Dan Doherty to launch new restaurant Sprout

11 May 2017 by
Dan Doherty to launch new restaurant Sprout

Executive chef at the Duck & Waffle Dan Doherty is to launch a new dining experience, Sprout, kicking off with a four-day pop up at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.

Sprout will offer a separate experience to the Duck & Waffle brand Doherty said, operating as a casual café during the day and a restaurant at night.

Speaking to The Caterer, he added: "It's very difficult to explain it, because Sprout is not about one particular thing. I want people to think 'that's my favourite restaurant but I don't know why'. The best way to describe it is a chilled and approachable place with no concept, just really great seasonal food."

The menu will champion seasonal ingredients and the green aspect will run throughout the interior of the restaurant which will be "adorned with loads of gorgeous plants and pottery", all of which is for sale.

Doherty will collaborate with local florists and ceramicists who will display their work in the restaurant for diners to purchase.

Doherty said: "I was thinking about what was missing in the restaurants that I like to go to; how I like to eat and the environment I like to be in. My flat is covered in plants and I thought 'imagine if you could buy stuff' - not just the plants but the crockery too. If a customer liked the jug we were using then they would be able to purchase it from a couple of French dressers at the back with one of everything in for sale. It's engaging and interesting, and it supports small businesses."

The menu is still in the creative stage, but Doherty hopes that people will drop in to Sprout during the day have a snack such as a garden pea hummus, with smoked yogurt and fresh raw pea dip with grilled English asparagus.

Main dishes include fried rabbit with rosemary salt, a light and interesting dish, while dessert will play on classics such as whipped cheesecake with home-made hobnobs and baileys ice-cream.

Guests at the Harvey Nichols' supper club will be served a Sipsmith cocktail and snacks on arrival, before being given a selection of sharing dishes as a starter. The main course will be inspired by British and European flavours.

A classic dessert with a twist will finish the meal, which costs £40.

The announcement follows the recent opening of Duck & Waffle Local in London's St James's Market - a casual offshoot of the 24-hour Duck & Waffle restaurant on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate.

Doherty said: "I will take on board people's feedback from the pop-up and find ways to develop it further in to bricks and mortar."

Tickets for the supper club can be purchased here.

Duck & Waffle Local to launch at St James's Market >>

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Chef profile: Dan Doherty, Duck & Waffle >>

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