Retro Feasts is a brand new pop-up diner in the West End that will indulge your guilty pleasures for the classic British food of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
All-time favourites from the golden age of British cookery – Prawn Cocktail, Sweet and Sour Chicken and even the iconic 70s dessert Black Forest Gateau – are getting a long overdue 21st century make-over at an affordable and informal eaterie in the heart of Mayfair.
Retro Feasts will be serving up plates of comfort food nostalgia with five star presentation and the finest ingredients all put together by 19-year-old chef prodigy Luke Thomas and London hospitality guru Mark Fuller. They both were the subject of a BBC3 documentary Britain’s Youngest Head Chef recently which focussed on the launch of the teen-age culinary star’s first restaurant.
Retro Feasts creator Luke Thomas said: “We’ve come up with a menu full of the guilty pleasures that British people grew up with and still love to eat – even though they might not want to admit it in public.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and very tongue in cheek but these are all great dishes that people will remember fondly.
And he added: “Most of these dishes aren’t served in restaurants any more because they fell out of fashion in more pretentious times or became derided because they had become clichéd and ubiquitous – but they have been away too long and it’s now time they were brought back.”
The social diner will be launching on May 15th in Old Burlington Street just one street away from Savile Row and will be open for just six months. It will be a casual dining experience with no reservations which will appeal to a diverse crowd of all ages.
Thomas will be reviving classic British dishes and plating them up with 21st century panache. The menu will include Crab on Toast – with hand-picked fresh white crab – and Cheese and Pineapple using a tender goats’ cheese. Classic fruity cocktails such as Tequila Sunrise and Pina Colada will be served up at the bar for the full 80s experience.
The interior will have a nod towards the retro styling of the 70s and 80s with glassware and crockery to match. Waiters and waitresses will be dressed in cheeky and colourful old school vintage ensembles – service with a smile guaranteed.
The pop-up diner will be a feast for the eyes as well as the tongue, and for the soft launch week (8th to 12th May 2013) food prices are going to be set at 1983 levels (drinks are normal price).
FOR THE TABLE MENU
Cheese and Pineapple
goats cheese and toasted coriander seed
Pâté on Toast
whipped chicken liver and chopped quince
avocado, iceberg and marie rose
Cream of Tomato Soup
Crab on Toast
cornish crab and soused fennel
Coronation Chicken Salad
caramelized almonds, sweet raisins
tinned and Fresh
Peas and Ham
crispy egg, garden peas
GROWN UP MEALS
mushroom and tomato, baked
Fish in Parsley Sauce
tartar sauce and skinny fries
Sweet and Sour Chicken
egg fried rice
mash and Diane Sauce
Mash | Chips, Salt and Vinegar | Chopped Salad | Onion Rings
Black Forest Gateaux