MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman to oversee 'theatrical' London restaurant

By James McAllister

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MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman to oversee Hello Darling restaurant

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MasterChef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman will be overseeing the menu of a new restaurant set to open next to the Old Vic Theatre in early May.

Hello Darling will contain a ‘playful’ restaurant and botanical bar, and ‘allow guests to feel like they are drinking and dining inside a work of art’.

The 80-cover restaurant has been designed to resemble a house, with guests able to sit on kitchen worktops, lounge in the bedroom or sip cocktails in the bathtub.

Diners can choose from a sharing menu of floral tapas dishes created by Coleman that includes miso-glazed tuna carpaccio with wasabi, watermelon and radish; smoked haddock scotch egg with tartar sauce and seaweed; harissa quail with pearled cous-cous, sumac and yoghurt; lemon verbena panna cotta with lemon curd, meringues, basil and pistachio; and rhubarb and frangipane tart served with spiced syrup, almonds and vanilla sidling.

A botanical cocktail menu will consist of a floral and herbaceous section, and feature rosemary and apricot caipirinhas; a jasmine Collins; and honeysuckle gin fizzes.

Since winning MasterChef, Coleman has worked in several restaurants including Le Gavroche and The Hand and Flowers. She has also written a cookbook and runs cookery courses for children in the school holidays.

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