European dining concept Firebird coming to Soho

Opening on 29 Poland Street in Soho, Firebird will be the first London-based restaurant and bar from Madina Kazhimova and Anna Dolgushina – two restaurant owners from St Petersburg. The restaurant will serve largely European dishes using ancient open-fire cooking techniques, focusing on pickling, fermenting and curing, with equal emphasis placed on cocktail and wine pairings. 

Chefs will use both charcoal and wood in the open kitchen, with every dish using flames in some way during the cooking process. Ingredients will be slow smoking and charred, balancing acidity from the pickled and cured ingredients on the plate. The name 'Firebird' is taken from Slavic folklore, a magical and powerful creature with glowing plumage.

Snacks of home-made salamis, bresaola and lardo will be available, as well as traditional rye malt bread served with dill butter, baked daily in-house. Starters include chicken liver pate éclair topped with puffed raisins and walnut; and raw seabass with fermented fennel and charred pineapple vinaigrette. Main highlights include roasted duck breast with plum chutney and burnt plums; and rump steak with burnt onions, smoked bone marrow and sorrel herb salad. A selection of desserts, such as honeycomb tiramisu cake, will also be available.

Firebird will seat 46 covers across its dining room, bar counter and kitchen counter which will be positioned around the flame-cooking. The design of the space emanates a modern Mediterranean mood, adorned with colour tones of honey and ash.

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