Not satisfied with rejuvenating King’s Road’s Eight Over Eight and owning a roster of hip eateries from first UK venture, Cicada in Clerkenwell and Notting Hill’s E&O to the Great Eastern Dining Room and XO in Belsize Park, restaurateur Will Ricker has just moved into the bar scene with the launch of Glo Glo’s on Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street.
Designed by Michaelis Boyd behind Soho House Berlin and the slightly nearer to home, Pizza East, décor is modern with luxurious leather finishes, a pewter bar and a colour palette of orange and teal. It’s the glowing ceiling panels that will be the talk of the town though. Those will definitely come into their own when the resident DJs get going.
In addition to the cocktails (more on those later!), the venue will serve Japanese style yakitori dishes cooked on a shiny new central robata grill. Group executive chef, Neil Witney, has created robata style takes on Ricker favourites including tiger prawns and black salmon with sweet miso and Szechuan courgette – all of which can be cooked to order.
Mixologist Hannah Lanfear has developed a list into which only premium spirits and the highest quality ingredients have made it. Expect twists on the classics including the Sherry Cobbler, Roosevelt Martini and Beginner’s Negroni and then Tokyo inspired newcomers such as the Yokohama Sour and the Bullet Train. The latter is made with smoked Chase vodka and served with a pancetta stuffed smoked olive. Chase is the artisan brand from Tyrrels Crisps founder, William Chase and is made from the potatoes grown on his Herefordshire farm!
It certainly looks as though Aussie born Ricker is on a roll. There’s talk of a new site in Westminster and a supersize E&O in the middle of town. A rival to Gilgamesh, eh? Only time will tell…