The future activities of Alan Yau – the restaurateur who created Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, and many other seminal London restaurants – is surrounded by more myths and disinformation than the Bermuda Triangle. Among the many ‘new Alan Yau projects’ that have been reported, but disappeared mid-flight, are: a roast duck place in Mayfair; an unspecified replacement for the now-closed Automat restaurant, also in Mayfair; an Italian eatery in South Kensington.
Yau himself won’t comment on new business ventures, but we know of two that seem more likely than most (as we’ve seen the planning applications). The first is Babaji Pide, a Turkish fast food place on the corner of Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho (the Chinese characters above simply read ‘Alan Yau’, in case you’re wondering); and Duck & Rice, a Chinese fast food joint, also in Soho. Both should happen this year. Next year? A pop-up burger joint with Elvis Presley on Mars is rumoured, but we’ve yet to see the planning application for that one. Guy Dimond
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