A 19th-century townhouse on Bruton Place in London's swanky Mayfair district has been restyled as a gathering place for the 1920s' bohemian literary set for East European restaurant Babel House, which opens its doors next month.
The 110-cover Babel House, which takes its name from modernist Odessan novelist Isaac Babel, will serve a taste of the Black Sea's finest seafood dishes taken from the six countries bordering it.
Menu highlights will include pike caviar with Borodinsky toast, salad Olivier with salmon and seared scallops, house salt-pickled vegetables and traditional lamb soup with Georgian spices, red borscht with sour cream and garlic, Odessan honey-marinated duck, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, pan-fried Black Sea turbot, blue fish prepared in the in-house smoker, and goby.
The bar is designed to take guests on a surrealistic journey to the heart of the ‘Tales of Odessa', a modern spin on Babel's 1931 short story collection The Odessa Tales, with classic Eastern European liqueurs and seasonal cocktails inspired by the book's protagonist, the adventurous Mischka Yaponchik.
The restaurant was designed by AvroKO and pays homage to the "flow of ideas between the East and West over the last two centuries" with nods to modernism and Odessan Art Deco homes. The interiors feature white and green marble complemented by accents of satin, brass, dark wood and patterned tiles, enhanced by natural light from the cypress tree-lined outdoor seating area, which pours into the foyer and glass atrium.