Located on the corner of Albemarle Street and Stafford Street, the new restaurant will be the group’s first high street location in the capital and sit alongside its debut London outpost, which opened on the second floor of Harrods in February last year.
Hayek, who has no formal chefs training or experience, opened Em Sherif, which is named after her son, in 2011, and has grown the group to twelve venues across the Middle East with locations in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar.
The original Beirut restaurant was named as one of the top nine female-led restaurants to watch in 2021 by The World’s 50 Best Group, and features on The World’s 50 Best Discovery database with Hayek described as ‘capturing the hearts of nostalgic diners with her homage to Lebanon’s cuisine and Beirut’s glamorous heyday’.
Details on the new Mayfair restaurant, including a perspective launch date, are yet to be confirmed.
The Harrods restaurant serves a high-end menu of ‘refined’ Lebanese dishes designed by Hayek and her daughter Yasmina, who is group head chef at Em Sherif. Signature plates include a fattoush salad with pomegranate molasses; wagyu hummus; and Em Ali, a vanilla-infused milk, nuts and puff pastry.