JEAN-BERNARD FERNANDEZ-VERSINI TO OPEN JAPANESE-ITALIAN RESTAURANT ITAKU
Celeb restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (yes Cheryl’s ex) is teaming up with Ivan Simeoli (who’s worked at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana) to open Itaku in Fitzrovia. The restaurant will blend Japanese and Italian flavours – not unlike Angelina in Dalston – with dishes like soya milk poached pork belly with Umbrian beans, miso Cornish monkfish with pumpkin & Tuscan black cabbage, and Sicilian red prawns with black truffle ponzu & shiso.
Former Savoy’s American Bar bratender Nicholas Medicamento will be overseeing the drinks list, which’ll feature cocktails like the East to West Manhattan bourbon whisky, umeshu plum liqueur, vermouth, plum & rootbeer bitter) and the Bloody Itaku, a twist on the Bloody Mary using yuzu & Yawataya Isogoro seasoning. Fernandez-Versini has been talking about opening a place in London for years so let’s see if it’s been worth the wait.
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