The GFG Briefing | 1 December 2017
Published 01 December 2017

Simon Rogan

This week's news roundup including the return of Roganic, a new face at Le Pont de la Tour and lots more...

Simon Rogan confirms opening date for the return of Roganic

L’Enclume chef-owner Simon Rogan has confirmed the opening date for Roganic, which is returning to Marylebone six years after the original pop-up. This time a more permanent fixture on Blandford Street, Rogan will be joined by members of the original team and head chef Oliver Marlow. Roganic opens on January 9 and bookings are open now.

London debut for acclaimed Hong Kong restaurant

Acclaimed Hong Kong restaurant Duddell’s has opened its first UK restaurant in the historic St Thomas Church near London Bridge. Serving authentic Cantonese food with a modern twist and dim sum, the kitchen is run by former Hakkasan chef Daren Liew. Dishes at Duddell’s in St Thomas Street include Peking duck with truffle sauce; smoked Black Angus ribs with red wine soy and baby peach, and wok-fried French turbot with chanterelle mushroom and

Ex-Murano chef to open new central London restaurant

A former head chef of Angela Hartnett’s Murano has announced plans to open her own central London restaurant. Pip Lacey, who also appeared on 2017’s Great British Menu, plans to open hicce in early 2018. The restaurant will focus on techniques such as marinating, curing and pickling as well as fish, meat and vegetables cooked over a wood fire.

Former City Social head chef takes over the kitchen of Le Pont de La Tour

Toulouse-born chef Julien Imbert is taking over the kitchen of veteran London restaurant Le Pont de la Tour. Combining traditional French cooking with a modern approach, Imbert will oversee the menus of the bar & grill, the restaurant and, in the new year, he will announce a new concept for the bakery and the wine and food store. Imbert previously worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, as well as Jason Atherton’s City Social, where he was head chef.

Third opening from the team behind Ducksoup and Rawduck

The team behind Ducksoup and Rawduck has opened a third site in Dalston. The Littleduck Picklery will incorporate a natural wine bar and diner with a pickling and fermenting production kitchen. The menu will focus on small plates of seasonal Italian-inspired dishes like chickpeas, chestnut and rosemary; pork collar, hedgerow garlic and hazelnuts, and saffron fettuccine, bone marrow butter and Parmesan.