Understatement alert: Noma is a good restaurant.
It won ‘best restaurant in the world’ on the World’s 50 Best List three years running. It’s got two Michelin Stars. It’s credited with essentially reinventing Nordic cuisine.
The basic point we’re trying to get across here is that when head chef René Redzepi decided to open a pop up of Noma in Mexico back in 2017, he didn’t just choose some rando to help set it up. He chose Santiago Lastra. And Santiago Lastra did such a fine job managing the project and sourcing the ingredients, he’s now opening his own super-fancy restaurant in London.
Originally scheduled to open in March this year – and hopefully not postponed for too long – it’s going to be called Kol (which means ‘cabbage’, and is supposed to illustrate the incredible potential of seemingly mundane ingredients). You’ll find it on Marylebone’s Seymour Street, set over two storeys, with a tortilla factory and an open kitchen/chef’s table on the ground floor.
As for the menu, all we know so far is that it’s set to showcase Mexican dishes made with the “finest of British ingredients and craftsmanship”. Oh, and that there’ll be plenty to wash it down with, since he’s fitting in a Mezcaleria in the basement, serving rare agave spirits and cocktails.
Which sounds like a good Kol.
NOTE: Kol is due to open on 20th October – we’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime you can check out their website HERE.
Kol | 9 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 5BT
Image: Hdg photography (Laura Lajh)
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