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Congratulations to Balthazar, which has won the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant for spring 2013, beating fierce competition from other distinguished openings of the past six months.
Congratulations to Chrysan, which has bagged the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for autumn 2012. A box-fresh newcomer to the capital, Chrysan is the latest venture from Hakkasan Group. Having opened in the City’s Broadgate West area in mid-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.
Congratulations to Dabbous, winner of the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for spring. The first solo venture of former Texture and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons chef Ollie Dabbous, the Fitzrovia restaurant has been feted by critics and diners since it opened in January. Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack, who presented the award, praised the young chef and his passionate team. ‘Dabbous’ creative, forward-looking cuisine and industrial-style dining room are a knockout combination – it’s the sort of place where you’d feel as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as you would in a suit and tie,’ he said. Chef-patron Dabbous acknowledged his team, saying the award was ‘a boost’ for them and all their hard work.
Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has scooped the 2011 BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year title. The Mayfair restaurant has been hot property since it opened last April. A playful but cool venue with a buzzy bar, edgy menu and metropolitan feel, it was a clear favourite for Restaurant of the Year, despite strong competition from sterling newcomers such as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Roganic. Head chef and owner Atherton said the accolade was ‘a dream come true’.
The BMW Square Meal awards recognise all-round excellence across the UK’s restaurant scene. The top accolade is Restaurant of the Year, which is given for the finest overall package, while Best New Restaurant is awarded twice yearly to the most outstanding London restaurant launched during the given period. The Best UK Restaurant title goes to the establishment outside London that has most captured the imagination of diners.