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March 2016 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Australian chef Brett Redman is the man behind Elliot’s Café in Borough Market and seafood-driven The Richmond in Hackney. To this list he adds Jidori, located in the emerging culinary hot-spot of Dalston in East London. The tight and focused menu of Japanese small plates and skewers is inspired by the yakitori restaurants found across Tokyo, and it caters to the handful of tables and bar seating around the open kitchen, which lies at the heart. The concept is quite simply cooking good quality ingredients over charcoal, with yakitori being the main focus. Jidori, 89 Kingsland High St., London E8 2PB, 020-7686 5634.
 
David Moore, the man who brought us Pied a Terre on Charlotte Street, will be opening an Uzbeki restaurant called Samarkand in the place now-closed Fino once stood in Fitzrovia. Expect a mix of contemporary and traditional Uzbeki dishes. Slated to launch in spring 2016. Samarkand, 33 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RR, no phone.
 
The duo behind North African favorite Moro are to open a second Morito on Hackney Road in May 2016. At lunch and dinner, expect small plates and larger family-size dishes, as well as Moroccan breads at breakfast. The cuisine will cover Crete, Morocco, Turkey and southern Spain. Morito, 195 Hackney Rd., London E2 8JL, no phone.
 
Bob Bob Ricard will open a new restaurant called Bob Bob Exchange in the iconic The Leadenhall Building. It will debut on the third floor of the Cheesegrater in April 2017. Expect a focus on seasonal meat, fish and vegetables cooked over an open flame or smoked in-house, and a small nine-seat sushi and sashimi bar, too. Bob Bob Exchange, The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St., London EC3V 4AB, no phone.
 

News Bytes

Le Caprice Celebrates Vogue 100: A Century of Style Exhibition
To celebrate the new Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Le Caprice has created a value special menu. It includes two courses with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a ticket to the exhibition, and a limited edition print, for £38 per person. Reservations are available from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 9.30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday only. The show tickets are only valid on weekdays. To book, call 020-7629 2239 and quote “En Vogue.” Le Caprice, Arlington House, Arlington St., London SW1A 1RJ, 020-7629 2239.
 
Six-Course Weekend Menu at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught has introduced a six-course weekend menu with a roast chicken as the star of the show. The main dish of “Le Poulet du Dimanche” is chicken from Les Landes stuffed under the skin with seasonal mushrooms, served with boudin blanc and “Pommes Paysan.” The menu is available every Saturday from noon-2 p.m. and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.-9 p.m., costing £95 per couple. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, The Connaught, Carlos Pl., London W1K 2AL, 020-3147 7200.
 
Chef Shuffle

Raphael Francois, formerly executive chef at Le Cirque in New York, has moved back to London to take the reins of Launceston Place as Chef Patron. Francois has already introduced new dishes, and the restaurant itself has also seen some refurbishment in its private dining room. Launceston Place, 1A Launceston Pl., London W8 5RL, 020-7937 6912.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Often regarded as one of the top Italian restaurants in town, Zucca closed its doors just before Christmas. Various landlord changes have been cited as the reason. Zucca, 184 Bermondsey St., London SE1 3TQ, no phone.
 

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