The best of the Med in the heart of Mayfair
Over the millennia, Gaia, the primordial Greek goddess of all life, mother of the Titans and grandmother of the Olympian gods, has inspirited all sorts of artists, from poets to painters and even the odd philosopher. In this case, she moved Russian hospitality entrepreneur, Evgeny Kuzin and British-Nigerian, Chef Izu Ani – the driving forces behind Gaia Dubai, Monte-Carlo, Marbella, Doha and the recently opened Gaia Mayfair, in London.
Gaia revolves around the Greek-Mediterranean concept of food as a conveyor of love. The pleasure of sharing a meal with those you cherish; honouring ingredients that nature generously provides to all countries along the shores of the Mare Nostrum. As we walked in, we were captivated by a market-style counter (known as the Ice Market) overflowing with a vast array of produce from land and sea; a hint of the experience ahead of us. Large scallops, glistening John Dory, pink-stripped langoustines, shiny peppers, aromatic basil… I didn’t know where to look.
The smoothness with which everything runs proves how well-oiled this team is and what a great manager Nicolas Jaouen is – as if…