|Monday - Saturday||18:30 - 00:30|
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Bond Street, Marble Arch
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The inspiringly young and effortlessly cool French triumvirate behind Mayfair’s popular North Audley Cantine, prepare to reveal their newly transformed basement cocktail bar which sits directly beneath their rustically chic modern French bistro. The three childhood friends, Gabriel Cohen, David Bellaiche and Jeremy Coste have come up with a new concept and a quirky re-design and will see Chez Chow open its doors on February 12th to the local Mayfair set, offering a laid-back hangout space that values quality cocktails, cuisine and atmosphere as much as it does comfort and intimacy.
With a nod to the Orient, being Teddy’s native heritage of course, Chinese touches feature throughout. An old bamboo dresser marks the entrance as well as oriental greenery potted through the lounge. A feature wall of Teddy’s framed art collection, favourite records and people he has met over the years will give guests an entertaining opportunity to get to know him better. A commissioned mural of Teddy in his classic red bow tie will greet guests as they enter the bar through a deep red velvet curtain. The Asian allusion transpires to the menu also. With a small but exacting bar snack offering, one can expect to find some of Teddy’s favourite treats. The Popcorn Shrimp, £9, coated in light tempura and served with sriracha spiced mayonnaise is a moreish hit. The Chow’s Asian Pork Belly Sliders, £14 with kimchee, pickled cucumber and crackling served on a brioche bun are certainly Teddy’s most undeniable weakness. For something somewhat lighter the Stone-Bass Sang Chow Bow, £12 is a must; stone-bass tartare wrapped in baby gem lettuce with Szechuan pepper, lime and coriander packs a zesty punch. Teddy’s favourite bones come in the form of Sticky Pork Ribs £14, glazed with chilli, lime and sweet soy. French snacks naturally make an appearance too. The Cheese and Charcuterie Board, £16/£30 served with fig jam comes with the option of a small or a large serving, and the Cheesy Truffle Toast £8 is prepared to knock the classic croque madame out the water.
By way of poison, the boys have come up with an extensive cocktail list; some classics and some Asian inspired ones too. A focus on simplicity with expert execution sees the likes of the Homemade G&T, £11 with house fermented tonic and the Aged Old Fashioned, £14 aged in its very own oak barrel stand out as signature Chez Chow cocktails. Not to forget the Popcorn Sazerac, £11, popcorn infused bourbon served on the rocks with a splash of agave syrup. The menu will also feature a full list of gins, whisky’s, ryes, sakes, rums, bourbons, wine and champagne.
The seond London creation from the French collective behind the North Audley Cantine, Chez Chow (as the name suggests) is a matrimony of French and Chinese cuisine. Expect such mouth-watering creations as The Popcorn Shrimp, Pork Belly Sliders, Sticky Pork Ribs, Cheese and Charcuterie Board, and Cheesy Truffle Toast. If you can't get excited by this, there's something wrong with you. The restaurant bar will have classics such as Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs, as well as some house creations. Though in a swanky part of town, the atmosphere and vibe is more akin to chilled Shoreditch bar. A young and affluent but trendy crowd is likley to fill the seats, and the late opening means Chez Chow can be your whole night.