This week’s openings include Indian Accent, the Blue Posts, Dishoom Kensington and more.
The London outpost of chef-restaurateur Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent restaurant has opened in Mayfair. Owned by Ekatra Hospitality Ventures, a subsidiary of Old World Hospitality Group, the restaurant has opened on Albemarle Street and follows the New Delhi restaurant, which opened in 2009, and the New York outpost, which opened in 2016.
The restaurant serves reinterpretations of traditional Indian dishes, such as soya keema quail egg, lime leaf butter pao, and Kashmiri morels, walnut powder and Parmesan papad. The menu also offers rarer Indian foods as well as creative spins on British classics, such as black pudding kulcha flatbreads.
The drinks selection offers cocktails such as an Albemarle chai punch – featuring Batavia Arrack, Earl Grey and virgin Amaro. Whisky flights are offered along with wine pairings for the tasting menu.
The restaurant combines materials familiar in Indian architecture, such as brass and marble, with combed pearl-lustered plastered walls and crushed green velvet upholstery. There is a private dining room for 12-15 covers.
Opened 14 December
Founder Manish Mehrotra
Owner Ekatra Hospitality Ventures
Design Design LSM
Typical dishes Ghee roast lamb and roomali roti pancakes; and seared scallops, rava prawns and malvani dried shrimp rice
1891 restaurant has opened in Rhyl, Denbighshire, in the town’s refurbished Pavilion Theatre, which originally opened in 1891. The restaurant uses local produce and serves dishes named after local landmarks. Head chef Aaron Broster joins from Bryn Williams’ Porth Eirias restaurant in Colwyn Bay.
Head chef Aaron Broster
Typical dishes Goats’ cheese wellington; fish and chips; fish pie; raspberry sponge; and burgers
The Blue Posts
Zoë and Layo Paskin – the siblings behind the Palomar – have opened their fourth venue in London, the Blue Posts pub in Soho. The Grade II-listed building has been turned into a three-tiered pub, cocktail bar and restaurant, with the Mulwray bar on the first floor and the pub on the ground level. An 11-cover restaurant, Evelyn’s Table, will open in the basement.
Owners Zoë and Layo Paskin
Executive chef Nacho Pinilla
Dishoom’s latest site in Kensington has opened, with design by architects Macaulay Sinclair, paying homage to Bombay’s Art Deco and jazz scenes. The restaurant has a Permit Room bar and serves Bombay comfort food, such as bacon naan rolls, biryanis, salad plates and curries.
Covers 200 in the restaurant; 20 in the bar
Co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar
Executive chef Naved Nasir
Hotel Indigo Cardiff
The latest Hotel Indigo has opened in Cardiff. Typical of Hotel Indigo, the Cardiff property has been inspired by the area’s Victorian heritage, Cardiff Castle and Bute Park, and it features local art, Welsh textiles and Welsh music references. The hotel also has a rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill.
General manager Tom Gaskell
Operator Redefine BDL Hotels
Sticks’n’Sushi has opened its latest restaurant in London’s Victoria. Founded in Denmark 22 years ago, the Japanese-Danish fusion concept offers sushi alongside a selection of meat and vegetable yakitori from the grill.
Founders Jens and Kim Rahbek and Thor Andersen
Design Neri & Hu
Typical dishes Crab croquettes; chicken balls with teriyaki; salmon tataki; and chirashi bowls
Macdonald Old England hotel
The Macdonald Old England hotel at Bowness-on-Windermere has transformed four of its suites and six executive bedrooms following a £250,000 investment. The suites, all of which have views over the lake, now have a regal gold and purple colour scheme.
General manager Chris Quinn-Waugh
Suite starting rate £350