Racine in Knightsbridge was one of those restaurants that everyone seemed to love, except the landlord.
After all, it was a neighbourhood restaurant in a neighbourhood where a single parking space costs more per year than the average national house price. And as foreign investors depleted the number of actual bona-fide residents, sadly the regulars soon dried up too. And so it fell victim to the rent-shaped chopping block.
Those diners who did go, however, raved about it. In fact, it’s reputation was so strong that now, as head chef Henry Harris set about opening another restaurant, despite the fact that it’s on the other side of town, and despite the fact that it has a different concept and a very different feel, he’s still going to give a nod to Racine in the name.
He’s taking over a Farringdon pub called the The Three Compasses, and inside he’s going to divide the area up into two: first of all, there’ll be the pub space downstairs, which will remain a pub. Only with slightly better food. And some very nice wines.
Then, upstairs, you’ll find Bouchon Racine. This will be the restaurant space, with its own separate entrance from the street. It’s still going to be French, but with a Lyonnaise lilt. Just in case you haven’t taken a deep dive into the Lyon restaurant scene for a while, that means steaks, rabbit with mustard, Lyonnaise salads (with warm bacon and poached egg), and some adventurous nose-to-tail cuts, too.
People will be Racine to get there.
NOTE: The header image is where Bouchon Racine is set to appear. Bouchon Racine is set to open in late October, or early November. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right here.
Bouchon Racine | 66 Cowcross St, EC1M 6BP
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