Check out one of these brand-new-for-summer-2015 restaurants – from fancy French dishes and Italian fine dining to laid-back “small plates” that are made for sharing, read on to discover your new favourite restaurants…
Find it at: 92-94 Newman Street, Bloomsbury Fitzrovia, London
The cuisine: French
Who’s the chef?: Alan Pickett
The lowdown: Piquet (a play on chef Pickett’s surname) is a collaboration with restauranteur André Blais and promises to merge French and English culture with a mixture of classical and contemporary dishes. It’s split over two levels, a main restaurant where you can pre-book your table or the more laid-back Fir Room.
Open for business: Piquet is already running late – it was scheduled to open in the Spring but has been delayed to late Summer. Will it be worth the wait? Only time will tell…
Follow them on Twitter @PiquetLDN for the latest news.
Find it at: 1363 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston
The cuisine: Southeast Asian
Who’s the chef?: Top Chef finalist Tiffani Faison
The lowdown: Chef Tiffani Faison describes Southeast Asia as having “some of the greatest food in the world”, and the menu at the sister restaurant to Faison’s Texas barbecue hub Sweet Cheeks Q will showcase her favourite street food from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. It’s been over a year in the making and promises plenty of seafood and fresh, vibrant flavours topped off with tiki cocktails. Watch this space…
Open for business: Tiger Mama is expected to open in July.
Click here for all the details so far.
Find it at: Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
The cuisine: American seafood
Who’s the chef?: Bobby Griffing
The lowdown: Catch NYC is a firm celeb favourite, so there are high expectations for the brand’s new Dubai branch, which calls the famous Fairmont Hotel its home. Catch Dubai’s innovative fare focuses seafood and sushi with a contemporary American twist – go for the crispy whole snapper with peppers and follow it up with the famous s’mores pizza topped with burnt marshmallow ice cream and melted dark chocolate.
Open for business: Now – what are you waiting for?
Book a table or find out more here.
Find it at: Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas
The cuisine: Italian “small plates”
Who’s the chef?: James Beard award-winner Julian Serrano
The lowdown: Lago is Julian Serrano’s third Vegas restaurant – having mastered French and Spanish, he’s taking a swing at Italian this time with his “small plates” designed for an informal dining experience (sharing strongly encouraged) while overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains. From pizzas and lamb ragu to shrimp stuffed calamari and a host of veggie options, the “small plate” tapas style experience is a blessing since we’d never be able to decide on just one dish…
Open for business: Now – if you’re heading to Vegas over the summer, make sure to check it out.
Make a reservation or check out the menu here.
No. 8 Lister Square
Find it at: No. 8 Lister Square (the clue’s in the name), Simpson Loan, Edinburgh
The cuisine: British gastrobar fare
Who’s the chef?: Jason Wright
The lowdown: No. 8 Lister Square originally opened as Italian restaurant Enzo last August, but the team decided on a revamp ahead of this summer. So now the new gastropub is ready to welcome punters for British pub grub and nightly entertainment from acoustic sets to DJs. It’s fast becoming the place to relax after work with a craft beer or signature cocktail from their quirky menu, so make sure you check it out.
Open for business: It opened in May 2015, so it’s ready when you are.
Find it at: 835 6th Avenue, New York
The cuisine: Portuguese
Who’s the chef?: Michelin-starred George Mendes
The lowdown: Lupulo is Mendes’ second restaurant and its inspired by the famous breweries of Lisbon. The menu is rustic Portuguese fare washed down with craft beer served up at the central wrap-around dining bar (or a table, if you prefer the old-fashioned way). The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting whether you’re popping in to grab a bite after work or making a pit-stop on your travels around the city.
Open for business: Now.
Lupulo don’t take reservations, but you can peruse the menu at your leisure here.
Find it at: 1001 Guerrero Street, San Francisco
The cuisine: Californian
Who’s the chef?: Brett Cooper
The lowdown: Aster is acclaimed chef Cooper’s first solo project, offering up creative takes on NorCal (that’s Northern California if you didn’t know) classics. Almost all of the restaurant’s produce is sourced from small local farms while everything from the vinegar to the yoghurt is made in-house.
Open for business: The much-awaited new project opened its doors in March.
Find out more or book a table here.
Find it at: 1-1-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
The cuisine: A modern take on Italian classics
Who’s the chef?: Multi-starred Heinz Beck
The lowdown: No, you won’t find beans or ketchup anywhere on this menu – the ‘Heinz’ is first name of German-born chef Beck, the multi-starred mastermind behind Tokyo’s latest fine dining spot. You’ll find dry ice, pomegranate “snow”, crystallised berries and freeze-dried purple potato spicing up the Italian menu, and views of the Imperial Palace canal setting the scene.
Open for business: Heinz Beck opened last winter, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, it should be top of your list to check out this summer.
Find out more about his eponymous restaurant and more of Heinz Beck’s projects here.
Find it at: 34, rue de Richelieu 75001, Paris
The cuisine: Franco-American
Who’s the chef?: Hannah Kowalenko
The lowdown: A stone’s throw from the Louvre, Ellsworth offers American comfort food with a French twist. The locally sourced and beautifully presented dishes include crispy Kentucky fried chicken (KFC, it is not), pesto gnocchi, foie gras and buckwheat waffles for brunch.
Open for business: Right now!
Check out the Ellsworth website here.