Marlon Abela, owner of restaurant group MARC that owns Michelin-starred Umu and The Greenhouse, is adding to his portfolio with the launch of Cassis in South Kensington.
Located on the former site of The Oratory restaurant on Brompton Road, contemporary French bistro Cassis will open in October 2010, serving dishes originating from Provence and the French Riviera.
Head chef David Escobar, formerly of three Michelin-starrred restaurant Lameloise in Chagny, France, will oversee the kitchen at the 90-cover restaurant and bar.
Signature dishes will include Grilled Prawns with Anisette Liqueur, Fennel Shavings and Orange; Barbajuans; Monkfish with Confit Onions; Bouillabaisse; Beef Cheek Stew with Bandol Sauce; and Frogs Legs with Artichoke Fricassée.
Leading the front-of-house team at Cassis will be Jean-Marie Miorada, who has been with MARC since 2004, when the group took over The Greenhouse.
MARC also operates two A Voce restaurants in New York, plus Bistro du Midi in Boston and Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut. The group also runs private members club Mortons in Mayfair.