Chef and restaurateur Victor Garvey is to relaunch his award-winning Catalan restaurant Rambla, on Dean Street in Soho, as SO|LA, serving food from and inspired by California.
The restaurant is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and will reopen with its new look, menu and name – a portmanteau of ‘Soho/Los Angeles’ – on 1st November 2019.
The restaurant will feature three menus à la carte, and two tasting menus of five and ten courses, which guests will be able to choose to enjoy at an eight-seat chef’s counter.
Dishes to share will include Lobster Pot Pie with Cipollini onions, vadouvan, beurre noisette and Banyuls, and Spit-Roast Whole Chicken, cooked on a rotisserie in the open kitchen and served with potato mousseline, dressed greens and rosemary and wholegrain mustard chicken jus.
Wines, selected by Zeren Wilson, will focus on California wine-country, featuring both familiar names and smaller, independent producers.
The interior will be designed by Lerose Studio and will feature pale wood panelling, poured concrete floors and stonewashed linen tablecloths. Staff uniforms will be designed by renowned British tailor Timothy Everest.
Garvey said: “I think it’s well-known that I’m always looking to innovate, and I always have one eye on the next project. It’s why I closed Encant and Sibarita when I felt I’d taken them as far as I could creatively. Rambla has been phenomenally successful in the two years it’s been open, but now I’m ready to do something new.
“Half of my career to date has been spent cooking on the West Coast of the US; Californian cuisine draws from so many cultures, countries and traditions that I know I will feel freer and more able to express myself this way than continuing to focus on just one country.”