Mark Sargeant announces new Soho restaurant

Celebrity Chef Mark Sargeant is set to open a new brasserie restaurant next month in London’s Soho.
 
Called Morden & Lea and based on Wardour Street, the restaurant will be split in to two floors, with the lower level adopting a more informal approach with a no reservations policy. Open from 11am until late every Monday to Saturday serving charcuterie and savouries, the 62 cover restaurant will also offer a brunch menu on Sundays featuring the likes of open tartines, seafood sausage roll and mackerel with red onions, capers and parsley.
 
Upstairs, the main 86-cover dining area will serve up fixed-price dinner and set lunch menus created by Sargeant and Daniel Mertl, with the latter also taking on the Head Chefs job at the restaurant after previously working at Chez Bruce, the Savoy and Le Gavroche.
 
The pair’s new menu will offer up pan-fried skate wing, cauliflower, bacon and caper polonaise and hispi cabbage or roast Goosnargh duck with garlic potatoes, roast peach, broccoli, almonds and chilli, while the dessert selection will feature pressed Oakchurch Farm strawberries with brillat savarin Chantilly and pistachio crumble.
 
Speaking about the launch, Sargeant said: “Having been involved with the project from the outset, it’s great to see it finally coming together and I can’t wait to open the doors to the public in June.
 
“Soho is the perfect location and hope that the dual-offering of a brasserie-style menu served in the upstairs restaurant and a more-relaxed casual sharing menu served downstairs, will appeal to both London foodies and visitors to the capital alike.”
 
Much of Sergeant’s early career saw him work alongside Gordon Ramsay, firstly at Aubergine in 1997, before becoming Sous Chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and subsequently earning a Michelin star as Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, while he has more recently presented ITV’s Saturday Cookbook since 2012.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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