Opening on 1 February on Blandford Street, the restaurant is said to be inspired ‘by the tranquil and peaceful lifestyle of southern Europe’ serving a menu that encompass the flavours of Italy, Greece and its islands and Morocco.
The kitchen will be led by head chef Simone Serafini, previously head chef at Cecconi’s, Cacciari’s and Mayfair private members club 5 Hertford Street, who has created a menu of seasonally-changing sharing plates that will include Moroccan lamb tagine and lobster spaghetti; and grilled salmon salad served with quail eggs and green beans.
The drinks menu, meanwhile, will feature wines from across the Mediterranean with wines from Portugal, France and Italy among others. There will also be a cocktail list of drinks including the Bellazul Martini with focaccia infused gin, basil and tomato water, burnt garlic and homemade curacao syrup, and the Retro@43 made with bourbon, clarified milk punch, smoked vanilla syrup and orange bitters.
The restaurant’s interiors have been designed to reflect the Mediterranean, with large arched windows that frame the entrance with a small ground floor dining area that leads down to the main restaurant below.
“Bellazul was born from a desire to create the perfect neighbourhood spot in Marylebone, whether that’s gathering with friends and colleagues after work or a lazy weekend meal with loved ones,” says Serafini.
“We wanted to create somewhere that brings people together over delicious food and ensure every visit is memorable and unique.”