Samyukta Nair to branch out into Japanese cuisine with KOYN

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Samyukta Nair to branch out into Japanese cuisine with KOYN restaurant in Mayfair

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Jamavar, Bombay Bustle and MiMi Mei Fair owner Samyukta Nair and LSL Capital will open a modern Japanese restaurant in Mayfair this September.

Located off Grosvenor Square, KOYN will be headed by the New Zealand-born Rhys Cattermoul, whose CV includes The Greenhouse and Nobu. 

Both the interior and the menu at KOYN - pronounced coin - will be inspired by the ‘duality’ of Japan’s famed Mount Fuji where a ‘lush alpine environment peacefully co-exists with the fires raging below’.

While the same menu will be offered throughout the Grosvenor Street restaurant, the space will be split into two distinct areas: a first floor dining room called Midori that will be representative of the top of the mountain and a ground floor space called Magma that will represent the active volcano below. 

Midori will be inspired by Japanese zen gardens and will feature a marble sushi counter as its centrepiece while Magma will make a feature of its robata grill.  

Dishes will include native lobster tempura sushi roll with chargrilled red pepper and creamy yuzu lemon; Applewood smoked Japanese A5 Kagoshima wagyu sushi roll with asparagus, kanpyo & black truffle; steamed clams ‘nabe’ with cordycep mushroom, yuzu sake soy and spinach and samphire; and hojicha-smoked lamb marinated with spicy kuromame miso. 

A guest DJ will keep the atmosphere upbeat with an ‘incendiary soundtrack’. 

This summer will also see Nair launch the French Riviera-inspired Socca in partnership with Bibendum chef Claude Bosi. 

The two openings will take Nair and her father Dinesh’s recently founded LSL Capital up to a total of five high-end Mayfair restaurants.

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