Two stars of the London dining scene are teaming up to launch their own Italian restaurant.
Paulo de Tarso, one of the city’s best-loved Maitre d’s at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and Nicolas Jaouën, general manager of Mayfair’s La Petite Maison, will combine to open a 100-cover restaurant called Margot in Covent Garden.
The venue promises to celebrate the glamour and rustic charm of Italian food, wine, and design with special emphasis on excellent service for which the pair are so well known.
Born in Brazil, de Tarso has been in London for more than 10 years during which time he has worked with several well-known and highly successful operators including Daniel Boulud, Corbin and King, and Caprice Holdings.
De Tarso and Jaouën met whilst working together at Caprice Holdings’ Mayfair restaurant Scott’s. After Scott’s, Jaouën was general manager for Keith McNally’s Balthazar, before moving to become a director at Alain Ducasse’s Rivea restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel.
Speaking about the opening, de Tarso said, “Italy is part of my heritage and I’ve always loved the food. I truly love this industry so it is a joy for me to finally be opening my own restaurant. I want everyone who loves food, wine, drinks, and good service who comes through our doors to be treated warmly.”
Margot is scheduled to open in May 2016.