Denizens of Mayfair’s Mount Street will soon have a brand new Gallic haunt; March will see the launch of Le Chabanais, from the team behind France’s celebrated restaurant, Le Chateaubriand ranked No.27 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Taking its name from an infamous Belle Époque absinthe den (that’s a brothel if you were in any doubt), the new venue has been conceived together with film producer Varun Talreja, Le Chateaubriand’s self- taught Basque chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte (responsible for spearheading France’s recent ‘bistronomy’ movement – that’s affordable haute cuisine to you and me) and his partners Franck Audoux and Laurent Cabut.
Le Chateaubriand’s head chef, Paul Boudier will head up the kitchen and his regularly changing menu inspired by the food served at Le Chateaubriand will be focused around seasonal European ingredients alongside a concise wine list. A short menu of French inspired classic cocktails will be served in the downstairs bar.
The restaurant – all brass and marble has been designed by Clément Blanchet, the architect behind the 2006 incarnation of The Serpentine Summer Pavilion with Rem Koolhas. It promises to be unforgettable as long as you hold the absinthe.