An Eastern European restaurant inspired by a novelist will open in Mayfair this May

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An Eastern European restaurant inspired by a novelist will open in Mayfair this May
Eastern European restaurant Babel House will launch in Mayfair this spring, serving a seafood-focused menu inspired by the port towns of the Black Sea.

Opening in early May, the 110-cover Bruton Street restaurant takes its name from Odessan novelist Isaac Babel, and will serve food until midnight.

The menu will offer a selection of hot and cold starters, including pike caviar with Borodinsky toast; salad Olivier with salmon and seared scallops; salt pickled vegetables; lamb soup with Georgian spices; and borscht with sour cream and garlic.

Main dishes will include seafood from the region, such as black sea turbot, prepared in an in-house smoker, alongside traditional dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder; beef stronganoff; and Odessan honey-marinated duck.

The restaurant will include a bar serving a menu of ‘evocative, seasonal cocktails’ said to have been inspired by the adventurous protagonist of Babel’s short stories The Odessa Tales. A selection of Eastern European liqueurs will also be available.

The restaurant, located in a 19th​ century Mayfair townhouse, has been designed by AvroKO, the team behind The Modern Pantry in London. It will feature white and green marble; brass; dark wood; and patterned tiles and have a cypress tree-lined outdoor seating area and glass atrium.

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