The House of Peroni
Throughout the month of July, The House of Peroni will be hosting a pop-up festival style event, celebrating Italian design, style and cooking which opens its doors at 41 Portland Place in central London on 3 July.
Food-lovers can taste the evolution of Italian food with the Costardi brothers - The Michelin-starred culinary duo behind London’s visionary Pret a Diner - providing an exciting, bespoke menu at 'Take a Seat at the Table of...' event, held on 29-31 July. The event will be an intimate dining experience where diners will be invited by the chef to help create and consume six delicious courses.
Renowned mixologist Gerry Calabrese will also serve up a specially created drinks menu, distilled from the very essence of Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
41 Portland Place
Taking inspiration from the Indian social and sports clubs of the same name, Gymkhana restaurant, launching on Albermarle St in Mayfair, London, will be the second venture for Karam Sethi, who was awarded his first Michelin star last year as patron chef of restaurant Trishna, London.
Serving modern Indian food with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill, Gymkhana and its menu will feature signature dishes including sharing plates of tandoori kebabs, sigri grills and seasonal curries.
On the drinks menu are modern interpretations of traditional East Indian punch tavern drinks and local Indian spirits. The launch date not yet confirmed, Gymkhana will be taking bookings from late July.
Located on Level 31 of The Shard, Aqua is London’s most talked about restaurant launch this month, following the huge success of its sister concept, Hutong, also located in The Shard on the 33rd floor.
The menu, created by David Yeo in collaboration with head chef Anthony Garlando, offers an evolution of British cuisine. Dishes feature British produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with Garlando’s innovative techniques, mastered under the tutelage of Pierre Gagnaire.
Starters, priced from £6.50, include ‘Golden Beetroot Broth Infused with Orange’ - a light consommé of Norfolk beets and red turnips with red quinoa and the zest of orange - and ‘Grilled Octopus and Scottish Mackerel’, with tomato sorbet, pickled shallots and aubergine dressing. Main courses start at £16.00 and include ‘Dover Sole’ served with cuttlefish, broad beans and cider sauce; and ‘Rhug Estate Salt-marsh Lamb Saddle’ with red pepper, young garlic and fondant potato.
The Wine Shop, Harrods
Remaining on the Lower Ground Floor of Harrods department store, The Wine Shop, recently closed for a makeover, is reopening on 12 July.
The new Wine Rooms will comprise of The Champagne Room, New World and Old World Wine sections and a Large Format Bottle zone, where collectors can choose between a range of sizes from magnums and jeroboams to imperials and 18-litre melchiors. The pièce de résistance, is a copper-clad Spirits Room, which showcases a unique collection of releases, worldwide, from global luxury brands such as Remy Martin Louis XIII, The Dalmore, The Macallan, Glenfiddich, Courvoisier and more.
A few of The Wine Shop’s original features have remained the same, including the Wine Vault and the private Tasting Room.
For opening week Harrods will be the first to retail Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Jeroboam, pictured, which will retail for £18k a bottle.
Situated in Berlin’s trendy western district on Uhland Street and launched on 20 June 2013, GLASS is the city’s newest modern, gourmet dining spot.
Chef and CEO Gal Ben Moshe - a native Israeli, Globetrotter and now an enthusiastic Berlin-ite - presents his first restaurant, a creative interpretation of exciting dishes from around the world, in his concept of a modern gourmet kitchen.
The food, which is offered as a nightly six- or eight-course meal, ranging between 45 euros and 59 euros, is inspired by the visual arts which surround the restaurant, especially in the form of the University of the Arts and the Renaissance theatre, which GLASS is nestled between; the Tempelhof field is, for example, the inspiration for his starter "city garden" and there is an uncanny similarity between the Pop Art at the Hamburger Bahnhof and his dessert, "chocolate and textures." Also on offer is a vegan menu, which is offered in six courses, for 45 euros.
Deliberately minimalist, to guarantee that the guests always have the most important aspect in their view – the food, the interior was designed by Mexico City-based architect Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye and is dominated by black and white, as well as glass and metal, and features a focal curtain of metallic polyester, which reflects the light and the movement of guests and employees, creating a unique atmosphere.