Ex-Nobu Head Chef Scott Hallsworth to Launch New Restaurant Wabi, London

July 9, 2012

Former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth will open a new Japanese restaurant, Wabi London, on a 10,000 sq ft site located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields near Holborn.

Leisure property advisors Davis Coffer Lyons brokered the deal on behalf of leading hotel and property developer, Masterworks Development Corporation.

Australian-born Hallsworth spent six years at Nobu in London before being handpicked by Nobu Matsuhisa to launch Nobu Melbourne in 2007. This new venture will see him join forces with entrepreneur André Cachia. The restaurant, which was secured on a new lease, will launch this autumn and serve a varied and seasonal menu of Japanese cuisine with a contemporary European twist.

Scott, who has cooked for the likes of Michael Jackson, the Beckhams, Robert De Niro and Bill Clinton, is known for pushing the boundaries of gastronomy, creating dishes that are distinguished by their unexpected contrasts of flavours and textures.

Wabi will also offer customers the option of dining at a sushi bar overseen by Taiji Maruyama, another Nobu London graduate, highly regarded for his innovative approach.

Masterworks Development Corporation already operates hotel and restaurant developments across the UK and the USA, including three in London located at Trafalgar Square, St Pauls, and the City, primarily aimed at business travellers.

Rob Meadows, Davis Coffer Lyons, said: “This is a really impressive space both in terms of size and location. Kingsway is one of London’s main through-roads, with high pedestrian footfall of tourists, Londoners and the office occupiers. Kingsway has developed rapidly over the last few years and has been in need of a high quality, innovative dining concept to enhance the range of catering provisions on offer here. This restaurant will put it on the map at the higher end of the dining scene.”