29 international restaurant and bar openings not to miss in 2023

Laura Price - 06/01/2023

Your go-to list of the year’s most anticipated launches from the 50 Best family

2023 looks like a bumper year for openings from the chefs, restaurateurs and bartenders of the 50 Best and 50 Best Discovery establishments. We have researched, selected and profiled 29 of the most exciting restaurants and bars coming this year, as well as some key venues that have just opened – so scroll for delicious travel inspiration with offerings from the likes of chefs Gaggan Anand and Daniela Soto-Innes, and bartenders Colin Chia and Simone Caporale.


Humo, London
Chef Prada will serve signature fish dishes such as scallop and sea bass

Estimated opening:
Fun fact: No gas or electricity is used to cook at Humo; it’s all about the grill

A four-metre-long grill will sit at the centre of Humo, a new wood-fired concept whose name means ‘smoke’ in Spanish. With Colombian chef Miller Prada at the helm, Humo will serve up dishes like Ikejime trout marinated and smoked in juniper, and hand-dived Orkney scallops grilled on French oak. From the group behind sushi spot Sumi and Endo at the Rotunda, where Prada trained, the restaurant will have strong Japanese influences, as well as elements from Miller’s Colombian background.

12 St George St, London W1S 2FB


Bossa, London
Roasted sweet potato, cured pork, Brazil nut milk and endive stalks

Estimated opening:
Try this: Seafood moqueca stew

Alberto Landgraf, the chef-owner of Rio de Janeiro restaurant Oteque, is bringing a taste of Brazil to the UK capital with a casual spot below the Brazilian consulate, off buzzy Oxford Street. A departure from his fine-dining-focused flagship, Bossa will serve an à la carte of classic Brazilian dishes centred around fish and vegetables, with highlights including grilled coalho cheese, and tapioca with mixed mushrooms. Oteque head chef Nilson Chaves will relocate to London, while sommelier Laís Aoki will collaborate with London wine legend Honey Spencer.

4 Vere St, London, W1G 0DH


Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
Handshake Speakeasy's take on an Old Fashioned

Estimated opening:
Drink this: Sencha, featuring sake, brandy, yuzu and green tea

The team behind Mexico City speakeasy Handshake are opening a second Handshake in a secret location within the same hotel, the NH Reforma. The new bar has 60 seats, double the capacity of its older sibling, with a new menu featuring cocktails on draft. There’s also a laboratory hidden within the bar.

1. Amberes 65, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Mexico City


Joia, London
Tapas including scallops with black garlic and Iberico ham croquetas (image: Charlie McKay)

Estimated opening:
Try this:
Salted cod esqueixada

Henrique Sá Pessoa, the Portuguese chef behind Alma in Lisbon, is opening his first London restaurant within the long-awaited new Battersea Power Station development. Joia will showcase the chef’s culinary heritage, with influences from Catalonia and Portugal alongside the best of British and Iberian produce. Head for a drink at the 14th-floor bar before dining in the 15th-floor restaurant overlooking the iconic power station. 

1 Electric Boulevard, London SW11 8BJ


A new pastry shop by Pía Salazar, Quito
Salazar was voted Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef 2022, sponsored by República del Cacao

Estimated opening:
What to expect: Desserts made from vegetables including white onion

After winning Latin America’s Best Pastry Chef Award 2022, Pía Salazar and her husband Alejandro Chamorro are set to open a patisserie in the Ecuadorean capital, serving traditional sweets and savoury dishes to eat in or to go. Later in the year, the team behind Nuema also plan to open a casual, family-style restaurant in Cumbayá.

Address TBC


Rubra, Nayarit
Chef Soto-Innes will open Rubra in Nayarit, Mexico, in 2023

Estimated opening:
What’s the vibe: Beach-meets-jungle

Former Cosme chef-partner Daniela Soto-Innes returns to her native Mexico with Rubra, an à la carte restaurant showcasing her signature Mexican fine dining inside the beachfront W Hotel Punta de Mita. In an open-air space surrounded by beach and jungle, Soto-Innes will present what she is calling ‘tropical cuisine’, with plenty of corn-based dishes and bold, bright flavours.

