The owner of Mayfair seafood restaurant Assunta Madre has been arrested in his native Italy on money-laundering charges. Gianni Micalusi was arrested with his two sons, his bank manager and accountant and is accused by Rome prosecutors of laundering nearly €900,000 in cash from “illegal activities”. He was remanded in custody. Micalusi, a rotund 52-year-old former fisherman, […]

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The team behind hit Hackney venue Pidgin are to open a modern British interpretation of a Chinese dim sum restaurant in Mayfair, with service based around trolleys and trays laden with small plates. Magpie launches in Heddon Street, off Regent Street, next month. True to its name, dishes will be “stolen” from an eclectic range […]

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Sommelier-turned-restaurateur Xavier Rousset is launching his third solo venture, Comptoir Café & Wine, in Mayfair next month. It follows the success of Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone – praised in the latest Harden’s Survey for its “superb wine list” – and Burgundy specialist Cabotte in the City, both of which opened last year. Tucked away behind Bond Street station […]

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Le Gavroche, the Roux family flagship and foundation stone of modern London gastronomy, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a “Back to the Classics” menu of original dishes from 1967. The menu is available until December and costs £90 a head for five courses, bookable in advance, to be shared in the Library […]

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David Muñoz, the flamboyant Spanish chef who won three Michelin stars in four years for his Madrid restaurant DiverXO, is to open his long-promised London offshoot, StreetXO, in Mayfair in November. He aims to “shock, surprise and delight” diners through both the theatre and flavour of his Asian-inspired fusion dishes. StreetXO will be set up […]

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Japanese-born, French-trained chef Yu Sugimoto has taken over the kitchen at Mayfair dining temple The Square following its sale by founding chef Phil Howard earlier this year. Sugimoto spent nine years at Le Meurice in Paris, where he rose to head chef, after beginning his career at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Restaurateur Marlon Abela, who […]

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Chef Shaun Rankin, of Jersey’s much-admired Ormer (though sliding survey ratings indicate admiration may be on the wane), will open Ormer Mayfair this September at Shepherd Market’s boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair. But first, they want to invite diners to the all-important dress rehearsal with a 50% off food soft launch period in August. Tables in the […]

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