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February 4, 2014

First ‘Create Your Own’ Tasting Menu Restaurant Arrives in London

By Laura Walkinshaw

canvas_The first ‘create your own’ tasting menu restaurant has opened in London.

CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider, in Marylebone, invites guests to construct a tasting menu – a minimum of three courses up to nine courses at lunch, or a substantial 10 courses at dinner – from a selection of 16 dishes.

Spearheaded by Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider, who has worked alongside Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Bras, Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, the restaurant offers a unique collaboration between Riemenschneider and his guests, where diners can build their menu as they see fit.

The menu is comprised of five staple plates, available all year-round, and a further 11 seasonally-inspired dishes – such as pigeon with chocolate, beetroot and ‘the golden egg’, and scallop with cauliflower “a little different”, caramel and juniper – which change twice each season.

michael riemenschneider_Classic desserts have been updated with a contemporary edge, such as a variation of Michael’s Grandmother’s Brioche ‘bread & butter’ pudding with bananas and pistachio.

Riemenschneider, who previously headed up the Abbey in Penzance, said: “The concept of CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider is to encourage a more engaging fine-dining experience.”

He added: “I want to take the tasting menu off its pedestal and make it more accessible and fun whilst maintaining an exceptional standard of both cuisine and service.”

The restaurant’s wine list is also intriguing, with a range of fine vintages alongside recommended wine matches for each dish. Two wine flights – ‘classic’ and ‘iconic’ – will be  tailored for every tasting menu.

CANVAS, which seats only 20, also offers a £65 ‘Menu Surprise’ comprised of six courses for those looking for a more traditional tasting menu experience. An intimate private dining room is also available.

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CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Lunchtime bookings are taken for 12 noon or 1:15pm, while dinner reservations will be subject to a choice of two sittings: 6pm, or 8:30pm (last orders will be at 9pm). Visit www.canvasmr.com

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