Bonhams, the renowned international auctioneer on New Bond Street, will launch its first eponymous restaurant this month at its Mayfair HQ, with young, talented head chef Tom Kemble.
Tom Kemble’s pared back, modern European menu will be served alongside a well crafted wine list which, for the first time in London, will have two Masters of Wine consulting on it. Having worked in restaurants such as Hedone in West London and Faviken in northern Sweden, Tom takes a natural approach to dishes, cooking instinctively and sensitively with exceptional produce in peak condition.
The ever-changing menu will allow ultimate flexibility, enabling Tom and his small kitchen team to work closely with their producers to serve elegant, naturally plated dishes using a blend of French technique with British, Italian and Scandinavian produce.
Typical dishes include:
Jerusalem artichoke veloute with black truffle and quail’s egg Buratta with Prosciutto, spiky Italian artichoke, pomegranate and basil
Haunch of Sika Deer with chestnut and juniper puree, baby turnips and Crapaudine beetroot Pollack with celeriac puree, Cevennes onion, parsley and lemon confit
Charred Radicchio tardivo with caramelised polenta, Gorgonzola and balsamic vinegar
Floating island, citrus anglaise and chocolate sorbet Cox apple ‘dauphinoise’, arlettes and cinnamon ice cream
Diners at Bonhams will also have the opportunity to sample some of the world’s finest wines by the glass, at affordable prices; two Enomatic machines will dispense up to 16 wines by the glass ensuring they stay in perfect condition, from Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg 1995 and Château Cheval Blanc 1982 to Screaming Eagle 2011.
Bonhams will be buying wines from sales taking place at the auction house and will have an active en primeur buying policy, making use of their own extensive cellar, with regular tastings hosted by fine wine producers including Château Mouton Rothschild; Château la Conseillante and Château Pontet Canet for which Tom will write specific tasting menus to serve alongside the wine.
Diners will have to stay focused to reach the restaurant with wallets intact; guests pass by two of Bonhams salesrooms en route, and they may even witness a live auction taking place.