Hot new London restaurant openings

Mãos

Having just closed his quirky Taberna do Mercado venture in Spitalfields, Chiltern Firehouse’s executive chef, Nuno Mendes, is to open a 14-seater kitchen table and wine room on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch this month that serves modern European cuisine.

Called ‘Mãos’, meaning “hands” in Portuguese, the restaurant is a joint venture between Mendes and James Brown of cult fashion store Hostem. Dinner at Mãos, which needs to be pre-booked, will cost £150 per head and drinks will be extra.

Tickets to the one table venue can be booked through the Mãos website but details of the menu are being kept under wraps.

Mendes was once christened the Heston of Hoxton due to his fondness for molecular techniques, which were deployed at Bacchus in Shoreditch.

Post Bacchus, the El Bulli-trained chef launched The Loft Project supper club at his home in Dalston, which acted as a platform the likes of young talents James Lowe and Issac McHale, who went on to open the hugely successful Lyle’s and The Clove Club respectively. 

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