Winners of the BBC’s Million Pound Menu to open first London venture

The winners of BBC show Million Pound Menu 2018, Rupert Smith and Marita Lietz of Bubble&, are set to open Bubble& Café Bar at chef Atul Kochar’s Amersham restaurant, Hawkyns.

The two AA Rosette restaurant Hawkyns will continue to offer Pan-Indian cuisine with Bubble& taking over the bar.

The menu will feature bubble and squeak themed dishes including a traditional bubble and squeak with a soft poached free-range egg, smoked streaky bacon and a hollandaise sauce.

A Bubble& Pork Belly consisting of a slow roast pork belly, cajun bean stew, green chilli salsa verde and crackling will also be on offer alongside a rump steak, a full English breakfast and roast beef. Desserts will include a sticky toffee baked Alaska with sticky toffee pudding, meringue, toffee ice cream and spiced oranges.  Dishes start at £5.

The Dragon’s Den for aspiring restaurateurs, BBC Two’s Million Pound Menu offers the opportunity to present food and business plans to some of the food industry’s most influential investors.

Atul Kochar’s investment in the business follows Bubble&’s success with a Manchester-based pop-up restaurant during the competition.

Kochar said:“It’s really fantastic to see Rupert and Marita in the kitchen, they are incredibly passionate about the food they create, and they’ve developed a fantastic concept that really works – a modern version of bubble and squeak. I’m delighted to be supporting this couple and I’m looking forward to our continued collaboration.”

Bubble& Café Bar at Hawkyns will open on 25 February.

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