Dining news worth giving a fork about. Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong’s latest restaurant Kym’s is set to open its doors this September in Bloomberg Arcade
Located in Bloomberg Arcade, at Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City of London, Kym’s will offer a modern premium casual Chinese restaurant with a relaxed and comfortable interior.
The name derives from the chef’s childhood – Kym’s had been the name of Andrew’s parents’ restaurant in Victoria in 1985, where the family worked for 27 years and Andrew spent his childhood. Andrew went on to reopen it with his wife Nathalie as A.Wong in 2012.
The food at Kym’s Bloomberg Arcade will feature a selection of dishes based around Andrew’s interpretation of classic Chinese dishes. He will also call on select craftsmen from Soho’s Chinatown, championing their specialist creativity and artisanal produce.
The menus will feature a selection of small bites such as Yunnanese lemongrass salad, peanuts, lettuce, chilli, lime, sharing platters of Crispy duck, pancakes, plum sauce and classics such as Slow poached soy chicken, ginger relish, rice. Desserts too will feature such as ‘Chinatown’ pineapple bun with custard
Kym’s will also offer a smaller ‘grab and go’ menu during lunch service.
Andrew explains, “My food has always been about the journey: the history of China and the cultures of its gastronomic regions. Kym’s will be no different really but this time it’s about my community and my own journey. The name is actually something very personal to me and my family.”
With 120 covers over 2 floors, the interiors, designed by Michaelis Boyd, will feature a soft colour palette of pale pinks and greens, with accents of copper, deep blue and plum and a mix of dark wood and terrazzo flooring.
Ideal for Instagram snaps, a bespoke, 5 metre high cherry blossom tree will be installed through the staircase. The meaning behind it has more substance than the usual social media magnet – signifying female beauty and power in China, the tree will represent the yin element to the yang of the present day corporate city, helping to harmonise the space.
Beer, both on tap and bottled, will be available as well as a selection of cocktails influenced by China’s diverse food traditions and will reflect the capital’s contemporary and classic cocktail culture. A number of wines will also be available.
Make it happen
When: Opening September 2018
Opening hours: Kym’s will be open Monday to Saturday lunch from 12 noon to 3pm and 5pm to 11pm for dinner. On Sundays, Kym’s will open with a Chinese Sunday Roast Menu from 12 noon to 9pm.
Website: To find out more, visit www.kymsrestaurant.com