Paris-based chef Inaki Aizpitarte is crossing the channel to open a restaurant in London. Aizpitarte is best known for his famed Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, which is ranked number 27 on this year's World's 50 Best list. According to Bloomberg, the London restaurant will be called Le Chabanais and it will be Aizpitarte's first restaurant outside of Paris.
Le Chabanais — which apparently draws its name from "a luxurious Belle Epoque brothel" — will be an "informal establishment," meaning that there will be no tablecloths, carpets, or stuffy decor. The 90-seat restaurant will serve a daily changing menu "based on available ingredients." The idea behind the menu is to "take the food of Le Chateaubriand and to do it [in London]...with an accessible a la carte menu and using local produce." Diners should expect to spend around $125 per person for dinner, wine, and service charges.
Le Chateaubriand's current head chef Paul Boudier will be in charge of the kitchen at Le Chabanais. And Le Chabanais will also feature a downstairs bar, which Bloomberg notes will have a similar to menu to Aizpitarte's bar in Paris, Le Dauphin. Le Chabanais is slated to open in February or March of 2015.