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May 19, 2011

Chef Silvena Rowe Brings Turkish Delights to London’s May Fair Hotel

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Quince, an Ottoman Empire-inspired restaurant, will debut this June at London’s iconic May Fair Hotel. Celebrity Chef Silvena Rowe, accomplished in a trove of gastronomic media—she is a cookbook author, a regular guest on cooking shows and was a food columnist for the Guardian—will direct the Eastern European menu she culled from her Turkish heritage. History is interwoven throughout the culinary undertaking: spiced lamb cutlets with tahini and black truffle sauce pay homage a to the specialty dish of her grandfather’s; an orange blossom baklava is a delicacy from the 1400s said to be the favorite dessert of Roxelane, a concubine-turned-bride of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Contemporary cookery translations include a green herb and spice salmon shawarma that’s cooked on a bespoke vertical grill.

Rowe worked with famed interior designer Martin Brudnizki on the restaurant’s décor. The result is a mélange of turquoises and emeralds as deep as the Bosphorus accented with shades of sienna, like the open-kitchen’s beaten-copper and onyx-topped counter. Intricate pendants consisting of thousands of silk strands cascade above the bar, which serves Lebanese Taxi, a delicious rose water and lavender signature tipple named after an all-female pink taxi service in Lebanon.

For the definitive elite experience, book the chef’s table and enjoy the eight-course tasting menu paired with the Chateau Musar 1993, one of the rare vintages from the extensive wine list and made from grapes grown in Ghazir’s Bekka Valley in Lebanon.

www.quincelondon.com

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