The summer months may be behind us but there is still plenty to look forward to in 2019. A number of high-profile chefs are hard at work to bring new restaurants and fresh concepts to life before the decade is out. Here, we take a look at some of the best restaurants for September.
In this month’s feature, we travel to three of London’s most luxurious hotels where new openings from acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs open their doors. In New York, we visit the new fine-dining establishment making waves with its $98 tasting menu and strict no-photo policy.
We also travel to Singapore, where one of the world’s most famous chefs follows Anne-Sophie Pic by opening a restaurant in the recently refurbished Raffles Singapore.
The Betterment | London
Michelin-starred Jason Atherton will mark his anticipated return to Grosvenor Square next month with the opening of his new $6million restaurant The Betterment.
Atherton first made his name working alongside Gordon Ramsay at Maze before they infamously fell out with each other. He will now be going head-to-head with his former partner as the new restaurant sits in close proximity to Ramsay’s new Lucky Cat (featured in last month’s article).
The Betterment is located in the brand new luxury hotel The Biltmore and will feature a seasonally-driven menu. It will specialize in wood-fired fish and meats, fresh seafood and plant-based dishes. Atherton currently owns six London restaurants, including Berners Tavern and the Michelin-starred City Social.
Atherton said of his appointment: “To be returning to Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square after nine years in very special to me. We chse the name The Betterment to encapsulate our journey from opening Pollen Street Social in 2011 to today, highlighting the progression of our food, ethos and way of thinking.”
Fia | California
The closure of a Santa Monica favorite, Wilshire, in June was a shock to local residents. The respected restaurant had been a pillar of California’s dining scene for almost 15 years but closed to make way for the introduction of a new and exciting concept, Fia.
Owner Michael Greco has invested heavily in the renowned space to transform it into a rustic villa with enough space for 300 seats. Inspired by cliff-side towns of the Amalfi Coast, designer Matthew Winter has swapped the wooden patio of Wilshire’s for Tuscan gravel and exposed the site’s original brick wall.
Chef Brendan Collins, (Michelin-starred Melisse) has developed a menu that will blend Italian flair with Californian influences with an emphasis on fresh regional seafood and handmade pasta.
Fia will not just be a restaurant though: It will host cocktail hours, weekend brunches, art exhibitions and live music events. In a statement of intent, Greco has brought in the ‘Godfather of Cocktails’ Vincenzo Marianella to oversee the exciting beverage program.