Bloomberg plays ‘restaurant fantasy football’ with line-up for new culinary Arcade

Bloomberg Arcade

Bloomberg has unveiled the first seven independent restaurants that will occupy Bloomberg Arcade, a culinary and cultural destination running through its new European headquarters in the heart of London’s Square Mile.

The covered pedestrian arcade will offer a variety of cuisines and dining styles, seven days a week, and has been curated by Bloomberg’s chief food critic Richard Vines in consultation with fellow critic and restaurant adviser Nicholas Lander.

The line-up includes Brigadiers – a new concept by JKS Restaurants, the team behind Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers and Motu Indian Kitchen – serving classic Indian barbecue cuisine in a space inspired by a traditional Indian Army mess.

Brigadiers is joined by large-scale new sites for Caravan, Homesliceand Vinoteca, as well as Tokyo-style noodle café Koya and new permanent locations for Bleecker Burger and Hawaiian poké specialist Ahi Poké.

Three further restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mr Vines said: “In selecting restaurants for Bloomberg Arcade we wanted to do two things: First, we wanted people doing something creative. We didn’t want another sandwich shop, another coffee bar; we wanted something original, people with new ideas and fresh approaches to food. Second, we wanted diversity: Cuisines from different parts of the world and different styles of service. Choosing the restaurants was like playing a food version of fantasy football and we’ve got some of the biggest names in the business.”

Last month, chief executive Michael Bloomberg branded the UK HQ a “no-cafeteria zone” in a move that signalled its intent to turn its back on using a contract catering service. He said he wanted to avoid the scenario seen in some tech firm offices where the free meals and facilities are so luxurious that employees become addicted to their work life.

He added that he did not want to suck business away from local traders such as sandwich bars and fitness clubs, and would encourage people to go outside.

Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, the HQ spans 3.2 acres between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and will provide approximately 1.1 million square feet of office and retail space.

Two nine-storey buildings clad in sandstone are divided by Bloomberg Arcade and flanked by public squares featuring artworks that pay homage to the river Walbrook.

Guide to the operators that will take up residence at Bloomberg Arcade:

Ahi Poké
The team responsible for introducing the exotic Hawaiian food bowl trend to London will bring its sustainably sourced fish and colourful combinations to Bloomberg Arcade.

Bleecker Burger
After running successful pop-ups across the capital, Bleecker Burger opened its first permanent space inside Spitalfields market in early 2015. Known for using quality ingredients sourced in the UK, Bleecker Burger is regularly named among London’s best burgers.

Brigadiers
A brand new concept from JKS Restaurants, Brigadiers will be a classic Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern inspired by a traditional Indian army mess.

Caravan
Known for its ‘well-travelled’ all-day-dining menu, relaxed antipodean-style weekend brunch and specialty coffee, courtesy of sister company Caravan Coffee Roasters. The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from around the world, whilst remaining rooted in a commitment to use the best of local and seasonal produce. Caravan will open its fourth London site in Bloomberg Arcade, following Exmouth Market, King’s Cross and Bankside.

Homeslice
Having begun life from a hand-built mobile wood-fired oven in 2011, Homeslice is now renowned for its award-winning 20-inch pizzas, also served by the slice. With restaurants in Shoreditch, Neal’s Yard and Fitzrovia, Bloomberg Arcade will be its fourth bricks and mortar site.

Koya
The team behind popular Soho Japanese restaurant, Koya will open a second site under the considered direction of Head Chef Shuko Oda. Koya specialises in traditional Japanese dishes, including Sanuki Udon noodles freshly made daily, as well as a unique Japanese breakfast menu.

Vinoteca
Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, Vinoteca will open its sixth wine bar, restaurant and wine shop within Bloomberg Arcade offering an eclectic selection of 200 wines from their award-winning list spanning 21 countries alongside an ever-changing selection of paired dishes created with fresh and seasonal produce.

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