In the latest installment in our ongoing series, Elite Traveler brings you a selection of the best new restaurants, pop-ups and reopenings happening June.
Summer is in full swing and a raft of renowned chefs are ready to inject new concepts into the culinary landscape. Among this latest list is an exciting pop-up that sees one of the world’s best restaurants, Wolfgat, come all the way from a small fishing village in South Africa to the center of London.
There is news from one of the USA’s most anticipated new restaurants of 2019, Birdie G’s, which is finally set to open in Los Angeles following several months of delays. We also visit New York, Paris and Hong Kong to form a truly global list of the best new places to eat in June.
A growing number of people are actively trying to reduce their meat consumption for both environmental and ethical reasons, so the opening of Le Jardinier appears to fall in line with the zeitgeist. The new restaurant, which opened in New York last week, describes itself as a “vegetable-driven” eatery. This essentially means that vegetables form a central part of most dishes while animal products play a supplementary role.
Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli, long-time protégé of legendary French chef Joël Robuchon, is behind the Le Jardinier. His vision was to create approachable yet refined vegetable-based dishes, rooted in classic French technique. He will make best use of only the finest seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced fish, meat and poultry.
“Le Jardinier is focused on modern cuisine utilizing the highest quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs,” said Verzeroli. “This is the way sophisticated diners are eating globally, and we intend to fill this niche in Midtown.”
The beautifully-displayed dishes will be served in a fitting space designed by award-winning Parisian architect Joseph Dirand , renowned for projects including LouLo, Monsieur Bleu and Le Flandrin restaurants in Paris.