3 New Alan Yau Restaurants Opening in 2014
It looks like 2014 will be a busy year for Hong Kong-born, London-based restaurateur Alan Yau. Known for founding and consulting for restaurants including Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, Princi, Yauatcha and Naamyaa Cafe, the versatile chef and restaurant owner will contribute three new eateries to the London restaurant scene next year.
Duck & Rice: Anticipated to be a Chinese gastropub set over two floors in Soho (on the former site of The Endurance), Duck & Rice is sure to start a trend for fusion-style pub lunches. Expect Asian street food and Chinese-inspired cocktails when it opens early next year.
Park Chinois: Opening on Dover Street in the massive 9,000 square foot space that previously was occupied by Automat diner, Park Chinois will be a throwback to Shanghai in the 1940s and 50s. After an expensive refurb, the retro lounge - rumoured to be serving an eclectic mix of Chinese dishes - will open next summer and will feature live music.
Unnamed Turkish restaurant: Yau's forthcoming Turkish restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue is unnamed at this point but when it opens later in 2014 we hear the menu will focus on lahmacun - a Turkish flat bread-style pizza covered with minced lamb.