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February 2020: Nuno Mendes, always a busy bee, has buzzed off to other projects. Chef Edoardo Pellicano has been key to the team from the start and its now his job to maintain the blessed Michelin star.
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“Nuno Mendes strikes again, outside the box” at his “informal and wonderful” Shoreditch 16-seater, where a once-daily, three-hour sitting provides a “very intimate” happening, which fans hail as “the top dining experience in town”. It is tucked away up a staircase in the ‘nurturing’ environment of the Blue Mountain School – self-described as ‘a progressive vision and a physical place of contemplation’ (where one can spend a ton of money on clothes and other artisanal creations). The meal takes place in a bare terracotta chamber at a shared table, and “the opportunity to watch and interact with the chefs makes the experience so much more interesting”. “An ever-changing, multi-course tasting menu” is served: “inventive, challenging” and “exciting”. It’s “a brilliant concept” and one whose scary expense inspires not a single grumble from anyone commenting this year. And – breaking news… – with a recent change of policy, taking pics for your Insta feed is now not only allowed but encouraged.
“The best food I’ve eaten this year!” – early reporters award the highest ratings to mould-breaking chef Nuno Mendes’s “fantastic” latest project: a 16-seater that opened without fanfare in April 2018, but which is one of the most culinarily interesting arrivals of recent times. “Hidden away, up a secret staircase in Redchurch Street”, it’s part of Shoreditch’s funky Blue Mountain School (‘an interdisciplinary space dedicated to nurturing engagements and interactions between diverse practices’… and also selling really expensive stuff). This new venture is a revival of sorts of Mendes’s Loft Project fine dining supper club, and it inspires ne’er a word of protest regarding the price tag – just first impressions of “an all-round excellent experience, from meeting Nuno and his brigade in the kitchen and eating snacks, to sitting down at a communal table and being served course after course of exceptional, innovative food. There is an impressive wine room too” and all-in-all it offers “a superb night out as well as a great concept”.
|Wine per bottle||£40.00|
41 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
|Tuesday||7 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||7 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Friday||7 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Saturday||7 pm‑11:30 pm|