Yopo | South American Fine Dining in Fitzrovia
Yopo is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that has been used by tribes throughout South America for thousands of years.
Traditionally, it’s either inhaled as snuff to stimulate mind & body, or as an oral purge medicine used to induce ritual vomiting once a month.
Thankfully, the Yopo in Fitzrovia shares only one of those qualities.
You’ll find it in the eccentrically highbrow hotel masterpiece that is the Mandrake in Fitzrovia, taking the place of the hotel’s former centrepiece restaurant, Serge et le Phoque. The space is filled with the Mandrake’s standard set of completely non-standard decorations & furnishings; the ceiling is entirely covered with a huge, bespoke, quasi-surreal star chart-style mural from a Norwegian artist, to add to the lush, jungle-ey decor below. There’s even a string quartet for breakfast in the mornings, and a DJ in the evenings.
The menu boasts “modern European dishes with influences from South America”, and includes small dishes like potato churros with coffee & bottarga (it’s Italian salted fish roe); Dorset rock oysters with champagne granita; and grilled calcot onions with stracciatella & basil. The larger offerings stretched from turbot with mussels & bitter leaves; to octopus with aji pancha and avocado; and lamb loin with turnip & sea herbs.
For dessert, they’ve got sorrel sorbet with poached rhubarb & meringue; and a tart made from some ultra-rare, potent, and deeply flavourful Itakuja chocolate. It comes with yoghurt sorbet, salted caramel, fennel pollen & olive oil.
No yopo though, unfortunately.
NOTE: Yopo is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Yopo | 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
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