From rich fondue with truffle, molten raclette and crispy rösti through to chateaubriand charbonnade on tabletop charcoal grills, the newly opened Heritage on Soho’s Rupert Street takes Swiss food to a new level. Add to this, creative cocktails and fine wines, including interesting Alpine varietals and Heritage brings something fresh and exciting to the capital.
Swiss cuisine is re-imagined in dishes that seamlessly blend the traditions of Swiss cooking with refined techniques by Head Chef Aarik Persaud, whose culinary history includes Chewton Glen in the UK and The Butchers Club in Hong Kong.
The menu, designed for sharing, showcases the finest British produce and is peppered with luxurious and indulgent ingredients such as wagyu beef, lobster and black truffle. Let the signature fondue take centre stage – a refined blend of Gruyère and raclette cheese – served with Dedham Vale 30-day aged beef fillet and Cobble Lane charcuterie, or seasonal vegetables.
Further fromage heaven comes in the form of Heritage’s raclette dishes – silky melted cheese draped over charcuterie and sausage or Jersey Royals and pickles. The Swiss national dish of rösti is done just as it should be – crisp on the outside with soft buttery potato within and finished with Comte cheese, fried onions and green apple; maple-glazed Dingley Dell lardons; or smoked salmon with goat’s curd, Keta roe and dill.
For smaller plates look to the dry-aged steak tartare with beetroot and yoghurt dressing; and lobster tart with roasted fennel, whilst larger plates come in the form of whole red mullet with red prawn, caviar and samphire fricassee.
Add some theatre to your meal and take cooking into your own hands with Heritage’s table top charbonnade grills, and barbecue chateaubriand of Dedham Vale beef, whole lobster, jumbo prawns and scallops to perfection. Or, indulge in the impressive Trenchmore wagyu burger, topped with bacon and truffle jam, foie gras, sweet onion, pickles and finished off table-side with raclette for that all-important Instagram moment.
Heritage takes its wine as seriously as it does its food. Carefully curated by Head Sommelier Elena Serban, the 200-strong list, divided by grape varietals, perfectly complements the dynamic flavours served from the theatre kitchen. Showcasing unique wines from the Alpine region, the finest vintages from Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as a number of New World wines, each bottle is stored in the restaurant’s statement glass wine cellar, which spans the length of the lower ground corridor.
The bar at Heritage can be enjoyed as part of the dining experience or as a stylish drinking destination in its own right. Discerning drinkers can perch in comfort on the leather-luxe high-stools and explore the inventive cocktail menu, divided into the ‘Bright Side’ and ‘Dark Side’, created by drinks expert and mixologist, Zoran Peric exclusively for Heritage. Behind the bar discover his team of talented bartenders mixing signature serves using all-natural ingredients and flavour fusions, or busy carving unique ice creations. ‘Brights’ include a Heritage Gtini with Heritage gin, Genepi, Absinthe and La Copa Blanco and a Yuzu Collins – Roku gin, elderflower liqueur, yuzu juice, fresh ginger and tonic. For those who prefer to walk on the dark side, a must-try is the Maya’s Touch – Patrón Anejo, house sweet vermouth, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto and orange bitters.
The restaurant is elegant, stylish and urban with exposed brickwork and industrial ceiling fixtures creating a stripped back feel, whilst inviting leather banquettes, striking wall art, dark wood panelling and low-level lighting ensure an intimate dining experience.
A step beyond the familiar, and a first for London – welcome to Heritage.