Islington restaurant Almeida will re-open this September to reveal a refreshed, contemporary new interior and a wine wall.
The updated dÃƒÂ©cor will reflect Michelin-trained head chef Tommy Boland’s concept for the restaurant’s food: light, modern dishes made using the freshest seasonal produce available. The semi-private dining room will remain for larger parties and drinks receptions, alongside Almeida’s private dining room to the side of the open kitchen.
Tommy’s menu is seasonallyinspired, light and contemporary, the emphasis is on clean flavours with an ever present earthiness. Guests can expect dishes such as Octopus ballontine with sea vegetables, lemon dressing, taramasalata and crispy squid, Roasted grouse with celeriac puree, smoked bacon, savoy cabbage, elderberries and barley, and Millefeuille of banana, salted caramel, peanuts and honey jelly. Tommy is also introducing a tasting menu, offering five courses for £45 per person.
The restaurant is removing the physical wine list and instead showcasing their wine offering visually. One of the first restaurants in London to embrace this concept, Almeida’s staff will recommend different wines responding to guests’ budget, taste preferences and food order. Should diners prefer to choose their own wine, they can peruse the restaurant’s new Wine Wall; a display of over 80 bins.
Almeida is reopening its doors later this month.