Comprising 50 covers, Bottles will open on 6 July on the Brushfield side of Old Spitalfields Market, and will serve hand-picked wines accompanied by Italian small plates from lunch through to the evening.
The new venture is a collaboration between Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano who founded Bottles & Battles at Mercato Metropolitano in 2016; and former Chiltern Firehouse chef Michele Pompili, Carlo Deho and Nadine Martins Verissimo, founders of Sood Family.
Mercato Metropolitano made a name for itself by initially showcasting a roster of independent and authentic Italian operators, whilst Sood Family is nearing the end of its first year at The Kitchens where it specialised in pasta dishes, so it follows that the new restaurant will be heavily Italian-inspired.
Dishes will include the likes of burrata with tomato elixir; fried oyster with hazelnut puree and lardo; wild sea ball crudo with cantaloupe sauce; octopus tortelloni; Iberico pork with fermented cherries and coconut milk; and apricot tart with goat’s cheese.
Spanning two storeys, the site will have access from both Brushfield Street and the central market space of Old Spitalfields, where an outdoor terrace will add 25 covers.
The décor will be industrial, with accents of brass and velvet. Communal tables will encourage sharing, and a downstairs space featuring an open kitchen will be used for private parties, tasting dinners, and masterclasses.
2018 has seen a spate of interesting collaborations, including Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines’ joint mega-restaurant Hide; Sager + Wilde’s collaboration on the bar offering with Corinthia Hotels; and the recently announced partnership between Pierre Koffman and Marco Pierre White at The Abbey Hotel in Bath.