Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London has announced its latest F&B concept, which will replace Bar Boulud at the luxury hotel.
Billed as a ‘transportive drinking and dining experience’, The Aubrey London is scheduled to open in the new year and is the first UK venture from Maximal Concepts, an international restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong.
The restaurant will be an izakaya-style concept serving menus that showcase traditional Japanese cooking techniques. The food offering will also place emphasis on sustainable, locally sourced produce.
Two bars will serve cocktail menus that blend the traditional and contemporary, with strong Japanese influences.
Menus are yet to be announced but the restaurant will open for lunch and dinner, as well as serving afternoon tea.
The restaurant replaces Bar Boulud, which opened at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park back in 2010 and was headed up by star chef Daniel Boulud.
Bar Boulud was famous for its luxe burgers, including the £20 BB Burger, which comprised a beef patty topped with braised short rib, foie gras, horseradish mayonnaise, and confit tomato inside a black onion seed brioche bun.
The restaurant first closed its doors in March 2020 due to the government mandated lockdown, but never reopened. In the summer of the following year, a hotel spokesperson confirmed Bar Boulud’s closure, saying it had ceased operations on 20 October 2020 “following the expiry of its ten-year contract.”
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is currently home to three existing F&B concepts, including the two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, The Rosebery afternoon tea lounge and the Mandarin Bar.