12 Jun 2019
This July, Heritage, London’s first modern Swiss-inspired restaurant and bar will open on Soho’s Rupert Street.
As well as classic Swiss dishes of fondue, raclette, rösti and charbonnade, Heritage will offer impeccably executed French plates, characterised by the use of luxury ingredients such as wagyu beef and lobster. Providing an immersive element, diners will be able to barbecue prime meat cuts, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables on table-top charcoal grills.
Head Chef Aarik Persaud has a wealth of international experience, from Chewton Glen in the UK through to The Butchers Club in Hong Kong. The menu is based around sharing and prepared in an open theatre-style kitchen.
The menu includes small plates such as dry-aged steak tartare and lobster tart with roasted fennel. Signature sharing dishes come in the form of vegetable, meat or seafood fondue; rosti with maple-glazed Dingley Dell lardons, Tomette de Brebis and shaved truffles; raclette with Cobble Lane charcuterie featuring 24-month ham, wagyu bresaola and saucisson, and a chateaubriand of Dedham Vale beef, served tableside on individual charcoal grills.
The drinks menu includes a wide selection of cocktails by renowned drinks expert and mixologist, Zoran Peric, and a 200-strong wine list, curated by Heritage’s Head Sommelier, Elena Serban.
The 80-cover venue, designed by Kanvass, features an elegant modern interior that mixes industrial features with soft furnishings. A combination of plush, copper-coloured leather banquettes, charcoal grey club chairs and high-level bar stools are matched with walnut panelling, reclaimed brickwork walls, exposed piping and dim lighting, to create a natural “chaleur”. There will be a centralised bar accommodating 10 and a semi-private dining area seating up to 14 people for banquet-style feasting.
Aarik Persaud, Head Chef of Heritage comments: “We’re delighted to be opening in the heart of the West End and introducing our unique concept to the capital. London offers myriad cuisines, but upscale Swiss food is totally underrepresented. We are looking forward to bringing an interactive element to dining through tableside grilling and fondue, but without comprising on quality. I am confident it will be well received by Londoners and visitors to the capital alike.”
Julia Wilkinson, Portfolio & Group Restaurant Strategy Executive at Shaftesbury comments: “Heritage is a welcome addition to Shaftesbury’s growing food and beverage portfolio in Soho. This brand new and unique Swiss concept will join renowned restaurants Hovarda, The Palomar and XU, cementing Rupert Street’s reputation as a destination for independent and innovative dining experiences, neighbouring bustling Chinatown where the East meets the West. Swiss cuisine is under-represented in Central London and we are delighted to introduce Heritage as the latest addition to Soho’s international restaurant offer.”
Issued on behalf of Heritage, June 2019.