Chef Arnaud Stevens has a wealth of experience all over London, ranging from Koffmann's La Tante Claire, Maze Grill and City Rhodes - and now he's launching a new modern British restaurant with Searcy's latest venture, Sixtyone.
He'll be chef/patron and has pulled together a menu which includes...
- Starters of: Octopus carpaccio, red pepper confit, sorrel, sesame; Mussels, bread soup, crispy suckling pork belly; Rabbit confit, parsnips, mustard, pistachio
- Mains: Squab pigeon, parsley risotto, snails, cauliflower; Slow cooked sea bream, carrots, walnuts, grapefruit; Braised beef cheek, Swiss chard gratin
- Desserts: Braeburn apple tarte tatin; Banoffee parfait
We certainly like the sound of mussels being served with pork belly, and lunchtime dishes of mussel chowder or pig on toast with Parmesan and pickled pear sound pretty tempting too. And if you just fancy upping your booze quota for dessert, there are a couple of "cocktail desserts" - a Tequila Mockingbird (Hibiscus sorbet with tequila, lime & mint) and and Apple Mac (apple & ginger sorbet with bison grass vodka & blackcurrant cubes). The restaurant will seat just over 60 and there's a private dining room for 16 too.
Drinks wise, there's a large wine list of 200 bins on top of this which start at £20 - not bad at all for the area. And particularly interesting on this front is that Mondays will be no-corkage BYO bottles.
Sixtyone opens for lunch and dinner at 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP on November 11. For more information, follow them on Twitter.