Bonhams is bidding on the young 31-year-old chef Tom Kemble, to lead its brand new restaurant concept – The Bonhams Restaurant, which has just made its debut at the auction house's London HQ, at the smart New Bond Street address.

Bonhams Restaurant

A compact space, adjoining the main operative building has received the full architectural design treatment from Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, who have designed a chic, if slightly stark, two-storey, 27 cover, dining space with a lower level bar.

Bonhams Restaurant

Bonhams Restaurant

Kemble's impressive résumé includes a year as sous under London's most rigorous chef, Mikael Jonsson, of the Michelin starred, Hedone. Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken in Sweden is another former boss. This heritage is evident in the concise menu that focusses squarely on the ingredients, and Kemble's fine art education does everything to support the dish aesthetic. The restaurant team needed only pop next door to tap the globally recognised talents of Bonhams Master of Grape – Richard Harvey to guide an exquisite and informed list, which includes deliciously rare finds. 

Bonhams Restaurant

Kemble's "ingredients first" approach permeates the dishes, that comprise produce that is second to none. Two recent starters that featured on the menu – crispy Burford brown egg with heritage carrots, baby leeks, smoked Ratte potatoes and watercress, and burrata with prosciutto, spiky Italian artichoke, blood orange and pistou: are dazzling combinations from the creative chef. 

However, don't expect to return for a repeat of your favourite dish. The paired down menu, which consists of three dishes for each course, is changed up regularly to encourage variety, creativity and of course, seasonality. 

Bonhams Restaurant

Bonhams Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, with no dinner service currently on the cards. A refined and fresh central London eatery worth investigating.