LONDON’S restaurant scene is set for another bright outlook with the start of the new year.
Many eateries are coming up in the British capital while others are on expansion mode to open new verticals.
In a boost to the city’s restaurant empire, Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar will be opening a brand new restaurant this year.
The Asian origin chef, who opened Mayfair’s Kanishka in 2019 after leaving his award-winning stint at nearby Benares, is heading to Westminster for Mathura.
The major restaurant project is located inside the area’s former fire station.
Mathura will focus on Kochhar’s signature Indian cooking with British ingredients.
Another Asian origin restaurateur who came to Britain a decade ago and started his career as a kitchen porter has succeeded to head a new restaurant in Soho this year.
Charith Priyadarshana, 32, grew up in a small village outside the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
In 2010, he reached the British capital to help his brother. He was interested in cooking and showed his special ability in fusion cooking while serving as a kitchen porter.
Priyadarshana was later promoted as junior chef at the Lord’s Cricket Ground restaurant, Lord’s Tavern.
He met first-time restaurateur Dom Fernando, joining hands to run supper clubs around the capital.
The duo opened the 32-cover Paradise on Soho’s Rupert Street recently.
He told the Evening Standard: “I came here for opportunities, and I have had them… I would not have got this chance in Sri Lanka. London gives you opportunities”.
The menu at his restaurant offers Sri Lankan-based family recipes and is influenced by British, Portuguese, Malay, South Indian, and Dutch cuisines.