These are the restaurants you need to book weeks in advance. If there’s a phone number, that is.
Hix Oyster & Chop House has the perfect porterhouse (www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk). For exquisite, and bravely expensive, French cuisine, it’s Hélène Darroze at the Connaught (the-connaught.co.uk).
Guilo Guilo, the Japanese-fusion place from Kyoto star chef Eiichi Edakuni, remains the big get (guiloguilo.com). The scene-focused are keyed into two places from the Costes family of hotel fame—Chez Germain (33-1/42-73-28-34) and the still unnamed spot by Christian Liagre, in the old Bilboquet.
In the fifties Luau was where Troy Donahue went for mai tais. Forty years later it’s back via Andy Hewitt (of Il Sole on Sunset Boulevard), sans Trader Vic’s decor but with a Pacific Rim menu and, yes, cocktails served in pineapple shells. 369 Bedford Dr.
No opening is more anticipated than that of the Monkey Bar as reimagined by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, restaurateur Jeremy King, and hotelier Jeff Klein. Word is that it will open mid-spring, but as at Carter’s Waverly Inn, no phone number will be listed.