M restaurant and members lounge will be a 10,000sq ft venue located in a 220-metre residential skyscraper, known as the Diamond Tower. It will sit over two floors with a 180-cover dining room, two private dining rooms, a wine tasting room, a ‘wagyu and wine café’ and private members’ lounge.
Its opening was first announced back in August 2018.
Interiors will be from René Dekker Design and will be inspired by the French Riviera and in particular vintage Riva Yachts, with teak and leather throughout.
Executive chef Michael Reid will oversee a Mediterranean-focused menu that will feature meat cuts such as 9+ grade Blackmore wagyu and 10+ grade Kobe steaks as well as stuffed lamb rack; Iberico pork; salt baked bonito; and dry aged king fish tail with crispy crackling.
There will also be an ‘ice’ section of the menu with dishes including cobia tartare; octopus carpaccio; and lobster, wasabi and avocado salad.
Limited membership applications will open in January with benefits to include exclusive access to the lounge, which is home to member parties, wine tastings, pool parties, an annual polo event at Ham, along with special membership prices at ‘M Experiences’ such as International Rugby in Twickenham and on the M trackside yacht at the Monaco grand prix.
The restaurant will also lead the way in Rare Restaurants’ sustainability and zero food waste project, with the group saying it is working closely with producers to serve an exclusively carbon neutral beef menu with meat sourced only from ethical farms. It will also serve sustainably sourced fish and herbs and leaves from hydroponic grower Crate to plate in Canary Wharf.
In line with the company’s practice, 10% of the new restaurant’s workforce will be recruited through charity partnerships to offer disadvantaged individuals a career opportunity in hospitality.
“We secured this site in 2016 and creating it, whilst seeing the spectacular 200-metre tower rise from the ground, has been a five-year passion project, during which time we have seen the M restaurants in Threadneedle Street and Victoria Street become favourites for Londoners and win numerous awards,” says CEO and founder Martin Williams.
“M Newfoundland will be our most ambitious and spectacular project to date – a gastro-playground which offers our award-winning levels of hospitality and an immersive menu which includes both the world’s highest quality beef and finest wines; I have no doubt it will become the number one drinking and dining venue in Canary Wharf.”
The new opening is expected to coincide with rival steakhouse Hawksmoor’s move to Canary Wharf. The group announced in the summer that it would open its biggest restaurant to date in a floating pavilion on the docks of Wood Wharf.
The Isle of Dogs location is already home to steakhouse big hitters Gaucho, Boisdale and Goodman.