In March 2015, the team behind France’s celebrated restaurant, Le Chateaubriand will open a new restaurant on Mount Street in Mayfair. The restaurant, named Le Chabanais has been conceived by film producer Varun Talreja together with Le Chateaubriand’s self-taught Basque chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte and his partners Franck Audoux and Laurent Cabut. Le Chateaubriand’s head chef, Paul Boudier will head up the kitchen while Kevin Lansdown, former General Manager of Scott’s in Mayfair, will oversee the operation of the restaurant.
The restaurant, which takes its name from an infamous Belle Époque absinthe den, has been designed by Clément Blanchet, the architect responsible for the design of The Serpentine Summer Pavilion in 2006 together with Rem Koolhas. A brass and marble dominated ground floor dining room will seat 90 guests alongside a private dining room seating up to ten. Here, Paul and his team will offer a regularly changing menu inspired by the food served at Le Chateaubriand, focused around the best of European ingredients alongside a concise wine list. A short menu of French inspired classic cocktails will be served downstairs in the bar at Le Chabanais.
Le Chateaubriand’s self-taught chef owner Inaki Aizpitarte has come to be regarded as a leading exponent of France’s recent “bistronomy” movement offering haute cuisine at affordable prices. As a result, he and his restaurant Le Chateaubriand – currently ranked No.27 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – have served to rejuvenate the Paris and wider French dining scene, and will no doubt make a very welcome addition to Mayfair.