Open as of the 2nd November Urban Coterie is a new restaurant created by luxury hospitality brand Searcys in collaboration with Anthony Demetre, located on the 17th floor of the M by Montcalm hotel on City Road.
Led by head chef Martin Zahumensky, formerly of Texture and Hibiscus, the menus at Urban Coterie will change each month, with a focus on British produce and seasonality. Alongside snacks such as pig’s head with ‘ndjua’ mayonnaise and potato doughnuts with parmesan, expect to find starters of Brixham crab, apple, and celeriac. Signature mains include pork belly, carrots, grapefruit and liquorice. Classic desserts of English custard tart and warm chocolate mousse with toasted rice ice cream complete the menu.
Anthony Demetre says of the launch: “I love east London for its infectious energy and I’m excited to be opening Urban Coterie here with Searcys. Today, cooking can be unnecessarily over-complicated and our approach lets seasonal ingredients do the talking. I’m fortunate to have the talented Martin Zahumensky as head chef as his cooking ethos is very much in line with mine.”
The Urban Coterie Sky Bar, overlooks the London skyline, celebrating variations on classic cocktails influenced by the British landscape, and a wine list of small boutique growers and biodynamic bottles. The bar will use the best of British ingredients for signature cocktails such as Hays & Plums – a recipe inspired by the rural Dales using fresh lemon, plum puree and hay syrup, mixed with Sacred gin and Peychaud’s Bitters.
Designed by London based TONIK Associates, Urban Coterie takes inspiration from many aspects of the building’s architecture, while traditional materials such as brass, timber, bianco marble and leather soften the buildings sharp angles. The private dining room seats 12 and Urban Coterie Private Members Club will be opening on the 16th floor in the new year.