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LAUNCH PAD [ new openings + refits ]


Not overly expensive, good food and good friendly service, a hallmark of the man himself. Te launch party included many of Zilli’s celebrity friends so it was featured widely in London papers and glossy’s giving it plenty of publicity. Te restaurant closed. Not long after, it reopened as Moti Mahal, an Indian restaurant serving quality Indian cuisine. Reviews of Moti Mahal were invariably favourable and yet, within just a few years, that too closed. One hopes that this has nothing to do with the site as the new leaseholders, Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën, have invested heavily in the development of a new Italian restaurant there called Margot. Margot boasts seamless service, refined interiors and the authentic food of Italy, alongside an extensive international wine list. As two seasoned industry professionals,


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Paulo and Nicolas can offer years of experience and insider knowledge of how to run successful restaurants. With their signature service style the fundamental element of the restaurant’s concept, Margot aims to make guests feel relaxed and welcome, with a team trained by the restaurateurs on hand to ensure each and every dining experience will be exceptional. Designed by Fabled Studio, the interiors of the 104 cover restaurant are inviting, comfortable and refined. Inspired by the architecture and design of Italian greats Giò Ponti and Carlo Mollino, Margot features an elegant and contemporary palette of deep blues, pale marble and copper accents throughout. According to the restaurant’s pr, “Te setting throughout provides a versatile backdrop and the perfect location for a relaxed lunch or atmospheric dinner, or to enjoy charcuterie and wine in the early evening, an aperitivo before a meal or late night digestivo.” Let’s hope it is a perfect location and that the previous occupiers failed for other reasons, unrelated to the site. Anyone who invests so much into a business deserves success and we wish them loads of it. Margot, 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2. Tel: +44 (0)20 3409 4777 www.margotrestaurant.com


12 GS Magazine


t’s difficult to know why some restaurants work and others fail. On this site in Covent Garden, several years ago, Aldo Zilli opened his third restaurant. It was a good restaurant.


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