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Monday 10 November 2014

Diaries out: Heddon Street Kitchen – the new all-day restaurant and bar by Gordon Ramsay Group – is open for business.

A beautiful and brooding space over two floors, it’s a stylish mix of vintage and modern, all buttery leathers, machismo woods and shimmering steel. A devilishly handsome restaurant, complete with flashes of neon and specially curated artworks. Enjoy paired tastings at the interactive wine counter; chill out with daily-changing scoops from the ice-cream bar; take in the theatre of the open-kitchen from a banquette; or people-watch with a cocktail from the comfort of the lounge bar. Whether grabbing a quick bite with a friend on the al-fresco piazza or hosting a glamorous group dinner in the private dining room, this is all-day dining at its very best.
Whatever the time of day. Whether work or play.

An All-Day A€ffair To Remember
At the helm is Head Chef Maria Tampakis – formerly of Bread Street Kitchen and the three-Michelin starred Jean-Georges in NYC – who combines her native Brooklyn swagger with elegant European finesse. From brisk breakfasts and post-shop pit-stops through to working lunches, dinner dates and after-work cocktails, it’s a cool and casual place to drink and dine. Power breakfast your way through the week with the likes of blueberry buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup; avocado on pumpernickel toast with poached egg and mustard mayo; or a full English breakfast before you brave the boardroom. Weekends are all about decadent brunching: served until 3pm, there’s no rush as you enjoy the likes of steak and eggs or an English lobster roll with cocktails like Marmalade Fizz and the Corpse Reviver No 2. Sure to put a spring in your step as you navigate the shops afterwards.
Lunches and dinners off–er bags of choice – whether popping in for a quick bite between meetings or enjoying a more leisurely a–air with wine-clinking friends. Stand-out starters include king crab and apple cocktail, tamarind-spiced chicken wings, prosciutto-laden pizzette and a beautiful baked ricotta tart. Signature mains, meanwhile, include stone bass with avocado purée; slow-roasted Dingley Dell
pork belly with spiced apple sauce; king crab thermidor; and a hunger-busting short-rib beef burger with marrowbone and hickory-smoked bacon ketchup. The accompanying chips – thick and golden – come with just the right amount of crunch.
Grills – cooked on a Josper – are just as gorgeous: poussin with chimmichurri, English rose veal chop, Herdwick lamb cutlets or a 35oz tomahawk steak to share are showstopping.

Sweet Dreams
Enjoy dessert at the table – a chocolate fondant that oozes the beautiful brown stuff– with the prod of a fork; a razor-thin pineapple carpaccio that’s zesty and light on the waist – or choose from a selection of flavours from the dedicated ice-cream bar. Pick from the dozens of toppings that line the shelves, or better still, go hard with Heddon Street’s grown-up shakes: the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party would have even Alice teetering vicariously on her stool, made with Earl Grey-infused Bombay Sapphire, strawberries and vanilla ice-cream, while the Breakfast Of Champions does what it says on the tin with a dizzying blend of Grey Goose, peanut butter, banana and vanilla icecream. Certainly not for kids!

Time For Wine
There’ll always be time for wine at Heddon Street Kitchen. Wine manager Angelika Oparcyzk has curated an eclectic list that’s as accessible as it is exciting: categorised into descriptive styles for fuss-free choosing, from light and aromatic to rich and full-bodied, there’s something to suit every budget and palette. And with a unique wine preservation system, discerning drinkers will be able to try interesting and rare wines by the glass, too. Enjoy pairings and tastings at the interactive wine counter – with sake as well as wine – or book a wine dinner for up to 12 in the private dining room on the first Monday of every month, hosted by an interesting mix of wine-makers and producers.

Bar Stars
Cocktail connoisseurs won’t be disappointed, either, with plenty of poisons to encourage lingering in Heddon Street Kitchen’s stylish and comfortable lounge bar. Take flight with the Mile Rye Club – a twisted take on the Clover Club classic – or land Down In The Mexicali – a South American slant on mulled wine. Whatever your tipple, there’s a sip here to suit. Book now and enjoy seasonal, modern European fare spiked with Asian influences, fine wines by the glass, carefully-crafted cocktails and rotating ice-creams – all secreted away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Regent Street.

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