Monday, 3 November 2008
FROM BETHNAL GREEN TO BURLINGTON GARDENS: DAVID WADDINGTON AND PABLO FLACK OPEN FLASH! A TEMPORARY RESTAURANT AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY
view of the restaurant, crates and Simon Popper's bird paintings
front desk, and Alexis Teplin's painting
Giles Deacon's chandelier
BISTROTHEQUE COMES TO MAYFAIR WITH A 2ND TEMPORARY RESTAURANT
open from 01/11/08 to 19/01/09
FLASH, a temporary restaurant at The Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens from 01/11/08 to 19/01/09.
FLASH is a room within a room, an installation within an exhibition but most of all a buzzy dining room in the heart of London.
Open for lunch, cream tea and dinner go to for more information or to reserve go to www.bookflashnow.com or call 020 8880 6111.
Lunch 12:00 - 14:59 Monday - Sunday
Cream Tea 15:00 - 17:29 Monday - Sunday
Dinner 17:30 - 10:30 Thursday - Monday (closed Tue & Wed)
FLASH contains the following design elements:
A temporary structure built out of 191 art storage crates by architect David Kohn
The Peridot Meteor Star, a 2 metre diameter, 200kg chandelier by Giles & Swarovski
Exclusive china service by Wedgwood and illustrator Will Broome with selected pieces to buy at the onsite shop
Suits of armour by fashion designerGareth Pugh
Carpet and decorative wall panels by textile designer Rory Crichton
Art works by artists Simon Popper and Alexis Teplin
The menu at FLASH reflects a new direction for Bistrotheque with Head Chef Tom Collins offering dishes that add a distinctly Californian touch to the classic French roots of his cooking. He and David Waddington's recent trip to the markets and vineyards of Napa Valley and its surrounding environs unearthed a wonderful freshness and lightness of touch. This very modern approach to ingredients will form the backbone to FLASH's cuisine, refined by a subtle complexity of extra flavours, designed to enhance without taking away from the overall balance of the finished dish.
This demonstrates a exciting move towards restaurant rather than bistro sensibilities, as Tom Collins says: "I want to progress and refine the food I usually cook in a bistro environment and, while staying rooted in French and British classicism the menu will be given a contemporary edge inspired by the astonishing lightness of the food I ate in California and the widespread use there of fantastic fresh, local ingredients."
Established in 2004 by Pablo Flack and David Waddington, Bistrotheque is a restaurant, bar and cabaret space based in London's Bethnal Green. Under Head Chef Tom Collins, the kitchen prepares a menu inspired by the classic French Bistro. London Evening Standard's revered restaurant critic Fay Maschler says: "There should be a restaurant like this in every area of London!" and Sunday Times Style Magazine's AA Gill, who has referred to Bistrotheque as 'The new Ivy’, says: "For this quality of ingredients, care of preparation and charm of service that's some of the best value in London."
With their proximity to the art world, they have become a social hub for the surrounding galleries, hosting numerous arts events for clients including: Maureen Paley, Victoria Miro, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gagossian Gallery, Mr. Pablo de la Barra and Miss Milena Muzquiz. With strong links to the fashion world, regulars include: Giles Deacon, Katie Grand, Agyness Deyn, Mario Testino, and Marc Jacobs, amongst others.