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This year InterContinental London Park Lane marks ten years since acclaimed chef Theo Randall launched his award-winning Italian restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental. To celebrate this milestone, Randall has enhanced his menu of simple, rustic, Italian cuisine with new dishes to complement his much-loved signatures.
The restaurant has gone from strength to strength since it opened to critical acclaim in November 2006, following Randall’s success as head chef at the Michelin-starred River Café. The new dishes celebrate the simple yet robust flavours of Italian cooking, with seasonality at the heart. A daily changing à la carte lunch menu has also been introduced to incorporate a greater choice of dishes across the range of seasons, and varying prices.
New signature dishes include a rich yet delicate Sformato di Fontina (baked Fontina cheese soufflé with spinach, cream and black truffle), Taglierini con Gamberetti e Carciofi (handmade pasta with brown shrimps, artichoke, chilli and butter); Ravioli con Cime di Rapa (ravioli of turnip greens, ricotta and pecorino di Pienza); and Trota Salmonata (roasted wild salmon with slow-cooked fennel, Datterini tomatoes, Italian spinach, capers and Taggiasche olives).
Head sommelier Vittorio Gentile has echoed Randall’s dedication to seasonality in the wine list, taking inspiration from the ingredients, flavours and scents of the varying seasons. Divided into winter, spring, summer and autumn, the list highlights bolder wines to complement the rich, warming foods of the colder months and lighter, elegant pours to accompany the warmer seasons. The wine list also features natural wines from young artisan winemakers and an extensive selection of Italian wines by the glass.
The bar area has undergone a significant redesign to incorporate a sommelier’s table, ideal for large group entertaining or for a casual pre-dinner drink. The revised bar menu has been designed to offer a selection of authentic and innovative Italian cocktails. A menu of small dishes and antipasti is also available, created to make it a destination in its own right.
Of the changes, Randall said:
“When we created the revised menu we were really careful not to take out any of the classic dishes. It is more a case of adding new ones! We have been talking to our guests for the last six months and they were very clear that they already love what we do. The new offering is just an enhanced version of what we’ve been doing, with a few more exciting additions.”
The restaurant interior now has a more contemporary feel, having undergone a refresh by award-winning creative agency Superfutures, who were inspired by bringing Randall’s food to life and briefed to create a space that echoes the cuisine and delivers an enriched restaurant experience. With this in mind, the new restaurant pays subtle homage to Italian culture through use of materials such as terrazzo and carrara marble, as well as muted green olive and grey tones, which are a nod to a rural Italian palette.
The original space has been split into more intimate zones, which have been separated with anodised brass screens to allow for flow while maintaining privacy. The refurbishment has also installed a new high-level kitchen table, designed for up to eight, which looks straight into the heart of the kitchen. Here, guests can enjoy a tasting menu created 24 hours beforehand, guaranteeing a truly seasonal and unique dining experience.
In addition to the popular existing private dining room, the interior update has introduced a second private room that connects via a sliding door and seats up to 40 guests. When connected together the space can welcome a seated event of 60 (100 for a drinks reception), and will also host the chef’s regular masterclasses.
While Randall is a regular on national television and has published two successful recipe books, PASTA (2006) and My Simple Italian (2015), he remains true to his culinary roots and can be found in the kitchen for most services.
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