Ever since it opened in Buenos Aires back in 2001, Sucre has wandered in and out of the World’s 50 Best Latin American list, pocketing dozens of other accolades along the way.
And now finally, it’s wandering in our direction.
It’s going to open up its second location in Soho, within the concert hall of the 310-year old building that was the London College of Music. The plan is to create two separate spaces; a restaurant up top, and a cocktail bar down below. And they’re both being helmed by two of the biggest big dogs of Argentina’s drinking & dining scene.
Let’s start with the restaurant. It’s going to be run by Sucre’s head chef Fernando Trocca, and he’s going into let’s-make-it-rain mode for the re-fit. He’s bussed in renown Japanese architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu (yes, he’s as expensive as you assume he is) who’ll be designing bespoke chandeliers consisting over a thousand cut glass decanters, then hanging them above a wholly new restaurant space built around a “dramatic” open fire pit kitchen.
In that kitchen they’ll be making ox cheek quesadillas; scallop tiraditos with jalapeño & pomegranate; monkfish tails draped in XO sauce and black beans; and half a brick-grilled chicken with onion fondue to dip. Quite frankly, with twenty year-worth of top-level experience behind him, Trocca’s food is as close to a sure thing as you can get.
Then there’s the cocktail bar, Abajo. It’s going to be a little less dramatic, and a little more moody and cool. It’s going to be run by Tato Giovanonni, whose current bar is ranked No.7 on the World’s 50 Best list. Also a sure thing. He’s keeping the original wooden ceiling and the steel pillars that hold it all up (seems like a sensible idea), then enrobing it all in the trappings of an ’80s-era Buenos Aires cocktail bar. Which basically means colour and creativity. There’s going to be live music, vinyl, and cocktails like the Something Orange, which blends corn liqueur with peanut and pumpkin chicha.
You’ll make it disappear well before midnight.
NOTE: Both Sucre & Abajo are set to open in July. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep a eye on their website & social channels right HERE.
Sucre | 47 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JP
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