South Kensington hasn't had much in the way of interesting new openings recently, but that looks set to change when Margaux opens its doors next month. Billed as a 'gastro wine bar' or a modern bar à vin they're hoping it will be popular with both food and wine lovers.
Head Chef Xavier Castella Vilamajo, who has previously worked at Zuma, Iberica and El Bulli in Spain, has come up with a French/Italian inspired menu. Dishes we've been told about include seared foie gras, house made pork terrine, porcini risotto for appetisers and seared scallops, grilled veal rib and Barolo braised beef as some of the main courses. There will also be a brunch menu on at weekends.
The restaurant will have its own wine tasting room for private events and tastings and the 100 bin wine list covers a broad range of producers and grapes, with an emphasis on old world wines. If you don't want to stretch to a bottle there are over 20 wines by the glass and carafe.
With an interior design by Brinkworth who were responsible for Dabbous and Tinello, the restaurant will seat 85 over two floors and feature room in the bar for casual dining for a further 11 people. The wine room can seat 16 for private events.
Margaux will open mid November at 152 Old Brompton Road London, SW5 0BE. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 12pm-midnight; Saturday and Sunday 10am-midnight with brunch served until 4pm. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow them on Twitter for more information.