New temptations for 201022nd December, 2009 by Gabriel Savage - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3
London’s growing reputation as a foodie hub looks set to strengthen next year with a whole host of exciting new openings in the pipeline.
the drinks business gives you the lowdown on what we believe to be the top five new eateries to tickle your tastebuds in the capital in 2010.
St John Hotel & Restaurant, Leicester Square
Fergus Henderson and his business partner Trevor Gulliver are preparing a welcome haven from the tourist crowds of Leicester Square. Building on the success of their St John restaurants in Smithfield and Spitalfields, this latest venture is the pair’s most ambitious yet. The venue will feature not only a restaurant and bar, but also a 16 bedroom hotel.
Gulliver has decribed the project as being “in the St John vernacular, but it may be a bit more uptown because it is in Theatreland”.
Extensive building and redesign work means you’ll have to wait until summer 2010 at the earliest, but at least when your patience is finally rewarded you’ll be able to do full justice to Henderson’s famed nose-to-tail approach, safe in the knowledge that bed is just a lift ride away.
Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental
The chef behind three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck is bringing his molecular gastronomy to London. Based at the five star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge hotel, Blumenthal’s new 140-cover restaurant is due to open in autumn 2010, serving lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
The kitchen will be headed by Ashley Palmer Watts, who has spent nine years absorbing the Blumenthal approach at The Fat Duck, where he has been head chef since 2003.