Jason Allen 22/01/24

London's Getting An Alsatian Restaurant

Coming this spring: July.

Which, as we all assumed when we read that, is the name of an Alsatian-style restaurant & wine bar coming to Charlotte Street this April-ish. And, once again for clarity, when we say ‘Alsatian-style’, we’re referring to the wine-rich region on the Franco-German border, and (fortunately? Unfortunately?) not the dog.

So what’s the deal? Well, it’s opening on the restaurant nucleus that is Charlotte Street, instantly pitting itself against the big dogs of the culinary world (it’ll be within sight of The Ninth, Lisboeta, Norma, Carousel, etc.), so it’s nothing if not ambitious.

The duo behind it include French-Swiss food writer Solynka Dumas, who has a dozen years of journalism under her belt as well as couple of popups and a cookbook, who we therefore assume is ‘the talent’. And then there’s her co-fouder Julian Oschmann, who worked for big name tech companies like Dropbox and Palantir, and who therefore we assume is ‘the money’. They got started by hosting lockdown supper clubs in Berlin, and have somehow segued that into a central London restaurant, which is no mean feat.

Speaking of talent, they’ve bussed in head chef Holly Hayes to man the stoves. She was the former sous at the excellent 40 Maltby Street, and now she’s stepping up to run her own kitchen. Her equal parts French and German menu will involve the likes of halibut, clams & leeks bathed in white wine and some rich vin jaune butter sauce, as well as lashings of charcuterie and cheeses. To wash it all down, they’ve enlisted the help of Honey Spencer – AKA the woman behind Sune, AKA the hottest sommelier in town right now – to put together a low intervention wine list.

And as one last twist, they’re swivelling their attention away from Sunday Lunches in order to do big, feast-style Saturday Lunches instead, including a whole roast Fosse Meadows chicken with homemade mayonnaise. Sunday roast on a Saturday…

…and July in spring.


NOTE: July is set to open this spring. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right here.

July | 10 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LT

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10 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia , Central London, W1T 2LT