A further three dining destinations have been announced for Belgravia’s new restaurant hub Nova, which will garnish the restaurant wasteland around Victoria station with no fewer than 18 eateries next year. And we’re not talking about any old chains either.
Barbecoa, Franco Manca and Daisy Green will join restaurants from Jason Atherton, D&D London and Will Ricker when the development opens in September 2016.
Nova will create a new link between Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace, which in turn leads onto the Royal Parks. The 897,000 sq ft development will house office space, (no doubt mind-boggling expensive) apartments and a cluster of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and ‘rotating food experiences’.
Jamie O’s barbecue steakhouse will launch its second site at Nova. Whatever happened to plan to open a Barbecoa outpost on Piccadilly? Things have been suspiciously quiet on that front – watch this space for details. The Nova restaurant will boast a large standalone bar, and hidden garden as well as an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs cooking on the Argentinian and Robata grills.
By day Daisy Green offers speciality coffee, salads and meats alongside a bottomless Aussie brunch and by night the restaurant will create imaginative small plates and serve cheese together with specialised wines, cocktails and local craft beers.
Jason Atherton will turn his hand to Italian cuisine, with the restaurateur’s Nova restaurant featuring a pasta room where diners can see the food being made. Adam White, the man behind Village London (The Riding House Café, Village East and The Garrison), plans to open an all-day dining affair with 150 covers, outdoor terrace, upstairs bar and a private dining room.
Meanwhile Will Ricker (of Bodega Negra fame) will bring his American BBQ spot The Stoke House to Nova. He will also launch a second organic cold-press juice and food store, Juice Well.
Bringing some street cred to the whole operation is Ross Shonhan (the daddy of Bone Daddies). He plans to open a ramen bar at Nova serving noodles, filled buns and a take on Osaka-style Okonomiyaki. It sounds like it could be Shonhan’s largest venue to date with two floors and outside space.
D&D London have also snapped up a space but are yet to announce the name, however we do know the new venue will feature two floors, café, bar, terrace and food store.
And Sourced Market, which opened the first produce market in St Pancras station in 2009, opens its third site at Nova in 2016, offering everything from artisan coffee to craft beer and charcuterie to croissants.