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The Soak adds another dimension to London Victoria’s vibrant food offer
Menu at Grosvenor Hotel’s new restaurant is based on soaking, fermenting, steeping and brining techniques. And there’s live music too.
It’s all change at the former Chinese restaurant located in the Grosvenor Hotel adjacent to London’s Victoria Station. Following an extensive overhaul, the aptly named The Soak restaurant opened at the end of April both for residents and non-residents.
“On the menu, you will find meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, cakes and drinks built around fermenting, pickling, brining and steeping techniques,” explains Head Chef Chris Zachwieja whose impressive track record ranges from working in Michelin-starred restaurants to being development chef at The Ritz.
“The seasonal menu I have developed includes delicious signature dishes that have been enhanced through brining, steeping, fermenting and soaking,” says Polish-born Chris for whom such techniques have been an integral part of his life since he was a child.
Health benefits with flavour
“Here at The Soak, we wanted to come up with a concept that was unique to the area of Victoria,” continues Chris. “I believe steeping and preserving are the best ways to develop deep, bold and strong flavours, whether it be with meats or vegetables or preparing fruit for use in desserts.
“The soaking techniques allow flavour to absorb deep into the foods and enhance tenderness. It’s all about creating taste through longer periods of time, using methods that soak and steep food and drink with long-lasting flavour. Not only are we enriching flavour but we are also using techniques that provide many health benefits, for example kefir, a fermented milk, can aid digestion.”
Drinks list complements ‘soaked’ menu
General Manager, George Angelopoulos, is equally excited about what The Soak offers. He explains: “I have worked in collaboration with Chris to build a drinks list that complements his seasonal ‘soaked’ menu. Traditional drinks and signature cocktails have both been given a distinctive twist with the bold, depth of flavour that these soaking techniques have to offer. We also have a variety of homemade seasonal kombuchas, kefirs and non-alcoholic cocktails, which will change with the seasons.”
Music is an integral part of the customer experience at The Soak with live music during the week and DJ sets until the early hours at the weekend.
The Soak is open from 7am, with extended opening hours until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays when late night nibbles are also available.
On Sundays, an all-day brunch is served from 10am-4pm.
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