The Orient Express, once the favoured means of travel for dignitaries and aristocrats between Paris and Istanbul, has been brought back to life thanks to a new menu concept announced today by Chef Nico Simeone for his Six by Nico restaurants.
Taking over from the current Paris theme and running from 16 April until 26 May, diners are being invited to board a gastronomic journey with dishes inspired from six European cities - Paris, Strasbourg, Munich, Milan, Vienna and Istanbul.
The menu includes the usual six courses with delights such as Paris - tomato tartare, gin pickled shallot and egg yolk jam; Strasbourg - spatzle, black truffle, chestnut mushroom and hazelnut pesto; Munich - smoked kartoffelpuffer, sauerkraut and burnt apple puree and Istanbul for dessert - pistachio parfait, roasted apricot, orange blossom and yoghurt sorbet.
Chef Nico Simeone said: "The legendary long-distance train—which discontinued its Paris-Istanbul service in 1977—has been brought back to life in our latest menu concept. Orient Express is a culinary extravaganza and consistent with each host city, reflecting those destinations."
Diners can book a table now for the Orient Express menu, which is available at the Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants from Tuesday to Sunday from midday.
The menu is priced at £28 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £25 at each restaurant.
As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as Orient Express theme inspired snack sides.