The face of London’s restaurant scene is changing all the time. For the city’s luxury hotels, keeping up with what guests want is important. The Connaught is to continue to deliver with a new restaurant next year, run by French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Vongerichten is based in the US but has had a restaurant presence in London over the last few years. In 2011, the now-closed Spice Market opened at W London. He also ran the Vong restaurant at The Berkeley, which closed in 2002. The new restaurant at The Connaught, yet to be named, will occupy the space where Espelette is now.
The new restaurant will run alongside Hélène Darroze’s restaurant, which has two Michelin stars.
It will be relaxed and informal, aiming to emulate a neighbourhood restaurant. It will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Vongerichten’s farm-to-table style will influence the menu, but he promises “a few surprises”.
The Connaught’s restaurant will be one of more than 30 that Vongerichten operates around the world. He has establishments in New York (10 of them), Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. With Vongerichten and Darroze at The Connaught, the hotel’s restaurants will both be run by French chefs.
Vongerichten is currently based in the US, however, from where many restaurateurs are choosing to come to London to set up shop.
For example, Red Rooster will arrive in Shoreditch soon, while another New York restaurant, Aquavit, will also create a London outpost. Dominique Ansel, inventor of the Cronut, recently arrived in the capital too. More American exports are set to arrive over the next couple of years.
The new restaurant at The Connaught opens in spring 2017, so more news should be forthcoming over the next few months. We’ll get to see a new look and perhaps hear what could be on the menu too.
Photo credits: The Connaught.