Summer is over, and so too is the barbecue season as we look forward to another nine or ten months without smoke billowing into our faces as we turn chicken into charcoal. OR, you could head down to Olle and do it properly.
Olle is a new Korean restaurant coming to Chinatown and it’s an interactive barbeque. Forget eveything you think you know about the art of BBandQing, Olle will bring the finest cuts of meat to your table where communal firepits will offer you the chance to sizzle to perfection in the ideal conditions. The menu includes top-quality Japanese and American wagyu beef, Iberico pork and other globally sourced meat and seafood.
The restaurant, which will sit on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Macclesfield Street will be set over two floors, with the 30-cover ground floor featuring long, communal tables with built in barbecue pits and a 45 seater basement with private 16-person booths.
The entire place is the brainchild of South Korean Charles Seo, founder of Japanese resaurant Kyoto Soho. If that’s anything to go by then we can’t wait to be grabbing the tongs and getting stuck in at Olle.
Olle: Opens mid September, 86-88 Shaftesbury Avenue, Chinatown, W1D 6NH, www.chinatown.co.uk
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.