Searcys hospitality group is jointly launching the Urban Coterie restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre, of Arbutus and Wild Honey fame, a man often hailed as the original pioneer of bistro culture.
Opened earlier this week in Shoreditch, on the 17th floor of the M by Montcalm hotel on City Road, the space has been designed by London-based creative design studio Tonik Associates. With magnificent views over the city, interiors of the 80-seat restaurant draw on the colours of the sky and the setting sun, using brass, timber, bianco marble and leather.
Food will be a celebration of all things British, with head chef Martin Zahumensky promising a strong focus on provenance and seasonality. Expect snacks such as pig’s head with ’nduja mayonnaise or the moreish-sounding potato doughnuts with Parmesan. Starters – which, like the rest of the menu, will change monthly – will include Brixham crab with apple and celeriac, while signature main courses range from pork belly with carrots, grapefruit and liquorice to grilled monkfish with cockles, kale, rosemary and anchovy vinaigrette. There will also be larger dishes, specifically designed as sharing plates, such as grass-fed rib of beef. Puddings will include classics, such as English custard tart, and options with a modern spin, such as warm chocolate mousse with toasted rice ice cream.
Access to Urban Coterie will be through Sky Bar, overlooking the London skyline. Here, a wine list of bottles from small boutique growers and biodynamic vineyards will be on offer alongside cocktails inspired by the British landscape. These include a variety of interesting signatures, such as After a Walk in the Forest (vodka, vermouth, pickled mushrooms and walnut), which seems almost a meal in itself.
A private (with a capital P due to its blow-out glass for secrecy) dining room seating 12 and a kitchen that can be seen through a hole in the wall complete this new addition to the foodie scene in east London’s rapidly developing Tech City.
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