Km 8.5, Carr. Federal la Cruz de Huanacaxtle - Punta de Mita, Desarrollo Costa Banderas, 63734 Nayarit


Amado Grill, New York 
Chef Ignacio Matto's Amado Grill will open in the centre of New York City 

Estimated opening:
Behind the name: Amado means ‘beloved’ in Spanish

Chef Ignacio Mattos and the hospitality group behind Estela are opening their first fine dining restaurant at the stunning new Nine Orchard Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Serving a refined and elegant seven-course tasting menu in an intimate space, Amado Grill will draw inspiration from the Neo-Renaissance opulence of the address in a series of sophisticated dishes. Mattos handles all food and beverage at the hotel, which also includes the Corner Bar, a bistro serving duck à l’orange and fruits de mer, and Swan Room, an elegant space offering oysters, foie gras terrines and cocktails.

56 Canal Street, New York, NY 10002


Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at the OWO, London
Mauro Colagreco's Mirazur was named The World's Best Restaurant in 2019

Estimated opening:
Don’t miss: Colagreco’s legendary bread service

The iconic hotel group that began in Singapore in 1887 is now opening its first London location at the historic Old War Office building, which once housed the office of prime minister Winston Churchill. The hotel will include two restaurants and a chef’s table experience from Best of the Best star Mauro Colagreco, whose flagship Mirazur topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019. Expect glitzy service and sophisticated food and beverages from the group that served as the birthplace for the Singapore Sling cocktail and was the training ground for 50 Best chefs including Guillaume Galliot of Caprice and former Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh.

Whitehall, London SW1A 2EU


Frantzén Group restaurants, Singapore, Shanghai and Dubai
Aged duck served at Zén in Singapore

Estimated opening:
May (Shanghai), August (Brasserie Astoria, Singapore), late 2023 (Dubai)
Style of cuisine: Japanese-inspired Nordic

Following the openings of Studio Frantzén in London and Villa Frantzén in Bangkok in 2022, world-renowned chef Björn Frantzén has more expansion planned for 2023, with three confirmed restaurants and ongoing discussions for further Asian franchises. First up is a super-premium opening in Shanghai, with an à la carte menu to differentiate it from the group’s Stockholm and Singapore tasting menus. Then there will be a Brasserie Astoria in Singapore’s former Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, a second branch of the large power-dining brasserie that is already in Stockholm. Finally, the group will make its Middle East debut with two concepts in the Atlantis The Palm property, set to open by year-end. See details.

Various addresses

Tuju, São Paulo
Chef Ivan Ralston is re-opening Tuju in São Paulo (image: Adriano Pellegrino Perna)

Estimated opening:

Having entered Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and won multiple awards, Tuju temporarily closed as a result of the pandemic, while chef Ivan Ralston opened the more casual Tujuína in its place. After closing Tujuína at the end of 2021, Ralston now makes his grand comeback with a new, more intimate Tuju in a different neighbourhood, serving his own style of São Paulo-inspired cuisine in a tasting menu with seasonal ingredients.

Rua Frei Galvão, 151. Jardim Paulistano


Yannick Alléno at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, London
Chef Alléno's French fare will land in London in summer 2023 

Estimated opening: Summer
What to expect: French technique, originality and serious attention to sauce

From one world-class hotel to another, the chef behind Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen is bringing his modern French cuisine to one of London’s most prestigious addresses, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. Yannick Alléno’s restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with contemporary and creative plates using French techniques and British produce. Alléno also has restaurants in Dubai, Seoul and Marrakech.

Hamilton Pl, London W1J 7DR


A new bar by Gimlet, Melbourne
Andrew McConnell's new bar will feature classic gimlet cocktails (image: Jo McGann)

Estimated opening:
Expect: Classy cocktails and light bites

Chef Andrew McConnell and the team behind Gimlet are planning a new, intimate bar with just 30 seats. With no kitchen, the space will serve freshly shucked oysters, sea urchins and just-sliced jamón, alongside superlative cocktails. The décor will be done by Sydney design house ACME, who worked on Gimlet at Cavendish House, just a few doors down.

165 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Gaia, London
The interior of Gaia in Dubai, UAE

Estimated opening:
Drink this: Santorini Spritz

Nigerian-born, London-raised and Dubai-based celebrity chef Izu Ani, who trained at La Petite Maison, is opening a London branch of Gaia, the Greek-Mediterranean restaurant of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants fame with locations in Dubai, Monte Carlo and Doha. Expect colourful salads, Mediterranean-influenced cocktails and plenty of seafood in a multi-level restaurant within the swanky One Berkeley Street development.


Long Chim, London
Prawn salad with chillies and basil

Estimated opening:
What to expect: Modern Thai that doesn’t scrimp on spice

Chinatown will be the setting for chef David Thompson’s long-awaited return to the UK capital, where he closed his acclaimed Nahm in 2012. Thompson, whose Bangkok branch of Nahm topped the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014, plans to open a branch of his casual Thai Long Chim, which is popular in Sydney, Perth and Dubai. Expect top-notch classics like Pad Thai and beef massaman in a low-lit and laidback setting.



