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After a six-month stint in Australia, The Fat Duck has re-opened and now employs a ticketed reservation system. “The Itinerary” costs £255 per person, excluding a discretionary 12.5% service charge and drinks and other items that are priced separately. Instead of dish descriptions, the menu presents nostalgic musings such as “Mid-Morning: First one to see the sea... The original Sound of the Sea. Can I have some money for the ice cream van? Then we went rockpooling. The Fat Duck, High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ, 016-2858 0333.
Le Chabanais is a London offshoot of the Parisian bistro Le Chateaubriand. It offers a modern, classic bistro-style menu. Inaki Aizpitarte, his team from the aforementioned Paris bistro, and Mumbai, India, film producer Varun Talreja collaborated on the restaurant. Le Chabanais, 8 Mount St., London W1K 3NF, 020-7491 7078.
Dining destination and bar Brooksby’s Walk has opened. The Homerton, east London, venture from restaurant manager Jarrod Cooke and chef Giorgio Ravelli, who previously worked together at Upstairs at The Ten Bells in Spitalfields, will offer a weekly barbecue, northern Italian sharing plates and seasonal cocktails. Brooksby’s Walk, Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DA, 07555 229870.
Taillevent Paris, the group behind restaurant Taillevent, is slated to open a unique brasserie in London. Les 110 de Taillevent in Cavendish Square will offer 110 wines by the glass, paired with seasonal and contemporary French dishes. Les 110 de Taillevent, 16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD, no phone.
The Duck & Rice is restaurateur Alan Yau's take on the British pub. This Soho spot brings in Asian aesthetic traditions and offers dishes such as whole Cantonese roast duck, chop suey and Singapore fried noodles. The Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick St., London W1F 0QB, 020-3327 7888.
In the space that once housed Chutney Mary, Masala Grill offers Indian cuisine in a contemporary, casual setting. The menu highlights grilled dishes, street food and home-style fare. Masala Grill, 535 King's Rd., London SW10 0SZ, 020-7351 7788.
Italian Guest Chef Series at Hotel Xenia London
Hotel Xenia London is holding a series of culinary events. Every six weeks, an Italian “Guest Chef” will take participant diners on a journey through different Italian tastes, traditions and regions. The chef will provide the audience with unique creations available to taste for only one evening. Hotel Xenia London, 160 Cromwell Rd., London SW5 OTL, 0207 442 4242.
London Restaurant Festival Returns
The London Restaurant Festival (October 1-31, 2015) is an umbrella event for all sorts of foodie and food-related happenings across London. You can go on gastronomic walks and road trips, see films themed around food, listen to debates, and a whole lot more. For more information visit www.londonrestaurantfestival.com
On the Move: Chutney Mary
Chutney Mary is one of the first Indian restaurants to cook in a modern, inventive way. Regional cuisine has always been its major culinary attraction. The restaurant has relocated from its former King's Road home to this locale in the West End. Chutney Mary, 73 St. James's St., London SW1A 1PH, 020-7629 6688.
Nicole Pisani is leaving her head chef post at Deli master Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi. She will be cooking for the schoolchildren at Gayhurst community school in Hackney. Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St., London W1B 5NE, 020-7494 9584.
Soho's Floridita has closed due to a fire in the building. Floridita, 100 Wardour St., London W1F 0TN, 020-7314 4000.
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