Russian restaurateur, Leonid Shutov, was originally slated to create a lavish 250-seat restaurant, costing £15 million, called Biblioteka serving “English classics and Russian delicacies” 'with the "greatest wine list in London", in St James’s Street. However, plans fell through. Shutov has instead opened a sibling restaurant to his Soho establishment, in the Leadenhall Building - informally known as "The Cheesegrater" because of its distinctive wedge shape. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners it is still one of the tallest skyscrapers in the Square Mile.
The urban-style restaurant (costing £25 million) takes over the entire third level and house a dining room to accommodate 180 guests, with another 120 covers available in several private rooms and fashioned after the ‘gondola of a zeppelin'. The kitchens are headed up by French Michelin starred chef Eric Chavot. The classic French country-style menu is expected to centre around seasonal meat, fish and vegetables dishes cooked over an open flame or smoked in-house but tweaked 'a la Chavot'.
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Escargots en persillade; fried duck egg served on a salt-beef hash that’s topped with gruyère and truffle foam; steak tartare; rib-eye and spatchcock chicken and Bob Bob Ricard’s now-famous beef Wellington.
The 'in case of emergency' Champagne buttons also be a feature of the new restaurant. There are also 50 vintages of Armagnac brandy, starting in 1888 – and vintage ports that go back to 1945.