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Chef Matthew Kenney to launch plant-based restaurant within Selfridges

Globally recognised plant-based pioneer and award-winning chef Matthew Kenney, along with his Innovation team, is delighted to announce the launch of his new plant-based restaurant, Adesse.

Launching in Selfridges London on 2nd December, the restaurant will offer innovative, elegant cuisine to enhance lifestyle and wellbeing. Set in the serene surroundings of Selfridges’ second floor, Adesse is set to be the perfect location for a moment of calm in an often busy world.

Adesse, meaning ‘to be present’, will focus on the here and now, with the concept of ‘presence’ being weaved throughout the restaurant, from the locally and seasonally sourced menus, through to the minimalistic yet elegant interior.

The menus will be enriched by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals and thoughtfully curated spirits and elixirs. It will include imaginative interpretations of traditional dishes alongside Matthew Kenney Cuisine's namesake classics, using a variety of purposefully selected ingredients.

To start, diners can delight in a Jackfruit “Crab Cake” with Smoked Red Pepper Remoulade, or a Beetroot Carpaccio with Yuzu Kosho and Poppy Seed. Sharing plates include Kimchi Dumplings with Foamed Ginger, or perhaps a Flora Tree Nut Cheese Plate featuring Black Truffle, Smoked Cheddar and Herbed Feta along with both sweet and savoury condiments.

Mains will feature Kelp Noodle Cacio e Pepe, complete with Snap Peas, Pea Shoots and Dehydrated Black Olives, along with Spicy Udon, Togarashi, Tempeh, Bok Choy, Roasted Cashew and Radish .

As at all Matthew Kenney restaurants, the desserts are not to be missed, with the offerings including a delightful Chocolate and Salted Caramel Crunch, and a Lime Parfait with Avocado and Spiced Macadamia.

Kenney said, “I am thrilled to partner with Selfridges to open a new restaurant in London. Adesse exemplifies what we do so well at MKC - serve innovative and unique cuisine alongside excellent wine and cocktails in a stunning setting.”

Alex Gilmour, Head of Restaurants at Selfridges, said, “One of the best ways we can improve both our health and the environment is to adopt a more plant-based diet. We’re delighted to introduce Matthew Kenney’s concept with its fresh take on plant-based dining and menu that aligns with our values of offering more planet-friendly food.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to come together and be inspired as we explore the future of food.”

The launch of Adesse takes place as part of Project Earth, Selfridges’ sustainability initiative and commitment to change the way we shop. Within Food, Selfridges approach is “less meat, better meat”: offering more meat-free and plant-based options across its restaurants and Foodhalls, and a commitment that by 2025 all meat used across the business will be from certified organic farms.

The opening also coincides with the announcement of a new partnership between English professional footballer Chris Smalling and Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Chris Smalling will join the team as Special Advisor | Plant Based Awareness.