12 London restaurant openings to watch in 2020


A long time in the pipeline, indefatigable British chef Jason Atherton is to open a 16-seater restaurant next door to his Michelin-starred flagship, Pollen Street Social in Mayfair, this year. The new site is operating under the working title ‘H.O.M.E.’

The restaurant, which will only serve a set menu, will be a “purely creative outlet” for Atherton, who will devise dishes “inspired by his travels around the world.” Sheffield-born Atherton has described the project as his version of The Araki, the formerly three Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant in Mayfair with just nine seats.

It also sounds similar to James Knappet’s two star Kitchen Table behind Bubbledogs, and Simon Rogan’s eight-seater test kitchen Aulis in Soho. But despite comparing the project to The Araki, Atherton told SquareMeal that he has no Michelin ambitions for the venture, however he did reveal that Pollen Street Social is looking to move up a gear to becoming a two star site.

H.O.M.E. will be Atherton’s eighth London restaurant and 16th worldwide. In addition to Pollen Street Social, Atherton has a star at City Social.

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