Socca Bistro, Mayfair, London, UK

Lyon, France-born, two-Michelin-star chef Claude Bosi has opened a new culinary enterprise, Socca, located on Mayfair’s South Audley Street in a Grade II-listed building.

Socca describes its cuisine as “nostalgic French Mediterranean” and it gets its name from the flatbread made of chickpea flour known as socca, but also farinata, cecina or calentita, depending on the region.

The concept of Socca is the brainchild of co-founder Samyukta Nair of LSL Capital  and designer Tom Strother, who co-founded Fabled Studio  in Spitalfields, London, with Steven Saunders in 2011.

Socca is the sixth restaurant project created by Fabled Studio in partnership with Samyukta Nair and LSL Capital. Their other restaurant cooperations are Koyn, MiMi Mei Fair, Bombay Bustle and Jamavar in London, and Jamavar also in Doha.

The interior of Socca is eclectic and nostalgic, slightly prissy and decidedly French. The various nooks and seating areas are intimate if not cramped and give off an elegant, residential salon vibe. The colour scheme is mainly subdued pastels, our favourite being the baby blue that repeats in leather seating, the outdoor awning and the wall décor. Throughout the restaurant, the walls are covered with custom works by local artists.

LSL Capital is a group of restaurants founded by father and daughter Dinesh and Samyukta Nair, who hail from the founding family of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

Fabled Studio ‘s client list includes not just cooperation with LSL Capital but also, for example, Four Seasons in Prague, Hilton Conrad in Dublin, Harrods, Mariott and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

Claude Bosi is known in London for his flagship restaurant, Claude Bosi at Bibendum located at Michelin House in Fulham, and Hibiscus that operated on Maddox Street from 2007 to 2016. Bibendum received its name from the restaurant’s location at the Michelin House, a British Art Nouveau-style building, opened in 1911 as the permanent UK headquarters of the Michelin Tyre Company. The name Bibendum was the original name of the Michelin Man and originated from a Roman poet Horace’s poem “Nunc est bibendum” (Now is the time to drink.) Tuija Seipell

Images courtesy of Fabled Studio

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