Big Name Chefs Dabbling in ‘Fast’ Food Lines
Chefs from some of the world’s most illustrious restaurants are launching low-key dining alternatives—showcasing all of their skill and high-quality ingredients, without the price tag. Here’s where to find them globally.
Bar Glacier, Paris
Pierre Hermé, the ‘Picasso of pastry,’ has opened Bar Glacier, an ice cream joint in the ritzy Royal Monceau hotel. Innovative flavors include cream cheese, or violet and vanilla, served on hand-made cones. At $8 a scoop, they’re not so much a price-friendly deviation from his tiny, award-winning macaroons, but a glutton’s, super-size alternative.
Fat Noodle, San Francisco
Saison has been near the top of the Bay Area’s best restaurants list for some time. Now its founder, chef josh Skenes, is branching out with a ‘fine casual’ noodle joint. Due to open in fall, Fat Noodle will showcase Skenes’ love for the simplicity of Japanese cooking techniques, with hearty dishes coming in around $10.
Fuku, New York
Rule breaker David Chang has already gone from down-home (Momofuku Noodle Bar) to hi-falutin’ (Momofuku Ko). His latest NYC offering has taken things back to basics in the form of a fast-food chicken joint, Fuku (pictured) where the queues for the $8 spicy fried chicken sandwich with secret spices (the main thing on the menu) are long, but justified.
Hija de Sánchez, Copenhagen
Pastry chef Rosio Sanchez has jumped ship from Noma to open a tiny Mexican food stand in Copenhagen’s Torverhallerne market, called Hija de Sánchez. Her super-soft corn tortillas, simple but authentic fillings (3 for $15) and zingy drinks (pineapple with beer) are already causing a buzz, thanks in part to guest turns on the stove from her former compatriots René Redzepi and Matt Orlando.
Rice Bar, Los Angeles
Charles Olalia helped put Patina and Terranea Resort’s Mar’sel on the radar, and now is focusing on the food of the Philippines. Rice Bar has brought a simple approach to the booming culinary scene of Downtown LA—pick from four organic, fairly-traded rices, add topping (papaya chicken or spicy pork), and eat (if you can squeeze in at one of the 7 seats) for just $8.50.
David Muñoz, the bad-boy chef behind the three Michelin-starred DiverXo in Madrid, has confirmed the rumours about StreetXo, an affordable take on the original, due to open in London’s Mayfair later this year. Spanish influences will remain strong but the menu, with around 10 top-secret dishes will be smaller and simpler than DiverXo.
Emily Mathieson is on the U.K. beat for Travel + Leisure. Based in London, you can follow her at @emilymtraveled.