One of London’s most prolific chefs — Jason Atherton — will open a new 16-seater restaurant in Mayfair.
According to Square Meal, the new venue, next door to Atherton’s flagship site, Pollen Street Social in Mayfair, is operating under the working title H.O.M.E. He sees it being a “purely creative outlet,” which will serve only a set menu, “inspired by his travels around the world.”
Although he describes the new project as “[his] Araki” — the three-Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant around the corner from his own — it sounds more like Aulis, the small (eight-seater) test kitchen / tasting menu restaurant in Soho run by Simon Rogan and the team at Roganic.
Atherton insists that the site will not open with ambitions for Michelin stars. But he also told Square Meal that Pollen Street Social would undergo a refurbishment as it looks to build on its one-Michelin-star rating. Atherton did however imply that he doesn’t lose too much sleep over the fact it is yet to receive a second.
News of the new opening comes after Atherton closed two of his London restaurants this year — his Japanese business Sosharu in Farringdon, and Temple and Sons in the City.
H.O.M.E. will be the chef’s eighth London restaurant and sixteenth worldwide.