Andrew Turner – one of the original London exponents of the ‘grazing‘ style of presentation – launches a new restaurant today at London’s oldest purpose-built grand hotel, the Langham.
Turner is a rare creature: he is one of the few chefs who’s established serious credibility as a chef, while always working in the hotel sector. A bit of a rolling stone in recent years, he’s cooked in succession at Pennyhill Park, ‘1837 at Browns’ and, most recently, the Bentley Kempinski in South Kensington (where his cooking had to compete with stiflingly OTT décor).
He’s dropped off the radar since leaving the Kempinski, but it seems he hasn’t been wasting his time. We’re promised: “a more evolved menu, inspired by new cooking methods and techniques that he and his team have adopted and developed from around the world”. Expectations high, then.
With a 280 bin selection on offer, wine is going to be a big deal, too. Hotel-lifers also figure largely on this side of the operation, with Zack Saghir, head sommelier, having a quarter of experience at Brown’s and the Savoy.
Menu prices range from a two-course pre-theatre (£20) to a an eight-course grazer (£70). Steady on the booze, though: “a glass of champagne” (unspecified) is £14.50.
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