Le Cordon Bleu to open new fine dining restaurant in London

Historic French cookery school and culinary institute Le Cordon Bleu is to open a new fine dining restaurant, café, and cookery school concept in London.

Named Cord, the 90-cover restaurant will launch in the City of London in spring and will open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday. There will be a tasting menu, a la carte, and a set lunch menu at £25 per head.

Dishes will include heritage tomato carpaccio with creamy buratti, faille de brick, Manchego and Lampung pepper; smoked rainbow trout with fennel, pomegranate, apple and yuzu; poached Dover sole and lime; and lamb with polenta, sea herbs, and broad beans.

The cafe, meanwhile, also called Cord, will seat 30 and will sell French patisseries and viennoiseries baked on site, alongside sandwiches, salads, soups and breads.

Le Cordon Bleu chief executive and president, André J. Cointreau, said: “This year is a milestone for Le Cordon Bleu as we celebrate 125 years of excellence in teaching around the world and prepare ourselves to launch Cord by Le Cordon Bleu.”

The school already operates restaurants and cafes in London, Tokyo, Paris, Ottawa, and Lima.

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