Gridiron by Como, a live-fire grill restaurant, has opened at Como Metropolitan London on Park Lane.
The front of the house, red leather still figures on Porada dining chairs and bar stools, but its paired with a more sobering dark green leather upholstery. Now a more modern British brasserie, than moody late night boîte, interior designers Macaulay Sinclair have matured the space with dark woods, richly veined Calcutta Rosso marble and brass detailing.
Lighting is particularly elegant, created by one of Ong’s favorite firms in Paris. Black and white etchings of food and gridiron tools on the walls pay homage to the modern British menu which specializes in fire-cooked dishes.
For those wanting to raise a glass to the good old days, cocktails by Max and Noel Venning, of Dalston’s Three Sheets, are a good match to the libations of the bar’s past. They revamped the classics include a clarified White Russian and mustardy Bloody Mary. The Gridiron signature, with echoes of a Met Bar Whisky Sour, comes recommended.
It still a good place to go and eat accompanied by good stories.