Ramenhead, Cape Town
Shoyu ramen (image: Peter Tempelhoff)

Eat this:
Tori Chintan with a Shoyu Tare

After fine dining restaurant Fyn made its debut onto The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and won The Best Restaurant in Africa Award in 2022, chef and restaurateur Peter Tempelhoff and his team have now opened Ramenhead, a casual ramen spot beneath Fyn. Tempelhoff and executive chef Ashley Moss use the only Yamamoto noodle machine in Africa to make their noodles from scratch, with the machine sitting in full view of diners. Ramenhead is walk-in only, and there are halal and vegan options for ‘those who don’t dine on the swine’. 

37 Parliament St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000


GohGan, Fukuoka
Chefs Gaggan Anand and Goh Fukuyama

What to expect: Raucous nights, fun-focused dining and never a dull dish

After many years in the making, the collaboration between two of Asia’s favourite chefs, Gaggan Anand and Takeshi ‘Goh’ Fukuyama, finally opened in Fukuoka, Japan. An amalgamation of both their names, GohGan blends Bangkok-based Anand’s signature playful Indian fine dining creativity with the more classic French-Japanese cuisine that Fukuyama was known for at his now-closed La Maison de la Nature Goh. GohGan is located in the 010 Building, a new culture hub that also houses bars, fashion designers and immersive theatre. Anand’s flagship restaurant, Gaggan Anand, has also reopened in Bangkok after a series of pop-ups.

010 Building, 812-0018, 1-4-17 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ward, Fukuoka City


Rosita, Hong Kong
Chefs Chaneton and Balbi's signature chicken dish at Rosita

Perfect pairing:
The tasting menu is accompanied by South American wines

A little piece of Latin America has come to Hong Kong from Venezuelan chef Ricardo Chaneton of Mono and his Argentine peer Agustin Balbi of Ando. The first co-venture from the two friends, Rosita blends their Latin American cuisines with Japanese and French influences in a six-course tasting menu with dishes like lobster stew and ceviche.

1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai


Fizzy Dayz, Singapore
The Fizzy Dayz Highball

Signature tipple:
Fizzy Dayz Highball

Still buzzing from winning the Roku Industry Icon Award for Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022, Colin Chia and his team from Nutmeg & Clove have now opened a casual diner bar serving highball cocktails and diner-style bites. Take your pick from a list of spirits then make it a highball, or choose from a list of cocktails including the Gin Fizz. Pair with a Nashville chicken waffle burger or grilled cheese brioche from the comfort food menu.

24 Purvis Street, Singapore 188601


Antonio's at PGA Cars, Mandaluyong City
The interior of Antonio's in Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Eat this:
Salted cod pilpil

Chef-owner Antonio ‘Tonyboy’ Escalante and his partner Cyrille Soenen have opened the latest in a group of Antonio’s restaurants, this one within a luxury car showroom. Dishes on the fine dining mezzanine menu include roasted veal bone marrow, dry-aged steak tartare and pickled ox tongue, while the lounge bar area offers classic cocktails alongside cheeseburger sliders and empanadas.

202 EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Philippines


Glass by Sips, Madrid
Marc Álvarez and Simone Caporale will open Glass by Sips in 2023

Drink this:
Negroni by Sips

Not long after their Barcelona bar Sips was voted No.3 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez have opened Glass by Sips, bringing their winning combination of cocktail magic to Hotel Urban in the Spanish capital. Open every day from 5pm to 2am, Glass by Sips serves creative and classic cocktails in a wood-panelled space that nods to 1920s Madrid.

Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34, 28014 Madrid


Alajmo Cortina, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Artichokes with puréed parsnips and roasted vegetable sauce

What to order:
Head to the terrace or veranda for wild smoked salmon

After a successful pop-up in winter 2020, Raffaele and Massimiliano Alajmo – the brothers behind Le Calandre – have opened a permanent home in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a ski resort in northern Italy. Located inside a historic restaurant that had been shuttered for many years, Alajmo Cortina serves lunch, dinner and après-ski over three floors, with stunning views over the mountains. It’s a cosy, informal spot with typical Alajmo-brother charm.

