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Marlon Abela to open fourth London restaurant

15 July 2010

Marlon Abela, chairman and chief executive of the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC), has confirmed details of a fourth London site set to open in South Kensington in the autumn.

MARC, which runs the Michelin-starred Greenhouse and Umu restaurants as well as private members' club Morton's in London, will open Cassis in South Kensington towards the end of October.

The 90-seat restaurant, which will be located on the former site of the Oratory restaurant on Brompton Road, will be a contemporary French bistro serving food and wine influenced by the Provence region.

The head chef will be David Escobar, who spent a number of years at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Lameloise in Chagny, France. He previously worked at Hostellerie Tros Marets in Malmedy, Belgium, and at Hostellerie du Val d'Or in Burgundy.

Leading the front-of-house team at the Cassis will be Jean-Marie Miorada, who has been at the Greenhouse in Mayfair since its relaunch by MARC in 2004.

Signature dishes will include grilled prawns with anisette liqueur, fennel shavings and orange; monkfish ‘osso buco' with confit onions, tomato and basil sauce; bouillabaisse; and frog's leg and artichoke fricassée with garlic butter and chicken jus. The dessert menu will feature calissons; tarte tropézienne; and carambar fondant with caramel ice-cream.

Interiors at Cassis will be developed by Target Living, whose other projects have included Belgraves, Aspinalls, Marco Pierre White's Marco at Stamford Bridge, and Raffles.

Cassis is the latest addition to the MARC portfolio, which also includes US restaurants Bistro du Midi in Boston and Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as two A Voce Italian restaurants in New York.

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