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Join the queue for a premier pop-up restaurant

The French Laundry lands (briefly) in London

Join the queue for a premier pop-up restaurant

August 31 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Thomas Keller is joining the growing numbers of Stateside chefs setting up shop in London. The owner of the much-lauded French Laundry (twice named best in the world in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the S Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants) is set to make a brief, but memorable, appearance in Harrods’ fourth-floor Georgian restaurant for just 10 days from October 1, serving his multiple-Michelin-starred cuisine outside the US for the very first time. The reason we’re telling you now? Booking lines open on September 1, and you will no doubt need to move fast to reserve a table.

Fans of Keller’s sleekly outfitted eatery will be pleased to hear that the Harrods space will be as faithful as possible to the original – with fittings, fixtures and tableware specially flown over from Napa Valley and over a dozen of Keller’s staff on hand to ensure that absolutely nothing is lost in translation.

A nine-course tasting menu, served at both lunch and dinner, will feature French Laundry classics such as the iconic Oysters and Pearls dish (a sabayon of pearl tapioca and oysters with white sturgeon caviar), while a series of exclusively designed courses will combine the restaurant’s French- and American-influenced cooking style with locally sourced British ingredients.