Just 10 tables, 12 courses and two chefs will deliver exciting flavours at a new fine dining restaurant, opening on Bath Road in Cheltenham in late October 2022.
Bringing foodie inspiration from around the world to Gloucestershire, Restaurant Journey is an exciting fine dining concept that comes from head chef and owner, Jeff Lewis, who has worked in top class Michelin starred restaurants across the country — including Ynyshir in Wales and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray.
After a tour of Asia working in kitchens in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Bali, Lewis was inspired by a host of flavours and ingredients that he's now keen to showcase in the UK.
His new Cheltenham-based restaurant will bring a journey of flavours for diners to enjoy including many foods and accompaniments people won't have tried before.
Lewis said: 'We pair elements from different nationalities to create unique combinations of flavours that excite the palate, make the diner curious and deliver taste surprises, along with a bit of food theatre to enhance the experience for the diner.'
The food, which costs £125 per person, will be served at silver service level, with carefully curated wine pairings and cocktails.
Showing a high level of detail, diners will each get
a tailor-made stool for their handbags to sit on. And there'll be a carefully chosen soundtrack to entrance the ears as well as the palate as diners tuck in.
There'll be visual interest too, with a ‘living wall’ in the restaurant packed with jars of pickles, fermentations and other concoctions that will be used on dishes on the evening and others that will also be used on dishes in a few months time, when their fermentation period is complete.
Adding to the theatrical concept, lowered lights and a pass in the restaurant will give every table a view of the food being plated and brought to the tables.
Produce will come from local farms and suppliers, making use of every part of the product, as well as less common ingredients coming from locations around the world or grown by the kitchen in controlled environments.
Restaurant Journey is set to open in late October 2022, offering one sitting per evening, starting at 7pm and ending at 10pm, from Wednesday to Saturday.