Le Chateaubriand team to open Le Chabanais in London
The team behind France's Le Chateaubriand restaurant in Paris is to open a new restaurant on Mount Street in Mayfair.
The new venture, called Le Chabanais, will open in March 2015.
It has been conceived by film producer Varun Talreja together with Le Chateaubriand's self-taught Basque chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte and his partners Franck Audoux and Laurent Cabut.
Le Chateaubriand's head chef, Paul Boudier will head up the kitchen while Kevin Lansdown, former general manager of Scott's in Mayfair, will oversee the operation of the restaurant.
The restaurant has been designed by Clément Blanchet, the architect responsible for the design of the Serpentine Summer Pavilion in 2006 together with Rem Koolhas
Le Chabanais takes its name from an infamous Belle Époque absinthe den. The ground floor dining room will be dominated by brass and marble and will have the capacity to seat 90 guests alongside a private dining room seating up to ten guests.
In the private dining room, Boudier and his team will offer a regularly changing menu inspired by the food served at Le Chateaubriand which will be focused around available fresh European ingredients alongside a concise wine list. A short menu of French inspired classic cocktails will be served downstairs in the bar at Le Chabanais.