Bandol the new restaurant from Margaux founders- husband and wife team Sylvia Kontek and Vittorio Monge, will open on the 7th October at 6 Hollywood Road, Chelsea. The new opening will bring Nicoise and Provencal sharing dishes to London with fresh, simple ingredients at the heart.
The menu, designed by Zsolt Ferencz, whose experience at Scott’s Restaurant spans over 10 years, will include both small and large plates designed to share. Influenced by the flavours and traditions of Southern France, the menu will include dishes such as Petits Farcis Nicoise filled with Foie Gras; Yellowtail Carpaccio, pomegranate, crispy shallots and a honey & citrus vinaigrette; Bandol Boullabaisse with red mullet, gurnard, tiger prawns & mussels; Roasted Sea bass with pistou smoked tomatoes and Duck Leg Confit with braised lentils and roasted figs. Desserts will list dishes inspired by the sunny climes of the region, such as Fig Tart or Lavender and Thyme Ice-cream.
The wine list will be predominately French and extensive, created by Sylvia in homage to her first restaurant Margaux. It will focus on the South of France, and in particular – Bandol, and there will be a considerable section dedicated to wines by the carafe and glass.
Co-founder, Sylvia says ‘I am always inspired by Southern France, the rolling landscapes, vibrant lavender fields, coastline and of course the Provencal cooking. I wanted to bring these beautiful French flavours to London and since opening Margaux in South Kensington it seemed only natural for our second restaurant to be nearby. I look forward to welcoming our guests and sharing good food, excellent wine and celebrating Bandol’.
Designed by Kinnersley Kent Design, Bandol draws upon Provence and the French Riviera. A long, copper-topped bar will stretch half the length of the space, atop hexagonal tiles in shades of white and grey. The bar will be overhung with blue, golden and smoked glass pendants and punctuated with olive and clementine trees. There will be wooden bar stools; exposed beams, plaster and white washed brick walls and enormous Victorian windows will flood the room with light. The bar will lead on to the restaurant, marked by a sky-blue linen curtain. A huge olive tree will stand in the centre, illuminated with lanterns and surrounded by zinc tables and white wishbone chairs with wooden rope seats. A verdant living wall will be the backdrop the restaurant, filled with ivy, ferns and vines. There will be two private dining rooms, adorned with copper ceilings, screened with copper mesh, and antique Champagne riddling racks.
6 Hollywood Road