It has taken the unit formerly home to Tonkotsu’s Anzu restaurant, which left the scheme in January after just over two years.
‘O ver launched in Borough in 2016 and won praise for its “star turn” pizzas from Marina O’Loughlin in The Guardian. The restaurant claims that infusing the dough with purified seawater creates a lighter crust that is easier to digest.
Its St James’ restaurant will seat 80 covers and offer an expanded menu of dishes cooked with seawater, including Genovese pasta; 12-hour slow-cooked organic beef; and amber onion ragu.
The launch comes amid a shake-up of operators at the £400m St James' scheme, which opened by Piccadilly Circus in 2016.
Salt Yard Group shut its Italian restaurant Veneta after just over a year of trading at the site in 2017, admitting that the location was ‘not quite right’ for its concept, while Tonkotsu departed in January after trying both a high-end Asian concept and its more casual ramen brand at the development.
It is understood Veneta’s former site will be relaunched by gastropub group Cubitt House later this year.