Dream team lined up to open Notting Hill bistro

A “rock star” line-up of professionals from some of London’s top restaurants have banded together for the launch of a new British bistro in Notting Hill. Dorian is scheduled to open October in the former premises of Raoul in Talbot Road.

Founder Chris D’Sylva, the owner of two high-profile local food shops, Notting Hill Fish + Meat and Supermarket of Dreams, is pitching Dorian as an “anti-Notting Hill” venue “for people that live in and love the area” – “a subversive, clandestine dinner destination” with a “hedonistic, counter-cultural ethos”. All this, and oysters, grilled beef, lobster and vegetables from Japanese specialist Nama Yasai near Lewes on the menu.

The launch team includes chefs Max Coen, formerly of Frantzén, Kitchen Table and most recently Ikoyi; George Williams, formerly of River Café; and Kai Menneken, of Phil Howard’s Church Road in Barnes. Ben Whitfield, a former general manager of Brasserie Zédel, will run the front of house, while the drinks come under Ale Villa, most recently of Clare Smyth’s nearby Core.

D’Sylva said: “The team we’ve put together is phenomenal. They’re all embedded in the local community and are some of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. They’re rock stars.”

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