New restaurant Vardo is opening in Duke of York Square with a Romani travellers’ theme.
Miles Kirby, the chef and co-founder of Caravan Restaurants, says his latest eaterie is named after the vardo wagons used by Romani travellers in the 19th century.
“The menu’s theme is No Boundaries, inspired by the notion of a wagon travelling the world, collecting produce and flavours as it goes.”
He said: “Vardo will also focus on low and slow cooking. It will give a globally influenced twist to produce sourced from the UK.”
Most importantly, the venue itself was beautiful.
“The site will become a landmark for Chelsea and beyond. The building is very cool.
“I can’t wait to see it in full swing with the windows retracted to the ground and the room full of wonderful people enjoying themselves,” he said.
New recipes and old favourites
Miles revealed he was working on a lot of vegetarian and planted based dishes.
“The menus will be a combination of some Caravan classics I just don’t think we can do without, and a lot of new dishes,” he said.
“In the 20 or so years I have been in London, I have seen the restaurant scene evolve dramatically.
“It seems now as though there is a great restaurant opening every week.
“People eat out more. The demand for good food with easy, fast, relaxed service is greater than ever,” he added.
“I draw culinary inspiration from anywhere and everywhere.
“A new menu item could be born from a visit to an Asian supermarket, flicking through a book or seeing a photo on Instagram,” he explained.
Miles said he wanted Vardo to be welcoming at all times.
“We want people to use the space at all times of the day. A place for a meeting, a setting for a formal celebration or a living-room extension for locals on a Tuesday night.
“Vardo will be welcoming, relaxed and full of flavour and wonderful people,” he said.