Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO, is now open. The Chef’s signature restaurant is an ode to British terroir with a focus on locally produced, seasonal ingredients. Here, Colagreco continues his work as the only UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, with the restaurant designed to offer incredible gastronomy through the lens of sustainability.
The menu is a love letter to the British country garden, revealing more than 70 fruits and vegetables found on the isles. Chef Colagreco has hand-selected his suppliers, drawing on local farmers and producers operating sustainably to produce exceptional flavour.
Each dish on the menu highlights a seasonal garden speciality, such as Fennel, with Mackerel sashimi, white current, crème fraîche and cucumber aguachile; Jerusalem Artichoke, withhazelnut and cornish monkfish; and Lettuce with vermouth and cockle sauce. Desserts follow the same design and include: Red Berries with yoghurt shiso ice cream and shiso leaf and Plum, served in a crispy ravioli shell, black lemon ice cream and yoghurt fontainebleau. Menus start at £110 per head for three courses, or £165 for the tasting menu (five courses).
In addition guests can enjoy an Exploration Route Wine Pairing inspired by historic British explorers - showcasing wines from lesser-known regions. Or alternatively, the Leisure Route Wine Pairing, connecting guests with some of the most prestigious wines in the world (£125, and £500 respectively). The menu also offers a non-alcoholic pairing designed to highlight the menu’s exceptional fruits and vegetables, priced at £60.
There is a set lunch menu, priced at £60, including an amuse-bouche, pain partage, 3 courses and mignardise, served from Tuesday to Friday.
Mauro’s Table is an intimate Chef’s table dining space for up to 20 guests. The restaurant serves a creative tasting menu which again, showcases the Chef’s commitment to using pure seasonal ingredients, sourced sustainably. The Knotted Garden tasting menu pays tribute to the Elizabethan love of this curious and charming kitchen gardening style, and guests are taken on a journey meandering through herbs, vegetables and fruits. Guests are greeted with an ‘Ice Breaker’ to start - an infused glass of water, linking the guests and the gardens from the very start of their experience.
The degustation menu is priced at £195, with accompanying wine pairings from £175 (five paired wines) to £700 (for seven prestigious pairings); as well as a non-alcoholic pairing, inspired by the seasonal fruit and vegetables on the menu, at £90.
Curtained off from the elegantly designed kitchen, guests can enjoy the odd glance into the workings of the restaurant as staff pass through. The room itself is dressed seasonally, with abundant displays of garden produce on show. Bespoke cutlery and tableware, and hand blown, intricately coloured glassware delivers a refined experience for guests of Mauro’s Table.
Just across the hallway, Saison is Mauro Colagreco’s fresh, elegant take on the traditional all-day brasserie. This relaxed restaurant is situated within a courtyard-like setting, filled with natural light from a restored glass arcade. Saison is reminiscent of a Parisian Park and serves Mediterranean dishes such as Line caught Cornish turbot with artichoke mousseline, capers, dried fennel and citrus beurre blanc (£52) and Veal breast with cavatelli, fresh mint, citrus and puttanesca sauce (£35). Desserts include Plum panna cotta with tea shortbread and hibiscus (£14) and Île flottante with burnt vanilla, créme anglaise and almond (£15).