Want to eat with the A-list? Jump the waiting list with these expert tips from Nobu's general manager...
Nobu, Balthazar, The Ivy, The Chiltern Firehouse – these are the restaurants that the A-list flock to when in London for good food with friends. But, with long waiting lists – and no name-dropping to fall back on – securing a table can be tricky for the rest of us.
Stephen Guicheteau knows exactly what works. As General Manager at Nobu London, Old Park Lane, he spends his days ensuring his A-list clientele are never kept waiting for Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine.
Madonna, Princess Beatrice, Victoria Beckham and Mick Jagger have all eaten here. In fact, Robert De Niro loved the original Beverley Hills Nobu so much that he helped Matsuhisa set up a restaurant in Tribeca, New York. No wonder the stars refuse to eat anywhere else!
So, what are Stephen’s top tips for jumping the queue and securing a table for that up coming special occasion? Click through to find out…
‘Call the restaurant as soon as possible’, Stephen says. ‘At least 3 weeks before the date you have in mind.’
‘Most restaurants do have early tables available. So, 6:30 or 7pm is a good time.’
‘If you can’t get a dinner table, book for lunch. Most restaurants offer a lunch menu along side their regular dinner menu.’
‘Guests sometimes cancel their table and we also get some no shows during service. So it is always good to go to the restaurant and ask if there are any tables available. We always do our best for people in-house waiting to be seated.’
Stephen Guicheteau is General Manager at Nobu London.