Nick Gilkinson to open Mæne restaurant in London's Spitalfields

19 January 2023 by
Nick Gilkinson to open Mæne restaurant in London's Spitalfields

Nick Gilkinson, who opened Townsend restaurant in London's Whitechapel in 2020, is to open a new restaurant in Spitalfields this March.

Maene will be located at 7-9 Fashion Street and will be inspired by European bistro culture, offering relaxed, modern cooking using British produce.

The restaurant will take over the top floor of a Victorian clothing factory with a 50-cover terrace opening during the summer. The 54-cover restaurant will be open all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dishes on the seasonal menu will include Mersea oysters with pickled jalapeño and sorrel (£4.50); allotment fritto misto with smoked chilli aioli (£6), La Latteria stracciatella, pickled squash, yesterday's bread; and Springfield farm chicken with rosemary, garlic and burnt lemon and green goddess sauce (£28 for half a chicken) served alongside Keats farm salad and pickled onion and miso dressing (£4).

Puddings will include Yorkshire rhubarb; set Bermondsey honey cream; and bronze fennel and Sgroppino pear sorbet, English sparkling wine and elderflower (£8).

The space will have counter seating, an open kitchen, an 18-seat sharing table and banquettes. There will also be a 25-cover semi-private lounge and cocktail bar, serving drinks including sea buckthorn margarita and fig leaf gimlet. as well as non-alcoholic variations. The other three floors of the building will be occupied by Mission yoga studio.

Gilkinson said: "I am really excited to see Maene come to life, it is something we have been working on for a little while now. The bones of the building are so beautiful and I wanted to make sure we kept the integrity of the space while adding some softer touches to it, so it feels like somewhere that people want to be, a place for people to come together, whether it's for a long dinner with friends, a drink at the bar or breakfast on the terrace after a yoga class.

"The food will be creative and unfussy with the chefs placing a real focus on working closely with our suppliers to make sure we are showcasing the best produce possible."

The restaurant has been designed by Fare Inc, with a focus on natural textures, patina, zinc, wood finishes and cement. The name of the restaurant was described as an old English word "with connections to community".

Photo: Rebecca Dickson

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