A year and a half after commencement, Knightsbridge Brazilian project gets going again with a new chef secured.
? Mocoto, the modern Brazilian restaurant in Knightsbridge, on the former premises of Isola, which has been beset by delays, is now to have a new Consultant Chef, and is finally expected to open in mid-October.
Owner David Ponti, who set up Momo with Mourad Mazouz 12 years ago, said they originally tried to secure Brazilian chef Laurent Suaudeau of the Méridien Hotel in Copacabana when they started the project 18 months ago. However, he had other commitments at the time, so Bel Coelho, of Sabuji in Sao Paulo, joined as Executive Chef.
However, Coelho has returned to Brazil, and Suaudeau has now agreed to be Consultant Chef with Matt Dawson, formerly of Bank, to be installed as Head Chef.
"Laurent has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Brazilian food and will be there for the month of the opening and will then come over every three months," said Ponti.
The menu will feature the usual rice, beans and steak, as well as dishes such as Lacquered Duck with Acai, Tambaqui Fish Ribs and Roast Hearts of Palm. "It's not about gastronomy, it'll be like a big brasserie," Ponti emphasised.
The downstairs restaurant will seat 112 while upstairs will have 80-100 covers overall, including 30 at a communal table with benches down the centre of the room, space for 20 at the bar, and 20 separate tables.