A symphony of colours and textures, discover vibrant inspiration at The Mandrake as they open their evergreen doors to the city with private dining rooms as you’ve never seen them before
The Mandrake will once again inspire London as they open their evergreen doors to the city. During lockdown, the team behind the infamous venue took the time to reimagine not only their menus, but how they could breathe life and celebration into post lockdown London.
Last year The Mandrake introduced their Cabanas; four private dining rooms which can host parties of up to six.
This year, Founder Rami Fustok invited four of his favourite artists to rework each space, giving them the brief of ‘bringing Jurema inside’ the result is a symphony of colours and textures, each a unique art piece for guests to immerse themselves in.
Each space is an ode to nature and the new menu, created by head chef George Scott Toft, also follows this ethos.
Each dish uses sustainable, low impact suppliers, including vegetables from Natoora, meat from The Ginger Pig and fish from Wild Harbour. The menus also offer an extensive vegan selection for plant-based visitors.
The Mandrake Cabanas
Flanking the Jurema terrace, these private spaces cater for up to six guests to dine and drink together, returning to the closeness and intimacy we used to know and cherish.
This summer, The Mandrake have collaborated with four artists, each creating their own universe inside a Cabana, producing four totally individual and exclusive art pieces.
As The Mandrake itself is a living gallery, the Cabanas will be an extension of this. Each Cabana will be available to book, day and night, and will serve a menu of dishes from Yopo, The Mandrake’s South American inspired restaurant, overseen by Head Chef George Scott-Toft, alongside cocktails and wines from the Waeska bar.
The Mandrake will also be offering a specially created hotel package, The Artisanal Experience, which includes a bespoke tasting menu for up to 6 guests in an artist’s Cabana, as well as an overnight stay for two (from £800).
The Artists & Their Creations
1 OSHUN by Bushra Fakhoury, the sculptor, diversified artist and mother of Rami Fustok, is a room created to bring awareness to the indigenous people’s plight for survival, and to honour their way of life and ancient history, celebrating the beauty of both nature and the native. This cabana is an invocation of untamed nature.
2 Paradis Perdu by Iris Brosch, the internationally acclaimed photographer and video artist, is a space which creates a visionary sense of time in the pandemic – Iris explores how humans live in shared spheres towards current conditions on Earth in the context of the mythical figures, as exemplified with notions of Adam & Eve.
3 Carnivorous Lady by IT SPAIN, the fashion designers, creative directors and visual polymaths, this space is an ode to the brutality of nature and the feminine, using a juxtapose of silks and sharp lines. This space is wild and beautiful.
4 Flores Sana by POOKIE BLEZARD, the textile designer and painter. Pookie’s room is a dedication to the healing power of plants. Inspired by her own original oil painting of nasturtium and clematis flowers, she wanted to create a reflecting immersive experience. Huge flowers and printed walls create a powerfully therapeutic effect for all who enter.
Jurema will serve dishes courtesy of Head Chef George Scott-Toft, who has designed a brand-new menu for summer 2021.
The menu, inspired by George’s travels through South America, features new dishes of steelhead trout and yellow tail crudo’s, as well as appetisers of Salt cod croquetta with piquillo pepper, Octopus, artichoke and olive empanada and Chorizo Iberico with guindillas peppers.
There’s also fresh Ceviches and Tacos, alongside sharing dishes of Cod with courgettes and pumpkin seed mole, and Dry aged sirloin steak with oregano and smoked chilli butter to devour.
Desserts of Chocolate alfajore with almond, passionfruit and salted caramel, and Mezcal granita with coconut and tepache will also be served, as well as a cherry and goats cheese cake, one of the ‘best desserts ever tasted’ by the team.
Cocktails come courtesy of the famed Waeska bar, with a new menu designed by the recently appointed Bar Manager Dimitris Gryparis.
At the heart of The Mandrake is their award winning Jurema Terrace, designed by world renowned landscape architects Bureau Bas Smets.
A lush, evergreen sanctuary with hanging passion flowers and jasmine plants, Jurema is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and drinks, bathing in the tranquillity and feel-good energy of the space.
Make it happen
Cost: Cabana reservations are now live – packages for private dining for up to 6 guests start from £600 / £800 for The Artisanal Experience overnight stay. Jurema Terrace and Waeska bar are now open. Yopo restaurant will reopen this summer, further details coming soon.
Where: 20 – 21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG
Jurema Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sundays 12pm – 10pm
Waeska Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday 5pm – Midnight
Cabana Opening Times: Wednesday – Saturday 12:00-23:00 / Sundays 12:00-22:00
Bookings: For Yopo, email@example.com / 02031468880. For Jurema, Waeska & The Artisanal Experience bookings: https://www.themandrake.com/