Updated 22.2.2018 — with official opening date and booking details.
The chef who was largely responsible for Mayfair restaurant Kitty Fisher’s receiving such rave reviews will open a new seafood-focused grill restaurant above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch on Saturday 17 March.
Eater London understands that Tomos Parry has been quietly planning his first solo restaurant — Brat — which he will open in partnership with the restaurant and design company owned by Ben Chapman, the chef-restaurateur behind both Smoking Goat Soho and Shoreditch, and Kiln. Brat, though, will be Parry’s restaurant and will in no way be influenced by Thai cuisine.
The restaurant which is named after the old English word for turbot is inspired by the seafood grill restaurants found in northern Spain, especially the Basque Country around San Sebastián.
As well as grilling whole turbots in specially-designed steel clamps, over charcoal, the restaurant will also have an extensive sherry programme and wine list that, Eater London understands, has been developed in collaboration with Noble Rot, the industry-adored wine bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury.
It is thought that the operators are aiming for a March opening. Brat will occupy the upstairs of the same corner site that Smoking Goat Shoreditch moved into just last month, a building that until earlier this year was a famous east London strip club called The White Horse.
It will be Parry’s first solo restaurant: the chef has done time at The Ledbury, Noma and the River Cafe and who, in December 2014, was the opening head chef at Kitty Fisher’s in Shepherds Market, Mayfair — a tiny kitchen from which his and Chris Leach’s grill cooking wowed former Prime Minister David Cameron, and a host of celebrity clients. He is considered one of London’s best young chefs.
In the lead up to the restaurant opening, Parry has been stressing that Welsh food culture and lesser known ingredients from the country will play a big role of Brat.
Bookings for the restaurant will open at midday on Monday 26 February.