This January, Ampéli restaurant, from founder Jenny Pagoni opened its doors on Charlotte Street in the heart of Fitzrovia. Taking cues from the modern wine-focused restaurants of Athens, Ampéli will feature dishes inspired by the Eastern Mediterranean. Accompanied by a list of indigenous wines from across the Greek mainland and its islands.
The wine list has a strong focus on the innovative producers creating a stir in the country’s wine scene and has been curated by Greek Master of Wine Yiannis Karakasis. Entitled ‘The Indigenous List’.
Head Chef Oren Goldfeld who has previously worked at Nopi, Brother Marcus and Tel Aviv’s acclaimed Toto restaurant will be in charge of the kitchen. Oren has worked closely with Jenny to bring plates inspired by the Eastern Mediterranean coastline and her favourite family recipes to London .
Front of house will be led by Lorraine Abrahams, who joins after a decade in management at Corbin and King. Prior to this she also worked at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Caprice Holdings, and General Manager of Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt.
Nick Gross, owner of F&B consultancy LanburyHundred, has over 20 years in the industry and has advised across all aspects of the Ampéli project.