Despite what some might think, 2014 wasn’t a bad year. We saw the opening of the likes of City Social, Marcus Wareing’s ‘flawless’ establishment at the Berkeley, and the widely successful Fera at Claridge’s. In retrospect, 2015 has a lot to live up to. Early indications suggest, however, that it just might.
Due to some inaccuracies with dates, this list details restaurants due to open during the first half of 2015.
9th January, Soho
Judy Joo earned her fame on the television screen, but might not have got that far without spending time under the wing of Gordon Ramsay. Joo opens the doors to her own Korean restaurant in Soho early this year.
Open now, Mayfair
This new addition to Mayfair’s elite introduces some simpler, slightly more affordable dishes. At the restaurant, a bijou establishment named after a famous courtesan, you can expect the likes of Salt Cod Croquettes or Ox Cheek with Potato & Sprout Tops.
Duck & Rice
Alan Yau’s ventures, which include the Michelin starred Hakkasan and Yauatcha, are about to expand with a new site on Berwick Street. The restaurant was due to open during the early stages of last year, but promises casual food in a relaxed setting. They’ve even deemed it a ‘Chinese gastropub’.
What might seem like a simple addition to the Taiwanese culinary scene, Bao has the virtue of being backed up by the Sethi family, who are responsible for the likes of Gymkhana and Kitchen Table. Its father establishment – a popular food stall in Hackney – is well known for its milk-based steamed buns.
credit: Ewan Munro
This promising French restaurant will be arriving this February or March on Mount Street sans tablecloths. We should probably also mention that Inaki Aizpitarte, head chef at Paris’ Le Chateaubriand (one of the World’s 50 Best restaurants) will be opening the restaurant. ‘The food scene in England is changing,’ he’s quoted saying. ‘Before, no one was talking about English food.’
Percy & Founders
Former Murano head chef Diego Cardozo will be taking over an enormous venue in Fitzrovia come March. With seating for 200 people, the restaurant will cater for walk-ins and bookings alike. Open all day, you can expect breakfast, evening cocktails and everything in between.
Alan Yau’s empire just keeps growing, this time taking over an old automat on Berkeley Street. According to Yau, the restaurant’s design and cuisine will be inspired by mid-twentieth century Shanghai.
The prolific Jason Atherton is opening yet another restaurant – this time in the Oxford Street shopper catchment– to the anticipation of many. His new take will focus on serving, mostly, tapas and wine at the counter.
David Muñoz, the mastermind behind Madrid’s three Michelin Star DiverXo, will be bringing his talents to Mayfair in June. As the name suggests, the restaurant will be very much street food-centric.