Best for: eating sustainably while keeping with the cool crowd
He’s the man behind exceptional small-plate restaurant the Frog; its exquisite, sordid-looking basement bar Eve; and several other London institutions named after creatures, ingredients or himself. Now, award-winning chef and restaurateur Adam Handling brings us a new project: zero-waste restaurant Ugly Butterfly on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
The restaurant, open from November 2019, is pitched as a ‘sustainable casual restaurant, Champagne bar and sustainability conversation hub’. While the description might scream ‘Champagne socialist’, with Handling at the helm, we’re expecting big things from the kitchen. All dishes are made from the parts of ingredients that are usually discarded, while the emphasis is on four of the most wasted foods: bread, milk, eggs and bananas.
Among the offerings are deboned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar; Handling’s famed cheese doughnuts made with left-overs from the cheeseboard; and banana bread and chicken butter. All of which can be washed down with a glass of Champagne (served by the glass), or enjoyed with a discussion about sustainability initiatives, that is. Look out for the free programme of drop-in talks, which are held on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7pm.
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Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm-10pm
Ugly Butterfly, 55 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4ND