WOLFGANG PUCK’S CUT
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
BREAD STREET KITCHEN
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
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.
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
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
What: The team behind buzzy favourites Terroirs and Brawn come south.
What: From Corbin and King, a sister restaurant for the Wolseley. Big.
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