The Handbook
The Handbook

He got his first Michelin star last year, and now chef Andrew Wong is back with his next restaurant Kym’s, set to open in London’s latest foodie hub, Bloomberg Arcade.

For those of us who were around in the 80s, you might recognise Kym’s, that’s because it was the name of Andrew’s parents’ restaurant in 1985 which Andrew and his wife Nathalie reopened as A.Wong in 2012. And keeping it close to his family and community, this new Kym’s will be a celebration of Andrew’s own journey and community.

Giving his own interpretation to classic Chinese dishes, Andrew will be cooking up the likes of Yunnanese lemongrass salda, peanuts, lettuce, chilli, lime and sharing platters of crispy duck, pancakes, plum sauce and classics such as slow poached soy chicken, ginger relish and rice. Puddings will include ‘Chinatown’ pineapple bun with custard.  There’ll also be a big emphasis on the ancient craft of Chinese ‘roasting’ meats and Andrew will be working with selected craftsmen from Soho’s Chinatown to champion their creativity and artisanal produce. To drink, you’ll find beer, cocktails and a succinct list of wines.

Designed by Michaelis Boyd, the restaurant will be split over two floors and will feature a palette of pale pinks, greens, deep blues, plums and splashes of copper. You can guarantee though it’s going to be the 5-metre-high cherry blossom tree that will be appearing on everyone’s Instagram. Linking the two floors, the tree (which signifies female beauty and power in China) will be the yin to the yang of the corporate city where the restaurant sits.

Kym’s opens on the 2nd October 2018 at 19 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR