Wild food restaurant Native to return to London for Mayfair opening

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Wild food restaurant Native to return to London for Mayfair opening

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Wild food restaurant Native is returning to London this spring with an opening in luxury retailer Browns’ new Mayfair boutique.

The restaurant, run by co-founders Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis, will open at Browns on Brook Street with Joe Knowlden, most recently from Hide Mayfair, running the kitchen as head chef. As with the pair’s Native restaurant on Essex’s Osea Island it will champion seasonal produce and ethical dining.

The Native at Browns Brook Street menu will begin with snacks made from the parts of ingredients that would ordinarily go to waste and starters including roasted onion tarte tartin; Jerusalem artichoke, English grains, Lincolnshire poacher and watercress; and Dorset brown crab, cacklebean duck egg and foraged sea herbs.

To follow, plates will include such as roast cauliflower, nasturtium and brown butter; poached brill, seaweed beurre blanc with Sutton Farm chard; and retired dairy cow ribeye, yeasted onion puree and wild mushrooms. Desserts will include ‘Mermillionaire shortbread’ a seaweed infused take on a classic and a signature white chocolate and bone marrow caramel, the ‘Marrowmel’.

“We are excited to be embarking on this new chapter of Native in partnership with Browns and it’s been a delight to see our vision for a closed-loop restaurant supported at every step” says Davis.

The move marks the return if Native to the capital following it moving from its location in Southwark in a building beneath Algarvian restaurant Casa do Frango.

Tisdall-Downes and Davis have since relocated the restaurant ​to Osea Island on the Essex coast, opening up in a converted World War I torpedo store, although it has so far been affected by the lockdowns.
       
Native has also launched DIY meal kits that will give people the chance to get a taste of the zero-waste menu that will be available at the restaurant when it opens later this year.

Native at Home will have two set menus to choose from, featuring three or six courses of Native’s seasonal and signature dishes. Menus will be updated every fortnight.

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