Award-winning chef Athanasios Kargatzidis has opened his first UK restaurant Mediterranean Grill by Assembly in the recently renovated Harrods Dining Hall.

The opening closely follows Assembly’s first launch in Dubai in August 2023, followed by a second site opening in Riyadh in September 2023.

Chef Anthanasios (fondly known as ‘Chef Tommy’) launched Baron in Beirut, which came in at number 16 in the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2023 and it was also awarded the Best Restaurant in Lebanon in 2023 as well.

Menus here are split into three sections to celebrate the art of open flame cooking in Levantine and Eastern Mediterranean for its rich and smoky flavours.

The Grill  section offers a wide range of fish and meats cooked on the open flame, such as ox cheek with fregola, confit shallots and parsley sumac; monkfish skewer with olive, anchovy, Lemon and olive oil; fillet steak with a spiced herbed better; and a lamb kofte skewer in a pita with tahini sauce. Dishes are designed for sharing.

The Small Plates and Mezze section features the charred aubergine & pine nuts, all assembled at the table, hummus with spiced prawn and crab with whipped tahini, and seasonal grilled mushrooms with tarragon butter and cured yolk.

The Sides & Additions section offers chips, pita and rice and for a bit of extra luxury (it is Harrods, after all) you can add black truffle shavings or Exmoor oscietra caviar to any dish.

There is a carefully curated wine list, cocktails and a list of soft drinks. Assembly also boasts an unusual mocktail range including the Rossala, made up of hibiscus tea, spiced syrup and orange zest; the Rumaan, a concoction of pomegranate juice, lime zest, simple syrup and sparkling water; and the Strawberry Julep comprising strawberry puree, lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint and soda.

Situated in the recently refurbished Harrods Dining Hall, Mediterranean Grill by Assembly sits in the corner, offering counter-top seating to get the best view of the open flames and grill, as well as tables for larger groups.