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Michael Riemenschneider to open Canvas restaurant in January

06 December 2013 by
Michael Riemenschneider to open Canvas restaurant in January

Michael Riemenschneider is to open a new London restaurant called Canvas, which will allow diners to create their own tasting menu.

The restaurant will open in at 69 Marylebone Lane on the site of what was Verru restaurant on 14 January, and will seat just 20 people.

Riemeschneider, who was previously at the Abbey in Penzance, will offer a menu of 16 dishes that rotate twice a season. Guests will be invited to construct a menu of three to 15 courses. Three, four or five courses cost £50, seven courses are £70, and nine courses are £85. There will also be a five-course "menu surprise" at £65.

Canvas will also use an "e-sommelier" to assist head sommelier, Alis Jusic. An interactive electronic wine list of predominantly fine vintages, will provide recommended wine matches per dish alongside tasting notes and a stock-count. Rather than serving wines by the bottle, wines will be served by the glass or flight.

Riemenschneider, who has worked for Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Bras, Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay said: "The concept of Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider is to encourage a more engaging fine-dining experience. I want to take the tasting menu off its pedestal and make it more accessible and fun whilst maintaining an exceptional standard of both cuisine and service. There simply isn't anything like this at the moment."

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