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“Akoko’s chef and staff uprooted to here, this time without African-inflected cuisine… it’s awesome!” – Theo Clench is now installed in the happening hipster venue in Shoreditch that was previously Mãos (part of the ‘Blue Mountain School’). You start in the bar, in the lower portion of this two-floor space, which begins “an incredible evening from start to finish”. Clench and his team serve a 10-course menu which promises to marry classic techniques with influences from Eastern Asia and Australasia. The result is “high-end dining, with amazing attention to detail but which feels very relaxed at the same time”. The intimate and “stylish room” contributes to a “great experience all round”.
The renowned Mãos (RIP) has gone at James and Christie Brown’s hipster retail happening in Shoreditch – ‘The Blue Mountain School’ – to be replaced by this late 2022 newcomer. A bigger (and more conventional) two-floor operation is promised, overseen by Theo Clench, who till recently was the executive chef at Fitzrovia’s funky West African, Akoko and here we’re told to expect a menu reflecting east Asia and Australasia. One course will be dedicated to bread alone, apparently, and guests will eat part of their meal behind the pass.
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