The Fitzrovia-based spot, which is run by husband-and-wife, chef-and-sommelier team James Knappett and Sandia Chang, was forced to close alongside the rest of the city last March, and hasn’t been open since.
Now, JKS Restaurants – the hospitality group behind the venture – have announced that the site will be back on July 21, a Tuesday, and then will be open each week from Wednesday to Saturday, though for supper only. Booking is available from today.
The return is particularly heartening as Kitchen Table had been part of Champagne-and-hot dogs restaurant Bubbledogs, which closed permanently during the pandemic. The space Bubbledogs once sat in has been repurposed as a brand new, seasonally-led cocktail bar, while Kitchen Table will stay a small, intimate room, which will seat 18.
The substantial refurbishment has, generally speaking, smarted the place up. Where before it was a bright, white-tiled room with a stainless steel kitchen counter to sit at, under exposed air vents and pipework, the overhaul takes the restaurant in something of a more elegant direction, with the metal counter now a wooden one, made of oak. The tiles are gone and the walls are now walnut. Overall, the new restaurant appears to be much cosier.
One feature that has remained from its early days – the Charlotte Street restaurant first opened in 2012, getting its first star in 2014 and its second at the 2019 awards – is the “chef’s chalkboard”, which is signed by some of the world’s most famous chefs who’ve eaten there, including Paul Ainsworth and Thomas Keller, whom Knappet and Chang both worked for at his acclaimed, three-starred New York restaurant Per Se.
Knappett said of the changes: “This is the exact feel of the restaurant that I’ve wanted for a very long time from collecting ideas across the world when dining out.
“Sandia and myself absolutely love the minimalism of Japanese architecture and wanted to make sure that this was factored into the redesign of Kitchen Table. We’ve been closed for 15 months now, and I’m itching to get back in the kitchen and welcome our guests once again.”
Food wise, the venture will continue its high-flying European approach; Knappett’s tasting menu, which can reach an extraordinary 20 courses, will be priced at £250. Though it will change every day, dishes will include the likes of glazed Cornish blue lobster – blue lobsters being extraordinarily rare, their meat a delicacy – as well as a spring lamb cooked in its own fat.
As before, Chang has put together both the cocktail menu and wine list for the site, and as with Bubbledogs, there will be a heavy focus on rare grower Champagnes; these will sit in the restaurant’s new wine cellar.
Kitchen Table will open on July 21 for dinner service only, every Wednesday to Saturday. 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG, kitchentablelondon.co.uk