Casa Malevo features bare red brick walls, wooden tables and floors, low lights and a small bar, and it serves the flame-grilled Argentine steaks which are particularly popular in London. It's in the right place as well, in the genteel, affluent area known locally as ‘Connaught Village,' just behind Marble Arch near Tony Blair's house. Lunch daily, Dinner Mon.-Sat. Casa Malevo, 23 Connaught St., London W2, 020-7402 1988.
Two well-known restaurateurs have just opened yet another classy joint. Anthony Demetre and Will Smith of Arbutus and Wild Honey fame are now to be found at Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden. Spread over two floors, this welcoming traditional French brasserie offers the likes of warm salt cod brandade, sauté of young squid and parsley cromesqui for starters, salads, a charcoal grill and dishes such as roast halibut with razor clams. Like their other ventures, the menu is more ambitious than the usual brasserie, and prices are very reasonable indeed. Daily noon-11pm (Fri.-Sat. to 11.30pm., Sun to 10.30pm). Les Deux Salons, 40-42 William IV St., London WC2, 020-7420 2050.
Marlon Abela is well known in London for his restaurants Umu and The Greenhouse. So the news that his Cassis Bistro will open on November 25 in London is good news. It's billed as a contemporary Provençal bistro, serving dishes like grilled prawns with anisette liqueur, fennel shavings and orange; bouillabaisse; and beef cheek stew with Bandol sauce. As with all his other restaurants, it's bound to make its mark. Cassis Bistro, 232-236 Brompton Rd., London SW3, 020-7591 1101 .
The Beaufort Bar is the only brand new space in the refurbished The Savoy. It's wonderfully theatrical, created on the original cabaret stage and full of Art Deco black and gold. There's a splendid list of cocktails, expensive Champagnes and nightly live music and entertainment. Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Beaufort Bar, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, 020-7836 4343.
The aptly named River Restaurant, which was once the rather tired then closed restaurant at the back of The Savoy hotel overlooking the river, has been splendidly refurbished in Art Deco style. It’s comfortable and grand and therefore inevitably not inexpensive, but for a grand London institution and for a very high level of service, it’s worth it. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. River Restaurant, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, 020-7836 4343.
The legendary, beautifully renovated American Bar at The Savoy hotel is proving mighty popular, so popular in fact that it's hard to get a table and a drink. It might settle down, but with the pizzazz surrounding the opening and the fame of the bar (it was just the place for cocktails in the 1920s and never lost its popularity), it's unlikely. And given the pianist playing every night and the no reservation policy, you'll just have to take your turn. Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun. noon-11 p.m. American Bar, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, 020-7836 4343.
The big news in London right now is the reopening of The Savoy hotel. The Art Deco gem, the grande dame of London hotels, is now once more welcoming the rich and famous, the titled and the glamorous, the ordinary punters and the curious. The major restaurant, the Savoy Grill, reopened on November 29 under the direction of Gordon Ramsay. In charge are chef director Stuart Gillies and head chef Andy Cook. They're preparing a classic French and British based menu, offering the likes of boudin blanc foie gras with spiced quince and beef Wellington from that famous trolley that makes its stately way among the diners. Savoy Grill, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, 020-7836 4343.
Wolfgang Puck Brings CUT to London
Wolfgang Puck has opened his first restaurant in Europe, CUT at 45 Park Lane. Puck's steakhouse concept, which also has locations in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, resides on the ground floor of the Dorchester Collection's 45 Park Lane in Mayfair.
Hakkasan Opens in MayfairChef Shuffle
Hakkasan has opened in posh Mayfair, as opposed to grungy Tottenham Court Road where it started. On two floors, you can expect the same dark décor and skilled cooking. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sun. Hakkasan, 17 Bruton St., London W1, 020-7907 1888.
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