Park Chinois team to launch casual brasserie

Luxury Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois is opening a casual brasserie next month.

The Chinese restaurant, originally founded by industry heavyweight Alan Yau (although he left in 2016), has long proved divisive to critics. Where it is “opulent”, it is monstrously “OTT”, and where the food might be “delicious”, many believe dishes don’t live up to the enormous bills they command.

And so an all-day brasserie concept is a new direction: perhaps tacit recognition of the widespread perception that a visit is too blinkin’ expensive. The 92-cover venue will launch on Moncks of Dover Street on July 3, and will serve the likes of Caesar salad with roast chicken, sole meunière with toasted almonds, and pan-roasted monkfish with seafood jus.

Also on the menu will be truffled Benedict, which comes with artichoke, poached eggs, and Hollandaise, and baby leg of lamb with spiced couscous, shallots, and apricots.

At the reins will be chef Gennaro Vitto, who was previously a pastry chef at Park Chinois.

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