A massive American-influenced brasserie is coming to Mayfair this autumn, as The Maine opens inside one of the only surviving Georgian Grade II-listed buildings in the area. Founded by restaurateur Joey Ghazal, The Maine is already a big hit in Dubai (we visited the one in the ME Hotel back in February, and there’s also branches in The Doubletree by Hilton and Studio One Hotels over there) and now he’s bringing the chain to London with a whooping 350 covers spread across three floors of the reimagined townhouse. The Maine, as you might guess from the name, draws inspiration from New England and will offer a menu that focuses on seafood alongside a wealth of other dishes – no stone is left unturned.

First up is the all-day Drawing Room & Terrace where you can start the day with the likes of Lobster Benedict, fried oyster omelette and a classic stack of pancakes, before tucking into the New England clam chowder, cornmeal soft shell crab and mussels mariniere throughout the rest of the day. Up next is the Tavern which is hidden in the cellars of the building, and offers a menu of fried chicken & caviar; tacos; pulled suckling pig on toast; and oysters for a quid. Finally, there’s The Brasserie, which features the likes of Maryland crab cake; cauliflower tacos; colossal shrimp cocktail; and angry Lobster pasta (make of that what you will). The mighty long ‘global’ menu is a lot like their Dubai spot which has everything from seafood to pizza, tacos and veal parmesan on offer.

For a real look at Portland, Maine’s food scene check out our guide to the best restaurants there – one of our fave foodie cities stateside (shameless plug).

Opens November 2021
20 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1JY