Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The launch of Studio East Dining by Bistrotheque

Photograph courtesy of Carmody Groarke
The restaurant interior

The Actor and I went along to the launch dinner of Bistrotheque's amazing new temporary restaurant at Studio East last night.  It was a dreary, rainy Monday evening in London but as always for Bistrotheque the turn-out was fantastic.  Mandi Lennard did a brilliant job organising the evening which was packed with the leading lights of fashion, art and design.

The restaurant designed by award winning architects Carmody Groarke has been built entirely from recycled materials from the Olympic site and is situated 230 feet up on top of the roof of the new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, the largest in Europe.  The restaurant looks directly over the new Olympic Stadium and offers panoramic views over the whole of London.

We took a short taxi ride from home to St Pancras International station where there was a reception at Searcy's Champagne bar.  We were given card folders with our return train tickets.  After a few glasses of Champagne and some  nibbles we were escorted onto our train carriage.  It felt like a glamorous school trip as we knew pretty much everyone there.  It was quite an adventure!

All pictures snapped by me unless otherwise credited.

Searcy's Champagne bar at St Pancras International

The train took us into Stratford International station where we walked through special walkways across the giant building site.  Huge goods lifts delivered us onto the roof of Westfield's building.  The structure and views are breathtaking.

Photograph courtesy of Carmody Groarke
The rooftop restaurant

The structure is stunning

View across to the Olympic Stadium

More Champagne and the view from the tree-lined "smoking paddock"

The industrial chandelier

One side of the restaurant

There is no glass, the windows are made from giant heavy duty plastic strips

Picture from Mandi Lennard's iPhone
Bistrotheque owners Pablo Flack and David Waddington

Picture from Carri Mundane's iPhone
The fantastic Mandi Lennard

We were greeted by our friend, the fabulous actress Gwendoline Christie who is Studio East's hostess

Erin O'Connor with the brilliant sculptor Antony Gormley

Janet Street Porter and Tracey Emin.  Love.

The wonderful Mary Portas and Alice Rawsthorne

i-D Editor Ben Reardon and artist Matthew Stone

Artist Dinos Chapman

Bistrotheque Co-Owner David Waddington and the fabulous Pam Hogg

Art Director Gary Card and James Jeanette

Gorgeous singer Bishi

Model Jade Parfitt

Ade Adipetan MBE, Paralympian

Esquire's Teo van den Broeke and designer Henry Holland

The lovely Brix Smith-Start

Designers Pam Hogg and Roland Mouret

Designer Gareth Pugh and artist, poet and musician Carson McColl

Cassette Playa's designer Carri Mundane

The marvellous Mary Portas and Janet Street Porter

Fashion guru Jane Shepherdson, formerly Creative Director of Top Shop now Chief Executive of Whistles

Writer Hanna Hanra and artist Sue Noble

Bishi and James Jeanette.  Bishi always has the most amazing hair

The lovely designer Louise Gray and stylist Richard Sloan

Ben Reardon and Fashion East's gorgeous Lulu Kennedy

Julian J. Smith receives his award from Roland Mouret and Lisa Armstrong the Fashion Editor of the Times

Photography by Richard Young
Pam Hogg and Roksanda Ilincic

For a change I'm going to take the lovely Mr Richard Young's picture.  I wish I had a proper camera like Richard's!  I'm looking forward to interviewing him for Fashion's Most Wanted soon

Studio East's launched a cultural initiative to support emerging talent in fashion, art, product design and environment.  Four winners were awarded £10,000 each.  The panel consists of Mary Portas, Roland Mouret, Lisa Armstrong, Tracey Emin, Tony Chambers, Tom Dixon, Michelle Ogundehin, Erin O'Connor and Lucy Siegle.  Mary Portas, Tracey Emin and Tom Dixon gave excellent speeches and presented the awards.

