Victor Garvey’s Catalan restaurant — Rambla — will open on Wednesday 4 October at 64 Dean Street in Soho. The restaurant is Garvey’s second opening this year, following the launch of his wine and cheese bar Sibarita in Covent Garden in June and the operator’s third solo venture; his modern Spanish restaurant Encant opened last year.
Rambla — a two-floor, 60-cover corner site — will open in phases; the ground floor will open first, initially only for dinner. The basement will open (and hours extended to include lunchtime) this autumn. The interior is inspired by “Barcelona’s elegant-but-casual beachfront restaurants.” The menu at Rambla, named after Barcelona’s most famous thoroughfare La Rambla, where Garvey lived as a child, will focus on Catalan cuisine.
That menu will be divided into three sections: Cru — raw & cured; Mar — seafood; and Muntanya — mountains. Dishes will include fresh Mediterranean calamari stuffed with prawn and lobster in ink sauce; braised oxtail canelones with “El Sec” cheese sauce; and ‘bocatta de butifarra negra’ — a Catalan black pudding sandwich with green apple ‘slaw. Like at Encant and Sibarita, there will be an all-Spanish wine list, with an emphasis on Catalunya, available by the glass and bottle, as well as a wide variety of gin and tonics and classic cocktails.
Garvey said in a statement: “I’m incredibly excited to be opening Rambla on Dean Street. It’s without doubt one of the most exciting streets in London with its concentration of great restaurants, bars and members’ clubs like Tonkotsu, Barrafina, Quo Vadis and The Groucho. To be opening my biggest restaurant to date in such an amazing location is an honour, and the team and I can’t wait to bring Catalan cuisine to Soho.”