Jason Allen 31/08/22
Welcome to Rondo La Cave, a natural wine bar & restaurant at which no two visits are ever the same.
It’s an incubator for various restaurant concepts and up-and-coming chefs keen to test the waters for their ideas – a bit like Carousel. A permanent space for pop ups, if you will, housed in the moody underground space beneath Rondo restaurant in the Hoxton Hotel (the one in Holborn, confusingly). But while the menus and the kitchen staff flit in and out, the wine bar remains steadfastly unaltered.
In fact, as you head down into the subterranean venue, the first thing you’ll see will be Rondo’s impressive bottle shop, stacked with modern grape hooch from all low intervention, natural, small-growers. And there is a lot. In fact, they claim to have “the largest selection of bubbly in the city”. Heading beyond that and into the restaurant proper, the interior is a stripped back affair of bare brick and unvarnished timber, so as not to stamp any overbearing identity on the space, and allow it to act as a sort of blank canvas.
They’ve already had residencies from such esteemed pop ups as Dollars, which involved doorstopper sandwiches composed by Andrei Soen from Singaporean eatery Park Bench Deli, and Thai-American fusion food from Chet’s. Right now, they’ve welcomed the return of Four Corners, one of their first residencies which turns out enormous slabs of Detroit-style pizza.
It’s a solid square meal.
NOTE: Rondo La Cave is open now. You can make a booking, and check out the current menu at their website right HERE.
Rondo La Cave | Underneath The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
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The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BD
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