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London for the Holidays?


Here’s a hearty roundup of big-ticket newcomers on Blighty’s culinary scene.

Courtesy of London’s The Telegraph, here’s how they call them:

Buddha-Bar Restaurant, Knightsbridge Already well established in Paris, Buddha-Bar arrives in London this month, with the opening of Buddha-Bar Restaurant in London. Those who have visited the original branch or other incarnations in Dubai, New York and elsewhere, may find themselves somewhat familiar with the menu: it will include signature dishes but there’ll be plenty of unique offerings there too. Overall the cuisine on offer is a mix of Asian cuisine with Pacific Rim influences.

Hawksmoor Air Street, Piccadilly Following its soft launch, London’s fourth Hawksmoor restaurant opened last month. Previous incarnations of the chain – surely it’s now safe to call it such – focused on meat, with steaks a specialty, but the Air Street branch is placing equal emphasis on seafood. With 235 covers in the restaurant and a further 50 at the bar this is also the biggest branch to date.

Coya, Mayfair Peruvian cuisine has been making a name for itself in London. As well as the openings of Ceviche and Lima, ceviche and pisco sours have suddenly been appearing on what seems like every other restaurant with a tenuous link to South America. In any case the newest proponent of Peruvian dishes is Coya in Mayfair, London’s first Peruvian restaurant to include a private members’ bar. Arjun Waney, the restaurateur behind Zuma, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club, leads the project and he promises an authentic, up-market dining experience complemented by a fully stocked pisco bar.

The GrEAT British, Mayfair The GrEAT British serves hearty, traditional British fare using ingredients sourced in Britain. No doubt most diners will be able to figure much of that out courtesy of the restaurant’s inventive typography. Dishes on the menu are set to include wood pigeon salad; treacle cured suckling pig and hot roast beef and pork doorstep sandwiches. The wine list will feature British wines and sparkling wines exclusively. The restaurant address is 14 North Audley Street.

Mr Chow, Knightsbridge The original Mr Chow opened in London in February 1968. In advance of its 45th anniversary it reopened last month in Knightsbridge. Hallmarks of the Mr Chow are in evidence – think authentic Beijing cuisine with European-style service and a luxurious interior.