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London: Spice Market to open at W London - Leicester Square

In February 2011 internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open Spice Market London in the new W London - Leicester Square Hotel.  This South East Asian-inspired restaurant will be the sister restaurant of the iconic Spice Market in New York and is set to be the most eagerly anticipated opening of 2011.
Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the toast of the New York restaurant scene and has been credited with “inventing America’s answer to nouvelle cuisine.” Since the acclaimed Vong restaurant closed at The Berkeley Hotel in 2003, Londoners have been clamouring for his return to London and this opening will reunite him with the original Vong team.  Chef de Cuisine Tim Tolley was Head Chef at Vong for four years and General Manager Bertrand Pierson was at the helm from 2000-2003.  They return to their former roles, supported by many other members of the Vong ‘dream team’.
Inspired by the vibrant street life of South East Asia, Spice Market will enchant diners with delectable and adventurous flavours.  Jean-Georges has created exclusively for Spice Market London a menu featuring exotic curries and spices, which will be expertly executed by Tolley to create bold and tantalizing dishes.  Serving breakfast lunch and dinner, signature dishes will include: Spiced Chicken Samosa with Coriander Yogurt, Cod with Malaysian Chilli Sauce and Thai Basil and Ovaltine Kulfi, Caramelized Banana and Spiced Milk Chocolate. Spice Market London will signal an important evolution in the Spice Market brand, offering a larger range of Asian foods including sushi and other dishes not served in New York.  Spice Market’s speciality handcrafted cocktails will provide the perfect accompaniment to any meal with drinks including: Ginger Margarita, Lychee Raspberry Bellini and a Pineapple Mojito.
Spice Market’s striking interior will transport diners to an opulent paradise from the moment they enter the restaurant.  Designed by Concrete, the venue will offer a unique blend of the authentic old world feel of Spice Market NY and the contemporary architecture of the new W building.  Set over two floors, warming shades of gold, copper, chrome and wood will be used throughout and the windows will be discreetly screened with gold mesh. Low slung black leather banquettes will encircle the rooms and diners will be seated at intimate booths.  Other notable design features will include a stunning ‘birdcage’ gold spiral staircase and 600 custom-designed shimmering wok lamps, which will cover almost every part of the ceiling giving out an attractive low light.
The rear wall of Spice Market will house a 24 metre-long wall of spices containing all the colours, flavours and fragrances of the Southeast Asian dishes served at Spice Market.  There will be 80 seats downstairs available for dining, a cocktail lounge and sushi bar.  Upstairs hosts 70 seats with an open kitchen and a private room accommodating up to 34 covers.
Spice Market will certainly spice up the London restaurant scene next spring.
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