For various reasons, 2016 is a year that many would like to forget, but we certainly weren’t let down in terms of great places to eat in London. And it looks like 2017 will be delivering even better gastronomic delights, with exciting restaurant openings from some of London’s top restaurateurs and three highly acclaimed international female chefs. In addition, the NOVA complex is set to transform Victoria’s dining scene
1 La Dame de Pic by Anne-Sophie Pic
Famed for being the only current French female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic is set to showcase her creative French cuisine at La Dame de Pic, opening in conjunction with Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, near the Tower of London. Anne-Sophie began her culinary career in her family’s restaurant Maison Pic in Valence, France. Since then she has gone on to open restaurants in Lausanne and Paris, garnering awards and accolades along the way. La Dame de Pic, her first restaurant in the UK, is set to open on 26 January 2017.
2 Aster by D&D London
D&D London, the restaurant group behind some of London’s most successful restaurants, including the world’s most beautiful restaurant, German Gymnasium, is set to launch Aster at Victoria’s NOVA complex on 1 February 2017. With Executive Chef Helena Puolakka at the helm, the menus will blend the Nordic cuisine of her Finnish heritage with the classic French techniques she has refined over her career. The 10,000 sq ft space has been designed by Russell Sage Studios, and will be set across two floors with a café and deli on the ground floor and an upstairs restaurant and bar.
3 Hai Cenato by Jason Atherton
Jason Atherton’s The Social Company is set to open its first Italian restaurant, Hai Cenato in February 2017. Another one for the burgeoning NOVA complex next to Victoria station, a reason to brave the craziness of one of London’s most crowded train stations, Hai Cenato is inspired by New York-Italian cuisine. The menu will span small plates, pasta, risotto, grills and pizzas made in the restaurant’s own custom-built pizza ovens. The Drunken Oyster, the restaurant’s bar overseen by Group Bar Executive, Jamie Jones, will launch at the same time, serving classic Italian cocktails with a twist and sparkling ‘taptails’.
4 The Game Bird relaunches under James Durrant
The Stafford London in St James’s will relaunch its restaurant, The Game Bird, under the helm of Executive Chef James Durrant in early 2017. The restaurant will celebrate the very best of British cooking, but with innovative, modern touches, served in a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional service – classic British hospitality at its best. James Durrant, who has more than 20 years’ experience at Michelin-starred restaurants, will create menus that showcase the UK’s diverse produce, with a nod to his Cheshire upbringing and a particular focus on British game.
After 15 years, D&D London is shaking up the much-loved Almeida in Islington and launching a brand-new Italian restaurant, created by Francesco Mazzei. Almeida’s last hoorah will be New Year’s Eve, with doors closing on 1 January 2017. The restaurant – located just off Upper Street – will be given a totally new look, with the fresh Italian concept launching in March 2017. The new restaurant will be inspired by both Francesco’s Southern Italian roots, and by Islington itself – the area he and his family have made their home. Francesco Mazzei will continue as Chef Patron of Sartoria.
6 Martha Ortiz launches at InterContinental London Park Lane
Internationally-acclaimed chef Martha Ortiz will bring her celebrated Mexican gastronomy to London in spring 2017 with a new restaurant at InterContinental London Park Lane. Martha Ortiz is Chef Patron of Mexico City’s award-winning Dulce Patria, heralded as one of Latin America’s most exciting restaurants, and is celebrated for her creative cuisine and historical research into Mexican food traditions. In London, her philosophy will be brought to life by David Collins Studio, featuring references to Mexican design and culture, and the restaurant will join Theo Randall at the InterContinental, bringing two renowned chefs under one prestigious roof.