Michael Hanbury to open Caribbean restaurant Antillean in June

By BigHospitality

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Former Asia de Cuba executive chef Michael Hanbury to open Antillean restaurant in Waterloo in June

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Former Asia de Cuba executive chef Michael Hanbury is opening his debut restaurant in Waterloo in June.

Called Antillean, the Caribbean restaurant will be located in an 18th​ century coachbuilding works, which for the past 20 years has been home to Baltic restaurant.

The food will reflect the global influences on Jamaican cuisine with Antillean serving Saturday brunch, Sunday roasts and Caribbean tapas dishes alongside dishes such as flying fish and rolled oxtail curry.

The cricket fan chef is also giving his rum cocktail list a subtle cricket theme, with one called Whispering Death in honour of the nickname given to West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding.

“I see this as a great opportunity to open up the incredibly varied flavours and spices of the Caribbean,” he says.

“People think only of Jamaican food like jerk chicken and rice and peas. But the influences on all the islands are global; from French, Spanish and Dutch to African, Indian and Chinese.

“We’ve had great fun creating and testing dishes in my kitchen at home and there will be many surprises on the menu.”

“I see this as a great opportunity to fill the terrible void left by the permanent closure of some of London’s best-known restaurants such as Roux at Parliament Square, the Ledbury, and so many other celebrated names and to introduce diners to fine pan-Caribbean dishes, a lot of it seafood and with a whole new range of subtlety.”

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