Gimmickry but make it thoughtful
Prolific restaurateur Nico Simeone will bring his six-course tasting menu restaurant empire, Six by Nico, to London. The chef’s debut in the capital will open on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, according to Big Hospitality, offering the same six week rotations of six dish menus, priced at around £33 - £35; a smidge more expensive than in Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool, and Manchester, but still leaving questions around margins. New York City; Thai street food; the chip shop; and childhood have all inspired previous menus, striking a balance somewhere between peripatetic and “whatever we feel like,” with Simeone’s intense expansion push unlikely to slow down on its arrival in a city which remains a restaurant investment shop window.
And in other news...
- Modern British outfit Lupins, much-worshipped Temple of Seitan, and New York City omakase import Sushi on Jones will open at The Courtyard — a King’s Cross food court attached to a Mumford and Sons-member-backed music venue.
- Yes, eggs, no, avocado, maybe, bloody mary — here’s where to eat brunch in London.
- London’s best restaurant pop-ups and residencies are a serious bunch.
- Dive into the best Sichuan and Cantonese hot pots in the city.
- One of those pop-ups, Luke Findlay’s sought-after Super Ya ramen, will open a permanent site on Hackney Road sporting celeriac chashu and a tonkatsu bowl made with Iberico pork fat. Otaku ramen nerds, assemble.
- Gizzi Erskine returns to the London restaurant scene after leaving Mare Street Market and seeking a permanent site for vegan burger restaurant Filth with The Nitery, a residency in Covent Garden’s former Asia de Cuba site serving “inventive menus,” with dishes including steak tartare and shellfish rice. [Evening Standard]
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