The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 10th November 2011

Next week, Mayfair’s Cork Street is getting a sophisticated new tenant by the name of Aurelia. Of impeccable pedigree – The Waney family behind Roka, Zuma, La Petite Maison and Il Baretto – she takes her name from Via Aurelia, the old Roman coastal road to Spain and her menu takes inspiration from Tuscany, Provence and Catalonia alike.

Head chef Rosie Yeats has, for the past four years, worked at Roka under executive chef Nic Watt and has also journeyed through Europe in search of inspiration. The menu comprising Mediterranean sharing dishes from different regions is split into sections – charcoal grill, rotisserie, charcuterie and salads – and sample dishes include Castelluccio lentil salad with orange and mint; Wild boar saucisson; Dover sole a la plancha with tomato, clams, capers and beurre noisette and Queen scallops, chorizo crumbs and garlic butter.

Set over two floors, the ground floor level, dominated by a large bar and a food display of freshly baked breads and charcuterie, will offer a more casual dining experience while downstairs, accessed by a grand staircase, will be a more formal affair with its open kitchen bordered by an impressive, marble chef’s counter seating 12.

Aurelia’s honey and linen palette will be accented by two dramatic mosaics from designer Pierre Mesguich. The first in the outside entrance area, is the elegant Aurelia logo, with hand-cut gold leaf glass inlaid to travertine marble.

Then, inside the restaurant, around the bar, is a mosaic inspired by a Ruhlmann carpet design from the 1930’s, with interweaving arches of leaves, jewel-like flowers and spirals. Perfectly placed for Mayfair’s surrounding art galleries.

Opened 7 November

Aurelia London, 13-14 Cork Street, W1