In brief: Iranian food with British produce in Covent Garden
Summing it all up: Ex Noma and Greenhouse chef Leonardo Pereira is opening his own restaurant in Covent Garden where he'll be exploring his take on Iranian cuisine (and cocktails).
Leonardo Pereira has spent nearly five years working in Noma and was most recently at The Greenhouse, so we're expecting big things from his upcoming restaurant in Covent Garden, called Nutshell.
He's teamed up with husband and wife team Mohammad Paknejad and Marwa Alkhalaf for the restaurant that will feature Iranian cuisine with British produce. That means snacks that include as hay infused yoghurt, freshly baked flatbreads and torshi (pickled vegetables). And other dishes include:
- Raw scallop and Iranian caviar
- Overnight coal baked squash, barberries and saffron curds
- Goat leg, grilled onions, buttermilk and coriander]
- Pomegranate, goat’s milk and pistachio
- Salsify, carob & apricot.
It's a two storey restaurant - with table seating upstairs and counter dining on the ground floor. And apparently, we can expect contemporary Iranian pop-art on the walls.
Can't wait for it to open in 2019, though? Well, there's a chance to try the menu earlier as Pereira and Nutshell will be popping up at Hopscotch on Brick Lane until the end of the year, where you'll be able to preview some of their dishes. That's all kicking off from 27 October - and will include dishes like:
- Aubergine, Pistachio, Barberries, baked in coal
- Grilled Onions, Whey, Smoked Salt
- Bitter Leaf Dolmeh, mackerel, Jerusalem artichoke
- Red Partridge, Pomegranate, oregano
- Pollock, Saffron, Green Mandarin
For that - you can book a table here.
More about Nutshell
Where is it? 30 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4EJ
When does it open? January 2019 (with a pop up at Brick Lane's Hopscotch until Christmas)
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