Mauro Colagreco at Raffles, Whitehall, London

Located in the Old War Office in Whitehall, Mauro Colagreco’s eponymous London restaurant promises to be a disarming affair. With three Michelin stars already to his name via the spectacular Mirazur on the Cote d’Azur, Italian-Argentinian Colagreco will offer three dining options at his new Raffles establishment – a brasserie, a fine dining restaurant and a chef’s table. Opening is expected in early 2023, but for an early reservation it would be a good idea to start hitting the redial button now.

Mount St Restaurant, London

Chef Jamie Shears, formerly of CUT on Park Lane, provides interesting updates on classic London dishes alongside a veg-forward menu featuring lost British fruits and vegetables at this Mayfair newcomer. Part of a five-story complex in a striking Victorian building, with the Audley pub on its ground floor, Mount St stands in good company alongside owner Artfarm’s other venues. These include the Fife Arms in Braemar, the Roth Bar & Grill in Somerset and the recently acquired Groucho Club in Soho. 

Sexy Fish, Manchester

The group responsible for the upscale Ivy chain, Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings, is set to open Sexy Fish in Manchester's Spinningfields Square in the coming months. The seafood-heavy menu will be a fusion of Japanese classics and adventurous new dishes. With its glitzy Mayfair establishment proving such a success with foodies and celebrities alike, an early table at the third Sexy Fish, after London and Miami, will be a very hot ticket. 

Duck & Waffle, Edinburgh

London favourite Duck & Waffle is due to open in Edinburgh this month (December 2022). The restaurant serves playful, modern British dishes, with its signature dish seeing a sweet waffle topped with crispy confit duck leg, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. With its prime location in the swish St James Quarter, the new D&W looks well placed to be a hit with both local foodies and visitors to the Scottish capital.

Studio Frantzén at Harrods, London

In a culinary coup for London’s most exclusive store, Harrods has persuaded Danish superstar chef Björn Frantzén to launch at their iconic Knightsbridge location. Former professional footballer Frantzén has already been at the helm of two restaurants boasting three Michelin stars each, so anticipation is high for his first UK venture. Sharpen your elbows to secure a table this side of the new year (it opens on 28 November 2022).

MUSU, Manchester

High-end Japanese cuisine will be on offer in Manchester when MUSU opens its doors (on 24 November 2022). The menu will feature ingredients sourced locally in the UK, as well as directly from Japan, and will be presented in three dining options – a la carte, a seven or 11-course set menu and omakase at a six-seater counter. The restaurant interior features bespoke Italian furniture and geisha wall designs, and a private dining area will accommodate up to 14 guests. 

KORA by Tom Kitchin, Edinburgh

This newly debuted restaurant is the latest project of Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Tom Kitchin. Located in the Scottish capital’s trendy Bruntsfield district, Kora showcases a selection of new dishes and reimagined classics using ingredients sourced from around Scotland. Menu highlights like globe artichoke with Strathdon Blue cheese, roasted North Sea cod and loin of sika deer, coupled with an eclectic wine list, create a truly unique dining experience. The hip, Scandinavian-inspired décor was the concept of Kitchin’s wife and business partner Michaela and provides a smart but relaxed environment for diners of all ages (there’s a children’s menu too). 

Gōst, Glasgow

This impressive new steakhouse is the latest venue from the team behind Glaswegian favourites Glaschu and gastro pub The Duke’s Umbrella. The kitchen uses purebred Angus beef from small-batch, sustainable farms, and is one of the only restaurants in Scotland to use cuts from ex-dairy cattle which are retired onto grass pastures for a minimum of 12 months. This maturing process is claimed to create an unrivalled depth of flavour in the meat. Guests can expect prime cuts including chateaubriand as well as classic steaks like rib-eye, fillet and sirloin with sauces including blue cheese and black truffle.

Harvest, London

Harvest’s contemporary, vegetarian menu will offer an array of exciting, seasonal dishes to non-meat eaters when it opens in Kensal Rise early in 2023. Led by chef Jesse Dunford Wood, of London restaurants Parlour in Kensal Green and Six Portland Road in Holland Park, Harvest will be open for breakfast. lunch and dinner, with seating for 40 diners inside and a further 30 outdoors. It’s wine-led drinks offering will include cocktails and a strong non-alcoholic offering. 

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