Benugo has opened Stephen St Kitchen, a new restaurant and bar at the British Film Institute (BFI), with former Grain Store head chef Mark Block at the helm.
Prior to manning the kitchen at Bruno Loubet's vegetable-focused King's Cross restaurant since its opening, Block spent seven years as head chef at D&D London's Bluebird in Chelsea.
Stephen St Kitchen, housed in the BFI near London's Tottenham Court Road, has a wood fired oven, with pizzas and flatbreads a key feature of its menu.
Sample starter dishes include: potted crab and shrimps, with pickled cucumber and sourdough bread, and sprouting beans salad, with seeds, crispy chicken skin & a citrus dressing.
Other main courses on offer include free-range chicken, with a Romesco sauce and English asparagus, and sea bass fillet with Piedmontese peppers and salsa verde, while the dessert menu features English berries and elderflower jelly, with ice cream, and a homemade tart of the day.
British cheeses from Neal's Yard are also available, served with crackers, leafy celery and chutney.
The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 covers inside, as well a further 46 across two outdoor terraces.
Softroom Architects was responsible for the redesign of the space, which incorporates a central open kitchen, a sculptural brass plated wood and gas fired oven, and counter seating. It also features light fittings custom designed by PSLab in corrugated metal and brass, and ‘Light Drawings' by British artist and photographer Christopher Bucklow hang on the back wall.