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Mexican chef Santiago Lastra will open his first London restaurant this May on Seymour Street in Marylebone. The two-storey space will be called Kol, and will champion Mexican-inspire dishes made with seasonal British ingredients.

Lastra shot to fame after spearheading René Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up and has already cut his teeth in London with a residency at Carousel in Marylebone. At Kol Lastra is keen to work with ingredients foraged from the woodlands in Kent, Scottish shellfish and herbs from Herefordshire.

Among the dishes on his debut menu will be langoustine tacos with sea buckthorn; kolrabi ceviche; lamb leg tostada cured in gooseberries; and corn husk ice cream. Wines meanwhile, will largely be minimum intervention organic and biodynamic drops from Central and Eastern Europe, including a house wine made by Slovakian estate Slobodne. The basement of the venue will be home to a mezcal bar serving artisan agave-based spirits, and a 20-seater chef’s table.

One of the focal points in the restaurant will be a tortilla station featuring a comal grill. Lastra has cooked in 27 countries over the last four years, earning him the nickname, ‘the Nomadic chef’. A number of ingredients, including chocolate, spices and corn, will be sourced from Mexico.

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