If you’re wondering how to pronounce Cycene, imagine you’re an old English peasant saying ‘kitchen’.
Launching in October, it’s the new restaurant project for Shoreditch arts hub Blue Mountain School, where it’ll replace its Michelin-starred predecessor Mãos.
In recent years Mãos was run by Edoardo Pellicano, who made his name as Head Chef at Portland – and funnily enough that’s where the next chef, Theo Clench, cut his teeth too. After a stint as exec chef at Akoko, he’s launching Cycene to put his own spin on fine dining.
Mãos was a famously intimate dining experience, with just over a dozen guests seated around the same table. Cycene will be making use of all the space, spreading over two floors (and building in giant fridges for ageing meat and fish), but the desire is still very much to keep that dinner party feel, according to the BMS founders.
You know, those dinner parties where you dine on ten courses of dishes like turbot with sake and caviar from a Michelin-starred kitchen’s chef.
It’ll still only have room for 16 diners – this time spread around tables for up to four – but that ground floor will be put to use as a pre-dinner apéritif bar, taking care of the whole evening. And just like Mãos, guests will still be invited into the kitchen itself, with the second course served up behind the pass (where chefs put together their finishing touches).
Other dishes on the menu at Cycene are set to include Devon crab, with white kombu and ‘green tartlet’ and mackerel with plum, shisho and dashi. Essentially, plenty of fresh seafood laced with elegant Japanese flavouring – and there’ll also be wine and soft ‘elixir’ pairings to go with each course.
So not exactly your typical peasant’s diet.
NOTE: Cycene is set to open on 25th October 2022, but bookings go live from 10th August. You can sign up for priority booking HERE.
Cycene | 9 Chance St, London E2 7JB
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