If you’re looking for food from a Michelin-starred chef that no one else in London has experienced yet, then best you note the details of the new Mandarin Oriental Mayfair. Opening this winter, the hotel will be the first UK foray for chef Akira Back, who has a pretty impressive global portfolio, with 16 restaurants to his name spanning Las Vegas, Dubai, Paris, Beverly Hills, Hanoi, Singapore, Seoul, San Diego, Seychelles, Toronto, Bangkok and Delray Beach. Incredibly, there are an additional 12 on the way, with Mandarin Oriental Mayfair being one of them.
If you’re not au fait with Chef Back and his international acclaim, he was born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado. His Michelin moment came in 2018 with one star awarded to his restaurant Dosa in Seoul. He’s also hosted the James Beard House dinners seven times.
What’s he going to be up to at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, you may well wonder. We believe he’ll be presenting modern interpretations of Japanese cuisine inspired by his Korean heritage and travels. He’ll also be curating the 24-hour in-room dining for hotel guests and there will be a lobby lounge with innovative cocktails.
It’s the second Mandarin Oriental hotel in London (Hyde Park opened after extensive renovations in 2000). Given the new location in Hanover Square in Mayfair, London’s hottest district for Michelin-starred dining, Chef Back is most definitely going to have to bring his A-game, but he certainly sounds like an overachiever to us.
As for the rest of the hotel, the full details are yet to be revealed. Apparently, there will be a spa that’s not just available to hotel guests and it looks like something impressive will be opening on the rooftop. Will this be another rooftop bar for London? It that the spa? We’ll have to wait and see.
More about Mandarin Oriental Mayfair
Where is it? 22 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1JP
When does it open? Winter 2022
Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @mo_hotels.
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