Ugly Butterfly is Adam Handling's no-waste restaurant on the King's Road

Ugly Butterfly is Adam Handling's no-waste restaurant on the King's Road

What: Ugly Butterfly

In a nutshell: Adam Handling's no waste restaurant

Summing it all up: Adam Handling has been a supporter of no waste efforts for a while now, and Ugly Butterfly sees him opening a fully no-waste restaurant. It'll take some of the non-used products from nearby Adam Handling Chelsea and create an entirely new restaurant and menu from them.  

The low-down

Just when we thought more restaurants couldn't possibly be opening in November, here comes another one. This time it's the turn of Adam Handling, who's opening Ugly Butterfly, a no-waste restaurant in Chelsea. 

The restaurant will be a casual affair, although this being Chelsea that means it also has a Champagne bar. The aim is to be "creating something beautiful from ingredients which are usually thrown out". This is part of the growing commitment to low and no waste aims across London restaurants (see Doug McMaster's Silo). It's something that Handling has already been aspiring to in all of his restaurants so far, in both the food and cocktails. 

All food on the menu will be made with ingredients that normally go to waste from the nearby Adam Handling Chelsea. They'll be focusing on the most wasted foods - bread, milk, eggs and bananas. The menu includes:

  • Deboned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar
  • Adam Handling’s iconic cheese doughnuts made with left-overs from the cheeseboard
  • Banana bread and chicken butter
  • Lobster shell soup
  • Broccoli stalk Caesar salad
  • Retired dairy cow tartare
  • Crispy potato peelings
  • Reformed doughnuts (made with leftover bread) and overripe fruit jam.

For the drinks, they'll be led by a Champagne list (by the glass) from the region’s top winemakers.

The whole venture is a collaboration with Cadogan (the family that also owns the Belmond hotel where Adam Handling Chelsea is), Quintessentially Foundation and The Felix Project - a London-based charity which collects surplus food from food industry suppliers, and delivers it to local charities and primary schools to help feed vulnerable people.

On top of the above, they'll have drop-in talks on sustainability every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 7pm. Initial talks are by Mike Robinson, game chef and founder of The Woodsman and co-owner of The Harwood Arms and Steve Bannatyne of The Wood Store, sellers of recycled and reclaimed wood and who also created most of the up-cycled handmade furniture at Ugly Butterfly.

Ugly Butterfly is Adam Handling's no-waste restaurant on the King's Road

Photos by Tim Green.


More about Ugly Butterfly

Where is it? 55 King’s Road, London SW3 4ND

When does it open? 13 November 2019

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @UglyButterflyLDN.


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