Elizabeth Haigh’s Kaizen House X Mortimer House | Guest Residency
Elizabeth Haigh never intended to be a chef.
It was only while she was studying to be an architect at Central St Martin’s that she realised she preferred to cook. So, she did the natural thing, studied to be a chef, and went on MasterChef to cook for strangers for the first time in her life. She got kicked out in the early rounds, but after losing that battle she most certainly won the war: she went straight into kitchens across the city, became the founding head chef at Pidgin, and won the place a Michelin Star a few months after opening.
Now her new project is called Kaizen House which – despite the name – is not actually a house, but is in fact “a collection of projects that explores food and culture”, the latest of which is her guest residency at the much more literal Mortimer House.
Which is all a very convoluted way of saying that a very talented chef is cooking at a very nice space. And Mortimer House certainly is a nice space. for those who don’t know it, it’s a new private members club in Fitzrovia (don’t worry, this residency is open to the public) boasting beautiful Art Deco fittings rounded out by mid-century furnishings.
Elizabeth Haigh’s residency isn’t in the main restaurant space downstairs, but takes place in the far more intimate Living Room & Den upstairs. There, she’s drawing on her Singaporean heritage to cook up the likes of beef rendang buns with fermented sambal; some udon vongole with pickled wild garlic; truffled roti with curried lamb sweetbreads; and miso & kaya caramel “toast” ice-cream. And you can even get the best of them bundled together as a Chef’s Selection of 5 courses.
You’ll feel right at home.
NOTE: Elizabeth Haigh’s Kaizen House guest residency at Mortimer House has now ended.
Mortimer House | 37 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH
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