Viajante is set to close following the departure of chef Nuno Mendes. He will now take the role of executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, a new Marylebone restaurant from Andre Balazs which opens this month. The Town Hall Hotel have said another restaurant will replace Viajante – stay tuned!
D&D’s Avenue restaurant reopens on February 21st with a new look and a new head chef, Michael Blizzard (formerly of Bar Boulud). The new ‘contemporary American’ menu will include clam chowder served in a bread bowl, a signature burger made with USDA beef, and sharing dishes like a Josper grilled Porterhouse and KC suckling pig butt. The bar will serve modern twists on classic American cocktails, US and UK craft beers, and a huge range of wines from the USA and France.
Spanish chef David Muñoz is set to open a street food-inspired restaurant in Mayfair this June. It will be his first restaurant outside of Spain, where he currently runs DiverXo and StreetXo in Madrid.
The Big Easy team have revealed some details about the nine-metre bar at their new Covent Garden restaurant which opens this March. It will stock over 500 bottles, with a focus on whisky, Tequila and Mezcal, Caribbean rum, and French and Spanish brandy. Purpose built cocktail machines will dispense frozen slushies and classic cocktails on tap. See you there!
Kensington Place has transformed its private dining room into a pop-up diner called FISHBone. For the next two months, it will be serving ‘fast fish’ dishes like prawnish pasties, a salmon ‘doner’ pita with cucumber and yoghurt, and a scallopdog with brown shrimp and cucumber vierge.
Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas will open an Italian restaurant called Bibo on the former site of Wallace & Co in Putney in March. Chef Chris Beverley (ex-Theo Randall) will be cooking modern Italian dishes like pappardelle with rabbit ragu and poussin with braised greens and lemon.
Stevie Parle (chef-owner of Dock Kitchen) will open Rotorino, a southern Italian restaurant, on Kingsland Road in April. The restaurant will initially open for dinner and weekend lunches and diners can look forward to dishes like sage and lemon lamb chops and fish stew.