Quaglino’s has had more facelifts than an aging movie star but this grande dame – 85 no less – is re-opening (again) in October following a multi-million pound renovation and new contemporary European menu by executive chef Mickael Weiss alongside a programme of late-night live music performances and events.
First opened in 1929 by the legendary Giovanni Quaglino, it had a Conran overhaul in the 1980s and now Russell Sage Studio has restored the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate live music performances.
Menu highlights feature Slow-cooked Pyrenean lamb shoulder with spiced spinach, marcona almonds, parsley and goat’s curd and Pan-fried south coast cod with artichoke puree and a vegetable and saffron cassoulet while both bars will serve drinks referencing Quaglino’s 1930’s heritage with a focus on classic and champagne cocktails. Later on, the restaurant will transform into an entertainment mecca with performances from music icons from past and present – lounge-style live bands to contemporary DJs – with free entry and late-night Friday and Saturday evenings.
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