We were served more Champagne and Patron Tequila cocktails.  The Actor and I were sat on the fashion table.  I was delighted to be sitting next to my great friend Pam Hogg and designer Roksanda Ilincic.

The dinner was beyond delicious.  Tom Collins has designed a fabulous menu of the finest quality, beautifully fresh British produce.  Large plates of food from the communal feasting menu were brought out in stages. We were hungry but even we couldn't finish it all and The Actor has a huge appetite!

Photography by Luke Hayes



A communal feast by Bistrotheque's Head Chef Tom Collins designed to celebrate the best of the English Summer



Dorset crab, endive, grapefruit
Pickled herrings and sardines, orange, raisins, pine nuts
Cured English ham, fresh piccalilli
Marinated heirloom tomatoes, grilled aubergine, courgette, chickpeas
Beaufort cheese, fennel, apple and walnuts



Steamed sea bass, samphire, broad beans, peas, lemon
Poached chicken, tarragon, watercress
Roast beef, horseradish
Grilled polenta, asparagus
Tomato, shallot, oregano gratin
Jersey Royals



Patron XO, vanilla ice cream
Strawberries, shortbread
Honey and thyme roast peaches, mascarpone



Cocktails by Patron Tequila
Saumur Rouge, Charles de Villeneuve 2009
Cheverney Blanc 'Unique' Domaine du Salvard 2009


I was too busy eating to remember to take pictures of the gorgeous food.  Here are a few by Caroline Loncq.

Sardines, orange, raisins, pine nuts

Steamed sea bass, samphire, broad beans, peas, lemon

Honey and thyme roast peaches, mascarpone

What a wonderful evening.  A big thank you to David, Pablo and Mandi.

Studio East is almost sold out, book now if you'd like to experience it.  It comes extremely highly recommended.

All photographs unless otherwise credited were taken by myself.


Wildernesschic said...

What an amazing place and the food looks divine.. I bet the launch was fabulous xx

Smashingbird said...

Wow what an amazing space, the food looked sooo delish too!

Alison Cross said...

Can't believe that something so beautiful could be made up of the offcuts of something else!

Truly inspirational.

Loved all the pix - Bishi's hair is AMAZING! How did she get that swirl on the front of her roll?!

Looks like it was a great night. I'm surprised that you're not the size of Belgium with all the delish food that gets served up to you on these jaunts :-)

Ali xxx

PinkJack said...

what a fabulous doo! looks an amazing place xx

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Ruth, it was gorgeous and the menu was right up your street, you would love it! Shame it's only on for 3 weeks! xx

Dear Smashingbird, totally mad being on a rooftop in the middle of a building site! xx

Dear Ali, didn't the architect do a fantastic job?
Bishi's hair is always extraordinary. I'll ask her who did the roll. Even The Actor was asking her about it! Google her for more pics. I'm very lucky to get fed so much. I think some summer exercise may be in order at long last though... Hope you're good xx

Dear David, it was loads of fun. Well worth a visit if you can xx

Anonymous said...

Wow!! looks great. you get to go to some very good parties christina.

La Boheme said...

Oh I just love seeing and exploring new spaces and this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing! Of course the whole night looked like a perfect place to be. xoxo

Young at Heart said...

am now jealous and starving in equal measures.....

Jill said...

Love the kitty ears! I wore some this past Halloween. I wish I could wear them everyday. Menu sounds wonderful!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Looks like it was a great time. What a cool place!

I miss broad beans. We don't have those over here. We've just got lima beans.

Belle de Ville said...

Great post. It looks like it was the event of the season.

Make Do Style said...

What a wonderful event xx Loving the Janet and Mary photo - my two faves!

Filthy Disco said...

I want to go here very very much! xxx

Outsources Bookkeeping said...

Oh I just really like seeing and checking out new areas and this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing! Of course the whole evening seemed like the best position to be

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Love the pet ears! I dressed in some this previous Halloween parties night. I wish I could use them daily. List appears to be wonderful!