottest hot dinners then read on because mouth-watering news has broken.
The three hottest new bistros in London, New York, Paris and Mexico City have been revealed by a jury of ‘insider foodies’ in each city for a new competition called Priceless Cities Best New Bistro run by restaurant and hotel guide Le Fooding and Mastercard.
What’s more, you can vote for the winner in each city by visiting bestnewbistro.com and www.bestnewbistro.com/selection/london for the London winner (until October 25). Scroll down for the low-down on the contenders. Which is your pick of the bunch?
The judges described Bright, pictured above, as ‘an all-around perfect English neo-bistro’
The new bistros that impressed the foodie judges the most in London are Bright, Mao Chow and Tayer + Elementary.
The judges described Bright (www.brightrestaurant.co.uk, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL) as ‘an all-around perfect English neo-bistro and wine bar with great natural wines, an airy room, and super simple, exquisitely executed seasonal food’.
They waxed lyrical about Mao Chow (www.mao-chow.com, 159A Mare St, London E8 3RD), saying that it’s ‘an exciting, tasty, spicy, pocket-sized vegan Chinese spot that we wish we could go back to over and over again’.
And London’s Tayer + Elementary (tayer-elementary.com, 152 Old Street) got the thumbs up thanks to a ‘super unique, ever-evolving and affordable tasting menu’ and ‘cocktails and food that are both exciting and different’ and that ‘work well together’.
Crown Shy (pictured), said the foodie panel, rustles up ‘delicious, modern, New-American cuisine in an expansive, upscale, FiDi dining room’
The three bistros that wowed the judges in New York were Adda, Crown Shy and Saint Julivert.
Adda (www.addanyc.com, 31-31 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101), said the judges, serves ‘super authentic, super affordable and super fun Indian cuisine, featuring both classic and inventive dishes utilising traditional flavours’.
Crown Shy (www.crownshy.nyc, 70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005), meanwhile, said the foodie panel, rustles up ‘delicious, modern, New-American cuisine in an expansive, upscale, FiDi dining room’.
And Saint Julivert (www.saintjulivertbk.com, 264 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) is an all-seafood neighbourhood wine bar with ‘tasty, effortless food, sparse yet charming décor, an original wine list and friendly, welcoming vibes’.
Le Maquis (pictured) is ‘an old-school bistro given new life by a duo of young chef-owners who serve modernised classic French fare’
In the City of Light, it’s Cheval d’Or, Cuisine and Le Maquis that made the grade.
Cheval d’Or (chevaldorparis.com, 21 Rue de la Villette) apparently does a good line in pan-Asian food ‘in a ‘super chic, white and wood streamlined space’.
Cuisine (restaurantcuisine.fr, Restaurant Cuisine 50, rue Condorcet), it’s said, pairs ‘tasty Franco-Japanese plates with a succinct selection of natural wines’ and Le Maquis (Restaurant Le Maquis 53, rue des Cloys) is ‘an old-school bistro given new life by a duo of young chef-owners who serve modernised classic French fare’.
The trio of Mexico City bistros on the podium are Expendio de Maiz, Masala y Maiz and Ticuchi.
Expendio de Maiz (www.expendiodemaiz.com, Av. Yucatan 84, Roma Nte) is a ‘one-of-a-kind corn mill and corn omakase joint that puts a new twist on Mexican classics’.
Masala y Maiz (www.masalaymaiz.com, Calle Marsella 72, Juárez, 06600 Juárez) impressed with its ‘fusion food for 2019 by a charming husband-and-wife-team’.
And Ticuchi (ticuchi.mx, Petrarca 254, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México) has ‘a food and drinks menu focused around agave (think Mezcal cocktails) and pescatarian-only food (almost all dishes are vegetarian and a few include seafood)’.
Expendio de Maiz (pictured) is a ‘one-of-a-kind corn mill and corn omakase joint that puts a new twist on Mexican classics’
To discover the 2019 winners, check back in on November 25, when the four of them – one per city – will all be revealed simultaneously.
The announcement will be followed by four award ceremony parties open to the public and held in each Best New Bistro on that evening in London, Paris, New York and Mexico City.
Tickets to these events will be available to purchase on bestnewbistro.com at the end of October.