NYC chef Marcus Samuelsson has cooked for everyone from Barrack Obama to John Legend and Mindy Kaling. And now he's bringing his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster to London. Here's what you need to know about it:
There'll be fried chicken. Samuelson confirmed to The Observer that his legendary yardbird fried chicken and Helga's meatballs will be making it across the pond. That chicken, should you be interested, will be marinated in buttermilk and coconut milk, coated in all manner of spices including the Ethiopian spice berbere and then fried before being served on a white mace gravy.
But that's not all "Some of the dishes are going to be interpretations of east London, of the dishes of the Jewish community that used to be there and of the Bangladeshi community that’s there now," he told Jay Rayner.
Marcus loves London " I've always been a fan of the restaurant scene in London" he told the Code Hospitality newsletter "so I'm really excited to bring something that's really fun, social, and delicious there."
Will there be fish and chips? On his blog, Marcus admits he's a fan of our great British dish, posting his own recipe for fish and chips served with a tarragon malt vinegar mayonnaise and fried pickles.
The restaurant is part of the Curtain hotel, run by Michael Achenbaum who also owns the Gansevoort in NYC. He told The Standard it would have a pooltop area like his Meatpacking District hotel plus a private members club. It'll also have retractable ceiling over the rooftop bar and café
Red Rooster Shoreditch will open at The Curtain Hotel late 2016/early 2017 at 45 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 4PJ