Berkeley Square, Mayfair
Occupying a former bank on Berkeley Square, the newest South-American themed restaurant Amazonico has taken the gastronomy scene by storm. Guests experience a journey in addition to the fantastic food when dining at Amazonico, where the layout encourages discovery, designed to flow from the entrance bar, through the lounge, onwards to the sushi counter and finally to the rear of the restaurant where the private dining room lies. Internationally renowned artist Lazaro Rosa-Violan is behind the carefully curated design, which aims to ‘take its guests on a trip down the amazon from source to sea, featuring plenty of natural and raw materials.’ As the designer himself notes, ‘all the lush plants and products that surround guests are natural, organic and warm, with lots of wood and terracotta features to capture the rainforest feel.’ The final product is a creative and indulgent gastronomy journey where the design is an essential component in the overall experience.
amazonicorestaurant.com / lazarorosaviolan.com
Muse by Tom Aikens
Groom Place, Belgravia
Marking the chef’s return to experience-led fine dining, Tom Aiken’s latest restaurant is housed in a converted Georgian townhouse to offer a 25-cover restaurant which features open kitchens on both floors of the mews building. Split across two floors, each one offers its own open-plan kitchen, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the entire dining process, from kitchen to table. Counter seats play a crucial role in the restaurant, where Aikens stresses the importance of a front row dining experience for all. Rebecca Korner, the designer behind the exemplary interiors, designed with the aim to create ‘an environment which marries the classical aspects of Tom’s haute cuisine with his renowned avant-garde creativity.’ The mews home benefits from a fantastic dual aspect and much of the original façade has been retained to subtly nod to the importance of British craftsmanship throughout. A definite winner for us.
musebytomaikens.co.uk / kornerinteriors.com
Langham Place, Marylebone
Set in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, Treehouse London is one of the latest hospitality ventures to open in the capital. Expected is for guests to come with a playful, curious and nostalgic mindset, as the interiors have been designed to appeal to the child in all of us. The hotel’s main restaurant, Madera, reimagines traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. The restaurant practices a ‘farm-to-glass’ mixology programme and a sharing style of dining encourages diners to try new flavours and ingredients. As the restaurant asserts, ‘Madera at Treehouse London sits at the intersection of elevated Mexican cuisine and experiential dining,’ and offers an ingredient-forward concept which has been created for the bustling London diner.
Golden Square, Soho / Mayfair
The newest hotspot where guests are able to experience a taste of the Riviera, Folie sits strategically on Golden Square, where Soho and Mayfair meet, and by doing so is able ‘to reflect both sides of Regent Street.’ Designed by Studio KO, the interiors were inspired by the glamour and sensuality of the 1960’s and 70’s, with an additional modern twist that speaks to the menu’s contemporary take on French and Italian Mediterranean coastline cuisine. Championing seasonal ingredients from small-scale UK farmers, Folie is one of many upcoming gastronomy experiences that places sustainable measures at the forefront. A meeting point for conviviality, elegance and revelry, the interiors perfectly translate the relaxed and super cool feeling which stems from the 60’s and 70’s – from the rounded sofa seats, vibrant colours and velvet fittings, every pocket has been completed to perfection.
folie.london / studioko.fr