sbe is delighted to announce that The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine is now open at St Martins Lane London. The award-winning chef, food writer and broadcaster’s three-month residency starts today and will continue until 30 April, bringing a playful take on classic French, American and British dishes with carefully sourced produce to St Martins Lane Kitchen.
Erskine has been an integral part of the London food landscape for the last 15 years. She is an innovator of the pop-up restaurant scene and is renowned for her sell out events, bestselling books, international television career, food columns and agricultural activism. The Nitery takes inspiration from early 20th century Parisian ‘niteries’ – hedonistic, bohemian restaurants that popped up all around the city and were frequented by the big thinkers, artists and poets of the time, that were later adopted by America in the early days of Atlantic city to a much sleazier incarnation. Gizzi’s ‘The Nitery’ creates this same electric, bon vivant atmosphere in the sophisticated St Martins Lane Kitchen, embracing the absurd and the witty to create an energetic space with fun, inventive menus.
Gizzi’s menus at The Nitery encompass sumptuous French, American and English biodynamic food, wine and cocktails, mingling experimental ingredients with nostalgic, classic dishes. Small plates include Devilled eggs with roast chicken crackling (£3) and Oysters with yuzu kosho granita (from £10) while creative starters include an Iced roast beetroot and buttermilk soup with raw red prawn, egg and pickles (£15) and Steak tartare with bone marrow dripping on marmite toast with cured egg yolk (£12). Main courses are more buxom, with dishes including Flageolet dauphinoise and goat cutlets (£22) and Bisque with calasparra rice and woodfired shellfish (£38).
Desserts are equally as playful and feature recreations of desserts like Sherbert lemon meringue pie (£8) and Gizzi’s take on a Queen of Puddings with rhubarb and blood orange (£8). For those who like something more savoury to finish, there is also a selection of Cheeses served with Hackney honeycomb (£10).
The interiors are designed to capture the bon vivant, artistic world of 20th century Parisian niteries. Artworks created especially for The Nitery by Cob Gallery artists, including pieces by Noel Fielding, David Bemfry and Paige Perkins, adorn the walls, and the entire restaurant has been painted a deep blue with moon shaped lamps hanging from the ceilings.
The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine will run until 30 April 2020 and bookings can be made here.