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Scots chef behind Six by Nico to open first London restaurant

Published: February 20, 2020
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The first Six by Nico to be opened in London will follow the same concept as his other restaurants - with a new six course tasting menu launched every six weeks.

Inspired by places, memories and ideas, past Six by Nico menus include childhood, the chippie, Alice in Wonderland and the Orient Express.

Located at the former site of Zizzi's on Charlotte Street, Six by Nico is the first London project from Nico Simeone and his seventh opening in the UK.

Nico’s culinary journey was first born in his native Glasgow and has expanded over the last few years with sister restaurants in Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and Liverpool.

With his creative tasting menus, Nico takes guests on a journey whilst making his food accessible to all with an affordable price point of only £29 for all six courses.

The London menus will be slightly increased for his new site to £35 with a wine pairing option of £33.

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The Six by Nico concept began in Finnieston in Glasgow in 2017, from a passion for experimenting with new ingredients and developing and creating unique dishes.

Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Nico was raised in a family with Mediterranean influences from a young age.

His earliest memories are of his mother’s Italian cooking, helping her in the kitchen and large family meals around the dinner table.

His colourful career has included stints at Michelin starred Number One at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and his accolades include Young Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year.

What can diners expect?

Tasked with bringing Six by Nico’s accessible style to London are Glasgow based designers, Severino.

The 80 cover space juxtaposes industrial elements such as exposed pipes with an inviting theatrical open kitchen and warm, atmospheric lighting in a raw and informal setting.

Chef Nico Simeone said, "We are very excited to bring an unforgettable culinary experience to London. With its central location, Charlotte Street provides us with a great opportunity to join the city’s thriving restaurant scene”.

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He adds, “Restaurant trends are moving towards experiential dining and at Six by Nico our menus are inspired by great memories and interesting stories.

"Our new London restaurant site will create the perfect recipe for an exciting epicurean adventure.”

Six by Nico London will open in spring 2020.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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