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Bo Lang, London

Bo Lang, the latest London restaurant to take influence from the East, has opened its doors this month.

A stylish Chinese dim sum restaurant and teahouse, Bo Lang is located on Draycott Avenue in the Chelsea area of the capital. It is the latest venue in a string of restaurants to open in London this autumn with an Eastern theme, but it certainly stands out from the crowd!

Head Chef and Dim Sum Master Kai Wang has over 10 years experience as a dim sum chef and has previously worked at London’s Novikov and Grand Imperial at Grosvenor House. The Head Chef certainly has the right credentials to provide an authentic taste of the Orient in the heart of Chelsea, and with such an impressive chef on-board Bo Lang is set to be a popular and successful venture.

The 60-cover restaurant will serve an extensive menu featuring a mix of traditional and modern dim sum. Some of these creative and delicious dishes include local crab with balsamic pearls; har gau served with a blackberry reduction; and saffron cod dumplings. Other enticing dishes on offer to diners include Dungeness crab salad with avocado, baby pak choi with garlic and goji berry and Bo Lang duck breast with samphire.

Not only a restaurant offering guests delicious eastern-inspired cuisine, Bo Lang is also a teahouse and provides afternoon tea. Serving an array of rare and iced teas in traditional, ornate cast iron teapots and complimented with the choice of a range of light, oriental flavoured macaroons, Bo Lang provides an enjoyable and relaxing day time treat.

Guests that visit Bo Lang will be able to enjoy options from a short diverse cocktail list as well as wines from boutique wine producers, which provide the perfect accompaniment to their meal. Some of the uniquely crafted oriental cocktails available include; Fortune Martini, Jade Dragon and Chinese Garden.

The design of this project comes courtesy of successful British interior designer Shaun Clarkson who can include Pitt Cue Co and Dukes Hotel as previous design successes. Having been involved with the UK hospitality industry for over 20 years and acclaimed for his creative pulse and prolific works it is evident as to why Bo Lang oozes a unique and extravagant style.

Formerly an Italian restaurant named Monello, work on Bo Lang began in late July to transform the previous dining location into a traditional, warm and inviting Chinese restaurant. No major structural alterations took place with the only significant change being the merging of the two separate toilets into unisex facilities.

The interior has been completely stripped as the building required a cosmetic and aesthetic make over to ensure the surroundings reflected the menu. In as little as two months, the refurbishment was complete and Bo Lang was born.

Interior features of the restaurant include authentic decor alongside carefully considered seating to allow enough space for each diner whilst remaining in keeping with the traditional eastern seating style. The restaurant incorporates a clever and stylish blend of both booth and individual seating catering for all dining preferences.

The restaurant’s tonal interiors of grey leather sofas and warm charcoal velvet chairs are off-set by creatively cut wooden screens providing a frame-like feature around the restaurant and creating a relaxed and sumptuous environment.

The restaurant’s design and layout consists of four different areas within the ground level space with washroom facilities located in the basement of the development. Diners can witness chefs preparing their desired dishes or look out onto the streets of Knightsbridge as they converse and relax.

The far wall of the restaurant boasts large bi-folding doors that provide the restaurant with an open and airy feel. Going through these doors takes guests into a relaxed outdoor seating area, sheltered with a canopy, which provides an opportunity for guests to enjoy their dining experience al fresco, come rain or shine.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality about the project John Farraday, Project Manager of Shaun Clarkson Interior Design, said:

“We worked alongside the owner of the restaurant who had a very clear vision of what she intended this project to look like. We shared ideas throughout the process and made joint decisions to ensure that together we created the restaurant in the way that the owner had envisaged from the start. Overall I feel we have been very successful in doing so and Bo Lang has everything required to be a huge success.”

The restaurant will be open Monday- Saturday from 12pm to 11.30pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 3.30pm. To find out further information on Bo Lang or to make a reservation for this eastern cuisine restaurant please visit: www.bolangrestaurant.co.uk.

Fluid Stone Studio

Fluid Stone Studio specialise in all aspects of polished concrete works. The company has been in operation for more than five years and works across a broad range of projects within the construction industry.

All of Fluid Stone Studio’s concrete products are custom designed and handcrafted, using innovative new casting techniques. From bathroom ware to contemporary kitchen worktops, each piece is individually crafted to meet a client’s personal specifications.

High profile clients for Fluid Stone Studio include Naomi Cleaver, Nando’s, Las Iguanas and most recently Bo Lang, where the company provided the site with a polished concrete sink for washroom areas.

Fluid Stone Studio Company Owner, Nathan Jones, said:

We value our work on projects such as Bo Lang which gives our work great exposure and will be seen by customers.”

Nathan added:

At Fluid Stone Studio we are proud of our work and the simple way we can take an idea from an initial paper drawing through to a fully operational product.”

Noble Russell Ltd 

Noble Russell Ltd is a bespoke furniture maker, specialising in the design and supply of contemporary contract furniture for the leisure and hospitality industry. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and over the past twenty years has provided furniture to a number of prestigious projects, including the National Gallery dining room; the Jubilee Tea Rooms in Fortnum & Mason; and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen.

Noble Russell is a design-led company, supplying high quality furniture to many leading names in the industry. The company prides itself on the excellent service that it provides to its clients.

Working on Bo Lang, Noble Russell Ltd supplied the site with fixtures and fittings, including the bar, ceiling and wall cladding and the tables and chairs.

Jerry Russell, Noble Russell Ltd, said:

“All of our work is managed by hand and ensuring our work is completed on time is crucial to us. High-end restaurants that require bespoke work like this is the core of our business and it is great to be involved with a project such as Bo Lang.”

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