Località Ronco, 123, Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)


Cycene, London
Oyster with cucumber and Oscietra (image: Rebecca Dickson)

Don’t miss:
Scallop with brown butter and caviar

After the closure of Mãos, the team at the Blue Mountain School have redesigned the intimate space in London’s Shoreditch to house Cycene, a multi-sensory, 10-course experience where diners enjoy dishes in the bar, kitchen and dining room. At the helm is chef Theo Clench, formerly of Portland and Akoko. Cycene means ‘kitchen’ in Old English.

9 Chance St, London E2 7JB


Tán, New York
A selection of Tán's signature dishes, including sea scallop ceviche, prawns and tostadas

Try this:
Yucatán pork belly

Jonatán Gómez Luna, the chef behind Le Chique in Cancún, has teamed up with chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval for their first New York City collaboration, a restaurant serving the food of Mexico’s Yucatán region. Located in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighbourhood, Tán has a unique Tulum vibe with elaborate wall hangings and woven sunscreens, and serves hyper-modernist, seafood-focused fare. Later in the year, the team will also open Lúm, a Tulum-inspired basement cocktail lounge.

209 East 49th Street, New York City


Ikoyi, London
Co-founders Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale (image: Maureen M Evans)

What’s changed? A new address and a larger space for even greater creativity

The American Express One To Watch 2021 has moved to a new site at 180 The Strand, an emerging London hotspot for the creative industries. The extra space in both front and back of house allows co-founders Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale more room to grow, with a new, extended wine selection and a menu that builds on British micro-seasonality through Chan’s lens of spice and heat.

180 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA


Mishiguene, Mexico City
Chef Kalika's restaurant Mishiguene is a regular on the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list 

Pastrón, the chef’s take on pastrami

Argentine chef Tomás Kalika has expanded into Mexico with his first international branch of Mishiguene, a regular in the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The restaurant honours Argentina’s Jewish immigrant heritage by reinventing Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Israeli and Middle Eastern cooking with Latin American twists, in dishes like potato varenikes.

11040, Pedregal 24, 11040 Mexico City


Lulu’s, London
Beef tartare with artichoke (image: Matt Russell)

What to order: Beef tartare with pickled Jerusalem artichoke on toast

Lasse Petersen, former chef of Amass in Copenhagen and Western’s Laundry and Moro in London, has opened neighbourhood wine bar and shop Lulu’s, a welcome addition to the team’s Herne Hill restaurant, Llewelyn’s. While the store sells sandwiches by day, by night Petersen cooks European, Nordic and Middle East-inspired dishes alongside wines from Slovenia, Georgia, Beaujolais and Tuscany.

291 Railton Road, London, SE24 0JP


Moa, Mexico City
Moa's offering will focus on speciality breads and sandos

Grilled cheese with kimchi

After four years working as a pastry chef at Cosme in New York, Erika Cisneros returned to her native Mexico to open a bakery together with Korean chef JuHee Park, exploring Asian breads as well as sandos and ferments. In Korean, Moa means ‘to bring together,’ and on Friday and Saturday nights it becomes a cocktail bar specialising in sake and anju.

Tabasco 189, Local D, Roma Norte, Mexico City


Cobarde, Oaxaca 
Chef Pako Cortes' dumplings served at Cobarde

Best view in the city:
Cobarde overlooks the former Santo Domingo convent

After working in a range of top restaurants including Cosme, Momofuku-Ko and Pujol, chef Pako Cortes has now opened his own place in the centre of historic Oaxaca, with a menu influenced by his work in Mexican and Asian kitchens. Cobarde serves dishes like chicken dumplings and Vietnamese-style pho soup, as well as cocktails by Jaime Cornejo and desserts from Erika Cisneros, another former Cosme staffer whose own restaurant, Moa, just opened (see above).

1. Macedonio Alcalá 505, Centro, 68000, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca


Tiara, Rio de Janeiro
The interior of Tiara in Rio de Janeiro (image: Vitor Faria)

Don’t-miss dish:
Honey-glazed duck

Rafa Gomes, a former executive chef of Mauro Colagreco’s Grand Coeur Paris who also worked at Mirazur, has opened Tiara in Rio’s swanky Leblon, serving an intricate à la carte and tasting menu based on the finest seasonal seafood, meat and vegetables. The name comes from Itacoatiara, the neighbourhood in Rio where Gomes grew up, which also inspired his Itacoa restaurants in Paris and Rio. Reminiscent of his time at Eleven Madison Park, Gomes’s signature dish is a honey-glazed duck with spices.

Rua Ataulfo de Paiva, 270 - loja 111, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22440-900


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