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Mano Mayfair returns to London with new Michelin Chef Rafa Gomes

Mano Mayfair, the swanky Brazilian-fusion restaurant and bar, is returning to London’s most exclusive district this month with renowned Michelin Chef Rafa Gomes to head up and take over the kitchen.

Mano Mayfair first arrived on the scene when it became a resident on the iconic Heddon Street. It offered an inventive cuisine, sophisticated cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere. The lavish lively restaurant and bar will now reside on Mill Street, neighbouring the prestigious boutique nightclub Maddox.

The new Mano will be about capturing an exuberant dining experience, much like the beach clubs in St Tropez. The concept was created by Romain Fargette, who has owned restaurants, beach clubs and nightclubs on the French Riviera since he was 18, and entrepreneur Alexis Colletta.

With a 1.30am licence, Colletta and Fargette want Mano Mayfair to be a dining destination for guests to begin and end their night. Colletta comments:

I am thrilled to see Mano Mayfair return to London. It’s the answer to what the London nightlife scene is missing. We want to offer a memorable, all-round dining experience where guests can stay for a dance against a backdrop of house music and pulsating beats, before continuing their night at neighbouring nightclubs. We very much look forward to seeing the return of our previous guests as well as welcoming the new ones.

New Executive Chef Rafa Gomes, the young chef and winner of Brazil's Master Chef TV and owner of Michelin Bib restaurant Itacoa in Paris, has curated an exquisite menu showcasing his reputable authentic Brazilian fusion cuisine.

A celebrated name in the Brazilian food industry, Chef Rafa began his culinary journey in the US but later expanded his empire to France where he established his own restaurant, Itacoa. He competed against Chef Giovanna Grossi in Netflix hit Iron Chef: Brazil where he won the challenge and subsequently became the one to face five Iron Chefs in the season finale.

Along with operating two Itacoa branches in Paris and Rio, Chef Rafa also runs Rio-based Porquinho, a pork specialty restaurant. Most recently, Chef Rafa launched his fourth restaurant Tiara in Leblon, Rio, a contemporary gastronomy restaurant that excels in selected ingredients, outstanding flavours and refined techniques.

The new occupancy will be split over two floors with the main restaurant residing on the ground floor. The Lounge, which will be located on the lower ground floor, will open later in the summer and will also have a later licence - offering an exclusive and private destination for members who want to continue the party.

Mano Mayfair will officially open its doors on Friday 31 March.

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