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Wednesday 09 March 2022.

Tuesday 08 March 2022. MANO MAYFAIR - press review - 4 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London W1. We are in this location just off Regent Street, that was made famous by David Bowie. In March 2012, the Crown Estate installed a plaque on the wall of 23 Heddon Street above the spot where, on a cold and wet January night in 1972, David Bowie - who at the time was suffering from a severe bout of flu - had taken on the persona of his then alter ego Ziggy Stardust to be photographed for the album cover of his acclaimed The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The cover shot was one of several black-and-white (it was hand-coloured later by artist Terry Pastor) photos taken that night by photographer Brian Ward, whose studio was located on Heddon Street. There is a new Ziggy Cafe in the street, but don't think they have any David Bowie related items. --------------- Bringing hedonism to Heddon Street. With jaw dropping interiors, the finest DJs in the Capital and a Brazilian-Japanese menu that promises to bring the authentic tastes of São Paulo to the Big Smoke, there’s much talk around the opening of Mano Mayfair this month. And we’re expecting great things – having owned restaurants, beach clubs and night clubs on the French Riviera since he was 18, co-founder Romain Fargette knows a thing or two about winning formulas. Along with entrepreneur Alexis Colletta, he wanted to bring something unique to London, and they’ve done just that. Food will be overseen by Luciana Berry, winner of ‘Top Chef Brasil 2020’ and a MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist. He has designed a Brazilian-Japanese inspired menu of sharing plates including the likes of carne seca bun (dried beef in a home-made Brazilian bun); smoked picanha with yakiniku sauce (Brazil’s national steak, hickory smoked with a traditional Japanese sauce); Luciana’s signature moqueca (Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk and grilled sea bass) and pudim (Brazilian crème caramel made with tapioca, salted miso caramel and Brazil nuts). Cocktails crafted using sake, cachaça, Brazilian mangos and other luscious tropical fruits complement the menu. Perfect for an eclectic night out, Mano will also be open for a hedonistic Jungle Brunch every weekend. ----------------- We had lots of sharing plate dishes that included the sushi , tuna and other fish from Japan , plus a tin of caviar ,and the meat from Brazil...along with sides. The yummy creme caramel dessert too.....top quality food and our Brazilian waiter was great. It is Mayfair, so the delicious cocktails would normally cost a hefty £15 a pop. It is has got a nice clubby vibe, with Brazilian music playing fairly loud in the background. There was some proper filming going on, but not sure if that was by the owners or infuencers. The only downside was the very dark black basement where the unmarked toilets were. www.manomayfair.com - Visit their website here.