A new, multi-use development, with private and public spaces — including new Mediterranean restaurant — will open in Fitzrovia on Monday 13 November. Mortimer House Kitchen, open to both members and the public and will serving an “eclectic mix of Mediterranean cuisine” with an all-day menu which will use “sustainably sourced ingredients,” prepared in the site’s open kitchen.
The ground-floor restaurant will also feature an open chef’s counter with seating and a conservatory area that can be reserved for private dining. Luca Unali, the head chef, brings experience from the kitchens at Cecconi’s and Blakes. In the mornings, there’ll be eggs, avocado and familiar friends, but at dinner the menu promises ‘charcoal cauliflower with garlic aioli’, ‘courgette spaghetti with pistachio pesto and smoked ricotta’ and ‘charcoal-grilled pluma Ibérico with smoked aubergine, tahini and zaatar.’
The six-storey art deco building has been re-designed by New York architects AvroKO. An attempt has been made to combine “post-modern design with exposed features from the original 1930’s building,” in areas that include — for members — private studies, a gym, meditation room, individual offices, meeting rooms, and communal living spaces.
Great Portland Estates (GPE) announced that it had sold the Mortimer House site at 37/41 Mortimer Street for a price of £26.95 million in April this year.
“The buyer is a new vehicle set up by hotelier Guy Ivesha, in joint venture with Cain Hoy and other private investors, who plan to operate a premium work and lifestyle concept with a strong emphasis on hospitality,” GPE said at the time.