The silver lining to Tom Cenci bidding farewell to Borough Market back in April was that he probably already had another exciting project in the pipeline.
And sure enough, he did…
He’s joining forces with Guy Ivesha (the man behind members’ club Mortimer House) to open up a new restaurant, Nessa, on Soho’s Warwick Street – slated for release sometime in Autumn this year.
The chef was last seen overseeing small plates as head of food at Borough Market’s Stoney Street by 26 Grains and his other recent restaurant credits include a six-year stint at Duck & Waffle and launching Loyal Tavern (rip), so you could say he’s pretty adept at this cooking malarky. At Nessa, the concept will have mod British bistro undertones with menu inspiration coming from creatives central to Soho’s bohemian movement like Vanessa Bell (hence the name). While we’re still in the dark about what the actual dishes will be, you can expect clever riffs on classics with seasonality at the heart of everything.
Besides all the talk around the food, the other big ace Nessa has up its sleeve is the building it’ll be residing in: a renovated 1910 neo-baroque beauty on the corner of Warwick and Brewer Street, which will house members club 1 Warwick from Autumn as well. The space, separated between a sophisticated bar and a main dining area capable of doing 98 covers, will be done up with some very snazzy-sounding design features like a horseshoe counter, brushed oak and marble fixtures, banquet and lounge seating and mid-century modern vintage furniture – in effort to keep in theme with the building’s Edwardian architecture.
They’re also already thinking about next summer. Al fresco dining will be on the menu with outside tables, so you can watch Soho go by as you wine and dine. And, in case the English sun gets too hot, there’ll be awning for shelter.
Silver linings and all that…
Note: Nessa is aiming to open sometime in Autumn 2022. We’ll be back with a full brief when it does. Until then, you check out their website or Instagram to see how things are shaping up.
Nessa | 1 Warwick Street, W1B 5LR
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