The Handbook
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Wahoo for Dabbous Two! Easily one of our favourite restaurants, and currently on hiatus since leaving it’s Fitzrovia home of five years, Dabbous is coming back, and from the sound of things coming back in style. Welcome… *drum roll* Dabbous Piccadilly. Or Dabbous Green Park. Or simply Dabbous (we don’t know what they’ll call it, but assume it’ll be named after the eponymous chef).

The restaurant just started hiring staff, which suggests things are about to start kicking off, and in a good way. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea (a new string to the Dabbous bow, though one very much in keeping with the new location) it’s is set to be another collaboration between chef Ollie Dabbous and his mixologist partner Oskar Kinberg. Together, and with landlord Hedonism Wines, the combo will create a three storey, 250 seater, in one of the year’s most anticipated openings.

Dabbous quickly built a name for himself with his Scandi-influenced menu, excellent cocktails and too-cool-for-school surroundings. He was richly rewarded with a near-instant Michelin Star and yards if not miles of glowing column inches raving about the new hotspot and an up-and-coming generation of chef. If Dabbous came of age in Fitzrovia, he looks set to step into an impressive prime at his new location at 85 Piccadilly, just down from Green Park Station.

Since shutting up shop a year back, Dabbous has kept his eye in at the boutique Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden, creating a subtle French menu with seasonal dishes. But it was always a means of simply cooling his heels while he and Kinberg found the right location for Dabbous2.

Their new home at 85 Piccadilly has been empty for a while, formally occupied by Fakhreldine – an upmarket Lebanese restaurant – and enjoys fantastic views and a super-prime location. It’s certainly a change after genteel Fitzrovia, but given that when they left their last home, Dabbous and Kinberg promised that the new restaurant would “have a completely different identity”, the new location and format sounds like it’s definitely going to deliver on that, and every, front.

Dabbous: Watch this space, but billed as opening in ‘early 2018’…