Bjorn van der Horst has decided to change the focus at his London restaurant Eastside Inn, introducing a more 'homely' menu throughout the 84-cover venue.
The chef-proprietor, who runs the restaurant in Farringdon with his wife Justine, has opened a lounge alongside the 34-cover bistro which will also become a more relaxed affair. A new bar will also open within the restaurant at the end of the month.
New dishes, served anywhere within the venue, include French onion soup, steak tartare, Croque monsieur and Bouillabaisse. There will also be a new sharing menu such as seafood paella and braised veal shank for two to four people.
A spokesman said: "Bjorn and wife Justine’s dream has always been to have a restaurant where they welcome people as they would in their home, so the new lounge is the perfect addition to a restaurant which prides itself on excellence in a relaxed and contemporary setting."
Van der Horst started his career in the kitchens of Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse before heading up the kitchen at Terrance Brennan’s restaurant Picholine in New York.
He moved to London to relaunch the Greenhouse and joined Gordon Ramsay's La Noisette before opening the Eastside Inn with Justine in May last year.
The restaurant will keep its 14-cover private dining room, The Wonder Room, where guests will be able to order a bespoke menu.