The River Restaurant announces new chef and new menus
London Saturday, October 01, 2011
The Savoy is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Chef at The River Restaurant as the hotel
celebrates the first anniversary of its reopening following a magnificent total restoration.
Canadian-born James Pare, previously with Fairmont Hotels in Seattle and Whistler, has created new menus at The River Restaurant, which respect the glorious history of the dining room but also showcases creative contemporary French cuisine. The new menus will be available from 18 October 2011.
Auguste Escoffier was a culinary legend for his legacy of modernising French cuisine, and it is fitting that Pare and his team have researched and refined many of his signature dishes to incorporate into the new menus at The River Restaurant. A six-course tasting menu, which pays homage to many of Escoffier’s most famous dishes, will be introduced at £72.50 per person. It will change seasonally and remain as true as possible to the original menus served at The Savoy during Escoffier’s tenure from 1890-1897. Dishes include Quail Consommé, Sole Victoria and Peach Melba. While his plating was always quite simple and unadorned, Escoffier was meticulous in his care and attention to detail in terms of the finest ingredients. In researching the dishes, James Pare commented: “We could not overlook this phenomenal history of The River Restaurant with the Escoffier food legend. We have been poring over old cookbooks and documents at the hotel, and at the Musée Escoffier in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, and are replicating and interpreting some of his now legendary dishes. It is our humble homage to the great chef.”
In addition, James Pare is introducing a new à la carte menu, available at both lunch and dinner daily. The modern French style incorporates the finest seasonal British and French ingredients, and also acknowledges notes of luxury and flair, as befits The Savoy. Typical dishes on the new menu include Chestnut and porcini velouté, confit frog legs and apple; Seared yellow fin tuna, dried green olives, confit garlic with fennel salad; Noisettes of lamb, lamb neck gratin, baby spinach, roasted shallots and watercress jus; Roasted loin of venison, caramelised pumpkin, buttered onions, marron glacé with sloe gin sauce and Liquorice crème brûlée, milk confiture, red wine poached pear and sorbet. Menu prices will feature starters from £12-£22, main courses £22-£36, and desserts £11.
There is a set lunch menu and pre-theatre menu available Monday to Saturday at £35 for three courses (£30 for two). There is also a Sunday Jazz lunch menu available at £45 for three courses (£39 for two).
The 280-bin wine list is international and designed to fully complement the new menus. Prices start at £26 a bottle, and glasses range from £10-£26.
The 92-seat restaurant was redesigned by Pierre-Yves Rochon, along with the rest of the hotel. The elegant restaurant has an Art Deco influenced setting with views over the River Thames. There is also a semi-private dining space for up to 14 people.
The River Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Reservations can be made on 020-7420-2111, or via the website – www.fairmont.com/savoy-london
. The full address is The River Restaurant at The Savoy, The Strand, London WC2R 0EU.
For further information, contact:
Network London PR – Maureen Mills, Laeticia Loubet or Marie Chevant