Imminently opening his first restaurant, The Ninth in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, UK TV chef Jun Tanaka’s stylish new venue will offer a casual French-Mediterranean sharing menu with contemporary plates, as well as raw and cured dishes.
Jun Tanaka named his new restaurant The Ninth, as it will be the ninth restaurant he has worked in – but his first solo venture.
Set over four floors, the 2,750 square foot venue with over 90 covers incorporates a 43 cover dining space on the ground floor, plus eight covers on a small terrace, and a further 43 cover dining area on the first floor. Ancillary facilities are located on the two floors above.
With over 20 years experience in top London restaurants, Jun Tanaka has worked under the tutelage of such eminent names as Michel Roux Jnr, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Eric Chavot. More recently he worked as Executive Chef at Pearl in Holborn, gaining three AA Rosettes.
The Ninth has been designed by Rosendale Design, with J.H. Contract Services carrying out the internal fit out.
The venue, which was previously a Japanese restaurant, was completely stripped out, with the works including the removal of a wall to allow more light into the stairwell.
A large and impressive new feature bar with a green slate tiled frontage was installed at the entrance to the ground floor area.
“Customers will also be able to eat at the bar and watch the bar tender preparing their drinks and cocktails,” said Dale Atkinson of Rosendale Design.
“The walls feature exposed brickwork with some elements of plaster. The plaster had come away from the brickwork in places, so we have removed any loose plaster and sealed the edges to retain some of the old plasterwork and create a very honest space. We have also installed two large backlit industrial style mirrors where the bar projects, to visually expand what is quite a narrow space.
“The marble topped dining tables have very nice copper bases, as copper is one of the key materials used in the design palette, due to its associations with cooking. Timber topped tables are also featured, as are bentwood dining chairs.”
Other design features include dark oak stained timber flooring with chiselled detailing, glazed partitioning in the restaurant, and reeded glass in some of the glazed partitioning and windows, as well as for the staircase balustrades.
Dale Atkinson added:
“Whereas the lighting scheme was previously rather ‘flat’, we have introduced a new scheme including up-lighters; lighting around mirrors to create halo details and lighting behind the moss green seating banquettes by the walls, illuminating the brickwork – all designed to create layers of illumination. This is further enhanced by lighting on the bar front, the back bar and the staircase balustrades to provide added visual interest. The aim was to make the interior look equally inviting in the day and evening.
“We didn’t want the design of the first floor to be an extension of the ground floor – we wanted to create a new space to provide diners visiting regularly with an alternative experience. So we adopted a concept creating two different spaces – the first of which is a wine room enclosed by glazing with an overhead ‘cloud’ of pendant lights and including a dining area, a reeded glass floor to ceiling wine display and a satellite bar. The idea of the pendant lighting ‘cloud’ was to attract passers by on the street below, who will see the ceiling of the first floor if they happen to look upwards.”
The second space is a ‘copper’ room which features copper pans and utensils hanging on the walls.
The floor above includes toilets and a pot washing area, with works on this floor including the installation of new vanity units in the WCs.
The top floor incorporates a new catering kitchen, complete with new appliances and services, which has also been installed as part of the contract.
The restaurant’s menu will be divided into eight sections – snacks, hot starters, salads, raw and cured, meat, fish, vegetables and desserts.
Dishes on offer will include: snacks and starters such as barbajuans, oxtail croquettes, veal tortellini with gremolata and bone marrow, and rabbit lasagne with smoked bacon.
Vegetable options include smoked aubergine caviar with pickled red onion, Jerusalem artichokes à la barigoule and toasted Fregola and butternut squash risotto with pumpkin seeds.
Main courses will comprise such options as salted beef cheeks with oxtail consommé, lamb en croute with truffles and whole sea bream with anchovy dressing
Desserts will include pain perdu with honeycomb, tartetatin with rosemary ice cream, and freshly baked madeleines.
Wines will comprise 25 white and red, plus rose and dessert, as well as wines by the glass and carafe.
Having been in operation for two years, Rosendale Design specialise in interior design, lighting design and furniture design. The company has completed previous projects including the prestigious Odette’s Primrose Hill and Porth Eirias by renowned chef Bryn Williams, Chooks Ealing and Mora Marylebone, as well as ‘The Ninth’ restaurant.
Dale Atkinson, of Rosendale Design, delivered some key information on the company’s involvements with The Ninth. Dale said:
“We provided our interior design services and lighting services on the project. As a company we pride ourselves on our customer relations. All of our projects have come by word of mouth and recommendations. We do not have a PR budget and the fact that so far, all of our clients have been returning clients, shows that we are keeping them happy.”
JH Contract Services
Specialising in commercial and retail refurbishments, JH Contract Services also deal with the replacement of public drainage systems, office refurbishments, fountain and public park area maintenance and cleaning, as well as a wide spectrum of other works, and project management.
The establishment began in 2003, but between the team at JH Contract Services they have over 90 years’ experience in their field. Previous clients include a number of local authorities such as London Borough of Hackney, Islington Borough Council and PHE England, all including various projects.
JH Contract Services also took a hands on approach working on ‘The Ninth’ restaurant development, as they do with every project that they are faced with. Premier Hospitality spoke to Charlotte Sands, Executive Director of JH Contract Services, to find out more of their involvements with The Ninth. Charlotte said:
“With this particular project we have been the main contractor working closely with the architects, designers and project managers on the implementation of total refurbishment of ‘The Ninth’ restaurant. It is important for us to be involved with this project to enable us to build long term relationships with the latest high profile chef Jun Takara developing new restaurants across London.
“As a company we pride ourselves in a job well done and value for money. We are a family run business and we are proud that customers return with further business.”