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We’ve already reported on that Parisian landmark boite Le Baron is setting up a London outpost on the site of London’s Embassy club. But while details of the boite itself are still somewhat sketchy, we now know that chef Joël Antunès will launch Kitchen Joël Antunès, a dazzling restaurant in the same building.

A complete refurb is currently underway with the new 95-seat ground-floor restaurant, complete with extended 40-seat terrace due to open in early November. The interior will be all mid-20th century Riviera glamour with classic French patterned limestone tile flooring, a Carrera marble topped bar and leather seating in hues of duck egg blue, burgundy and champagne. Prints by jetset photographer Slim Aarons will adorn the walls alongside more contemporary pieces including a couple of Tracey Emin’s famous neons.

The menu will have a Provençal focus with classic Gallic dishes including Jerusalem artichoke velouté with poached eggs and truffles, Pissaladière comme à Menton, Octopus salad with caponata, Shrimp piperade with basil, Sweetbreads with porcini, and Roast sea bass with lemon. And while we’d expect to fine Tarte tatin on the dessert menu, the Baked Alaska and Kit-Kat peanut bar should raise a few immaculately manicured eye-brows.

Antunès hails from Volvic, France and has spent a decade working in kitchens from Paul Bocuse at L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges to Jacques Maximim before moving to London in 1991 when he opened Les Saveurs, in Curzon Street and won a Michelin star three years later. A stint in the USA spawned Joël in Atlanta, Georgia but the chef has since returned to the UK to open Brasserie Joël at the Westminster Park Plaza last year

In addition to the involvement of nightclub stalwarts Dan Kapp and Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, we can now confirm that Timo Weber of Cuckoo Club fame is also a partner in the new venture as is Embassy’s own Mark Fuller. Watch this space

Opening November 2011

29 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair, W1, 020-7494 5660