One of London’s best loved Maitre d’s Paulo de Tarso is to leave his role at Bar Boulud at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park to open his own restaurant with fellow restaurateur Nicolas Jaouën, currently general manager of Mayfair’s La Petite Maison. The 100-cover restaurant, named Margot, will celebrate the glamour and rustic charm of Italian food, wine, and design with special emphasis on excellent service for which de Tarso and Jaouën are so well known.

Born in Brazil, de Tarso is well respected in the industry and has been in London for over 10 years during which time he has worked with several well-known and highly successful operators both in London and internationally including Daniel Boulud, Corbin and King, and Caprice Holdings. De Tarso and Jaouën met whilst working together at Caprice Holdings’ Mayfair restaurant Scott’s. After Scott’s, Jaouën was general manager for Keith McNally’s Balthazar, before moving to become a director at Alain Ducasse’s Rivea restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel. The pair were drawn to Covent Garden for the site of their first restaurant because of the area’s vibrant history and cosmopolitan community.

Speaking about the opening, de Tarso said, “Italy is part of my heritage and I’ve always loved the food. I truly love this industry so it is a joy for me to finally be opening my own restaurant. I want everyone who loves food, wine, drinks, and good service who comes through our doors to be treated warmly.”
Jaouën added, “Italian food to me is the best in the world. It’s so diverse and offers everything people crave – from light and elegant to robust and tasty – which is difficult for a Frenchman to say, but it’s the truth!”

Margot will open in May 2016, further details to be announced in due course.

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