August 2022 Mriya The Suffolk Tutto Sessions Sète
Prominent Ukrainian chef Yurii Kovryzhenko and his partner Olga Tsybytovska will launch a “neo-bistro” on Brompton Road in Chelsea in London this month. Called Mriya, which means “dream” in Ukrainian, the restaurant will specialize in modern Ukrainian cuisine and will be staffed by Ukrainian refugees who fled the country following the Russian invasion earlier this year. The menu will include classic dishes including Kovryzhenko’s take on Kyiv borscht and chicken, as well as the chef’s variations on vegetables and local Ukrainian foods like zucchini pancakes with stracciatella; and smoked trout and strawberry vinaigrette on cream of peas with crayfish necks.
275 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA
L’Escargot Sur-Mer, the seaside subsidiary of London institution L’Escargot which launched in Aldeburgh during the pandemic, is due to reopen this month as a permanent business called The Suffolk. Following the refurbishment of the historic townhouse in Aldeburgh High Street which housed pop-up L’Escargot Sur-Mer, The Suffolk will launch a 60-seat restaurant named Sur-Mer; a roof terrace with sea view; a bar; and two private dining rooms with 12 and 24 seats respectively. Six additional rooms will open in September. Suffolk-born chef James Jay, who joined the team in March 2022 to run the Sur-Mer pop-up at New Street Market in Woodbridge with Pell, will lead the kitchen, serving a seafood-focused menu which will champion local producers, including Pinneys of Laiterie Orford and Fen Farm. The wine list will feature mainly French wines from £24 for a bottle and £6 for a glass, while the cocktail list will serve up a handful of classic favourites, including the Coastal Martini from Suffolk in partnership with local Fishers Distillery .
Brighton-centric restaurateur Raz Helalat has recruited ex-Café Murano and Padella chef Mirella Pau to help him launch an Italian restaurant near the resort town’s North Laine area. Scheduled to open later this month, Tutto will be housed in a “beautifully restored” 1930s former bank on Marlborough Place and will be inspired by “traditional Italian food culture” aiming to “bring together all of its best elements, focusing on simple quality and the Italian experience in equal measure”. Menu details have yet to be released, but the focus will be on sharing and “simple, seasonal ingredients.” Open all day, the restaurant will have 80 seats inside and an additional 34 seats outside.
20 – 22 Marlborough Pl, Brighton BN1 1UB
Sessions, the group behind Brighton’s food hall Shelter Hall, are heading to London with the opening of a smaller venue in Islington. The new dining room, called Sessions, will include four concepts that will serve menus for a limited time with a rotation of chefs planned. Opening August 11 at the former Rodizio Rico site on Upper Street in Islington, the first line-up includes chefs Hasan Semay, Jay Morjaria, Zoe Adjonyoh and Richie Hayes and Elliot Kaye who will bring their respective concepts Big Has, Tiger and Rabbit, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Norman’s on site.~
77 Upper Street, London N1 0NU
Barletta founders Natalia Ribbe and Jackson Berg will open a wine bar and restaurant in the Cliftonville area of Margate this month. Called Sète, it will be the couple’s first permanent business and is inspired by the intimate wine bars of Paris and the southern coast of France. Housed in a former jewelry store, the Northdown Road site will be launched in stages with the wine bar element due to open in July, followed by the restaurant in October. The wine bar will have 20 seats indoors and 20 seats outside on the sidewalk, and will serve a small plate menu that includes smoked pot shrimp and brown crab butter with bread; and egg mayonnaise. The restaurant should have about 40 seats served via an open kitchen. The couple are also exploring the possibility of expanding into the site’s south-facing garden.
238 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2QD
Cardiff noodle seller Matsudai Ramen will open his first brick-and-mortar restaurant in early August, which he says will be Wales’ first ramen shop. The Bank’s 70-seat Matsudai Ramen will open at a former Natwest Bank site in Grangetown, Cardiff on August 6, following a five-month refurbishment of the site. It will serve a range of ramen that will change with the seasons alongside side dishes such as its chicken karaage and mushrooms. Matsudai Ramen was launched by founder James Chant in late 2019 hosting pop-up events and has since taken over kitchens in London, Manchester and Bristol, including taking over the kitchen of the British Film Institute in Soho for a month.
183-185 Clare Rd, Cardiff CF11 6QS
feels like june
California-inspired restaurant Feels Like June will open at London’s Wood Wharf on August 1. Part of the Ennismore Collection, the restaurant will serve an all-day menu of European-West Coast dishes with breakfast options including croissants, pistachio and almond danishes, pastrami and mustard rolls ; glazed cinnamon rolls; home made granola-bars; and a breakfast burrito. Lunchtime entrees will include small plates, including a twist on the American favourite, tater tots, with cacio e pepe topping and served with pecorino aioli and large dishes, such as Caesar cutlet with anchovies and green salad ; a double smash burger with cheddar, pickles, caramelized onions and fries; and a tarragon and old bay shrimp taco served in a parker house bun. Its wine list will nod to the West Coast, with bottles from the Golden State valleys, with a range of lagers and IPAs also from the United States.
15 Water Street, London E14 9SB