As Harvey Ayliffe, chef of Mayfair restaurant 34, steps out for a week, guest chef Ben Orpwood steps in with a new Japanese pop-up.
For one week only, it’s all-change at 34. Whilst the team ‘go fishing’, Ben Orpwood (ex-Zuma), who is based in Sydney, Australia, will be taking over the kitchen and introducing a pop-up menu bursting with Japanese flavours. Although a few of the classics, such as the steaks and lobster macaroni, will remain, the restaurant’s menu will mostly comprise of Orpwood’s own creations.
Among the new introductions is a raw bar offering yellowfin tuna tataki with a ginger and shallot dressing, venison carpaccio with some spicy yuzu koshu and five varieties of sashimi. There will also be a selection of robata-grilled meats including Wagyu beef and tiger prawn skewers with soy barbeque sauce, lamb lollipops and hot smoked salmon.
Desserts include a diverse selection of doughnuts, cheesecakes, frozen yuzu marshmallows and a chocolate tofu mousse that the chef is hoping will win over the hearts of those who still remain unmoved by tofu.
Ben Orpwood’s 34 Gone Fishing pop-up runs from 12th – 17th May.
34 restaurant, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD (entrance on South Audley Street).