The story of how one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, 108 Garage, came about is like the new Netflix series you’ll be binging on.
Luca Longobardi, a successful broker, married to Miss Brazil suddenly lost it all as he was falsely accused of money laundering, put on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list, arrested and put in a maximum- security prison in Brazil. After being exonerated neither his business or marriage survived.
Meanwhile Chris Denney was a struggling artist, spending his evenings as a pot-washer, he then decided to become a chef, eventually landing a job in a Michelin-starred kitchen. The next decade was spent travelling the world and trying to find a backer for his own venture. All that was to change when Luca answered Chris’ advert on Gumtree and 108 Garage was formed.
Why are we telling you all this? Because the next chapter in their story is about to begin with the opening of their second venture, Southam Street. A grand, old Victorian pub in Notting Hill, named after the historic thoroughfare that is immortalised on the front cover of Colin MacInnes’ cult classic, Absolute beginners.
Split across three floors, on the ground floor you’ll find the best techniques for flame and heat from around the world. On the ground floor, a Japanese robata grill will use different charcoals to showcase what can be done to fish, meat and vegetables, whilst a Big Green Egg will be providing big, bold barbecue flavours.
The first floor will be home to a Raw Bar, where a Japanese sushi master will preside over a Nikkei menu – a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese ingredients and techniques and a separate sake room. Finally up on the second floor will sit a Champagne bar, that offers a list that encompasses both Grandes Marques and smaller-production, artisan houses.
Just goes to show how much life can change…
Southam Street: Opens September 2017, 36 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, W10 5PR, www.108garage.com
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