Owners of World's Best Restaurant to open eatery in London

Chef Daniel Humm (far left) and business partner Will Guidara, who run Eleven Madison Park, the New York eatery that was named World's Best Restaurant in 2017, will open Davies And Brook at the Claridge's hotel in London.
Chef Daniel Humm (left) and business partner Will Guidara, who run Eleven Madison Park, the New York eatery that was named World's Best Restaurant in 2017, will open Davies And Brook at the Claridge's hotel in London.PHOTO: ASIA'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS

NEW YORK • The owners of Eleven Madison Park, the New York eatery that was named World's Best Restaurant in 2017, plan to open their first European outpost at the luxury Claridge's hotel in London.

The new establishment will be called Davies And Brook, marking the hotel's location on the corner of Davies and Brook streets, in Mayfair. It is scheduled to open this summer, chef Daniel Humm and business partner Will Guidara said in a telephone interview.

Davies And Brook will be a gourmet restaurant, in the smart casual style of Eleven Madison Park.

What it will not have are the lengthy New York tasting menus, which can cost more than US$300 (S$408).

Humm is creating new dishes for London and the current plan is to offer two savoury courses for lunch and three for dinner. No decision has yet been taken on the prices.

"We are not opening Eleven Madison Park in London," he said.

"It is a different restaurant, a different format, but with the same philosophy. It is going to be of the same family as Eleven Madison Park.

"For Claridge's, we want to be sure the food really fits. Claridge's has something very classic about it and my food has always been a little classic.

"There are certain products that are really great in Britain,  like game, which isn't really celebrated in America the way it is in Europe," he added. "We are excited about certain fish, the cheese and the dairy.

"But if a guest feels a hint of Eleven Madison Park, a nod to it, that is who we are."

In New York, Humm's most famous creations include a vegetarian version of steak tartare, served tableside using a carrot in place of the meat.

The new restaurant replaces Fera, which British chef  Simon Rogan opened in 2014 and which closed on Dec 31.

Humm and Mr Guidara's group, Make It Nice, will create an entirely new look with American architect Brad Cloepfil of Portland, Oregon-based Allied Works. There will be a bar where guests can dine, along with a new kitchen and dining room and also, possibly, a terrace.

Make It Nice establishments include the more casual New York restaurant and bar NoMad, which has outposts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

"We are just trying to create the best possible restaurant that we can for London that will fit within Claridge's," Mr Guidara said.  "We want to create a restaurant that, while we are part of the hotel, is also an amenity to the city."

The executive chef in London will be Dmitri Magi, formerly chef de cuisine at Eleven Madison Park.

Humm, who was born in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 2003, said he was particularly excited about the new restaurant for two reasons.

"When I was 15 years old, I cooked at Claridge's very early in my career," he added. "At that time, I was intimidated by Claridge's, just walking by and seeing all the fancy cars outside. I would never have set foot in there. I was using the staff entrance and working downstairs.

"The other reason is that while I love being in America - it has been very good for us - at heart I am European. And spending time in Europe is important for me."

Humm is not the first New York chef to open in London in recent years. 

Daniel Boulud opened Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in 2010 while Jean-Georges Vongerichten  set up  Jean-Georges at the Connaught in 2017.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'Owners of World's Best Restaurant to open eatery in London'. Print Edition | Subscribe