The founders of Eleven Madison Park, ranked the world's best restaurant by William Reed Business Media in 2017, have good news for British foodies. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara have announced the opening of their first European restaurant in London. The pair also run the NoMad restaurants and bars in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and Made Nice, a fast-casual restaurant in New York City.
Named Davies and Brook, the new eatery will be housed in Claridge’s, the iconic luxury hotel in the upscale Mayfair neighborhood. The restaurant will replace chef Simon Rogan’s Fera, which closed in December. Though the award-winning restaurateurs will surely incorporate some highlights from their New York restaurant into the new space, Davies and Brook is expected to be an ode to British favorites.
“There are certain products that are really great in the U.K., like game, which isn’t really celebrated in America the way it is in Europe,” Humm told Bloomberg. “We are excited about certain fish, the cheese and the dairy. But if a guest feels a hint of Eleven Madison Park, a nod to it, that is who we are.”
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Delighted to announce today that our friends Chef @danielhumm and Restaurateur @wguidara from Make It Nice Hospitality will open a new restaurant @daviesandbrook at Claridge’s this Summer ( link in bio) We can’t wait to welcome you and your team to Mayfair #daviesandbrook #staytuned #makeitnice #manhattantomayfair #claridges 🍽🇺🇸🇬🇧
Humm and Guidara have yet to specify which items will appear on the menu or what the price point will be, but the selection is expected to be more classic that their innovative New York tasting menus. According to Bloomberg, the restaurant will feature two flavorful courses for lunch and three for dinner. Given the New York location’s ranking among the top restaurants on a global scale, the new London venture is bound to be met with praise.
The chef for Davies and Brook will be Dmitri Magi, a former Eleven Madison Park chef de cuisine. Magi, who was born in Estonia, worked at the critically acclaimed Noma with Chef Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen. He then moved to New York , where he joined Chef Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern.
“We are very excited to bring longtime friends and guests of the hotel; Daniel, Will and their exceptional team to Claridge’s, as we have been looking for an opportunity to work with them for some time,” Paddy McKillen, co-owner of Claridge’s, said in a statement.
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So excited to finally share that we’ll be opening @daviesandbrook, our new restaurant in London, this summer in the storied @claridgeshotel. Having the opportunity to bring our cuisine and hospitality there is such a remarkable feeling and a dream come true. It’s my first time opening a restaurant in Europe after leaving for the States so many years ago. When I was 15 years old I even had a job at Claridge’s – it was a place I looked up to with awe and never in a million years thought I’d be opening a restaurant within those walls. Being able to come back is really emotional, it feels like coming home. I can’t wait to open our doors and serve the city of London later this year. #claridges #daviesandbrook #makeitnice
Interestingly, Humm, who was born in Switzerland and moved to the US in 2003, has close ties to Claridge’s since he worked there as a teenager. He is excited to spend time in London since he says that despite loving the US, he is European at heart.
Humm joins Daniel Boulud, who opened Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London in 2010, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who opened Jean-Georges at the Connaught in the British capital in 2017.