London Cocktail Week | Francis Mallmann pop-up at 45 Park Lane

This week sees our capital play host to the world’s biggest cocktail festival – a vibrant celebration of the best tipples London has to offer. We spoke with Walpole members – from the finest 5 star hotels and most renowned spirit brands – to  see how they are celebrating this most intoxicating of events, beginning with 45 Park Lane who are all about Negronis at Bar 45 with their Francis Mallmann pop up.

Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, announces the latest in its chef series – South America’s most celebrated chef Francis Mallmann will be joining David McIntyre to bring his bold Argentinian flavours to London for the first time.  Taking place at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane, the dinner event will feature a six course tasting menu and will last for three nights from 3-5 October, during London Cocktail Week.

Francis Mallmann’s favourite cocktail, the Negroni, is also celebrated with the introduction of a new Negroni Trolley in BAR 45 which will offer three variations of the popular drink this winter.  The Classic Negroni, Vintage Negroni and an Aged Negroni. The Aged Negroni recipe, perfected by our bartenders, has been placed in an American oak barrel for eight weeks which has allowed the liquid to slowly absorb the woody flavour to create a fuller taste. Guests will also be able to taste hints of vanilla and caramel finished off with a twist of citrus.

Mallmann’s menu will include signature dishes such as ‘smashed crusty Andean potato with smoked butter and caviar’, ‘corn Humita with basil’, ‘plancha avocado with salmon confit’, ‘sweetbread on eggplant Milanese’, and ‘slowly roasted rubia gallega rib eye on the bone’, followed by ‘desserts from the river plate’.

“This will be a perfect meal; it has two of my favourite ingredients… crusty potato and rib eye,” said Francis Mallmann.  “I’ve cooked with my dear friend Wolfgang Puck in LA before, but for my first time cooking in London I’m looking forward to sharing a kitchen with David McIntyre.  He has the respect for product that is the essential starting point for making a great, beautiful steak and the mastery of a simple way of grill cooking that is very difficult to achieve.”

David McIntyre, director of food & beverage and executive chef at CUT at 45 Park Lane, commented: “Mallmann is one of the biggest names in global cooking – it’s an incredible honour to be collaborating with him.”

To accompany the tasting menu, Argentinian wines from historic family winery, Bodega Catena Zapata, have been selected and imported specially for the evening by Wolfgang Puck’s senior operations partner Alex Resnik, a native from the country. A close friend of Francis Mallmann, Resnik will also be making a special appearance in London to welcome guests to CUT at 45 Park Lane alongside restaurant director Antoine Gaillard.

Francis Mallmann at CUT at 45 Park Lane will take place for three nights only from Wednesday, October 3 to Friday, October 5 2018. Reservations can be made from 6.30pm with the last sitting at 9.30pm. The six course tasting menu is priced at £280, excluding drinks.  For more information or to make a booking, please email CUT.45L@dorchestercollection.com or telephone +44 (0)20 7493 4545.