For London restaurants it’s been a good year. I think we can gingerly say that. So many opened in 2016 — to make room, quite a few closed — and in some of the best there are the runes of upcoming trends.
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Sitting here in this fancy bit of town, I welcomed Blandford Comptoir…..
‘A summer special – oysters, red prawns, raw sea bream and champagne for £30 – is the sexiest set menu ever’
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db heads to Marylebone this week to try out master sommelier Xavier Rousset’s hotly anticipated debut solo venture, buzzy bistro Blandford Comptoir.
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Xavier Rousset is a name to be conjured with in vinous circles. In 2002, while working for Hotel du Vin, he won Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year and became the youngest Master Sommelier in the World. Perhaps now some cheeky whippersnapper has wrested that title away but Rousset — having reigned as head sommelier at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and later opened the restaurant Texture and the small group called 28-50…
Your restaurant opens on June 1. Are you nervous?
Obviously yes, a bit, as I should be. It is always a rush at the last minute and stressful to make sure we deliver to the level we should.
What’s your favourite dish on the menu?
Carpaccio of Fassone beef fillet with 36-month-old Parmigiano Reggiano.
When you’re awarded the Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year award and become the youngest Master Sommelier in the world then it’s safe to say that you know a thing or two about wine. Well that happened to Xavier Rousset, you might recognise his name as he set up wine bar 28-50 and now he is opening Blandford Comptoir on Blandford Street.
From wine expert, Master Sommelier and former Sommelier of the Year Xavier Rousset comes this much-awaited new project. Unsurprisingly for Rousset, whose background includes the highly-acclaimed 28-50 and Texture, the new site will offer a range of 250 wines, plus 50 Champagnes and home-brewed cocktails, alongside a 40-cover Mediterranean-Italian-influenced restaurant.
1 Blandford Street, London, W1U 3DA – 31 May.