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Congratulations to Chrysan, which has bagged the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for autumn 2012.
Chrysan, a box-fresh newcomer to the capital, is the latest venture from Hakkasan Group. Having opened in the City’s Broadgate West area on 12 September, it beat off strong competition from other notable restaurants to have launched over the past six months, including Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s Brasserie Zédel, Earls Court brasserie Garnier, Peruvian gem Lima and City high-flier Sushisamba.
A high-end Japanese specialising in kaiseki cuisine – a highly ceremonial menu of small courses – Chrysan is overseen by Kyoto’s multi-Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Murata, but the kitchen is run by Murata’s protégé, head chef Daisuke Hayashi.
Hayashi (pictured centre, with his team) was delighted at his achievement and the values behind the award.
‘I would like to thank Square Meal and BMW for this prestigious award,’ he said at the presentation. ‘It is an honour and we will do our best to be true to the standards and quality that BMW and this award represent.’
Chrysan’s GM Arno Liebscher worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which won the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for spring 2011.
‘We are delighted to have won this award and I understand the positive impact it will have,’ he said.
Square Meal’s editor, Ben McCormack, commended the restaurant for firing on all cylinders from day one.
‘Chrysan offers a quintessential Japanese cooking style adapted to western tastes and pulls it off with aplomb,’ he said. ‘What’s more, its location shows confidence in the City as a dining destination.’
Chrysan will soon be followed by HKK, another venture from Hakkasan Group based in the same location. An evolution of the Chinese side of the Hakkasan brand, HKK will open on 5 December.