Italian fine dining at The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo
The hotel, nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge, is also renowned for its restaurant, The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo, a bona fide fine dining destination for local and international connoisseurs. The modern Italian gourmet restaurant invites guests to dine with a well calibrated mix of simplicity and sophistication on offerings created with the finest seasonal ingredients. Seating for just 30 diners ensures an intimate ambience overlooking the gardens. The grey velvet décor, with silk ikaats and oversized decorative Venetian eglomisée mirrors ensures an exclusive, refined yet intimate feel.
The menu continues to evolve under the watchful eye of Chef Alfredo Russo. After honing his craft in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, Chef Russo has made a name for a daring and inventive approach to cooking opening, when he was only 22 years old, the restaurant “Dolce Stil Novo” restaurant in the breathtaking location of the “Reggia di Venaria”, the royal Savoy residence outside Turin.
Being named by L’Espresso’s Guide as Italy’s “Best Young Chef” in 2004, this was only the prelude to an enviable career: soon after he received Gambero Rosso’s “2 forks” while the Michelin guide awarded him with a star when he was 25.
Chef Russo has taken abroad his original touch on Italian culinary tradition, traveling especially between Italy and Dubai, publishing books and speaking at some of the most prestigious international culinary conferences.
In London , where in addition to The Franklin Restaurant he helms “La Trattoria By Alfredo Russo” at The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione, the Piedmont- born chef has become a true “ambassador” of the Italian Taste, winning the favor of the highly demanding, cosmopolitan London elite.
The menu at The Franklin Restaurant reprises both Russo’s bold approach and his Piedmont roots, and is presented in classic Italian format. The result is an accessible yet sophisticated affair: flavors are daring and innovative.
The cornerstone of Chef’s Russo’s culinary paradigm is an innate sense for genuine flavors and a passion for a hearty, essential rendering of each ingredient. The starting point is of course superb quality products, carefully selected and assembled with great creativity. The result is a variety of well-balanced dishes, vibrant with flavor and illuminated by unexpected, sometimes even daring twists.
Some of Chef Russo’s signature dishes include: Steamed octopus, Piedmont potato foam, capers and olive iced powder; bean’s soup with crashed mixed pasta, calamari, king prawns, clams and mussels; hen tortelli, parmesan fondue and lime zest; lamb casserole, with roasted carrots and liquorice radish.
In keeping with the restaurant’s culinary philosophy, the wine list is expertly crafted and wide-ranging and includes some of Piedmont’s most interesting wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco.
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