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A Restaurant Called Flavour Bastard Is Opening in Soho — Seriously

Despite reports the restaurant will not be Indian but “cuisine-agnostic”

Roast sweet potato with yoghurt, red onion, mint, togarishi popcorn

Restaurateur, Vic Singh and executive chef, Pratap Chahal, founder of That Hungry Chef as are opening a restaurant called Flavour Bastard. It will open on the old Arbutus site on Frith Street in Soho this September.

Despite reports yesterday that the restaurant would be Indian, Flavour Bastard is actually going to be “a journey of flavours” with Pratap Chahal having previously worked in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen at Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and the Orrery Galvin Bistrot.

Communication around the opening has also been keen to emphasise no attempt at authenticity by the duo. Rather, it will be, by design, “anything but authentic; taking vibrant ingredients from around the world, removing rules and traditions, and combining creative flavours and techniques.”

The site on Frith Street, once occupied by Arbutus

The menu will feature novel “tiny plates” but not at the expense of more familiar small plates too. All are designed to be shared or doubled-up as large plates. Tiny plates — under £5 — include a white lentil, chorizo and pecorino doughnut and steamed rice cake with house kimchi, sesame and ssam. Small plates — under £8 — include miso and mango glazed aubergine with peanut crumble; ‘clouds of curds’ with pickled chilli; steak tartare with tamarind, chilli and garlic; and tandoori fried chicken. The restaurant’s large plate menu — under £15 — offers scaled-up portions of the small plates.

Steak tartare with ginger, garlic, chilli and tamarind

Flavour Bastard’s design has been overseen by interior design studio AfroditiKrassa and features a 20-seater bronze bar. The restaurant’s drinks list will be overseen by Nick Jones, founder of Wines of Momentary Destination, and will include an eclectic range of wines, while the cocktail menu will reflect the food’s diverse origins and implement the art of fermentation. The drinks list will also include Chinese rice wines and Japanese sake.

Flavour Bastard opens in September at 63-64 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 3JW

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