Acclaimed bartender Erik Lorincz has partnered with pioneering restauranteur Mourad Mazouz to open a new London cocktail bar called Kwānt.
The 19th century-style bar and lounge is located beneath Mourad’s North African/Mediterranean gastro brasserie in the heart of Mayfair on Heddon Street.
Kwānt, the phonetic spelling of ‘quaint’, is the first solo venture from Erik, a multi award-winning bartender who won World Class in 2010 and helped bring The Savoy’s American Bar to the number one spot at The World’s 50 Best Bar Awards in 2017.
The venue’s subtly tropical décor, created by French-American interior designer Bambi Sloan, is “reminiscent of an eccentric gentleman’s drawing room”, furnished with light-coloured Chesterfield sofas and wooden panelling.
The “pared back yet innovative” drinks menu at Kwãnt, which features 24 alcoholic and five non-alcoholic serves, throws a spotlight on high-balls, bespoke glassware and bar-grown garnishes.
A large proportion of the garnishes feature unusual herbs grown in house via Evogro, an innovative plant growing system, allowing seasonal garnishes to grow from seed to plant all-year-round.
Guests also have the opportunity to taste a selection of rare and vintage spirits and champagne from Erik’s personal collection, formed over many years.
Erik’s team of esteemed bartenders includes Stefano Agostino, Rastislav Kasar, Giovanni Tavano, Celia Bugallo Jurado, Jumpei Yamamoto and Gabor Bajusznacs.
Kwānt’s debut into the London cocktail scene comes as Momo enters its 22nd year, transformed with refreshed interiors and extended terraces.
Executive head chef Hervé Deville, previously executive head chef under three Michelin starred Pierre Gagnaire at Sketch Mayfair, leads the kitchen. His new menu balances light Mediterranean dishes with hints of North African flavours, and sets out to showcase the best of traditional and modern cooking techniques.