Mireille Hayek's Em Sherif to launch in Harrods next week

By James McAllister

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Mireille Hayek's Em Sherif Lebanese restaurant to launch in Harrods next week

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The first European outpost for acclaimed chef Mireille Hayek's Beirut-born Em Sherif restaurant group is to launch at Harrods in London's Knightsbridge next Tuesday (1 February).

First announced last year​ and located on the store’s second floor, the 80-seat restaurant will offer a 'unique take on refined Lebanese cuisine', with an à la carte menu designed by Hayek and her daughter Yasmina, who is group head chef at Em Sherif.

Signature dishes will include a fattoush salad with pomegranate molasses; wagyu hummus; and Em Ali, a vanilla-infused milk, nuts and puff pastry. 

Interiors by award-winning designer Ramy Butros will complement the Lebanese menu, incorporating hand-selected and intricately embroidered chair designs - representing the Hayek family’s culture and history - and beautiful bespoke tiles on the walls.

Hayek, who has no formal chefs training or experience, opened Em Sherif, which is named after her son, in 2011, and has grown the group to twelve venues across the Middle East with locations in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar.

“I am proud to bring the Em Sherif dining philosophy to the most iconic department store in London," she says.

"At Em Sherif, we are renowned for our leading traditional and refined Lebanese food, and we aspire to be the very best that London has to offer." 

The original Beirut restaurant was named as one of the top nine female-led restaurants to watch in 2021 by The World's 50 Best Group, and features on The World's 50 Best Discovery database​ with Hayek described as 'capturing the hearts of nostalgic diners with her homage to Lebanon’s cuisine and Beirut’s glamorous heyday'.

Em Sharif will also operate a deli counter in the Harrods Food Hall.

Hayek opened her first restaurant, La Parilla, in Lebanon in 2006, and subsequently launched a second site under the brand called La Parrilla Summer, both of which continue to operate.

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