Celebrated chef-restaurateur duo Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney have unveiled full details of their forthcoming opening Oblix at London's Shard.
Set to open in early May, Oblix will occupy the 32nd floor of the Shard at London Bridge, the tallest building in western Europe at 310m. It will be divided into two distinct spaces, a 100-seat restaurant and 100-cover lounge bar, with live entertainment from 9pm.
Inspired by a New York grill, Oblix will be Becker and Waney's first restaurant not showcasing Japanese cuisine. The kitchen will be headed up by executive chef Fabien Beaufour, who previously worked at three-Michelin-starred restaurants the French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park.
The menu will offer slow-roast meat joints from a spit roast, as well as dishes from a charcoal grill and pizzas and breads from a wood-fired oven, with the menu celebrating British and European ingredients. In addition to the à la carte, the bar and lounge will offer a selection of lunchtime appetisers in the style of a New York deli.
Oblix front of house will be overseen by general manager Scott Ward, with Thomas Dosseur managing restaurant and Kathryn Waring in charge of the bar. Front of house staff uniforms have been developed by UK fashion designer Ted Baker.
Meanwhile interiors have been developed by architect Claudio Silvestrin, whose previous projects have included London's Armani Store and Princi Café. Offering "timeless luxury" the interiors will frame the views from the Shard while creating a sleek dining style.
Oblix will form one of three restaurants at the Shard, which has leased floors 31 and 33 to the Hong Kong-based Aqua Restaurant Group, which made its London debut in 2009, with the opening of Japanese Aqua Kyoto and Spanish Aqua Nueva atop the old Dickins & Jones building on Regent Street.
The Shard will also feature a 202-bedroom Shangri-La hotel spread across floors 34 to 52, which will open at the end of July and offer four food and beverage outlets.
Oblix It will be Becker and Waney's fourth London venture after Zuma, and Roka Charlotte Street and Canary Wharf. The duo also recently announced plans to open Zuma in New York in early 2014.