Marani, a new Georgian restaurant that features hand-painted murals and what is claimed to be the largest selection of Georgian wines this side of the Caucasus mountains, is set to open in London's Mayfair in March this year.
The restaurant, which sits on what was the site of Tempo, at 54 Curzon Street, aims to champion a "lighter, contemporary style" of Georgian food through a menu created by Georgian chef Tekuna Gachechiladze.
It will revive authentic flavours, inspired by Georgia's location on the Silk Road, with Indian spices, ingredients from Persia and cooking styles from the Middle East, alongside French and Mediterranean influences, while also offering modern interpretations of traditional "supra" dishes.
The dishes, many of which are designed for sharing, will include classics such as Khinkali dumplings, Khachapuri cheese bread and spiced broths, alongside slow-cooked stews served in cast iron pots, skewered meats prepared on the mangal grill and vegetarian dishes.
Bread will also be baked fresh daily in the restaurant's clay oven.
The name Marani literally translates to wine cellar, and the restaurant aims to showcase a wine heritage dating back 8,000 years, as well as serving Chacha,
Georgia's national spirit, made with grape pomace and often flavoured with honey and kiwi.
Speaking on behalf of owners the Machavariani family, son Vato said: "It's a whole different experience of eating in Georgia. Supra has been and always will be about the wider social story that combines food, drink and dance. Georgians are so proud of their cultural heritage and it is something I want to share. I want Marani to be a wonderful representation of Georgian flavours as we enjoy them back home, and evoke distinct childhood memories of grandmother's Khachapuri."
The interior of the 100-cover restaurant, which also has a 20-cover private dining room, has been designed alongside Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze who has hand-painted murals of Georgian life and sketches of feasting scenes (pictured).