14/10/21 - updated with a look inside
Gearing up to open in Covent Garden is 3 Henrietta Street. It's a Grade II listed building, built in 1780, that's getting a big makeover, fitting in two new cafes and two new restaurants. Look to the right of the Ivy Brasserie and it's that long thin building next door.
First floor: First up there's Pivot. This comes from Scottish chef Mark Greenaway and it's his second foray into London following his recently opened pie shop. This will be more like his Edinburgh restaurant Grazing than the pie shop, with a menu using the best in British and Scottish produce. That menu will change completely every month and we're guessing that's where the name comes from (and it's not about getting a sofa up some stairs). The restaurant will be focused around the open kitchen and they're saying that the chef's counter is the prime spot. Here's a taste of that menu:
- Quail kiev filled with garlic and tarragon butter
- Beef tartare served in a pastry shell
- The ‘Onion’ - a Roscoff onion, stuffed with haggis, atop potato mousse.
- A Sunday roast served as a roast fillet of Hay-aged Aberdeen Angus beef served with a confit potato, topped with onion cream and Yorkshires
Basement: Here, you'll find El Ta’Koy, a restaurant that's already popped up in New York and Miami, from Cuban chef Luis Pous. That's based on a Hawaiian tiki bar, with a menu that ranges from Asia to Latin America (reflecting the melting-pot cuisine of Hawaii). There you can expect small bites, tacos, and poke bowls and, of course, tiki-style cocktails.
Ground floor: Finally, at ground level, there are two more spaces. There's Lilly’s from pastry chef Kimberly Lin, who's previously been at The Corinthia, Claridges and Dominique Ansel. It's named after 17th century astrologer William Lilly so expect a bit of a zodiac theme inside. As for food, it'll be cakes and pastries as well as an all-day brunch. The menu includes:
- Roasted cauliflower shawarma grain bowl with quinoa, kale and a lemon tahini dressing
- Levantine pita nachos with spiced carrot pecan mince and garlic tahini sauce
- Rum baba served with brown butter crushed pears and crème fraîche Chantilly
- Constellation cake made with chocolate sponge and a salted caramel filling
Joining her on the ground floor is the latest Gentlemen Baristas, who are really expanding in London at the moment. Alongside their coffee, they'll also serve up British breakfast and lunch dishes, pastries and snacks.
More about 3 Henrietta Street
Where is it? 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU
When does it open? 14 October 2021
Photo by Charlie McKay
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