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Mauro Colagreco opens trio of restaurants at Raffles London

Mauro Colagreco, the chef-patron of three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in Menton, France, has opened three restaurants at the new Raffles London hotel in what is his first UK venture.

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The highly-anticipated opening of the hotel, situated inside a Grade II-listed Edwardian building in Whitehall, which took place on Friday (29 September), also saw the opening of three restaurants under the guidance of the acclaimed Italo-Argentine chef: Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO, Mauro’s Table, and Saison.

The first site is described as Colagreco’s “elevated dining restaurant”, while Mauro’s Table offers a more “intimate” chef’s table experience for up to 20 guests. Saison is a spot for, according to the hotel, “Mediterranean all-day dining”. The Raffles London website is yet to publish sample menus, or prices, from the restaurants.

“The incredible location, combined with the professionalism of the Raffles London team, convinced me that this was the ideal time and place to launch for the first time in London with concepts that will be tailor-made for Raffles,” Colagreco explained earlier this year.

In total, Raffles London at The OWO (standing for ‘Old War Office’) has eight restaurants and two bars, though earlier reports before the opening suggested that there would be nine restaurants and three bars.

In May, Vincenzo Arnese, formerly of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Waterside Inn, was announced as the wine director for the hotel.

While Colagreco is not yet a household name in the UK, his global reputation is substantial, with Mirazur a fixture of world’s best restaurant lists. Last November he was appointed by UNESCO as goodwill ambassador for biodiversity, making him the first chef to hold the position.

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