Brexit has made Dubai better for restaurants than London, says Netsu’s Ross Shonhan

The Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns founder believes London has regressed

Ross Shonhan
Ross Shonhan

Problems caused by Brexit have made Dubai a better prospect for opening restaurants than the UK’s capital city, according to restaurateur Ross Shonhan.

The Australian-born chef behind Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns in the UK, plus Netsu at Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira, told our sister publication Caterer Middle East that he thinks running restaurants in Dubai “is in some ways easier than London”.

Blaming uncertainty caused by Brexit, Shonhan said that “it’s harder than ever to find people to work in the UK in hospitality, particularly in London, and that’s based on the current mind set and propaganda around immigration”.

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Having opened his first concept outside London in Dubai back in February, Shonhan praised the city, saying “at least a city like Dubai realises that to get stuff done you need people from other parts of the world”.

He also said that as an international hub “there haven’t been too many ingredients that I wanted to use that I couldn’t get here, so in that sense I think running restaurants in Dubai is easier than running them in the UK”.

Shonhan was critical of the UK government not doing enough to help London, saying “it has stalled and it’s regressing and it doesn’t have the air of opportunity and success” that it had before Brexit.

Japanese concept Netsu has recently launched a new weekend lunch menu which incorporates many of Shonhan’s successful dishes from his UK concepts such as ramen and baos.

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