The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 22nd December 2010

The Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane is set to reopen next month having undergone one serious £125 million makeover during its two year closure. And we're pleased to report that it seems no expense has been spared when it comes to the hotel's brand new destination restaurant either.

Amaranto has its own entrance via Hamilton Place and boasts lounge areas, a restaurant and conservatory, bar, private dining room and even a garden terrace. Flexibility is the name of the game here and the idea is that diners can eat or drink in any of the spaces they choose from breakfast through to dinner.

Executive chef Adriano Cavagnini hails from Rome's prestigious Hotel Eden and will collaborate with head chef Davide Degiovanni (formerly of Locanda Locatelli and Brunello) and pastry chef Santiago Marafuschi from the Four Seasons in Argentina's Buenos Aires.

The Italian menu – unsurprising in the circumstances! – will feature typical dishes like Sea bass carpaccio with shaved raw artichoke salad and red salmoriglio dressing, Aubergine risotto and taleggio fondue wit h extra-vecchio balsamic from Modena, Leg of rabbit stuffed with spinach, feta and black olives and Warm Amalfi citrus tart of white chocolate and lime with passion fruit sorbet. There will also be an Italian version of afternoon tea sitting alongside the traditional English one. It goes by the enticing name of La Dolce Vita.

Just like the rest of the Four Seasons, Amaranto has been designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon – also behind the recent redesign of the Savoy – and is an opulent mix of black marble, deep reds and wooden panelling punctuated by an enormous glass chandelier in the soaring double-height lounge, chrome and glass wine displays and stunning glass walls looking out onto the terrace.

Opens end Jan 2011