Yet more steak venues, and Ramsay comes to the City

Timothy Barber
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What: Austrian-American super-chef, restaurateur and friend of Hollywood Wolfgang Puck has a large number of acclaimed restaurants in the US and the Far East, and is opening his first European venue at the hugely anticipated new hotel, 45 Park Lane. Across the road from the Dorchester and operated by the same company, it’s a very smart, glossy, sophisticated boutique whose ground floor is dominated by Puck’s ornate contemporary steak restaurant. A tip: even if you can’t get a table, the extraordinary Crouching Tiger cocktail and mini-burgers in the suave upstairs are worth a visit on their own.

Where: Park Lane

Opens: 1 September

What: It’s famous for the martinis served in its famously suave bar, but the Duke’s Hotel in St James’s is now entering the world of haute cuisine with a new restaurant from Nigel Mendham, who had a Michelin star at the Samling Hotel in the Lake District. Expect a menu of beautifully composed British classics.

Where: St James’ Place

Opening: 1 September

What: It’s taken its time to open, but Gordon Ramsay’s debut City restaurant is almost ready. Situated in the One New Change development (nudging up against Jamie Oliver’s popular Barbecoa establishment) it’ll be open from 7am to midnight, with charcuterie dishes, shellfish, a wood-burning oven and a downstairs cocktail bar.

Where: One New Change, the City

Opening: Mid-September

What: Arjun Waney, the restaurateur behind Zuma, La Petite Maison and Il Baretto, is opening his latest venue on Cork Street in Mayfair with Roka chef Rosie Yeats.

Where: Mayfair

Opening: October

What: Named after the impossible-to-get-into fictional restaurant in American Psycho, this private members’ club for the West London set will have a small restaurant Beaufort House head chef Alexander Baillieu.

Where: Cromwell Road, Kensington

When: October

What: The stupendous steakhouse empire, with locations in Spitalfields and Covent Garden, extends its tendrils to the City. Success guaranteed, we’re saying.

Where: Guildhall, the City

When: October

What: The team behind buzzy favourites Terroirs and Brawn come south.

Where: Battersea

When: October

What: From Corbin and King, a sister restaurant for the Wolseley. Big.

Where: Mayfair

When: Late autumn

What: Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings gets in on the steak trend in grand style.

Where: Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

When: Late autumn