Tomorrow, the owners of P. Franco — the wine shop, bar and Eater London’s restaurant of the year — will open their eagerly awaited, fully fledged restaurant on the site, which until February was occupied by the Michelin-starred Ellory, a neighbourhood location at the base of the multi-use Netil House, in the heart of hipsterville, near London Fields in Hackney.
The restaurant is called Bright and is principally owned by P. Franco and Noble Fine Liquor (wine shop on Broadway Market) co-founder Liam Kelleher; run by partner, general manager (and architect of P. Franco’s move from wine shop to serious kitchen) Phil Bracey; while the kitchen is being led by two chefs: Will Gleave (ex-Garagistes, Tasmania) and Pepe Belvedere (ex-Brawn). Running the floor is restaurant manager, Lulu Tindal, who has moved to Bright from Lyle’s in Shoreditch.
It will come as no surprise that the wine list is a showcase of natural, low-intervention styles from small scale producers across Europe and the New World. This restaurant belongs very much to the new-school: the food is a contemporary mix of classic Italian cuisine (including Belvedere’s fresh pasta) and Gleave’s modern European inclination, an idiosyncratic style of cooking which is more than a little interested in the rich seasonings and importance of umami found in Asian cuisine.
Take a look at the first photos from inside the restaurant and the opening menu.