Just as Elizabeth Olsen is giving big sisters Mary Kate and Ashley a run for their money with her new movie star status in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Meursault, younger cooler sibling to Kensington’s l’etranger restaurant is opening its doors later this month.
In case you’re not down with Albert Camus, Meursault was the main character in L’etranger from which the original restaurant takes its name but forget Existentialist angst, it’s all about sharing platters, molecular cocktails and desserts – 40 of them – from macaroons (violet, salted caramel and Coca-Cola to name but a few) to ice cream in apple pie, cassis and liquorice flavours and sorbets from rhubarb to mulled wine.
But for something more substantial, Jerome Tauvron, culinary power behind the original has devised an a la carte menu featuring mini burgers of Wagyu beef, venison, Dorset crab and lobster plus further innovation in the form of Scallops and Parmesan curd with truffle foam, and Sea bass tsukury with shiso salsa and crispy kelp.
Molecular cocktails feature prominently on the drinks list but there’s also a more traditional 1,600-bin wine list, sake selection and Champagnes including Ruinart and Dom P by the glass.
The dining room itself is divided into three sections decked out with l’etranger-esque symbols – a white horse head for Cheval Blanc, a Arts et Metiers Parisian Metro sign for Mouton Rothschild and a gun referencing protagonist and namesake Meursault himself. 18,000 LED lights adorn the Belle Époque inspired ceiling and if you find this slightly absurd, console yourself with the fact that you’re probably an Existentialist.
Meursault, 36 Gloucester Road, SW7, 020 7584 9719