South American restaurateur and designer Juan Santa Cruz launched his first London venue Casa Cruz in Notting Hill on 7 July. The 80-cover restaurant, previously The Clarendon a Victorian pub on Clarendon Road, is set over two floors.
The site has been extensively restored over two years (designed by Cruz himself), with the Santa Cruz Co.’s trademark design stamp, a large copper door and an oval copper bar in the centre of the room.
As well as a bar serving an extensive Latin-influenced cocktail list there is also a heated roof terrace. The menu is predominantly European, with Argentine influences. Dishes include: wild sea bass crudo and artichokes with lemon and olive oil, available alongside main dishes including Charcoal grilled monkfish; and Cajun chicken breast.
Argentine steaks will of course be a highlight, but there is also British fish and game, and French poultry on the menu too. Desserts include: Dulche de leche flan; and lemon polenta cake, alongside house made ice creams and sorbets.
On the cocktail list: Pisco Sours, Martinis, Negronis, Mojitos and Cairpiroskas, while the wine list will comprise old and new world bottles, with a dedicated section of organic and biodynamic wines.
Santa Cruz Co. owns three restaurants in Argentina, Casa Cruz, Isabel and Aldo’s, all in the heart of Buenos Aires.