Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong has opened his latest restaurant, Kym's in Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London. Focusing on the ancient craft of Chinese roasting, the menu at Kym's pays homage not only to the many gastronomic regions of China, but also to the creativity and craftsmanship of London's Chinatown.
The restaurant, named after Wong's parents' restaurant in Victoria, has been described as a "modern, premium, casual Chinese with a relaxed and comfortable interior".
The restaurant will feature a private dining area and a circular entrance bar offering a selection of cocktails influenced by China's diverse food traditions. It will also offer a smaller grab-and-go menu during lunch service. The restaurant has a fake cherry blossom tree, linking the bar and restaurant with the upper mezzanine level.
The restaurant has been supported by the White Rabbit Fund, a hospitality development platform founded by Chris Miller, former commercial director of Soho House & Co.
Opened 2 October
Chef-patron Andrew Wong
Design Michaelis Boyd
Typical dishes Crispy duck in pancakes with plum sauce; and slow-poached soy chicken, ginger relish and rice
Following sites in the City and Soho, chophouse and steak brand Blacklock has opened its third restaurant, the first with a dedicated bar area, in London's Shoreditch. The site will serve the brand's signature Sunday lunch as well as a cocktail menu designed in collaboration with New York bar Slowly Shirley.
Founder Gordon Ker
Olive Tree Brasserie
Olive Tree Brasserie, the Greek/Mediterranean restaurant brand founded by Dean Wilson, has relocated its Lytham St Annes site in Lancashire to a former NatWest Bank building on Dicconson Terrace, following a £500,000 makeover. The restaurant features handcrafted tiles, a bar, blue leather seating, olive trees and copper piping.
Founder Dean Wilson
Parichat at Sohe
The bar and lounge area at Parichat at Sohe in Jesmond, Newcastle, has been transformed with cushioned booths and new wallpaper after an injection of £100,000. The pan-Asian drinks offering has also had a complete shake-up by the newly appointed manager and head bartender.
Owner and operator Cairn Group
Bar manager Kieran Grieves
Head bartender Will Townsend
Pinocchio Italian restaurant has opened at the Mailbox in Birmingham, operated by the same Sicilian owner of La Galleria in the city and Café Casita in Dudley. Pinocchio spans 4,500 sq ft and showcases authentic Italian cuisine.
Typical dishes Risotto al limone; rigatoni alla Toscana; veal escalopes filled with cheese and wrapped in Parma ham; and pizza with mozzarella, smoked pancetta and scamorza cheese
Terry Laybourne has opened a new wine bar at the site of his former Italian restaurant Caffe Vivo in Newcastle, offering an extensive range of wines, including those from small, independent winemakers in France and Italy, biodynamic and orange wines. There is also a menu of small plates.
Owner/operator Terry Laybourne's 21 Hospitality Group
General manager Matthew Clarkson
The Impeccable Pig
A new restaurant with rooms, the Impeccable Pig, has opened on the Grade II-listed site of the former Hope Inn in Sedgefield, County Durham. The venue is the latest addition to the Ramside Estates portfolio.
Owner/operator Ramside Estates
General manager Pierre Bertolotti
Head chef Chris Finnigan
Typical dishes Josper-cooked steaks; lobster thermidor; grilled halibut; chicken Parmigiana