29th October 2018
With so many restaurants opening across the capital and often long waiting lists at the hottest new locations, it can be difficult to keep up. With this in mind, we have taken a look at the top new and recommended restaurants to provide inspiration for your next reservation:
At 34 Dover Street, Bagatelle can be found, influenced by the French region of Provence and part of a collection of concept restaurants which span from New York to Rio de Janeiro. Created by Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba, the brand is known for its nightclub feel and brunch party vibe, which attracts celebrity visitors to the eleven global venues.
In the French-inspired classically-styled restaurant, a menu of long cocktails can be enjoyed to the sound of contemporary beats, but it is the high quality of food that lifts the experience further. This is thanks to head chef Dale Osborne, who has experience at the Wolseley, Hix Soho, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Orrery, among others. At Bagatelle, one can look forward to Mediterranean dishes with a classical French influence. The light and seasonal menu is as youthful as the “clubstaurant” setting, with caviar and truffle featuring heavily. The star of the show is the Mayfair Bagatelle, an extravagant and substantial seafood platter. With a quiet atmosphere early in the evening, guests are encouraged to book after 8:30pm to participate in the full experience of the venue.
Hide opened in spring at 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair and is one of the biggest new restaurant launches of 2018. The opening of this venue, which is backed by Hedonism Wines, was hotly anticipated in part due to head chef Ollie Dabbous, but also because of the large budget – a rumoured £20 million was spent on the restaurant.
The lead team – Hide general manager Matthew Mawtus, head sommelier Piotr Pietras and head chef Ollie Dabbous – are all award winners in their own field, with Dabbous managing to build up a 12 month waiting list shortly after the opening of his eponymous restaurant in 2012.
The casual day-to-night main floor is named Ground, while up the magnificent oak staircase you will find Above, the top floor which serves a tasting menu only. With simple but delicious flavour pairings, seasonal ingredients are celebrated in dishes are both accomplished and attractive.
At Hide, pre-dinner drink can be enjoyed in Below, the basement bar, or, with the use of a clever iPad menu, one can choose from over 4,000 wines, which will arrive in minutes from the cellars of Hedonism Wines.
Owned by restaurateur Juan Santa Cruz alongside popular Casa Cruz, Isabel opened this spring on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street and offers a light, lean menu, that almost actively encourages regular visits. A sumptuous treat for the eyes as well as the palette, Isabel is styled in light gold, dark blue, green and red with a feel reminiscent of the 1970s. The refined setting is just the backdrop to a stunning menu, with meticulously presented dishes and impeccable ingredients.
With waitstaff outfits designed by Johanna Ortiz and unique handpainted wallpaper in the bathrooms, this restaurant is not as casual as some may have you believe, even if you will find a full bar and after-hours DJ downstairs. However, the small dishes of the Mediterranean and Argentinian influenced menu are perfect for sharing with friends.
Offering modern haute cuisine in the heart of Mayfair, The Square boasts one Michelin star and has the aim to ‘provoke, surprise and delight’ diners. The Square is not a newcomer to London, but had been undergoing a year-long transformation following the departure of previous chef Philip Howard. In this time, Virgile + Partners has transformed the fine dining room into a modern celebration of art with cement walls, modern paintings and art gallery-style lighting which compliments the minimalistic décor. The Square is now owned by local restaurant group MARC, whose portfolio includes three Michelin-starred restaurants and Morton’s, a private members’ club.
Chef Clement Leroy is at the helm, who has devised a menu which artfully and inventively re-imagines classic French cuisine. Leroy was previous executive chef at Auberge du Jeu de Parme in Chantilly and was part of the 2002 team at restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris when it won its third Michelin star. Alongside him is his wife, Aya Tamura, a celebrated pastry chef, who adds a real creativity to the menu with deserts such as Sweet white potato confit and Salt-baked pineapple.
With a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere, The Square continues to offer fabulous fine dining amongst the art galleries of Mayfair and is worth revisiting to sample the fantastic new collection of dishes.
Aulis is almost definitely London’s smallest restaurant – there is room for just eight diners at the chef’s table in Soho and, as one would imagine, there is a hefty waiting list to sample the tasting menu on offer here. This is the ultimate in personal dining and acts as a culinary workshop where modern techniques and incredible ingredients are married together for the two Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s larger venue Roganic. Meals are unaccompanied by menus and wine pairings are selected by chefs each service in the clandestine venue, which allows diners to book either individual seats or the entire table. With meals created right in front of guests, this is a unique experience in an ultra-modern setting.
To book your table at any of these fantastic restaurants, please contact your lifestyle manager.